Fruity, Sweet and Exquisitely Decadent: All the Joy of Kool Aid Cake!

Ah Kool Aid cake – this beloved classic is the perfect treat for a summer day or any special occasion! Whether you’re baking it for a family picnic, for a sweet birthday gift, or for an overwhelmingly spectacular brunch, this cake lives up to its name.

Origin of Kool Aid Cake

This amazing cake has an intriguing history — like many classic recipes, it started out as frugal flavor experimentation. It is strongly believed that this recipe was discovered under the pretense of utilizing saved money and resources by using Kool Aid drink mix instead of expensive icing and regular baker’s chocolate. And, it is believed that the cake was first popularized during the Great Depression.

Kool Aid Cake Recipe


  • 1 box of white cake mix
  • 1 3.2 ounce box of Kool-Aid drink mix in a flavor of your choice (for an even more flavorful cake, try making the cake with two different Kool-Aid flavors)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable or canola oil


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F and prepare a 9”x13” baking pan with parchment paper and nonstick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix, Kool-Aid drink mix and salt with a spoon. Add the egg, butter, water and oil and mix on low speed until all the ingredients are blended.
  3. Once the batter is well combined, pour it into the prepared cake pan and spread it evenly.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes. Insert a toothpick or knife into the middle of the cake to ensure its done. Serve the cake warm or cold.

Optional Toppings:

If you want to add a little extra sweetness to your Kool Aid cake, try making a cream cheese frosting or a buttercream one. Both are delicious!

Enjoying a Classic Recipe

Kool Aid cake is such a delightfully unique treat! Not many recipes mix different cuisines and even pop culture with baking – this cake is the perfect example of that. Its fruity and sweet flavor has been enjoyed by families for decades.

Whether you’re bringing it to a special event or just having a cozy family dinner, this cake is always a hit. Try experimenting with different flavor combinations too, like mixing cherry Kool-Aid with a lemon frosting.

So, gather your ingredients and get ready to enjoy a delightful Kool Aid cake!