Sweet Nostalgia: Shirley Temple Cake Recipe

Enjoy the nostalgic sweetness of a Shirley Temple Cake with this delectable recipe. This cake is ideal for birthdays, celebrations, or simply satisfying your sweet tooth. It captures the beloved flavors of the classic mocktail. Let’s get into the delicious details.


  • 1 box (15.25 oz) white cake mix
  • 1 can (10 oz) Shirley Temple soda (such as 7UP or Sprite)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup maraschino cherry juice
  • 1/4 cup maraschino cherries, chopped
  • 1/4 cup grenadine syrup

For the Shirley Temple Frosting:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup Shirley Temple soda
  • 1 tablespoon grenadine syrup
  • Maraschino cherries for garnish


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the white cake mix, Shirley Temple soda, eggs, vegetable oil, maraschino cherry juice, chopped maraschino cherries, and grenadine syrup. Mix until well combined.
  3. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared cake pans.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  5. Allow the cakes to cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then transfer them to wire racks to cool completely.
  6. While the cakes are cooling, prepare the Shirley Temple frosting. In a mixing bowl, beat the softened butter until creamy.
  7. Gradually add the powdered sugar, Shirley Temple soda, and grenadine syrup, beating until smooth and creamy.
  8. Once the cakes are completely cool, place one layer on a serving plate or cake stand. Spread a layer of frosting over the top.
  9. Place the second cake layer on top and frost the top and sides of the cake with the remaining frosting.
  10. Garnish the cake with maraschino cherries.
  11. Slice, serve, and enjoy the deliciously nostalgic flavors of Shirley Temple Cake!

This Shirley Temple Cake, with its moist layers infused with Shirley Temple flavors and creamy frosting, is sure to satisfy your taste buds and put a smile on your face. Whether served at a party or as a special treat, this cake pays homage to a favorite childhood drink. Try it and enjoy the sweetness of this delectable dessert!