Delicious 7 Up Pound Cake Recipe for Dessert-Lovers

Howdy folks,

Today, I am sharing with you a recipe for the most delicious pound cake you’ll ever taste – the 7 Up Pound Cake! This cake is a soulful classic that originated in the South and has been passed down through many generations. It’s an easy and moist cake that anyone can make from scratch!

Now, you might be thinking, “…7 Up in a cake? What in tarnation?” But hear me out – adding 7 Up to this old-fashioned recipe makes it incredibly tender and adds a subtle flavor of citrus that complements the richness of the buttery pound cake.

This recipe is perfect for any occasion – from a simple afternoon snack to a dessert for Thanksgiving dinner. You can even serve it with some fresh berries or whipped cream. Plus, it’s the perfect base for all sorts of creative variations and adaptations.

So come on y’all, grab your aprons and let’s make some delicious 7 Up Pound Cake straight from scratch!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

7 up Pound Cake
7 up Pound Cake

Folks, let me tell you about a recipe that would steal the show at any gathering. It’s the classic 7UP Pound Cake, and it’s also the perfect combination of moistness and tenderness that will make your taste buds dance in joy.

One reason you’ll love this cake is because of its subtle flavor citrus flavor. The 7UP Soda adds a unique tanginess that is unlike anything you’ve ever tasted before. This gives the cake a hint of lemon-lime goodness that takes it to another level.

This pound cake recipe also uses simple ingredients that are easy to find in any kitchen. It includes eggs, sugar, butter, cake flour, and shortening – all basic pantry staples that you probably already have on hand.

What truly sets this recipe apart from others is how easy it is to make from scratch. Unlike some of those boxed cake mixes, this 7UP pound cake requires no bells and whistles or mixes – just follow the instructions and shazam! You’ve got yourself a delicious homemade masterpiece.

But, let’s not forget about the versatility of this cake too! You can enjoy it plain with a morning coffee or elevate it by topping it with fruits or powdered sugar. And if you really want to step up your game, add a lemon glaze or whip up some scrumptious whipped cream as accompaniments.

Lastly, if ‘soul-food’ is your Forte, check out how moist this old-fashioned Bundt cake turns out when you use sour cream instead of shortening. I’m telling ya folks, just thinking about it makes my mouth water!

In conclusion, if you’re looking for an easy-to-make dessert that will impress your guests with its light citrus tanginess and perfect moistness, look no further than this classic 7UP pound cake. Trust me on this one; your taste buds will thank you.

Ingredient List

 A slice of heaven in every Bite!
A slice of heaven in every Bite!

Let me tell you about the ingredients for this 7UP Pound Cake recipe. You’ll need:

Cake Ingredients

  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened to room temperature (3 sticks)
  • 5 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

7UP Glaze Ingredients

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature (1 stick)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1/2 cup 7UP

For this classic 7UP pound cake recipe, I recommend using high-quality butter, vanilla, and fresh eggs for the best results. Don’t have any 7UP? No problem! You can use any lemon-lime soda instead.

The Recipe How-To

 When life gives you 7-Up, make 7-Up cake
When life gives you 7-Up, make 7-Up cake

Let’s get to the good stuff – the recipe how-to. Here’s what you’ll need:


  • 3 sticks (1 1/2 cups) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 5 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup 7UP


  1. Preheat your oven to 325°F. Grease and flour a 10-inch Bundt pan.
  2. Using a stand mixer, cream together the softened butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add in the vanilla extract and mix well.
  4. Add in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour and salt.
  6. Gradually add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients, alternating with the 7UP.
  7. Mix until just combined, being careful not to overmix.
  8. Pour into your prepared Bundt pan and tap it gently on the countertop to get rid of any air bubbles.
  9. Bake for 70 to 80 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  10. Let cool in the pan on a wire rack for at least an hour before attempting to remove from pan.
  11. Finally, invert onto a serving platter and serve.

Enjoy this delicious classic 7UP pound cake recipe straight from my soul food kitchen!

Substitutions and Variations

 The perfect blend of citrusy and sweet
The perfect blend of citrusy and sweet

Now, if you’re anything like me, you might be wondering how to switch up this classic 7UP pound cake recipe with some substitutions and variations to make it your own. Fear not, my fellow culinary adventurer, for I have some tasty recommendations for you to try out.

Firstly, if you’re looking to add a little bit of tanginess to your cake, why not try swapping out the vanilla extract for some lemon extract or juice? This will give your cake a subtle flavor of citrus that pairs perfectly with 7UP’s lemon-lime taste.

In addition to that, if you want to make the cake even more moist and tender, consider adding in a dollop of sour cream into the batter. This will give it a richer taste and smoother texture that is sure to impress.

Alternatively, for those who prefer their desserts less sweet or are looking for a gluten-free option, swap out the regular all-purpose flour for a gluten-free alternative. You can use almond flour or any other kind of flour of your choice to make this soul food dish more accommodating to your dietary restrictions.

Finally, if you want to go for a more creative approach, consider baking the recipe in different shapes and sizes! Instead of using a traditional bundt cake mold, try pouring the batter into muffin cups or loaf pans. This will add a new level of versatility to your baking repertoire that’s perfect for any occasion.

With these substitutions and variations at your fingertips, feel free to let loose and experiment with this classic 7UP pound cake recipe. Trust me when I say there is nothing quite like homemade pound cake made from scratch.

Serving and Pairing

 Get your bake on with a 7-Up pound cake!
Get your bake on with a 7-Up pound cake!

Now that you’ve baked and beautifully crafted your 7UP pound cake recipe, let’s talk about how best to indulge in it. This classic cake pairs perfectly with a myriad of different accompaniments. You could opt for the traditional route of simply serving it up with a tall glass of cold milk or brew a cup of tea. A dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream would make for an extra decadent treat.

If you prefer something zesty and tangy, try pairing the cake with lemon sorbet, or maybe even add a lemon glaze (made with 7UP and lemon juice) to give your masterpiece an extra punch. The subtle flavor of citrus from the soda adds a light touch that allows for various pairings.

If you’re looking to elevate this recipe to soul food status, I recommend serving it with some lightly caramelized bananas or fresh strawberries. The natural sweetness from the fruit complements the moist and buttery texture from the cake.

Lastly, if you’re feeling adventurous, cut your pound cake into little cubes and mix them into your favorite ice cream flavor. I promise you won’t regret this!

Remember, there are tons of ways to enjoy your 7UP pound cake recipe; it’s all about finding what suits your fancy! So take heart and dive right in.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 You're just one bite away from bliss
You’re just one bite away from bliss

Now that you’ve made a delightful 7 Up Pound Cake, you might be wondering what to do with the leftovers. Fear not, friend! There are a few methods of preserving this moist and delicious cake.

Firstly, let’s talk about making the cake ahead of time. You might not have a specific event that you need to make this cake for but still want to enjoy it. If that’s the case, it’s easy to make this cake in advance.

Once the cake has cooled, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and store it in an airtight container. It can remain at room temperature for up to 3 days before tasting stale. However, if you’re planning on storing it for longer than that, pop it in the fridge where it will last up to a week.

When reheating your refrigerated cake, slightly warm each slice in the microwave for 10-15 seconds or until warm. If you try to cut through cold cake, you’ll find it quite difficult as the ingredients will compress together leaving you with less-than-perfect slices.

Now let’s say that your plans have changed and there is leftover cake you want to save for later. Well, don’t throw them away, because they can be saved! Cut any remaining slices into smaller portions and place them into freezer bags. You can even double-layer the freezer bag to ensure maximum freshness.

The delicious lemon-lime flavor and subtle citrus essence of this cake can bring sunshine to any day, so whenever hunger strikes or guests arrive unannounced, be ready with these tips on make-ahead, storage and reheating of your 7 Up Pound Cake.

Tips for Perfect Results

 This cake is a party in your mouth
This cake is a party in your mouth

Now, let’s talk about some tips to ensure that your 7UP pound cake comes out perfectly every time.

First and foremost, make sure to use room temperature ingredients. This is especially important for the butter and eggs. It helps them to mix more easily and smoothly, resulting in a batter that’s well-incorporated and bakes up more evenly.

Another thing to keep in mind is to not overmix the batter. Once you’ve added the flour, mix it just until it’s incorporated. Overmixing can cause the cake to become tough and dry.

When measuring the flour, spoon it into the measuring cup and level it off with a knife. This ensures that you’re not packing the flour down into the cup, which can cause you to use too much.

If you want to add a little extra flavor to your cake, consider adding some lemon extract or zest along with the vanilla extract. It will give your cake a subtle citrus flavor that complements the 7UP well.

Lastly, after baking your cake, let it cool completely in the pan before removing it. This will help it hold its shape and prevent it from breaking apart.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to create a perfect 7UP pound cake that’s moist, fluffy and simply delicious!


Now, let me address some of the frequently asked questions about this 7up pound cake recipe. I know how important it is to clarify any doubts to achieve that perfect cake, and I am more than happy to help you out. So, let’s get into it!

What does 7UP do in cake?

Instead of using the usual baking soda or baking powder, 7UP can be used in making a cake as a substitute. The bubbles caused by the carbonation of 7UP help the cake to rise and make it light and fluffy. Moreover, any leftover 7UP can be utilized for other recipes that require lemon-lime soda.

What is 7UP pound cake?

I’ve got a recipe for a crowd-pleasing classic that you won’t want to miss: 7UP pound cake! It’s got everything you want in a pound cake – a crisp crust, tender crumb, and plenty of buttery flavor – plus a surprise ingredient that makes it stand out. You might be able to guess from the name: 7UP soda! Once you take a bite, you’ll recognize the delicious lemony taste that will have you coming back for more. Don’t forget to finish it off with a tangy lemon glaze for that extra zing!

What is Elvis Presley pound cake?

Legend has it that pound cake was a beloved treat for Elvis Presley, baked by his dear friend Janelle McComb. The Sterns, who were given the recipe by McComb in honor of the 10th anniversary of The King’s passing, claim that every year at Christmas, McComb would deliver two loaves of the cake to Graceland.

Why isn’t my pound cake fluffy?

If the texture of your dish turns out too dense, it could be due to insufficient aeration of the butter and sugar mixture. This could happen when the creaming process is cut short or when the sugar, eggs or flour are added too hastily. The solution is to beat the butter till light and fluffy and then gradually add sugar in a steady stream.

Bottom Line

Well, folks, there you have it! The 7 Up Pound Cake recipe is quick, easy, and bound to impress your guests. Whether it’s for a tea party or just family dinner, this moist and delicious cake will have everyone reaching for seconds.

As a chef specializing in British cuisine, I know that nothing beats a good pound cake. And this 7 Up Pound Cake recipe is the perfect example of a classic cake made even better with a subtle flavor of citrus soda. Trust me – the combination of the lemon-lime soda along with the other ingredients will give a tantalizing taste that will leave your tastebuds dancing in delight.

What’s more? Making this cake from scratch not only guarantees a perfect 7 Up cake but also has several health benefits compared to boxed mixes. With simple tips and recommendations, you could easily customize and make different variations of this cake.

So why not make it today? Grab your ingredients and get baking! It’s perfect for any occasion all year round. Once you take that first bite of the classic 7 Up Pound Cake – paired with whipped cream or some berries – be ready to savor every moment because it’s pure heaven.

In conclusion, whether you’re someone who’s never baked before, an avid baker trying something new or experimenting with a new recipe – trust me when I say this 7 up Pound Cake is worth every minute of your time. Try it out today and let us know how it turned out!

7 up Pound Cake

7 up Pound Cake Recipe

A moist pound cake.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword < 4 Hours, Dessert, For Large Groups
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Calories 419.3kcal


  • 3 cups flour
  • 5 large eggs
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 cup carbonated lemon-lime beverage (such as 7-Up or Sprite)


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and flour 12-cup bundt pan.
  • Combine flour and salt in bowl and set aside.
  • Combine remaining ingredients EXCEPT 7-up in large mixer bowl; beat at medium speed until light and fluffy, scraping sides occasionally, 5 minutes.
  • Reduce speed to low; add dry ingredients and 7-Up. Mix well.
  • Pour into prepared bundt pan.
  • Bake 1 1/2 hours @ 325 or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Cool in pan 15 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely.


Serving: 113g | Calories: 419.3kcal | Carbohydrates: 57.1g | Protein: 4.5g | Fat: 19.7g | Saturated Fat: 9.4g | Cholesterol: 96.6mg | Sodium: 141.8mg | Fiber: 0.6g | Sugar: 39.1g

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