“Fresh Up” with 7 Up: Easy 2-Ingredient Cupcakes!

Satisfy your sweet tooth with this easy formula for two-ingredient cupcakes! Ideal for when you’re short on eggs and in need of a short cut!


My name is Mary and I’m a lazy baker. . .

I’m happy to use a short cut for a cake or cupcakes, especially during the lazy days of summer.


These cupcakes couldn’t be easier, made with just two ingredients:

a 12 ounce can of soda and a boxed cake mix!

I used a Duncan Hines Lemon Supreme Cake Mix

and a can of 7-Up for additional lemon flavor.


Just cake mix and a can of lemon-lime soda. . . no oil, eggs or water.

A handy formula to know when eggs and oil are valuable commodities

during a pandemic with fewer shopping trips.

You can use a diet soda or flavored carbonated water to save additional calories,

reducing the sugar in these cupcakes if you prefer.


Follow the directions on the box for mixing (minus the other ingredients).

Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven as indicated on back of box for cupcakes (12 – 17 minutes)

or until cupcakes test done with a toothpick.



Lemon cupcakes from a box and a can of soda. . .

as easy to make as they are to eat!


You can satisfy your sweet tooth with endless combinations of cake mix and soda

or flavored carbonated water when you’re too busy or lazy to bake.


Use a chocolate cake mix + cola, root beer, or cherry cola

White or yellow cake mix + lemon-lime soda, ginger ale, or flavored carbonated water

Spice cake or Carrot cake mix + ginger ale

Red Velvet cake mix + cola or cherry cola


Use your favorite frosting on these soda cupcakes and

decorate with a straw for fun and a nod to the soda in the mix.


Fresh as a daisy. . . “Fresh Up” with 7 Up


“7 Up makes good food taste better.”

. . .Including cupcakes!

Easy 2-Ingredient Cupcakes

Satisfy your sweet tooth with this easy formula and two-ingredient cupcake recipe! Ideal for when you’re short on eggs or could use a short cut!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time17 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: box cake mix, can of soda, cupcakes, short cut
Servings: 24 cupcakes


  • 1 box Cake Mix of choice
  • 12 oz. can soda of choice see notes flavor combinations below
  • Frosting of choice


  • Add liners to cupcake pan(s). Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Add cake mix and can of room temperature soda to large bowl. Mix on medium speed for 2 minutes. Scoop batter using cookie/ice cream scoop into cupcake liners, filling 2/3 full.
  • Bake according to box mix directions for cupcakes for (12 - 17 minutes) or until cupcakes test done with a toothpick.
  • Transfer cupcakes to wire rack and allow to cool completely before frosting.


Flavor combinations:
  • Chocolate cake mix + cola, root beer, or cherry cola
  • White, yellow cake or lemon cake mix + lemon-lime soda, ginger ale, or flavored carbonated water
  • Spice cake or Carrot cake mix + ginger ale
  • Red Velvet cake mix + cola or cherry cola
  • Use diet soda or flavored carbonated water to reduce the sugar in these cupcakes if you prefer.


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  39 comments for ““Fresh Up” with 7 Up: Easy 2-Ingredient Cupcakes!

  1. Michelle
    August 20, 2015 at 5:43 am

    This will be my next try! Yummy!🎂

  2. August 20, 2015 at 5:56 am

    Okay…this is my kind of baking!
    Beautiful presentation, Mary!

  3. Sherlie Magaret
    August 20, 2015 at 7:48 am

    These looks interesting and fun,

  4. August 20, 2015 at 7:49 am

    Need to try this…sounds way too easy! And they look delicious!

  5. Ellen Stillabower
    August 20, 2015 at 8:03 am

    Looks good!, will try this one.. I make a 7up biscuits and they are delicious but take longer to make than these cupcakes but are sooooo good! Thank you for sharing!!😍😍😍☕️☕️☕️

  6. Sue
    August 20, 2015 at 8:13 am

    Thanks for the recipe Mary!!! I can’t wait to try one of these…

  7. Linda E.
    August 20, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Mary, you are amazing! A great idea for cupcakes, and you even showcase them so beautifully! They look as if making them took all day! Thanks!

  8. Melisa Leach
    August 20, 2015 at 8:46 am

    Looks like delicious fun! Thanks for sharing and including the additional recipe ideas.

  9. August 20, 2015 at 9:18 am

    Darling pics, did you do the stencil too? Who wouldn’t love a fresh bite in the garden~

    • August 20, 2015 at 9:29 am

      Hi to you, no, it’s a vintage 7Up crate :)

      • Marilyn Puetz Barrere
        July 18, 2023 at 10:16 am

        Wow. Wow. Can’t wait to get my hands on some cans of soda and cake mixes! Thanks so much! And I must say as a Bichon mommie myself, your sweet little beachy Bichon rocks! Aren’t they the greatest?!!

      • July 18, 2023 at 10:17 am

        Thank you for your visit and comment Marilyn! Yes, we love our Bichons too 🐾🐾 :)

  10. August 20, 2015 at 9:27 am

    Where did you ever find those vintage 7-up bottles Mary? They take me straight back to childhood days~ I have made cake mix cookies and they were so good, I can’t wait to give this a try! Love all your suggested flavor combos and WOW you knocked this out of the park will your brilliant styling!!!

  11. August 20, 2015 at 9:48 am

    Love it…you had me at “shortcut” !!!…Love shortcuts and love lemon..my lucky day!….and of course your presentation is perfection!…

  12. Liz
    August 20, 2015 at 11:57 am

    I love the way you presented these cupcakes. You are just too creative.

  13. August 20, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    How fun!

  14. August 20, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    Wow. That is very neat. I’m going to have to try it. And your display is so pretty too.

  15. August 20, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    You had me at two ingredients. I love this! Do you mind if I share this on my blog next week with a link back to your post? Pinning it!

    • August 20, 2015 at 5:07 pm

      Share away Ricki Jill :)

  16. August 20, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    I love the way u bake my friend, easy peasy!! Your posts always put a smile on my face, I love seeing that I have
    emails from you, keep them coming! I have been looking at Lake Norman on the computer, think I’d like to live there too (fingers crossed) someday!!
    Have a beautiful evening, looking forward to your next post! :~)

  17. August 20, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    Well you may say you’re a lazy baker, but you’re one creative baker and decorator!! Your cupcakes look adorable and your photos are so happy and cheery! Thanks for the smiles, and the easy recipe. I make cookies with my grands out of cake mix and they’re wonderful, too.

  18. Paula
    August 20, 2015 at 8:25 pm


    Thanks for sharing , I Love Easy !!!! You’re amazing I would have cake mix all over the cupcake tin!! hehe


  19. August 20, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    You had me at 2 ingredients! This is my kind of baking too!!! I will send this to my daughter who is the baker in the family. Now that she is a Mom her time is limited so will love this! have a beautiful weekend, Mary.

  20. August 21, 2015 at 6:25 am

    These look perfect and are so easy! I must try them!! Hugs to Chloe and Gracie!! Happy Weekend to you, Mary!

  21. Anne Keller
    August 22, 2015 at 10:01 am

    Wow! You are my favorite blogger of all. Hugs.

  22. Laurie
    August 22, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    You are just too fun and creative! I’m going to make these today🌞

  23. franki
    August 24, 2015 at 8:42 am

    WHO KNEW?!?!?!?!? THANX for this upstanding tip!!! franki

  24. August 26, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    Well, I just may have to try this idea. I love easy! Sheila E

  25. August 27, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Looks fabulous! Thanks for joining Home Sweet Home!

  26. September 1, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    Very pretty!

  27. Cece
    April 30, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    I’ve made these cupcakes and they are yummy! Do you think they could be made with a gluten free boxed cake mix?

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