The Perfect 7Up Pound Cake Recipe from Scratch

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

Hey Y’all! I just wanted to share this easy 7Up Pound cake recipe with y’all. Let me tell you this is the easiest pound cake  in the world to bake. I remember growing up, if there was a cake being baked in my house. It was surely a 7Up Pound cake.

I got this  recipe from my sister Mary Lou, but I decided to tweak a few things. I made the cake a few times before I was completely happy with how it turned out. The first cake I baked, I used All Purpose flour and it came out a bit heavy. It definitely was not the pound cake that I remembered from my childhood. The next cake I used Swan Cake flour, and it instantly became the  7up pound cake I grew up enjoying as a child.

I also baked a third cake with Softa Silk Cake Flour, by Pillsbury because sometimes it’s hard to find  Swan Cake Flour. Both of these cake flours are great choices, there is no real difference in taste. So feel free to use either one,  this pound cake is the perfect cake to serve during the holidays. I also added a homemade glaze, which is so incredibly easy to make. I’m sure this cake will be a hit, because it’s easy, moist, and lets not forget delicious! Let’s get baking!

As always let’s make sure that we have a list of our ingredients.

Ingredients for 7up Pound Cake

Ingredients for 7up Pound Cake from Scratch

– 3 cups of Swan Cake flour

-3 sticks of unsalted butter (softened room temperature) and a little extra for the pan

-1 lemon( for lemon zest)

-5 large eggs (room temperature)

-1 teaspoon of Lemon extract

-3 cups of sugar

-1 teaspoon of Vanilla extract

-3/4 cup of 7Up (room temperature)

Ingredients for Homemade Glaze

7Up Pound Cake Home Glaze ingredients

-4 Tablespoons of whole milk

-2 Cups of Confections Powdered Sugar

-1 Tablespoon of Lemon flavor

How to Make a 7up Pound Cake from Scratch

First, I’m going to start with 3 sticks of room temperature unsalted butter. Then, add 3 cups of sugar.

The unsalted  butter and the sugar must mix for at least 5-6 minutes on medium speed (this is very important). 

After you’ve mixed the butter and sugar together add 5 room temperature eggs, one at time to your batter as it mixes on low speed. 

This step is completely optional, but you can add  tablespoon of lemon zest to your batter.

Mixed ingredients for the 7up pound cake from scratch

Then, add 1 teaspoon of lemon extract, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and the optional tablespoon of lemon zest. Don’t forget to continue mixing the batter!

Next, add 3 cups of Swan Cake flour and 3/4 cup of 7Up. While still mixing  alternating 1 cup of cake flour at a time with the 7up. 

Now, mix all of your ingredients together for at least 1 minute. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.

I’m using a Nordic Ware Angel Food Cake Pan,  but any bundt cake pan will do. Be sure to butter and flour your pan, then pour in your batter. Allow your cake to bake on 325 degrees for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Once your cake is finished, let it cool in the cake pan for at least 1 minute. 

Then, turn the cake onto a cooling rack, be careful during this process because the cake pan is still hot.

How to Make the Homemade Glaze

While the cake is on the cooling rack you can begin to make your homemade glaze. You will need 2 cups of powdered sugar,  4 tablespoons of whole milk, and 1 tablespoon of lemon flavor. 

Then, mix all of your ingredients together, if you prefer a thicker glaze add more powdered sugar. 

I used a squeeze bottle to drizzle the glaze over my cake.

Once my cake has cooled, I flipped it over onto my cake plate, and added the glaze.

This is an extremely delicious and lemon flavored cake recipe. The perfect pound cake for the holiday season! Feel free to let us know what you think of this  easy cake recipe  in the comment section.

Happy Baking!

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The Perfect 7UP Pound Cake Recipe

Hey Y'all! In this post I'm showing you how to create the perfect 7Up pound cake fromscratch. It's super easy, moist, and delicious!
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

Equipment

  • Mixer
  • Nordic Ware Angel Food Cake Pan 4.5in(H)x10in(W)x10in(D)
  • Oven

Ingredients
  

7Up Pound Cake Ingredients

  • 3 cups of Swan Cake flour
  • 3 sticks of softened unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 lemon for lemon zest optional
  • 5 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon extract
  • 3 cups of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup of 7Up at room temperature

Ingredients of Homemade Glaze

  • 4 tablespoons of whole milk
  • 2 cups of confections powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon flavor

Instructions
 

How to Make 7Up Pound Cake from Scratch

  • First, I'm going to start with 3 sticks of room temperature butter. Then, add 3 cups of sugar.
  • The butter and the sugar must mix for at least 5-6 minutes( this is very important). 
  • After you've mixed the butter and sugar together add 5 room temperature eggs, one at time to your mixture as it mixes. 
  • This step is completely optional, but you can add  1 tablespoon of lemon zest to your batter.
  • Then, add 1 tablespoon of lemon flavor, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and the optional tablespoon of lemon zest. Don't forget to continue mixing the batter!
  • Next, add 3 cups of Swan Cake flour and 3/4 cup of 7Up. While still mixing  alternating 1 cup of cake flour at a time with the 7up. 
  • Now, mix all of your ingredients together for at least 1 minute. 
  • I'm using a Nordic Ware Angel Food Cake Pan, but any bundt cake pan will work. Be sure to butter and flour your pan, then pour in your batter. Allow your cake to bake on 325 degrees for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  • Once your cake is finished, let it cool in the cake pan for at least 1 minute.
  • Then, turn the cake onto a cooling rack, be careful during this process because the cake pan is still hot.

How to Make Homemade Glaze

  • While the cake is on the cooling rack you can begin to make your homemade glaze. You will need 2 cups of powdered sugar,  4 tablespoons of whole mix, and 1 tablespoon of lemon flavor. 
  • Then, mix all of your ingredients together, if you prefer a thicker glaze add more powdered sugar. 
  • I used a squeeze bottle to drizzle the glaze over my cake.
  • Once my cake has cooled, I flipped it over onto my cake plate, and added the glaze.
Keyword A Delicious and Easy 7Up Pound Cake Recipe

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44 Comments

  1. December 21, 2020 / 8:42 pm

    Recipe sounds delicious but I’m not familiar with how you measure ingredients. What is the equivalent of 3 sticks of butter? Also, what is whole mix?
    Many thanks 😊

    • December 21, 2020 / 9:02 pm

      Hey Jenny! 3 sticks of butter is equivalent to 1 1/2 cups of butter. If you look on the side of the stick of butter it will break it down for you in terms of tablespoons and cups. The “whole mix”, was a typo I meant whole milk. Please let me know if you have any other questions! Have a wonderful day!

      • Betty
        April 14, 2021 / 5:29 pm

        5 stars
        Best 7-Up Pound Cake ever. I tried to post my pictures and I’m either not understanding how or I’m too full from my delicious cake 😂

        • April 14, 2021 / 6:55 pm

          Hey Betty! Awww thank you sooooo much for the AWESOME compliment on this recipe! I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed it! I’m sure your cake looks amazing!😋 Thank you again for taking the time to comment! Hope you have a Wonderful day!!😊❤️

      • Linda
        February 9, 2022 / 2:34 pm

        Hi Jenny. I’m going to make this cake for the weekend. It doesn’t say rather or not to preheat the oven.

        • February 9, 2022 / 5:04 pm

          Hey Linda! Yes you should preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Please let us know if you have anymore questions. Happy Baking and I hope you have a wonderful day! 😁

  2. Katrina Longmire
    January 3, 2021 / 12:24 am

    5 stars
    Hi, I used an Angel Food cake bundt pan for the first time. How do you keep the cake mix from leaking from the bottom. I had just a little to leak out.
    Though that happened, my cake came out perfect and lemony delicious. 😋
    Thanks for sharing your recipe.
    Katrina

    • January 3, 2021 / 3:18 am

      Hey Katrina! I know exactly what you’re talking about I bought the same bundt pan and I had the exact problem. There is no way around the batter leaking because that bundt cake pan is for a sponge cake. However, I found this bundt cake pan from Target, here is the link for it: https://www.target.com/p/nordic-ware-angel-food-cake-pan-silver/-/A-52388647#lnk=sametab

      It’s an amazing cake pan and you can use it for any type of cake. I’m so happy to hear that your cake turned out delicious! Thank you for taking the time to comment! I hope you have a wonderful evening and stay safe! 😊

  3. Pam
    February 22, 2021 / 3:24 pm

    Hello, Do you use unsalted or salted butter

    • February 22, 2021 / 3:50 pm

      Hey Pam! I always use unsalted butter! Let me know if you have anymore questions! 😊

  4. Vera Ramsire
    March 1, 2021 / 1:45 am

    Love this moist pound cake .

    • March 1, 2021 / 2:15 am

      Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback! We’re so happy to hear you love this cake! 😊 We hope you have an amazing evening!

  5. Keisha
    March 7, 2021 / 3:21 pm

    Hello, can I use lemon juice in place of lemon extract? If so, how much?

    • March 7, 2021 / 6:35 pm

      Hi Keisha! Yes, you can surely use lemon juice as a substitute. I would use 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, if you have any more questions please don’t hesitate to ask! Happy Baking! 😊

  6. Sonya
    March 9, 2021 / 4:12 pm

    Hello Juliette and Jennifer I live in Wyoming at an altitude 4,400 what would be your recommendation on the ingredients on how to make this beautiful yummy cake? Thank you for your help and time.

  7. M.L. Mosley
    March 13, 2021 / 9:55 pm

    Ladies,

    Hi!

    …one place has 1tsp lem-extract for cake, another has 1tblsp; which is it?

    …tks!

    M.L. Mosley
    (850) 499-8920

    • March 14, 2021 / 12:55 am

      Hello! I’m so sorry for the confusion, I fixed the typo, it’s 1 teaspoon of lemon extract in the cake. Then, it’s 1 tablespoon of lemon extract in the glaze! I hope this helps, let us know if you have anymore questions! Happy Baking!

  8. Audrey W.
    May 10, 2021 / 11:03 pm

    5 stars
    I just made this cake. It was AWESOME! It tastes just like the one my grandma used to make. Thanks for the memory.

    • May 11, 2021 / 7:41 am

      Hi Audrey! I’m so incredibly happy to hear that you enjoyed this recipe! You’re very welcome! I’m glad this cake was able to remind you of fond memories. This cake is so reminiscent to me as well, my mom used to make it all the time. Thank you for taking the time to comment and share your thoughts! I hope you have an amazing day! 😊

  9. Alicia
    July 13, 2021 / 10:21 pm

    5 stars
    If the crumbs left on my cake plate from what I baked on SUNDAY is any indication of how good this cake was…😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 Another one has been requested. Thanks ladies.

    • July 14, 2021 / 5:04 am

      Hey Alicia! Your comment literally made us laugh soooo hard! We always love to hear when a recipe is a hit, and since there’s nothing but crumbs left! We know you did an amazing job with this cake! 😊😊 As always thank you so much for taking the time to comment, we always enjoy the positive feedback! We hope you have a wonderful time baking the next requested cake…🤣🤣 Hope you have an Awesome day and you are sooo welcome! 😊

  10. Jennifer Bynum
    October 30, 2021 / 7:47 pm

    5 stars
    I’ve not made this cake yet, but there are two reasons that were the determining factors in my decision to make this cake. #1. You’ve used CAKE FLOUR,
    #2. The texture and crumb is what took it to the top!
    I’ve pursued tons of recipes and for the most part they’ve used plain flours, the results from my eyes was; they looked disastrous, the cake’s textures reminded me of cornbread, as a kid growing up, to see your cake looking like cornbread wasn’t a compliment but an actual put down.
    I thank you lovely ladies for your exquisite taste in knowing what’s Good!

    • October 30, 2021 / 10:40 pm

      Hello Jennifer!

      We are so happy and excited to hear that you’re using this recipe! Cake flour is a must in this recipe because it’s heavily sifted so it’s much more finer than all-purpose flour. The cake flour creates a lighter,fluffier, and smoother texture. I tried this cake recipe using an all-purpose flour and the cake was very heavy, and dense.

      This is now my go to recipe for a pound cake, I hope you love it and enjoy as much as we do. You’re so welcome for the recipe and thank you so much for taking the time to give us your honest opinion. We always love to hear your feedback! Thank you again for stopping by and Happy Baking!😊

  11. Art
    November 3, 2021 / 3:36 am

    what speed do I use to mix this pound cake recipe

    • November 3, 2021 / 11:01 am

      Hey Art, when you’re mixing the unsalted  butter and the sugar mix for at least 5-6 minutes on medium speed . After you’ve mixed the butter and sugar together add 5 room temperature eggs, one at time to your batter as it mixes on low speed.  Hope this helps and let us know if you have anymore questions!

  12. Tess
    November 10, 2021 / 4:44 pm

    I’ve tried making pound cakes several times and only had one that turned out great (years ago). The issue for me is always texture! I’m gonna give this one a shot and see what we get. I’m hopeful this time! Thank you for sharing this recipe.

    • November 10, 2021 / 6:13 pm

      Hello Tess! Well we’re so happy to hear that you’re trying our recipe. The flour may have something to do with the texture of your cake, which is why I use cake flour for this particular recipe.

      Cake flour is smoother so it creates a much better texture for the cake. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! We’re sure that your cake will turn out amazing! Happy Baking and thank you for stopping by! Hope you have a wonderful day! 😊

  13. Sherrye
    November 25, 2021 / 1:05 pm

    Thank you for the recipe. The cake turned out almost perfect. I think I put a bit too much baking spray in the pan. Other than that it was perfect. It absolutely tastes “Old Fashioned” like my Great Aunt Ora used to make.

    • November 25, 2021 / 1:14 pm

      Hello Sherrye! Happy Thanksgiving to you! You’re so welcome for the recipe, we’re so glad to hear that it worked out for you! It’s ok about the baking spray, all that matters is that your cake is delicious! 😋 Thank you so much for taking the time, to let us know how your recipe came out! We always love to hear from y’all! Have a wonderful and safe holiday! 😊

  14. Linda
    December 19, 2021 / 7:14 am

    What kind of cake flour did you use. Was it unbleached?

    • December 19, 2021 / 7:46 pm

      Hey Linda! It’s called Swan’s Down and it’s bleached wheat flour. Please let us know if you have anymore questions!

  15. Linda
    December 21, 2021 / 11:28 pm

    Which of the cake flour is better than the other, Swan Down or Pillsbury Softasilk cake flour.

    • December 24, 2021 / 5:09 pm

      Hey Linda! I’m sorry I’m just now seeing your question. Personally I prefer the Swan’s Down cake flour because it’s more finely sifted. The pound cake that I made with the Pillsbury was too heavy and dense. Happy Holidays! 😊

  16. Stacey
    December 25, 2021 / 8:30 pm

    What if all I have is salted butter

    • December 26, 2021 / 11:37 am

      Hey Stacey! The recipe calls for three sticks of unsalted butter and if you use salted butter. You will potentially have a very salty cake, that may or may not be edible. If I were you I would definitely use unsalted butter! I hope you have a wonderful day! 😊

  17. Cynthia
    December 27, 2021 / 1:19 am

    5 stars
    Hey ladies. Just letting you know that I made your 7-up cake for my mom this week. She’s been talking about making a 7-up cake for years. She buys the bottle of 7-up, but never makes the cake. Lol. Well I decided to surprise her with a 7-up cake for Christmas. It was my first time making this cake. I read over several recipes, but decided to make yours because of how detailed your instructions are. I mean if one just reads, this is a fool proof recipe. My cake came out “perfect!” My mom raved and raved about this cake. She couldn’t believe how moist and flavorful it was. My dad said the same thing. My aunt too. And these folks grew up in Arkansas and Alabama. They know a good cake when they taste it. They kept asking me how I got it to be so moist. I laughed and said, ‘I just followed the recipe!” So thank you both again for being so clear and specific. It really makes a difference. Thanks again!!

    • December 28, 2021 / 12:52 pm

      Hello Cynthia! Firstly, thank you so much for taking the time to give us such wonderful feedback! This comment truly made our day…😊 We’re so glad you were able to surprise your mom with our recipe. We always want to ensure that our recipes are clear and concise, because we always want everyone’s dishes to turn out wonderfully! We’re glad to hear that each family member you shared your cake with thought it was delicious and moist! You’re so welcome for the instructions! Thank you for not only choosing our recipe, but taking the time to let us know that it worked for you! We hope you have an amazing day and Happy Holidays to you and your family! 😊

  18. Linda Upson
    February 10, 2022 / 6:22 am

    Hi Ladies,
    I made the 7Up pound cake for a friend and she loved it. She and her family are very picky about other people food, period. the cake was moist and you could smell and taste the aroma of the ingredients. She want me to make her another one. Thank you so much.

    Ms. Linda

    • February 10, 2022 / 12:20 pm

      Hey Ms. Linda,

      Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know how your cake turned out. We’re always sooo happy and excited to hear when someone really enjoys our recipe. You’re so welcome and the best part is that your friend’s family wants another cake. That’s always a win in the baking world. I hope you have an amazing day and thank you again for sharing! 😊

  19. Barb
    March 29, 2022 / 4:50 pm

    Can you use diet 7up?

    • March 29, 2022 / 6:45 pm

      Hello Barb, honestly I have never tried it, but I don’t see why not. Please let us know how it turns out! Happy Baking and I hope you have a wonderful day! 😊

  20. Raina
    May 10, 2022 / 2:43 pm

    Wondering if sprite can be substituted for 7 up

    • May 10, 2022 / 5:12 pm

      Hey Raina! I think it should work perfectly, it’s lemon-lime flavor and it’s carbonated. Please let us know how it works for you and Happy Baking! 😊

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