“This is a vintage recipe that has been in my family for decades. It was actually the very first cake I ever learned to bake, which I suspect is not only because it is my mother’s absolute favorite cake but also because it was an unintimidating induction into the baking world, with results that even a nine-year-old girl could master. When I bake it now, I always imagine passing this recipe down to my daughter to bake for her family one day.
P.S. My mother has always been adamant about using the original 7UP and nothing else. She says you can really taste the difference. While I have used other lemon-lime soda brands ranging from Sprite to Sierra Mist, I try my best to follow my mother’s advice.”
-Jocelyn Delk Adams
Mama’s 7UP Pound Cake
- 1½ cups (340 grams) (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 3 cups (600 grams) granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon (6 grams) salt
- 5 large eggs (250 grams), room temperature
- 3 cups (375 grams) sifted cake flour
- ½ cup (120 grams) 7UP soda, room temperature
- 1 tablespoon (13 grams) lemon extract
- 1 cup (120 grams) confectioners’ sugar
- 3 tablespoons (45 grams) 7UP soda
- ½ teaspoon (2 grams) lemon extract
- Preheat your oven to 315°F (160°C). Prepare a 10-cup Bundt pan with the nonstick method of your choice.
- In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the butter for 2 minutes on high speed. Slowly add the sugar and salt. Cream together for an additional 7 minutes, until very pale yellow and fluffy. Add the eggs 1 at a time, combining well after each addition and scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
- Turn your mixer down to its lowest speed and slowly add the flour in 2 batches. Be careful not to overbeat. Pour in the 7UP and lemon extract. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl and mix the batter until just combined. Be careful not to overmix.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 75 to 85 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
- Let the cake cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then invert onto a serving plate. Let cool to room temperature. Lightly cover the cake with foil or plastic wrap so it does not dry out.
- In a small bowl, whisk together all the ingredients until the mixture is pourable. When the cake is completely cool, spoon the glaze over the cake and allow it to harden. Serve at room temperature.