This Hard Orange Soda Bundt Cake gets its sass from vanilla infused citrus and its springy fluffiness from a boozy carbonated hard orange soda. Glazed with more vanilla infused citrus, this bundt cake is perfect for popping up at a friend’s house for a cool afternoon of girly chatter!

This Hard Orange Soda Bundt Cake gets its sass from vanilla infused citrus, and its springy fluffiness from a boozy carbonated hard orange soda. Glazed with more vanilla infused citrus, this bundt cake is perfect for popping up at a friend’s house for a cool afternoon of girly chatter! www.mind-over-batter.com

Can I be real with you guys for a second? I still feel like a baking newbie sometimes. Have you ever felt this way? Despite the 10 years of solid baking under my belt I still feel, you know… New.

I know how to make puff pastry, the quick way and the classic way – Pounding butter and wrapping a delicious square of butter in flour, then rolling and folding ’till you get a million sheets of buttered dough. Bruh, I have been there.

This Hard Orange Soda Bundt Cake gets its sass from vanilla infused citrus, and its springy fluffiness from a boozy carbonated hard orange soda. Glazed with more vanilla infused citrus, this bundt cake is perfect for popping up at a friend’s house for a cool afternoon of girly chatter! www.mind-over-batter.com

I have a fool proof pie dough recipe. Scratch that – I have two – One for mini pies and one for the real deal holy-pie deal with the lattice crust and errthang.

I am not afraid of yeast. I gets down with a baguette.

I like to think I am well versed in the art of baking. Gluten in all forms is my spirit animal.

Then I am taught something new and realize – I have barely scratched the surface.

This Hard Orange Soda Bundt Cake gets its sass from vanilla infused citrus, and its springy fluffiness from a boozy carbonated hard orange soda. Glazed with more vanilla infused citrus, this bundt cake is perfect for popping up at a friend’s house for a cool afternoon of girly chatter! www.mind-over-batter.com

Take this Hard Orange Soda Cake, for instance.

I’ve been boozing a bit this summer. No more or less than usual. Regular summer boozing in the name of recipe testing. Yeah, let’s stick with that.

This Hard Orange Soda Bundt Cake gets its sass from vanilla infused citrus, and its springy fluffiness from a boozy carbonated hard orange soda. Glazed with more vanilla infused citrus, this bundt cake is perfect for popping up at a friend’s house for a cool afternoon of girly chatter! www.mind-over-batter.com

I’ve been sipping on hard soda lately. Again, for recipe testing.  I’ve been meaning to make a hard soda version and a ‘sista needs basis for comparison. I picked up a couple of 6-packs of Mike’s Hard Orange Soda at my local supermarket.  And I admit, this hard soda is pretty good.

I figured I’d imbibe (read: chug, chug, chug) a few and use a few in recipes.

But what?

There was an overabundance of hard soda creamsicle floats on the Pinterest. It was done. Overdone. I wasn’t digging it. I quickly typed Hard Soda Cake on the Pinterest search bar and found a plethora of flavored soda cake recipes.

And you see, that was new to me.

Soda? In cake?

Like, how does that work?

Why is the soda folded in at end and not alternated with the flour?

This Hard Orange Soda Bundt Cake gets its sass from vanilla infused citrus, and its springy fluffiness from a boozy carbonated hard orange soda. Glazed with more vanilla infused citrus, this bundt cake is perfect for popping up at a friend’s house for a cool afternoon of girly chatter!

Well, peeps – When soda is folded into cake batter, the carbonation makes for a fluffy as hell cake.

Who knew? I certainly did not and now I can say I am pleasantly schooled.

Now flow with me, let’s talk about this cake.

This cake! I decided wanted a deeply flavored orange cake with flecks of vanilla bean. I zested an orange and squeezed about half an orange’s worth of juice into the batter. I added well over a tablespoon of vanilla bean paste, as I find vanilla pairs wonderfully with orange.

The hard orange soda is the Voila! Moment. It’s folded into the prepared batter, lightly streaking it with orange and lending its carbonation to aid in the rise.

This Hard Orange Soda Bundt Cake gets its sass from vanilla infused citrus, and its springy fluffiness from a boozy carbonated hard orange soda. Glazed with more vanilla infused citrus, this bundt cake is perfect for popping up at a friend’s house for a cool afternoon of girly chatter!

The cake is baked and cooled. Then it’s glazed. The glaze hardens beautifully and is a pleasure to bite into.

This cake has a tender, pillowy moist crumb and a slightly chewy texture, slightly similar to Sara Lee. Three days at room temperature does not change this one bit. Now, you’re asking – Can you taste the booze? No you cannot. I would suggest a couple teaspoons of booze if you’re looking for a boozy flavored cake. What you can taste is the soda which melds perfectly with the orange and vanilla bean.

Admittedly this cake is a tad on the sweet side. I don’t care, though. I love me a sweet cake. And my crew loved it just as hard. They had their doubts, certainly. And though I don’t feel like a baking master just yet, I learned a new technique and for that I am immensely grateful.

Next stop, conquering churros. Those mofos are my nemesis.

This Hard Orange Soda Bundt Cake gets its sass from vanilla infused citrus, and its springy fluffiness from a boozy carbonated hard orange soda. Glazed with more vanilla infused citrus, this bundt cake is perfect for popping up at a friend’s house for a cool afternoon of girly chatter!

Disclaimer: I was not provided with a sample of Henry’s Hard Soda for this post. I took a stroll out to my local supermarket, saw it, placed it in my cart, paid for it, and baked a cake. With my own dollas. I liked what I did with hard soda and thought it would feel nice to share it with the world. It did.

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