REVIEW: Mtn Dew Cake-Smash

Mtn Dew Cake Smash Can

Mtn Dew Cake-Smash was supposed to come out last year for Mountain Dew’s 80th birthday. But, well, you know, let’s just say it was not a year for celebrating.

And, yes, it’s a bit odd that a beverage marketed to the younger crowd is ancient.

Anyhoo, the brand International Olympic Committee-d it and released it a year after it was supposed to. There was a limited amount to purchase via Mtn Dew’s online store, which predictably sold out within a few hours.

Mtn Dew was kind enough to send samples of the “Dew with a rush of artificial cake flavor,” and after tasting it, I have to say, if Cake-Smash came out last year, it would’ve been a bright spot of 2020. Instead, it’s a 2021 highlight. Actually, it’s a top highlight of my Mtn Dew drinking years.

If you ever get a chance to try it, you’ll probably say something that involves an expletive. Because, holy expletive, this tastes like lemon cake with frosting, and it is Y-U-M-M-I-E. I mean, it’s so good that it makes me forget how to spell.

Mtn Dew Cake Smash Glass

Although it doesn’t specifically say “birthday cake,” it was created to celebrate a birthday. So I assumed, like with birthday cake-flavored products, it would be either vanilla or chocolate cake. Of course, that was stupid because it’s a Dew, after all. Despite not being what’s considered “birthday cake” in the processed foods universe, I have to say Mtn Dew Cake-Smash captures cake flavor better than most “birthday cake” products.

I don’t know if this will ever make it into brick-and-mortar stores. But I’m going to suggest that it should, and not because I want to make a soda cake with it.

Even though I got samples, I think Cake-Smash is so wonDEWrful that I’m seriously considering spending more than one should on a six-pack on eBay. Or I could just copy and paste the following and direct it to Mtn Dew’s social media accounts every single day until Cake-Smash is in stores.

Hey @MountainDew! Don’t be a Dew Dew Head! Let me buy Cake-Smash in stores!

Childish? Yes. Will I get blocked by Mtn Dew on social media? Probably. Will I be put on a blacklist that prevents me from getting free Mtn Dew samples from now on? Probably. Is Mtn Dew Cake-Smash worth the effort? Oh, most definitely. It’s DEWlightful.

Purchased Price: FREE
Size: 16 fl oz can
Purchased at: Received from Mtn Dew
Rating: 9 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: 220 calories, 0 grams of fat, 75 milligrams of sodium, 59 grams of carbohydrates, 58 grams of sugar, 58 grams of added sugar, and 0 grams of protein.

13 thoughts to “REVIEW: Mtn Dew Cake-Smash”

  1. Well, heck on a stick, Marvo–how’s that for an expletive?!?! I want a cake smash–right now! The name alone is worth the price of admission. Tell us where to send the pressure request and I’ll do that too. How else are we gonna have some Cake Smash every day? backstory: I fell in love with the original Mountain Dew [the one with the classic hillbilly on the tall green-glass bottle] when I was a teenager, back in the 1960s. It was sold in a soda machine in my parent’s little bookstore in Birmingham Alabama. I can still remember the experience of it–sweet and sour and sharp and bubbly–soft drinks were a rare treat in my family until then. Although I’m no longer in the youth demographic, I guess I’m a Dew head, if there is such a thing. We want Cake Smash! We want Cake Smash! We want Cake Smash!

  2. Gotta love that they commit to the bit “with a rush of artificial cake flavor!” That indicates Dew is all in, and who doesn’t want that in their lemon cake flavored carbonated soft drink? Yeah, they need to bring this to stores nationally immediately, if not sooner.

  3. maybe Taco Bell can use it for some celebratory promotion. sounds like it would be excellent as a freeze.

  4. Cake flavored soda sounds gawdawful, but since it’s lemon cake and not birthday cake, it might actually be really good (I get bored with lemon lime fo soda).

    Birthday cake flavor seems more appropriate for milk.

    1. Somewhat along the same lines:
      (1) I h-a-a-a-t-e all things Mountain Dew. Heck, I couldn’t even force myself to choke down a *free* case of the *diet* version, a while back. I finally gave up, and threw the rest (10.5 cans) away. I am the antithesis of a wasteful person, and usually enjoy an infrequent diet version of soda…but it was still so god-awfully sweet and gross, that I simply had to dispose of it.
      (2) Having said that: I will definitely give them props for NOT making this cake-flavored version yet another boring-arse, typical, vanilla-cake-flavored monstrosity. I have never, ever enjoyed the traditional birthday cake (no, not even as a child). And I do enjoy a good lemon-flavored cake, every once in a long while. So, there’s that!

  5. My take on the flavor is that it reminded me of a cream soda dum dum but with more of a cake after taste. I’m happy I was able to get ahold of a set for my co-workers to try but I don’t think I’d buy it regularly at the store if it was available.

    That being said, I think it could work really well on shaved ice.

    1. Oh, man…I used to l-o-o-v-e the cream-soda-flavored Dum-Dums, as a kid! That was my very favorite flavor, and totally reminds me of my grandmas, growing up (they both used to always have them on-hand, when my sister and I would go there for a visit). 🙂

    2. Mmmm…cream soda. And just as the taco bell freeze use for this pop, I could see it working on shaved it really well too!

  6. I don’t get the point of formulating a new beverage and spending money on a new can design only to sell it in extremely limited quantities. Seems like a bad investment.

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