7 Up Bundt Cake

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I walk several mornings a week with my friend Marsha.  Marsha is involved with the Young Women’s organization at church and she was telling me about a special event they were planning with a Princess theme – they wanted the evening to be fairy tale like for the girls.  Marsha was in charge of refreshments and we were brainstorming some ideas.

I immediately thought of a cake idea I had seen on a blog a year or so ago that I had been dying to try.  I basically forced Marsha to let me help with refreshments.

Their original idea was to have the cake look like a wedding cake but I’m just not into fondant so I suggested the idea I had seen that I wanted to try.  Marsha liked it to so I had the go ahead.

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The cake called for two bundt cakes so I started experimenting with different bundt cake recipes.  I remember one of my blog readers telling me about a 7 Up cake so I goggled it and found a recipe over at allrecipes.

7 Up Cake

I did a trial run on the recipe for my dad’s 82nd birthday and everyone loved it.  The biggest challenge in making a bundt cake is getting it of the pan.  I made 3 cakes for the event and two came out perfect and one not so great.  Fortunately powdered sugar  hides a multitude of sins.

7 Up Cake

I thought the cake turned out amazing – it was so pretty!  I fell in love with it! In fact, I couldn’t stop taking pictures of it.

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The cake was decorated with strawberries and blueberries and then it was served with a dollop of whipped cream and some sliced berries.

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We were a little worried that two bundt cakes might not be quite enough so I made a third and it sat on it’s own cake stand.

7 Up Cake

The cake is nice and light and very moist for a pound cake.  It has a nice light lemon flavor and quite delicious.  I think it must be the 7-Up but the cake formed this nice, crunchy layer on the bottom.  So good!   Part of the lightness of the cake is probably because you beat the sugar and butter together for 20 minutes – yes, 20 minutes!  Be sure and use your Kitchen Aid for this one or you might burn the motor out on your hand mixer.

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I tweeked the recipe just a bit by adding some vanilla extract along with the lemon extract.

The evening was a huge success and the girls had a great time.  I am grateful that I could have a small part in it!

 

7 Up Bundt Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 C butter
  • 3 C white sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 3 C all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp lemon extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 C 7-Up

Instructions

  • Beat together the butter and sugar for 20 minutes
  • Add the eggs one at a time. Making sure they are well mixed in.
  • Mix in flour, lemon and vanilla extract and then fold in the 7UP ™ soft drink
  • Pour into a well-greased 12 cup Bundt pan
  • Bake at 325 degrees for 60 to 75 minutes

Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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Comments

  1. says

    I think that’s the same Bundt pan I have. I made a cake in it last Christmas and it was a bear to get out. Plus the recipe I used was really dry. So I had a hacked up dry cake. Maybe I’ll try your recipe. Do you have any tips for getting it out of the pan?

  2. says

    Wow I love this..going to have to try it…I love bundt cakes and you are right…sometimes they come out of the pan beautifully and other times..not so much. My family has eaten several failed bundt cakes with mistakes no amount of powdered would hide!

  3. says

    Raejean, The decorative bundt pan is new and is very heavy duty. The cake came out of that pan beautifully. All I did was give it a heavy coat of Pam. The other bundt pan is old and not so heavy duty and that is the one I had a problem with. I sprayed both with Pam. I don’t know if it is because of the one pan not being as heavy dut or what. I have used the regular bundt pan before and had cakes come out perfect though – not sure there is any rhyme or reason!!

    • Paige says

      I read once a great tip for removing a bundt cake and it has worked every time. The tip was to grease and flour the cake pan ‘generously’ making sure you get plenty in all the cracks. ( think Pam would be ok too). BUT the main key is to wait EXACTLY 15 minutes after you take the cake out of the oven to turn it out of the pan. (I’m sure 16 or 17 minutes would still work – lol). 15 minutes is the magic #. Too hot, the cake will fall apart, too cool – the cake will stick. I also take a regular ktichen knife and run it along all the edges – outside and inside edges. It’s worked for me every time. I think a heavier good quality bundt pan also helps.

  4. says

    Beautiful cake! I love all of the tips and ideas on your site! Thank you for sharing so much great information!

    If you loved the 7-Up cake, I would like to share a recipe for a yummy chocolate version with Dr. Pepper! It is delicious!

    My Personal Dr. Pepper Cake Recipe

    1 cup butter or margarine (butter is better)

    1 cup Dr. Pepper soft drink

    2 cups unsifted all-purpose flour

    1 1/2 cups sugar

    1 teaspoon cinnamon

    1 teaspoon baking soda

    pinch salt

    4 tablespoons cocoa

    2 beaten eggs

    2 teaspoons vanilla

    1/2 cup buttermilk

    1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows

    Dr. Pepper Frosting-

    1/2 cup Dr. Pepper soda pop

    1/4 cup butter or margarine

    3 tablespoons cocoa

    3 cups powdered sugar

    1/2 cup chopped pecans

    1 teaspoon vanilla

    Melt butter. Add the Dr. Pepper soft drink and stir well. Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Add the eggs, buttermilk, vanilla, and marshmallows. Pour the Dr. Pepper mixture over the rest of the ingredients in the mixing bowl. Mix them together well. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit in a greased 9×12 inch pan for 30-35 minutes.

    Dr. Pepper Frosting Instructions- Heat Dr. Pepper soda pop, cocoa, and butter or margarine, but don’t bring to a hard boil. Stir in rest of ingredients and mix together well. Spread Dr. Pepper frosting on while cake is still hot.

    Variation: Use lemon extract instead of vanilla

    Variation: Peanut Butter Frosting

    6 tablespoons butter, room temperature

    1 cup packed brown sugar

    2/3 cup peanut butter

    1/4 cup milk

    2/3 cup chopped, unsalted peanuts

    While the cake is baking, cream the butter, brown sugar, and peanut butter together. Add the milk and mix well. Add the peanuts. Stir well. Spread over the cake while it is still warm. After cake is frosted, put it under the broiler on the top oven rack (about 4-5 inches from top). Broil for a few seconds only, just until frosting starts to get tiny air bubbles. Watch carefully so as not to burn cake. Let cake cool for about half an hour before eating.

  5. Ann LGL says

    Thank you so much for topping of the evening with some “elegant indulgences” like our Herald announced there would be! Everyone loved the cake. It was so beautiful and yummy! (Rebecca especially liked the blueberries.)

  6. says

    Oh my, I wish I would have seen your post before I dropped off my 7-Up cake at my daughter’s bake sale. My family has also drizzled glaze icing over our cakes and I have never been able to make that glaze right, so the cake just didn’t look right or pretty. Powdered sugar and berries like you did would have been so much better.

  7. Amie says

    Leigh Anne, This may be a silly question…but….What did you put in the center of the bundt cake so that the berries didn’t fall through? This cake is so pretty! I’m going to have to get a pan like that. I’ll add it to my shopping list. :) I love reading your blog daily. Thanks so much. I want to be you when I grow up :)

  8. says

    Amie,
    Not a silly question at all. Actually the whole in the middle really isn’t very big so I just used one of my biggest strawberries and laid it on it’s side down in the whole and it plugged it up for me. Just layered more berries on top of it.
    You are sweet – thank you!

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