7UP Pound Cake

How to make the best old fashioned 7UP Pound Cake. A classic bundt cake recipe with a citrusy lemon glaze. A must-make dessert!

We’ve shared a chocolate cola cake and even have a white wine cake, so why not share one of the most classic cakes of all the, the 7UP pound cake!

slice of 7UP Pound Cake

Now you can find 7UP cakes in grocery stores and restaurants, but where did this old fashioned recipe originate (original recipe source)?

The original recipe dates back to the early 1950’s where it was featured by the 7UP company in a promotional pamphlet. (source)

What does 7UP do in baking?

You may often notice soda in baking recipes. So why is it in there? If course it adds sweetness and flavor, but 7UP (and other sodas) also help the cakes to be light.

What are the ingredients for a 7UP cake?

7UP cake only has 6 ingredients. You’ll notice that baking soda and baking powder are not in the cake. It’s ok! It’s not missing, it just isn’t needed.

  • butter
  • sugar
  • eggs
  • flour
  • lemon extract
  • 7UP soda
7UP Pound Cake batter pouring into bundt cake pan

How do you make a 7UP pound cake?

Because this is a thick batter, we recommend using a hand mixer or stand mixer to cream the ingredients together.

  • Start by greasing a 12 cup bundt cake pan with shortening, then dust with flour. Be sure your bundt cake pan is big enough to hold all the batter.
  • Beat the sugar and butter until creamy, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Add in lemon extract and mix.
  • Add in eggs and mix well.
  • Add in flour and mix, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Add in 7UP® and mix for 1 minute.
  • Scrape down the sides of the bowl, then mix again for 1 minute at low speed.
  • Pour batter into the prepared bundt cake pan.

This cake takes awhile to bake. Bake for about 1 hour and 10 minutes, but it can take up to 1 hour and 20 minutes. Our cake took about 1 hour and 10 minutes to bake.

spreading cake batter in bundt pan

Frosting for a 7UP Cake

The frosting is easy to whip up with simply a bowl and a whisk. You can use a hand mixer if you’d like, but we find it just isn’t necessary.

  • Combine the powdered sugar, vanilla, lemon juice, and 7UP. Whisk the mixture until it is smooth.
  • After the cake comes out of the oven, let it cool in the pan for about 10 minutes.
  • Turn the cake over onto a cake plate.
  • Let the cake coo, then then drizzle with the glaze.

The glaze gives an amazing citrus flavor to the cake. Don’t skip it! It’s so good!

glaze drizzling over a bundt cake

Can you make a bundt cake in a regular pan?

You can bake a pound cake in a 9×13 baking pan instead of a bundt cake pan. However, the timing will be different. It may take longer to bake this cake in a 9×13 baking pan. If the top starts to get too brown, cover the cake with foil.

How do you store pound cake?

This cake is best stored at room temperature. Keep it in an airtight container for 2-3 days. If you want to keep it longer you can refrigerate the cake after 3 days or freeze it.

This cake freezes really well! Make sure it is wrapped well in plastic wrap, then place in a zippered storage bag or plastic storage container.

lemon 7UP Pound Cake on a plate

Other Pound Cake Recipes

slice of lemon pound cake on a spatula

Tools to Make this Cake

  • Bundt Cake Pan: This is a classic, must-have kitchen tool.
  • Bundt Cake Carrier: Store your cake in this carrier to keep it fresh and easy to transport!
  • Cake Plate: I have this cake plate and everyone loves it! It comes with the cute server too.
7UP Pound Cake on a cake spatula
7UP Pound Cake on a cake spatula

7UP Pound Cake

4.67 from 3 votes
Servings 12
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients
 

For the cake:

  • 1 1/2 cups salted butter
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons lemon extract
  • 3/4 cup 7UP®

For the glaze:

  • 3-1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup cold 7UP®

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 325° Fahrenheit. Grease a 12 cup bundt cake pan with shortening, then dust with flour.
  • Using an electric hand mixer, beat the sugar and butter until creamy, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Add in lemon extract and mix.
  • Add in eggs and mix well.
  • Add in flour and mix, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Add in 7UP® and mix for 1 minute.
  • Scrape down the sides of the bowl, then mix again for 1 minute at low speed.
  • Pour batter into the prepared bundt cake pan.
  • Bake for 1 hour, or up to 1 hour and 20 minutes. Our cake took about 1 hour and 10 minutes to bake.
  • While the cake bakes, make glaze.
  • In a small bowl, combine the powdered sugar, vanilla, lemon juice, and 7UP®. Whisk the mixture until it is smooth.
  • After the cake comes out of the oven, let it cool in the pan for about 10 minutes.
  • Turn the cake over onto a cake plate.
  • Let the cake coo, then then drizzle with the glaze.
  • Store the cake covered at room temperature.

Notes

The calories shown are based on the cake being cut into 12 pieces, with 1 serving being 1 slice of cake. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**

Nutrition

Calories: 584kcal | Carbohydrates: 84g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 149mg | Sodium: 239mg | Potassium: 77mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 60g | Vitamin A: 835IU | Vitamin C: 1.5mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1.9mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 584
Keyword bundt cake recipe, cake with 7up, easy bundt cake, pound cake
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Do you sift flour?

Ok, made this this evening. I have a Kitchen Aid & this batter was thick!! It baked up beautifully, put settled in the middle when I pulled it from the oven & ended up w/ candy like crust. I wanted to ask if you used all the glaze because it was a lot & does 7-Up for the batter need to be room temperature or cold?

The recipe calls for butter but is that salted or unsalted butter