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7UP Cake on a white pedestal with a piece cut out.
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7 UP Cake Recipe (7 UP Pound Cake Recipe)

My Mama’s recipe for 7 UP Cake from scratch is a classic, decadent and moist cake complemented by the subtle flavor of citrus soda. 
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
Total Time1 hr 35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Southern
Servings: 12 slices
Calories: 584kcal

Ingredients

For the Cake:

  • 1 ½ cups unsalted butter room temperature
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 5 large eggs room temperature
  • 3 cups sifted cake flour
  • 1/2 cup 7-Up soda
  • 2 teaspoons pure lemon extract

For the Glaze:

  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 3 tablespoons 7-Up soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure lemon extract

Instructions

For the Cake:

  • Start by preheating your oven to 315°F then liberally spray a 10-cup bundt pan with non-stick baking spray.
  • In your mixer bowl, add butter and beat for 2 minutes on high speed. Slowly add in sugar and salt beat on high speed for an additional seven minutes until very pale yellow and fluffy.
  • Next, add eggs, one at a time, combining well after each addition and scraping down the sides as needed.
  • Turn your mixer down to its lowest speed, and slowly add flour into batter in two increments. Be careful not to overbeat.
  • Lastly, pour in 7 Up and lemon extract, scrape down sides and mix until just combined and turn off mixer.
  • Pour cake batter into prepared bundt pan, and bake for 1 hour and 15 -20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  • Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then invert cake on serving plate.

For the Glaze:

  • In a small bowl, whisk together confectioner’s sugar, 7 Up, and lemon extract until it’s pourable. Spoon over the cake and allow to harden.

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Notes

My mother has always been adamant about using the original 7UP and nothing else. She says you can really taste the difference. While I have used other lemon-lime soda brands ranging from Sprite to Sierra Mist, I try my best to follow my mother’s advice.
Use cake flour. It really makes a difference to the texture of your baked cake. If you don't have any on hand, you can easily make your own cake flour for baking.
Allow your butter to soften at room temperature so it beats up more easily.
Spray the bundt pan well so that the cake easily comes out of the pan.
Don't over mix the cake batter after the flour is added as your cake may come out tough.

Nutrition

Calories: 584kcal | Carbohydrates: 84g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 138mg | Sodium: 132mg | Potassium: 66mg | Sugar: 61g | Vitamin A: 820IU | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 0.7mg