The 7up Cake seems to be
an all-American creation, dating from around 1966 when the bundt cake pan
popularity began with the famous tunnel of fudge cake.
The fancy looking pan spurred
a flurry of cakes made in bundt pans that were usually moist and often did not
require a frosting. Most were similar to a pound cake in density and
consistency. Bundt cake recipes can of course be baked in any tube pan, but most
7up recipes do specify a bundt pan. Some versions are made as layer cakes as
Interestingly, the 7up Company
seems not to have had anything to do with the development of this recipe, but
says that some individual came up with it to give a pound cake an extra
“tang” of citrus.
Coca Cola company fans have
been known to make it with Sprite instead.
While I have listed scratch
versions, there are versions that use a cake mix, 7-Up, oil and eggs. The made
from scratch ones are a little better, but the mix-based ones are also pretty
Those who really love lemon
may want to find a version that uses a hefty dose of pure lemon extract, or add
some lemon peel powder.
A moist version of pound cake,
the 7up cake is fine with no topping or just a dash of confectioner’s sugar,
but a lemon glaze or cream cheese icing also works.
Baked in miniature bundt pans,
the 7-Up cake is nice in gift baskets or as a take-home “favor” at Christmas
or other holidays.
pound cake recipe has seven ingredients and bakes for 60 to 90 at 325F.
has six ingredients that are baked for 60-75 minutes at 325F.
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