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Fanta Pound Cake

Fanta Pound Cake has a fabulous texture as every good pound cake should, a slight orange flavor, and a thick cream cheese icing.

Slice of Fanta Pound Cake on a plate.

It’s basically a pound cake with a little orange flavoring from Fanta soda and some orange zest. But we know a plain pound cake can be one of the most awesome desserts right?

And this one is totally decked out for summer a bright orange color.

Slice of pound cake on a blue plate and cans of Fanta in background.

There are certain sodas I only drink during the summer. There’s something about an ice-cold Cheerwine or Fanta Orange on a hot summer day. Your energy starts to wane due to the oppressive heat and then a couple of gulps of Fanta Orange, laden with sugar, can give you enough of a boost to refrain from taking a nap.

Rich, Buttery Texture

A combination of butter and shortening plus a packet of whipped topping mix gives this cake an incredible texture. So rich and buttery and dense, but tender. It’s almost velvety.

Gotta love the orange color! It’s almost Clemson Orange.

Note: You’ll have to add orange food coloring to get it this color.

Fanta Pound Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting on a cake stand.

How To Get The Perfect Texture

To get the best texture, beat the butter and shortening a long time, very slowly beat in the sugar, and beat in each egg before adding the next one. But then, you want to mix as little as possible. Just enough to get an even consistency.


Since this cake has a cream cheese frosting, it should be stored in the refrigerator. Can be frozen for up to 2 months.

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Slice of cake on a blue plate.

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Fanta Pound Cake

Fanta Pound Cake has an incredibly rich, buttery, and tender texture and a slight orange flavor from Fanta soda and orange zest.
PREP: 20 minutes
COOK: 1 hour 15 minutes
TOTAL: 1 hour 35 minutes


  • 1 cup butter room temperature, (2 sticks)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2 3/4 cups sugar
  • 5 eggs, room temperature
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup Fanta soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 envelope whipped topping mix
  • orange food coloring, optional

Cream Cheese Icing

  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour a tube pan or bundt pan.
  • Cream butter and shortening for 3-5 minutes using an electric mixer with a paddle attachment (or a hand mixer). Gradually add sugar.
  • Add eggs one at a time, stopping to scrape down sides of bowl.
  • Alternate between adding flour and Fanta, beginning and ending with flour.
  • Beat in vanilla extract, orange zest, salt, and whipped topping mix.
  • If desired, add food coloring to get a deeper orange color.
  • Pour batter into pan and bake for approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • Let cool in pan for 15 to 20 minutes and then invert onto a cake stand.
  • To make Icing, beat butter and shortening together until smooth. Add orange juice. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar and milk. If too thick, add a little more milk or orange juice.
  • Spread icing on top of the cake and let it spread down the sides some.


You want to beat the butter and shortening together really well before adding sugar and then continue to beat until fluffy and very light in color.
Once eggs are added, beat as little as possible.


Calories: 446kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: orange, pound cake

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Not sure what whipped topping mix is? Here is a link to Dream Whip Whipped Topping Mix on Amazon. You can get a much better price on it at your grocery store. Look for it by the pudding mixes on the baking aisle. It usually seems to be on the top shelf.

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27 thoughts on “Fanta Pound Cake”

  1. Hi, I would love to make the Fanta pound cake but as I live outside the States I do not
    know what whipping topping mix is. Can I substitute it with something else please.
    Thank you

  2. Cheerwine! I’m so glad I read further down the blog, a Cheerwine Bundt Cake, what a dream!

  3. Love this recipe! Added it to a few of our most popular categories – Fun with Food and Half-Way Homemade. They are incredibly popular on Pinterest as well as our search bar. Hope you don’t mind! Kelli at YG

  4. Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen

    You always make the most incredible things! And this is gorgeous in color too. Winner! Pinned.

  5. Elena Shetty

    The color is absolutely amazing. It did take a way my heart beat. It’s like sunshine in a beach. So vivid and irresistible.

  6. Pound cake? With cream cheese frosting?? Oh, I have such a craving now—and I love your Fanta version ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Jess @ whatjessicabakednext

    This pound cake looks divine! Love the idea of using fanta – one of my favourite summer drinks! Loving that bright orange colour too! ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. The pound cake looks so moist and delicious! I love the bright happy orange! Adding Fanta is such a fun idea!

  9. Heather - Butter & Burlap

    This cake looks so moist! I wish I lived closer to the east coast to get some of that Cheerwine! But we may have a problem… are you a Clemson fan? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    Oh I’m so impressed with this pound cake, Christin! Using fanta sounds like such a great idea! And I love the pretty orange color and flavor!

  11. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    Oh man, I have not add Fanta in ages! But this cake makes it seem more grown up, and the color? I LUHVE IT. What a fun recipe – pinned!

  12. Nice comment by Annie: “Fanta pound cake โ€“ this is such a fun idea! Love the bright, happy color :).”

  13. nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps

    When I hear Fanta, all I want to do is sing the song! Ha. Fanta, fanta, don’t you want a Fanta?? I would LOVE to see what it tastes like in a cake!

  14. Annie @ The Garlic Diaries

    Fanta pound cake – this is such a fun idea! Love the bright, happy color :).

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