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Get ready to fall in love with this deliciously moist and airy 7UP cake, perfect for a quick and delightful treat. This Southern gem relies on a basic cake mix, jazzed up with lemon pudding and fizzy 7UP soda.
And the icing on the cake? A zesty lemon glaze that makes this dessert fresh, yummy, and irresistible!
Ingredients for 7Up Cake
This yellow cake is filled with the subtle citrusy goodness of 7UP soda and lemony pudding, making it a truly tasty treat.
What You'll Need to make this 7Up Cake:
For The Cake:
- YELLOW CAKE MIX: 1 (15.25-ounce) box
- INSTANT PUDDING: 1 (3.4-ounce) box of lemon instant pudding mix
- 7Up: 1 (7.5-ounce) can (one mini can or about one cup)
- EGGS: 4 at room temperature
- VEGETABLE OIL: ¾ cup
For The Glaze:
- POWDERED SUGAR: 2 cups
- LEMON JUICE: 2 tablespoons
- WHOLE MILK: 2 tablespoons
7UP Cake Variations
These easy substitutions and additions can easily be swapped out while still maintaining the deliciousness of this 7Up Cake recipe!
- CAKE MIX: In this simple recipe, feel free to swap out the yellow cake mix with a boxed lemon or white cake mix for a tasty twist.
- GLAZE VARIATIONS: You can make the glaze uniquely yours by adding flavored extracts such as orange, almond, or coconut to suit your preferences.
- LEMON: For an extra kick of lemony goodness, consider adding one to two tablespoons of lemon juice when preparing the cake batter.
- GINGER ALE / SPRITE: If you're out of 7UP, don't worry! You can easily swap it with Sprite or Ginger Ale for this straightforward cake recipe.
- LEMON ZEST: To give your dessert a zesty citrus kick, consider incorporating lemon zest or orange zest into the mix.
- EXTRACT: Adding almond extract brings a subtle, nutty twist that beautifully complements the citrusy hints of the 7UP, resulting in a distinctive and delectable blend. Alternatively, vanilla extract can also be used for a more classic flavor.
- NUTS: To introduce a delightful crunch and nutty taste, consider mixing chopped pecans or walnuts into your cake batter. Just gently fold them in before pouring the batter into the pan for added texture and flavor.
- FRUIT: To take your 7UP Cake to the next level, add a tropical twist by gently folding in diced fresh or canned pineapple. It'll bring a burst of fruity goodness to your dessert!
- COCONUT: To infuse a touch of the tropics into your cake, think about incorporating shredded coconut into your batter. The coconut flakes will introduce a delightful chewiness and a subtle coconut essence that complements the overall flavor of the cake brilliantly.
- BERRIES: To infuse a burst of color and fruity sweetness into your 7UP Cake, gently fold in fresh or frozen berries such as blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries into the batter. These juicy bursts of fruit will elevate your dessert to a whole new level!
How to make 7Up Cake
Creating this cake is a breeze – just mix all the cake ingredients together and then pour the mixture into a bundt cake pan.
After baking the cake, you'll whip up a sweet glaze to drizzle over it before serving. Follow the step-by-step instructions below to create this delectable dessert.
We used a 9-inch aluminum pan to get the bubbled up top on this cake. You can also use a traditional bundt pan and turn it upside down onto a cooling rack.
FIRST STEP: Preheat the oven to 325°F. Spray a 9-inch (10-cup) bundt cake pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
SECOND STEP: Combine the cake mix and instant lemon pudding together in a medium bowl. This will help ensure even distribution.
THIRD STEP: Using a stand mixer or large bowl with an electric mixer, beat together all of the cake ingredients, including the cake and pudding mixture, for two minutes at medium-high speed.
Incorporating carbonated soda into this recipe provides additional leavening and should yield a cake that's lighter and fluffier in texture.
FOURTH STEP: Pour cake batter into the prepared bundt pan and bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out with a few moist crumbs.
Cool for 15 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to check your cake at the lower end of the recommended baking time.
FIFTH STEP: Whisk together the powdered sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl.
Add the milk a little at a time until the desired consistency is achieved. It should be thin enough to drizzle. Drizzle the glaze over the cake.
If you find the glaze too thick, simply add a bit more lemon juice. If it's too thin, sprinkle in some more powdered sugar until you achieve the desired consistency.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I make this cake in advance?
If you want to prepare this cake ahead of time, you certainly can. To maintain its freshness, it's advisable to wait and add the glaze when you're about to serve it. Keep the cake stored in an airtight container on the countertop until you're ready to savor its goodness.
How can I tell if the cake is done?
To determine if the cake is fully baked, simply insert a toothpick into the center. If the toothpick emerges clean without any batter clinging to it, then the cake is done and ready to enjoy!
What can I use if I don’t have a bundt pan?
If you don't have a bundt pan on hand, you can substitute it with a round cake pan as an alternative.
Can I use a different flavor of cake mix in this 7UP bundt cake recipe?
This classic Southern recipe can be just as delightful when prepared with a lemon or white cake mix instead of the yellow cake mix. It offers a versatile and equally tasty twist!
Can I freeze my 7UP cake?
This cake is freezer-friendly and maintains its quality when frozen. To preserve it properly, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and then store it in a freezer bag or a plastic storage container. This way, you can enjoy it at a later time!
Can I use another type of soda?
f you don’t have 7UP on hand, you can substitute it with Sprite or ginger ale.
How to serve this 7Up Cake recipe
You don't need a special occasion to indulge in this scrumptious cake. It's perfect for any day when you're craving a delightful dessert!
For an extra indulgent treat, consider topping individual slices of this cake with fresh fruit, a dollop of whipped cream, or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Adding a bit of berries will create a delightful contrast in flavor and texture to the slightly crunchy and glazed topping.
Storing this Recipe
We've got you covered when it comes to storing this delicious treat.
MAKE AHEAD: Prepare your 7UP cake in advance! Here's how:
- Follow the recipe as usual and let the cake cool completely.
- Once cooled, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil to keep it moist and fresh.
- Store it at room temperature for up to two days or in the refrigerator for up to five days.
- When you're ready to serve, you can add the glaze and enjoy.
ON THE COUNTER: Keep this delightful cake in an airtight container on the countertop for three to four days.
IN THE FRIDGE: You can also refrigerate this tasty cake for up to seven days to keep it fresh and delicious.
IN THE FREEZER: For longer-term storage, you can freeze the unglazed cake for up to three months. When you're ready to enjoy it, allow the cake to thaw at room temperature and then add the sweet glaze just before serving. This way, you can savor the deliciousness whenever you like!
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For the Cake:
- 15.25 ounces yellow cake mix
- 3.4 ounces instant lemon pudding mix
- 7.5 ounces 7Up (about 1 cup)
For the Glaze:
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons whole milk
- Preheat the oven to 325°F. Spray a 9-inch (10-cup) bundt cake pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
- Combine the cake mix and instant lemon pudding together in a medium bowl. This will help ensure even distribution.
- Using a stand mixer or large bowl with an electric mixer, beat together all of the cake ingredients, including the cake and pudding mixture, for 2 minutes at medium-high speed.
- Pour batter into the prepared bundt pan and bake for 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs. Cool for 15 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
- Whisk together the powdered sugar and lemon juice. Add the milk a little at a time until desired consistency is achieved (it should be thin enough to drizzle). Drizzle the glaze over the cake.
- Using carbonated soda in this recipe adds extra leavening and should result in a lighter, more moist, and fluffier cake.
- We used a 9-inch aluminum ring pan to get the bubbled up top to this cake. You can also use a traditional bundt pan and turn it upside down onto a cooling rack.
- Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to check your cake at the lower end of the recommended baking time.