Hello, fellow food enthusiasts! Today, I have a mouthwatering recipe to share with you – the irresistible 7-Up pound cake. This delectable cake is perfect for any special occasion or just a simple get-together with friends and family.
What makes this recipe stand out from the rest is its unique ingredient – the citrus soda, 7-Up. The carbonated beverage adds a subtle flavor of citrus to the already buttery and moist cake, making it perfect for any time of day. Plus, this recipe is made completely from scratch, giving you that classic homemade taste that we all crave.
Now, I must warn you – this cake is dangerously addictive. So much so, that many of my guests have requested the recipe after indulging in second and even third slices. But don’t let that stop you from trying it out. You won’t regret baking this perfect 7-Up pound cake for your next gathering or just for yourself as a special treat.
So, let’s get started on creating this irresistible dessert together!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Are you a fan of moist, classic pound cake recipes? Then you’ll definitely fall in love with the deliciously moist 7-Up Pound Cake! This recipe is simply remarkable, with its subtle flavor of citrus and a tender crumb that instantly melts in your mouth.
Made from ingredients such as sugar, eggs, all-purpose flour, butter, and vegetable shortening, this cake recipe is easy to follow from scratch. What makes it special is the addition of 7Up, a lemon-lime citrus soda that takes this traditional dessert to the next level.
If you’re someone who loves baking using simple ingredients but still wants a unique variation of pound cake flavors, then this 7-Up Pound Cake is right up your alley. Whether it’s for a casual afternoon tea or a fancy dinner party dessert, this elegant bundt cake recipe is sure to impress any guest who takes a bite of its delightful flavor.
Don’t believe me? Try it for yourself and see what all the fuss is about!
Before starting any recipe, it is important to gather all the necessary ingredients in one place. Here is a list of what you’ll need to make this delicious 7-Up Pound Cake that no one can resist:
- 1 ½ cups vegetable shortening
- 3 sticks unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
- 3 cups granulated sugar
- 5 large eggs, room temperature
- 3 cups cake flour, sifted
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon lemon extract
- 1 cup 7UP soda (or any lemon-lime citrus soda)
Recipe Ingredients in Detail
Butter and Vegetable Shortening
Both butter and vegetable shortening work together to make this pound cake extra moist and tender. I use a combination of both because the butter adds rich flavor while the vegetable shortening helps to keep the moisture and texture of the cake.
This recipe calls for a total of 3 cups of granulated sugar which is responsible for the sweetness and caramelization of the cake.
5 large eggs are required to bind everything together and give structure to our pound cake. Make sure your eggs are at room temperature before using them. Room temperature eggs help to emulsify and incorporate air into the batter, resulting in a fluffy and well-risen cake.
Cake Flour & Salt
Cake flour is used to provide lightness and softness to the pound cake. In addition to that, we will also add some salt which helps bring out all the flavors in the recipe.
We will be using both vanilla extract and lemon extract to make this classic pound cake even more special. These flavorings give just enough subtle flavor citrus notes without overpowering other ingredients.
Using 7UP soda or any other kind of lemon-lime soda adds a subtle, tangy flavor to this pound cake. It also contributes to the moistness of the cake.
Note: If you have ever wondered “What’s 7UP?” or “What is Lemon-lime soda?” 7UP is a brand of lemon-lime flavored, non-caffeinated soft drink that was created back in 1929 by Charles Leiper Grigg. It has a mild and refreshing taste that pairs really well with this recipe.
The Recipe How-To
Now, let’s dive into the how-to of this amazing 7-Up Pound Cake recipe.
Preparing the Ingredients
First things first, make sure all your ingredients are at room temperature before starting. Why?, you might ask. Well, this helps make sure that your cake will bake evenly and have a consistent texture.
Next, sift together 3 cups of all-purpose flour and 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a bowl and set them aside.
Creaming the Butter and Shortening
In a large mixing bowl, cream together 3 sticks (1 ½ cups) of unsalted butter softened and 1/2 cup of vegetable shortening until light and fluffy.
Then add in 5 large eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Adding Sugar Gradually
Gradually add in 3 cups of granulated sugar, making sure to beat well after each addition. Make sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula to ensure everything is mixed evenly.
Incorporating Flour Mixture
Now it’s time to add in the flour mixture (from step 1). Add it in slowly while alternating with adding 1 cup of 7Up soda, beginning and ending with the flour mixture.
Make sure to mix everything thoroughly but avoid overmixing as this could result in a tough cake.
Preheat your oven to 325°F (or 160°C) and grease a 10-inch tube pan or bundt cake pan with baking spray. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
Bake for about 1 hour and 20 minutes, or until a toothpick or cake tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
Let It Cool
After taking your lovely moist cake out of the oven, let it cool for about 15 minutes in the pan. Then invert onto a cake plate and let it cool completely.
Adding the Finishing Touch
If you desire, you can add a glaze on top of your 7-Up pound cake. In a bowl, mix together 2 cups powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon of lemon extract or 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, and 1/4 cup 7Up soda until well combined.
Drizzle over the top of your cake, slice and serve!
There you have it, a perfect 7-Up Pound Cake recipe made from scratch.
Substitutions and Variations
As every cook knows, there are always ways to put a unique twist on a classic recipe. The 7-Up Pound Cake is no exception. Although this cake is already delightfully flavorful with a subtle citrus flavor from the lemon-lime soda, it can be customized by tweaking the recipe to your preference.
For starters, you can experiment with different extracts in place of vanilla extract to enhance the flavor of the cake. Lemon extract or almond extract are great alternatives that will add a distinct taste to your pound cake.
If you’re looking to cut back on calories, you can substitute some of the sugar with a natural sweetener like honey, maple syrup or agave nectar. Just keep in mind that sugar also adds moisture, so reducing its amount might affect the texture of your cake.
Another variation would be incorporating fresh fruits in the batter or as toppings. You can add blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, or even citrus fruits such as oranges or lemons to give your cake a burst of vibrant color and added juiciness.
For those who enjoy chocolate, you can also incorporate cocoa powder, chocolate chips, or hazelnut spread in the batter for a lovely chocolatey taste that blends perfectly with the citrus flavor.
Finally, if you’re hesitant about using 7-up soda in your recipe, feel free to use any other lemon-lime soda as an acceptable substitution. You can use Sprite or Sierra Mist if you prefer them over 7-up.
Remember that the joy of cooking comes from trying new things and experimenting with recipes. Don’t be afraid to make changes and put your spin on the classic 7-Up Pound Cake recipe!
Serving and Pairing
A slice of 7-Up pound cake is a delightful treat for any time of day. Its subtle citrus flavor pairs perfectly with a warm cup of tea or coffee as a mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack.
For dessert, I recommend serving this moist cake alongside fresh berries, whipped cream, or vanilla ice cream. The bright flavors of the fruit and creamy texture of the whipped cream complement the rich buttery taste of the cake, creating a perfect balance of flavors and textures.
If you’re feeling more adventurous, try pairing 7-Up pound cake with a dessert wine such as Moscato D’Asti or late-harvest Riesling. The lightness and sweetness of these wines enhance the delicate flavor nuances in the cake and create a truly indulgent experience.
For an extra special occasion, consider dressing up your 7-Up pound cake by slicing it into thin layers and layering it with fresh fruit preserves or lemon curd. Topped with whipped cream or meringue, this elegant dessert is sure to impress your guests.
Overall, this versatile cake can be served at any time of day and pairs well with a range of drinks and desserts. Get creative and find your own favorite way to enjoy this classic 7-Up pound cake recipe!
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
If you’re wondering about ways to enjoy your delicious 7-Up Pound Cake recipe long after it has left the oven, fret not! There are plenty of ways to make the most of your pound cake with some simple tips on how to store and reheat it.
If you’re planning to make this for a party, I recommend baking it up to two days ahead of time. This will give you more time to focus on other aspects of the event, while ensuring that the cake is ready for dessert time.
When you bake the pound cake, let it cool completely before wrapping it properly in plastic wrap and storing it in an airtight container. This will help keep the moisture locked in and prevent the cake from drying out. Store it at room temperature or in the fridge if you want it to last longer.
Suppose you don’t have immediate plans to serve it. In that case, you can store it in the freezer for up to three months by wrapping it tightly with plastic wrap and then covering it with foil. When you’re ready to eat, simply remove the cake from the freezer and let it thaw at room temperature for a few hours before serving.
Now that we’ve covered storage tips let me tell you about reheating options. If you find yourself with leftover pound cake, there’s nothing quite like warming up a slice in the microwave or toaster oven. Simply pop a slice into the microwave for 15-20 seconds or quick heat in the toaster oven by placing on broil and baking for a few seconds. The subtle citrus flavor with a hint of sweet vanilla will come alive again, making every bite taste almost as good as when freshly baked.
With these helpful tips on storing and reheating your 7-Up Pound Cake recipe, you can enjoy this perfect moist cake over and over again – whether during dessert time or anytime!
Tips for Perfect Results
Now that you have all the ingredients to make your 7-Up pound cake, let’s talk about some tips for perfect results. Making the perfect cake is an art, and these tips will help ensure that your cake comes out moist, flavorful, and perfectly baked.
One major tip is to make sure all your ingredients are at room temperature before you start mixing them together. This applies to the butter, eggs, and 7-Up soda. Room temperature ingredients will blend together better and make a smoother cake batter.
Another important tip is to not overmix your ingredients. When you overmix your batter, it has the potential to toughen up your cake. So once all of your ingredients are incorporated, stop mixing!
Additionally, check to make sure that all of your measurements are precise. A little too much or too little of a particular ingredient can drastically alter the texture and taste of your cake.
Don’t forget to properly grease and flour your baking pan before adding in the batter. Doing this will prevent the cake from sticking to the pan during baking.
Another one of my favorite tricks for making 7-Up pound cake extra special is by using lemon extract instead of vanilla extract. It gives a subtle yet noticeable flavor of citrus that works so well with the lemon-lime soda in this recipe.
Finally, be sure to bake your cake at the correct temperature and follow instructions for timing closely. Over-baking can result in a dry cake while under-baking can result in a moist cake which could be tempting but unappealingly raw.
By following these simple tips, you’ll be able to create a perfect 7-Up pound cake every time. Trust me. Your guests will love it!
As our journey in the world of the 7-Up Pound Cake Recipe comes to an end, let’s explore some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that might arise during the preparation and cooking process. I understand that certain details can make or break a recipe’s success, and I’m here to provide clarity and guidance so that you can bake this cake to absolute perfection. Whether you’re making it for a potluck or for your loved ones at home, these answers will help you troubleshoot any potential problems, so let’s dive in!
What does 7UP do in cake?
A distinctive ingredient that can be used instead of typical leavening agents like baking powder or baking soda in cake recipes is 7UP soda. The carbonation in 7UP contributes to the cake’s rising process and gives it a buoyant texture. Additionally, if you have any residual 7UP, there are other recipes with lemon-lime soda that you can utilize it in.
What is 7UP pound cake?
One of my all-time favorites is this classic 7up pound cake which has a perfectly baked exterior while still maintaining an irresistibly soft and deliciously buttery crumb. The secret to this recipe is none other than the 7UP soda, which gives it a refreshing kick and a hint of lemon flavor, making it a classic lemon pound cake. Top it off with a tangy and sweet lemon glaze to take the flavor to the next level!
What is Elvis Presley pound cake?
As per the Sterns, Elvis Presley’s preferred pound cake was the one baked by his childhood companion, Janelle McComb. On the 10th anniversary of The King’s passing away, Janelle shared the recipe with the Sterns in 1987. Apparently, during Christmas time, Janelle used to bake two loaves of this pound cake and present them to Graceland every year.
Why isn’t my pound cake fluffy?
When preparing the mixture of butter and sugar for your recipe, it’s vital to ensure enough air is incorporated. If there isn’t enough air, your mixture could turn out dense and heavy. To avoid this, take your time when creaming the butter and sugar together, making sure to beat them until fluffy. It’s important to add the sugar in a thin stream, as adding it too quickly could cause the mixture to become overly dense.
What makes a pound cake fall apart?
To bake a perfect cake, we need to take into account several factors that can make it either too dry or too moist. Overlooking any of these aspects can result in a cake that has sunk in the center or does not have the ideal texture. Poor planning, incorrect oven temperature, under-baking, not enough emulsification, too much leavening, and even geography can all play a role in the outcome of your cake. So, let’s go over these critical factors to bake a tasty and moist cake that everyone will love.
In conclusion, this 7-Up Pound Cake recipe is an excellent way to impress your loved ones with a delicious dessert that is perfectly moist and bursting with subtle citrus flavors. Made from scratch with simple ingredients and clear instructions, this recipe is easy to follow and yields a classic cake that is perfect for any occasion.
Whether you’re making this cake for a family get-together, a special event, or simply as a treat for yourself, you’ll find that it’s straightforward to customize and adjust to your tastes. From using different types of flour to adding toppings or frosting, there are endless possibilities for variation with this recipe.
So go ahead and give it a try! Once you bite into the light, tender crumb of this pound cake and savor its delicate sweetness, we’re certain that you’ll be hooked. And with our tips for perfect results and FAQ at your fingertips, there’s no excuse not to whip up this delightful cake today!
Remember: the secret ingredient in this cake is love, so take your time and enjoy the baking process. And who knows – maybe your guests will even be begging for seconds!
7-Up Pound Cake Recipe
- 1 cup butter
- 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
- 2 -3 cups sugar (see note)
- 5 eggs
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup 7-Up soda
- 1 teaspoon lemon extract or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon butter flavor extract
- Ingredients should be at room temperature.
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
- Grease a large tube pan.
- Cream butter and shortening with sugar.
- Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
- Add flour alternately with 7-Up and extracts.
- Bake until done, about 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes.
- *NOTE*The recipe originally called for 3 cups sugar, but 2 cups are sufficient.
- There is no need to adjust amounts of other ingredients if you use less sugar.
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Brian is a British chef cum food blogger who has been in the kitchen since he was a young lad. Growing up in Manchester, he developed a passion for cooking and a keen eye for the perfect dish. He now runs his own blog and YouTube channel, which is dedicated to sharing his passion for food with the world.