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7UP Pound Cake

Ahhhh, the Joy of Pound Cake! And, not just any pound cake-7-Up Pound Cake! I never count calories with this dessert because it is too good to worry about my hips. And besides, life is meant to be enjoyed. I just make certain to do an extra walk or two around the block, so that I can devour more. 

Pound cake has been a favorite of mine ever since I was a young girl. I also found out that pound cake has been around since the 1700’s and originated in Northern Europe. There is even a National Pound Cake Day celebrated on March 4th every year.  Yes, we know pound cake tastes delicious, but who knew it had its very own celebratory day? Even more reason to make one soon, right? 

7UP Pound Cake

5 from 2 votes
Recipe by Madison Course: Dessert
Servings

16

servings
Prep time

20

minutes
Cooking time

1

hour 

Ingredients

  • For the Cake:
  • 3 cups granulated sugar

  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter (3 sticks)

  • 5 eggs, at room temperature

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoon lime juice

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • 1 cup 7UP soda

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • For the Glaze:
  • 2 1/4 cups powdered sugar

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 325° F (160° C).
  • Grease and flour the entire bundt pan and set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, cream together the sugar and butter until light and fluffy for about 3 minutes.
  • Add the eggs in, one at a time, beating well after adding each one.
  • Beat in the lemon juice, lime juice and vanilla extract. Then, start alternating with 7UP and flour, by gradually adding each, until the batter is smooth.                   
  • Pour the batter into the bundt pan and bake for approximately 60-70 minutes. As the cake is a few minutes away from being ready, it will start to brown around the edges and you can insert a toothpick near the center to check if the batter is done. The toothpick should come out clean.  
  • Let the cake stay in the bundt pan for about 15 minutes. Then, carefully, take a knife and go around the edges of the bundt cake, so that it will slide right out of the pan once cooled. Invert bundt cake onto a cooling rack or a plate.
  • To Make the Glaze:
  • In a small to medium bowl, whisk together the glaze ingredients. Drizzle the glaze on the top of the cake generously. I use a fork to drizzle mine, while stroking the drizzle on the cake in an up and down motion.

And, I just know you will enjoy making and sharing this one. To celebrate 2021, I made this cake and sliced up almost all of it and shared it with my neighbors. Of course, I managed to save four hunky slices for myself and I am so glad that I did!  

All of the ingredients used: the butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, lemon and lime juices, 7-Up soda that merged perfectly with the flour while mixing in the mixing bowl, smelled delicious, even before sticking it in the oven for an hour. Depending on your oven, this dessert might have to be baked a few extra minutes before it is ready to sit and cool.

My favorite part about making this cake is drizzling the top of the bundt cake, once the cake has cooled for about 15 minutes. I always loved art and I will usually take a fork and drizzle the top of the cake as if, I’m using a paintbrush in art class. It is a technique; and, I am sure that, if you decide to make this cake you will come up with your own special utensil to use.

For the icing, I used two ingredients. Powder sugar and lime juice gave it the perfect drizzle. It was not too sweet. The lime offset the sweetness of the powder sugar ideally. In order words, the two drizzled ingredients merged together in perfect harmony. 

Pound cake can be frozen for up to approximately two months. Just be sure to wrap the cake tightly in aluminum foil and place in a freezer bag.You might want to use a sharpie and put the date that you made the pound cake on the freezer bag and also the expiration date (two months from first date) so you will not forget.

I believe this will be the cake you will make at least a few times a year, perhaps more. This cake can be eaten as you drink your morning coffee, or even with a tall glass of milk, your favorite wine or simply a glass of water. However, you choose to enjoy this delicious cake, I know that your palate will be quite satisfied. And, by the way, do not forget to eat a slice of pound cake on March 4th, National Pound Cake Day!  Your taste buds are waiting.

-Madison

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