Old fashioned 7UP cake made from scratch! This is the BEST 7UP pound cake recipe! You'll certainly appreciate how easy it is to make this 7UP cake.
If you're looking for a refreshing and unique dessert to try, consider making a 7up cake. 7UP is used to add moisture and sweetness to the cake, but its main purpose is to act as leavening agent in place of baking soda or baking powder. The magic ingredient is the carbonation, which makes for a lighter cake.
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This recipe includes an optional lemon syrup, which gives the cake moisture and a delicious buttery lemon flavor. I haven't seen other recipes include this syrup in their recipes, but I love it! It's extremely easy to make and is truly just a lemon simple syrup with butter added to it. All you'll need to do is cook the ingredients on the stove until the butter melts and the sugar dissolves. That's it!
Is 7UP Cake a Pound Cake?
The 7UP Cake is often categorized as a variant of the traditional pound cake, known for its rich, buttery texture and dense crumb. The classic pound cake, with its historical recipe of a pound each of flour, butter, eggs, and sugar, serves as the foundation for this delightful twist.
In the case of the 7UP Cake:
- Key Ingredient: The incorporation of 7UP, or similar lemon-lime soda, into the batter is what sets this cake apart. This soda not only infuses the cake with a unique lemon-lime flavor but also contributes significantly to its texture.
- Texture and Flavor: The carbonation from the soda aids in creating a lighter, more tender crumb than traditional pound cakes. While it retains the rich and moist qualities of a classic pound cake, the 7UP Cake has a distinct taste and a slightly airier texture due to the effervescence of the soda.
- Culinary Tradition: This cake is particularly popular in Southern U.S. cuisine, where it's celebrated for its delightful blend of traditional pound cake qualities and the refreshing twist brought by the lemon-lime soda.
In summary, while the 7UP Cake shares many characteristics with the traditional pound cake, including its dense structure and rich flavor, it distinguishes itself through the unique addition of lemon-lime soda, which adds both flavor and lightness to the cake.
The cake gets topped off with a tangy lemon glaze. I like a thicker glaze, but if you like a thinner glaze then you can add more lemon juice - a tablespoon at a time. I took the zest of two lemons and included that into the glaze for extra lemon flavor!
Equipment You'll Need To Make 7up Cake
- Cake pan – You’ll use either a Bundt pan or a tube pan for this recipe.
- Stand mixer – I like to use a stand mixer, but you could also use a bowl and a hand mixer.
Ingredients For 7UP Cake
- All purpose flour
- Unsalted butter
- Large eggs
- Lemon juice
- Powdered sugar
Directions For Making 7UP Cake
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Add butter and sugar to the bowl attached to your stand mixer and beat on medium until fluffy, about two minutes. You should notice the color change, too.
- Add eggs, one at a time until combined.
- With the blender on low speed, add half of the flour and combine.
- Add half of the 7UP and combine.
- Add the remaining half of the flour and combine.
- Then, add the remaining 7UP and combine.
- Spray cake pan with baking spray, flour and then pour in cake batter.
- Bake at 325 degrees for 70-80 minutes or until knife comes out clean.
- Allow cake to cool in pan for 15-20 minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack.
- To make the lemon glaze, combine the powdered sugar and lemon juice. Pour over the cake as desired. Allow for glaze to harden before cutting the cake.
Making Lemon Syrup for the 7UP Cake
To create the lemon syrup, mix half a stick of unsalted butter, three-quarters of a cup of sugar, and half a cup of fresh lemon juice in a saucepan. Warm this mixture over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the butter is melted and the sugar has fully dissolved. Once the syrup is prepared, you have two methods for incorporating it into your cake:
- Pour the syrup over the cake while it’s still in its baking pan. This method is effective for evenly distributing the syrup throughout the cake, as it allows the syrup to seep into the cake from all sides, ensuring each part is equally moistened and flavored with the sweet, lemony essence.
- Alternatively, if you want to avoid the cake sticking to the pan, first remove the cake from the pan and place it on a cooling rack. Before drizzling the syrup, use a skewer to poke holes throughout the cake. This will help the syrup to penetrate more deeply. Pour the syrup slowly over the cake, allowing time for it to be absorbed before adding more.
TOP TIPS For 7UP Cake
- Let the cake cool for 15-20 minutes before turning the cake out onto a serving tray. If the cake is too warm, then it will be too soft and could break apart.
- When making the glaze, if you want it to be thinner, then add a little bit of lemon juice at a time until you reach your desired thickness and consistency. You'll be surprised what a little bit of liquid will do to powdered sugar!
Alternative Variations for Making 7UP Cake
1. Lemon-Lime Twist
- Description: Enhance the classic 7UP cake by adding a zesty twist of lime. Incorporate lime zest into the batter and use a mix of lemon and lime juice in the syrup.
- Benefits: Adds a refreshing citrus variation to the traditional lemon flavor.
2. Orange Infusion
- Description: Swap lemon with orange for a sweeter, less tangy flavor. Use fresh orange juice and zest in both the cake and the syrup.
- Benefits: Offers a milder citrus note, ideal for those who prefer a sweeter, less tart cake.
3. Berry Delight
- Description: Add a berry compote layer in the middle of the cake or serve with a side of mixed berries.
- Benefits: Introduces a fruity contrast to the citrus flavor, adding both color and a burst of berry sweetness.
4. Almond Accent
- Description: Stir in almond extract into the batter and garnish the finished cake with sliced almonds.
- Benefits: Provides a nutty undertone that complements the lemon flavor, adding texture and richness.
5. Cream Cheese Frosting
- Description: Top the cake with a layer of cream cheese frosting after applying the syrup.
- Benefits: Balances the citrus tang with a creamy, smooth texture, making it more indulgent.
Serving Suggestions for 7UP Cake
1. Classic Serve
- Presentation: Serve the cake as is, with the syrup thoroughly soaked in.
- Pairing: Ideal with a cup of hot tea or coffee for a comforting dessert experience.
2. Whipped Cream Topping
- Suggestion: Add a dollop of whipped cream on top of each slice.
- Occasion: Perfect for a light, refreshing summer dessert.
3. Citrus Glaze Drizzle
- Suggestion: Drizzle a citrus glaze made from powdered sugar and lemon juice over the cake for added sweetness.
- Occasion: Suitable for special occasions or when serving guests.
4. A La Mode
- Suggestion: Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
- Occasion: Ideal for a cozy, comforting treat on a cold day.
5. Fruit Salad Side
- Suggestion: Accompany the cake with a side of fresh fruit salad featuring citrus fruits and berries.
- Occasion: Great for brunches or afternoon tea gatherings.
These variations and serving suggestions can help customize the 7UP cake to fit various tastes and occasions, making it a versatile dessert choice.
OTHER RECIPES YOU’LL LOVE
- Pineapple Upside-Down Cake: If you’re a fan of fruity desserts, check out this easy recipe for pineapple upside-down cake. It’s luscious and simple, and it’ll instantly transport you somewhere tropical.
- Peach Cobbler Pie: If you combine cobbler and pie, you’ll be left with very satisfied eaters. This dessert is one of my favorites, and I bet it’ll become one of yours once you taste it.
- Caramel Apple Bacon Hand Pies: if you love apple pie, bacon and caramel, then you'll love it when they're combined into a single dessert.
7UP Cake Recipe with Lemon Glaze
- Prep Time: 30 minutes
- Cook Time: 70 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
3 sticks unsalted butter - softened
5 eggs - room temperature
3 cups all purpose flour
3 cups sugar
¾ cup 7UP
For lemon glaze:
4 cups powdered sugar
6 tbs lemon juice
Zest of two lemons
1. Making the cake:
2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
3. Add butter and sugar to the bowl attached to your stand mixer and beat on medium until fluffy, about two minutes. You should notice the color change, too.
4. Add eggs, one at a time until combined.
5. With the blender on low speed, add half of the flour and combine.
6. Add half of the 7UP and combine.
7. Add the remaining half of the flour and combine.
8. Then, add the remaining 7UP and combine.
9. Spray cake pan with baking spray, flour the pan and then pour in cake batter.
10. Bake at 325 degrees for 70-80 minutes or until knife comes out clean.
11. Allow cake to cool in pan for 15-20 minutes before turning out onto cooling rack.
12. Making the glaze:
13. In a bowl, add all ingredients and mix until smooth.
14. Pour over completely cooled cake.
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Lemon Syrup for 7UP Cake
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 15 minutes
½ stick unsalted butter
¾ cup sugar
½ cup lemon juice
- In a medium saucepan, add all ingredients and cook over medium heat for 10-15 minutes or until sugar has dissolved and butter has melted.
- Remove from heat.
- Pour over cake while it's still in the cake pan.
- Allow for the syrup to be completed absorbed for 15-20 minutes prior to turning out onto a serving tray or plate.
- Alternative soaking method:
- Place cake on a cooling rack.
- Poke holes in cake with a scewer to allow penetration of syrup.
- Slowly pour syrup over cake, allowing time for it to be absorbed before adding more syrup.
- Allow cake to cool completely before serving.
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