7 Up Cake
7 Up Cake is a refreshingly sweet, bundt cake with a hint of citrusy, lemon flavor, that is easy to make and even easier to eat.
With a little bit of lemon juice, extract, and zest, accompanied with lemon-lime carbonated soda, you have got yourself a seven up cake that everyone will love, and even the most novice of baker can bake!
This simple, yet crave worthy, cake recipe is a homemade cake that is great for any baker’s skill level. So, don’t worry about how to make a 7 Up Cake. It is as easy as a poke cake, and as delicious as a Pig Pickin’ Cake, but looks sophisticated and classy.
Serve with fresh fruit, a lemon glaze, or keep is simple and dust with some powdered sugar, either way this 7 Up Cake will be a slice of paradise on your plate.
What Is 7 Up Cake?
For those of you who are new to the whole 7 Up Cake world, get yourself ready because you are in for a treat.
7 Up Cake is a bundt cake that is similar to the feel of the understated, well-known pound cake, but has the underlying pizazz of flavor provided by the lemon lime soda, the lemon zest, lemon extract, and lemon juice.
Don’t you just love the flavor of lemon in baked goods?
With this cake you get the buttery, delicious heartiness of a pound cake, with the lighter, more refreshing flavor of lemon. And there is no leavening agent. What?!
No baking soda or baking powder is needed, yet, you will get a well-risen beautifully baked cake.
What’s the secret? The carbonation!
7 Up Cake:
- Is A Bundt Cake
- Has Lemon Flavor
- Contains Lemon Lime Soda
- The Carbonation Helps The Cake To Rise
This is why it is called by the delicious soda used in it, because that soda is what gives it the rise it needs.
7 Up Cake Ingredients:
Another great thing about this cake is you probably already have most of what you need, if not all of it. Pantry ingredients combine to make something delicious. And if you don’t already have it all, there is nothing hard to find.
Every ingredient is super easy to find at the store and then you can stock up for the next time you are in the mood for this cake.
Because trust me, this 7 Up Cake recipe you are going to want to make again and again.
- Softened Butter
- Lemon Extract, Lemon Juice, Lemon Zest
- Lemon-Lime Carbonated Soda (i.e. the 7 Up)
Note: See recipe for ingredient amounts.
And there you have it. Nothing too crazy, right? No obscure, weird, overly expensive ingredients. Just the basics of baking combined in a way that give you a crispy exterior, fluffy, flavorful interior, with the hints of pound cake, but not as heavy. Basically perfection in cake form.
Tips For How To Make 7 Up Pound Cake Recipe:
Ever eat something that is delicious, ask for the recipe, and then try to make it yourself and have it taste totally different? You end up feeling gypped, right?
Well don’t worry I am sharing all my tips so you have a great finished product.
First off, this recipe is easy and straight forward. But a few tips always help:
Tip 1: Use 7 Up.
The question I get asked the most is: Can I Use Other Soda In A 7 Up Cake?
When in a pinch you can use any carbonated lemon-lime soda. However, I have tested this cake with a bunch of different brands of lemon lime soda, and I have to say, it really does turn out the very best, with the best rise and the best crumb when you use 7UP.
It seems to be a little more carbonated than some other lemon-lime sodas and that will help with the rising factor.
Tip 2: Do Not Over Beat.
I love to let me kids help me make cakes, and once I wasn’t paying attention and an overzealous 7 year old went a little stir crazy (hahaha every pun intended). A little extra beating shouldn’t matter, right? WRONG!
If you over beat, the cake’s consistency will not be optimal. We don’t want a heavy cake, which over beating will produce. We want a light airy one.
Tip 3: Use Unsalted Butter.
It doesn’t make that much of a difference, but if you want the perfect portion of salt, then don’t add additional salt into the recipe, inadvertently with the use of salted butter.
Tip 4: Use A Bundt Cake Pan.
Some may be thinking, Does It Have To Be A Bundt Cake?
Yes, yes, yes!! If you want the best result, it should be a bundt cake.
Why does it matter?
Use a regular pan and you could be in trouble.
It may burn the edges of the cake or worse it make not cook in the middle. Basically a regular pan equals possible disaster. As the baking times will be different.
A bundt cake pan gives you that desired crusty edge.
Since with a bundt cake pan there is nothing in the center of the pan, more batter is pushed to the sides, giving you that crusty outer edge that we all love.
If you don’t have a bundt pan use 2 loaf pans.
Tip 5: Pick The Topping Based On Personal Preference.
I personally like the subtlety of a light dusting of powdered sugar on top of seven up cake.
However, if you want a stronger lemony vibe, you can add a lemon glaze. I love the lemon glaze found on these shortbread lemon cookies and think it would be amazing on this cake.
Or, if you want some fruit on top you can serve fresh berries with a dollop of whipped cream, if you like, making it reminiscent of a strawberry shortcake type dessert.
As always, there is room for you to play around with things.
7 Up Cake: Easy For Beginner Bakers
This cake is the perfect gateway to making homemade, from scratch cakes.
Many of us opt for the boxed cake mix because it is reliable and consistent. And we can call it homemade because we did the mixing and threw it in the oven.
Don’t get me wrong mixes definitely have their place. However, a from scratch cake like this really isn’t that much harder.
And not only will a from scratch cake up your cake game, you will have bragging rights. You my friend can pat yourself on the back because you will have made a cake from scratch.
Why This Recipe Is Great For Beginner Bakers:
- Straight Forward Recipe
- Minimal Steps
- No Obscure Ingredients
- Turns out!
Build that confidence with an easy, yet from scratch, homemade recipe like this one that turns out absolutely stunning and delicious, but is so easy your kids could make it.
- Powdered Sugar: Keep it simple and serve 7 Up Cake with dusted powdered sugar on top.
- Vanilla Ice Cream: Or, serve it along side some vanilla ice cream.
- Fresh Fruit: A dollop of whipped cream and some fresh berries or fruit is also very nice.
- Pair with an easy meal: Hey, why not make it a complete meal and serve it at the end of a fantastic meal like Fried Chicken, or Crockpot Beef Stroganoff and Garlic Green Beans.
This 7 Up Cake recipe is the perfect finish to any meal.
You don’t have to be an expert in the kitchen to make this irresistible, citrusy, delicious 7 Up Cake. So let’s get baking and make a seven up cake that your family and friends will love.
Other Great Cake Recipes:
- Rainbow Bundt Cake
- Red Velvet Mini Bundt Cake with Sweet Cream Cheese
- Pumpkin Pound Cake (can make as a loaf or bundt cake)
Video Tutorial for 7 UP Bundt Cake
- 3 cups white sugar
- 1 cup butter softened
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 5 eggs
- 3 cups all-purpose flour sifted
- 2 teaspoons lemon extract
- 1 Tablespoons lemon juice fresh
- 1 Tablespoons lemon zest
- 1 cup lemon-lime carbonated beverage such as 7Up(R)
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
- Generously grease and flour a bundt pan.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar, butter, and shortening using an electric mixer. Beat together until creamy and smooth.
- Add eggs, 1 at a time, to the mixing bowl, mixing well after each addition.
- Stir flour, 1 cup at a time, into the mixing bowl, mixing well after each addition, until batter is smooth and without lumps. But do not over mix.
- Stir in lemon extract, lemon juice, and lemon zest.
- Pouring slowly, while mixing, gradually mix lemon-lime beverage into batter and stop once incorporated. Pour batter into the prepared bundt pan.
- Bake in preheated 325 F. degree oven for 75 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean
- Remove cake from pan immediately so it does not stick. And place on a cooling rack.
- Cool and serve with a sprinkle of powdered sugar!
Our recipe card software calculates these nutrition facts based on averages for the above ingredients, different brands, and quality of produce/meats may have different nutritional information, always calculate your own based on the specific products you use in order to achieve accurate macros for this recipe.
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