7 Up Pound Cake

Old fashioned, best ever, 7 Up Pound Cake recipe! You’ll love this classic cake with it’s perfect texture!

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Ever find yourself on the hunt for the “PERFECT” recipe. I mean, if you go on Pinterest, I’m sure you’ll see lots of titles for “best ever” and “perfect” for whatever recipe it is you’re looking for.

I can’t help it, I’m guilty of it too! I’ve titled a few things as the Best Strawberry Mojitos, Best French Onion Soup, and Best M&M Cookies. Oh, and let’s not forget the Perfect Vanilla Cheesecake, Perfect Rice Krispie Treats, and Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies.

I try to not use the term lightly, although I stand by every single one of those recipes. Today’s pound cake recipe is THE BEST POUND CAKE ever. I made a similar version several years ago, using CHERRY 7up and a cherry glaze. It was so good. You can also enjoy a Pina Colada Pound cake, as you dream of being on a tropical location!

I had been meaning to make a plain version though, one that is flexible with toppings. This is the pound cake we make every year now to use with chocolate fondue! It’s also delicious in trifles, as well as eating plain.

However, I love to dress up pound cake by serving it with some whipped cream and berries. Sadly all the strawberries in the store looked pretty pale red, so instead we used Strawberry Pie Filling.

A delicious substitute and perfect for Valentine’s Day! For a tasty twist, add a couple teaspoons of almond extract. Oh my word.

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How to make the perfect pound cake:

First, make sure you use a large bundt cake, or tube pan. This is a BIG pound cake, and it rises high, so make sure you’re not using a pan that is too small. I once made it in a 12 cup bundt pan and it didn’t overflow, but it rose way above the top. It was quite a sight!

Second, use unsalted butter. I prefer to be able to determine how much salt I use in recipes, so I ALWAYS buy unsalted butter.

Let it soften on your counter. When it’s time to beat the butter, you want to do so for a good couple minutes, then add in the sugar and salt and beat an additional 5-7 minutes, using an electric mixer with a whisk attachment. Scrape down the sides of the bowl periodically, and beat that butter until it’s soft, smooth, and very pale in color!

Cake Flour. Yes, it’s necessary. I know you’re going to ask me this question, and my answer when it comes to cakes, is always use cake flour (read more about flour substitutions here). It creates the perfect texture and crumb when it comes to baking a cake.

Just do it. You can also google how to make your own using regular flour and cornstarch.

Once you’ve added in your flour do NOT over beat. I mix JUST until the flour is incorporated, then I use a spatula and mix gently without the electric mixer.

Bake at a lower temperature for longer. You’ve got to trust this, but it works and it’s amazing. And after one bite of this cake, you’ll say, “that’s the best and most perfect pound cake ever!”

Classic, old fashioned, 7 Up Pound Cake recipe #cake #poundcake #dessert #southernfood #cakerecipe

Classic, old fashioned, 7 Up Pound Cake recipe #cake #poundcake #dessert #southernfood #cakerecipe

FAQ about 7 Up Cake

Do I have to use a bundt pan?

Two loaf pans will work, or a tube pan.

What can I substitute for cake flour?

For cake flour, substitute 1 3/4 cup of all purpose flour and 1/4 cup cornstarch for 2 cups of cake flour.

How do I fix dry pound cake?

Make a simple syrup using equal parts sugar and water (1/2 cup each). Boil until sugar is dissolved. You can add fresh lemon zest for more flavor.

Why is my pound cake heavy?

Be sure to beat butter and sugar at medium speed. Do NOT over beat the flour, add slowly, and gently until combined.

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Yield: serves 16

7 Up Pound Cake

7 Up Pound Cake
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes

Old fashioned, best ever, 7 Up Pound Cake recipe! You'll love this classic cake with it's perfect texture!



  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 5 large eggs
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 1/2 cup lemon lime 7 Up


  1. Preheat oven to 315 F. (yes, it's a lower temperature than normal). Prepare a large bundt cake, or tube pan with nonstick baking spray, set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, attached to a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat the butter for 2 minutes on high until pale in color. Add in sugar and salt and cream together for an additional 5-7 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl a couple times. Mixture will be very pale yellow and fluffy.
  3. Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. Slowly add in flour, being careful not to over beat (turn the mixer down to low at this time). Pour in 7 Up and mix just until combined.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 75-85 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool in pan for about 10 minutes, then invert on serving plate. Cool completely. ENJOY!


**serve with strawberry pie filling and cool whip, as pictured

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 426 Total Fat: 19g Saturated Fat: 11g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 104mg Sodium: 173mg Carbohydrates: 61g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 40g Protein: 4g
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.
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56 comments on “7 Up Pound Cake”

  1. Madge South

    Is bread flour and cake flour the same thing?

  2. Ruth

    Can you use diet 7UP instead of regular?

  3. cathy

    would like to know what 7up is thankyou

  4. KSGalin MO

    This is in the oven. Can’t wait to see how it comes out! (Guess I will see if it matters that my 7Up was not fizzy when I opened the bottle.)

  5. I never tried a 7up cake, but it looks so fluffy and delicious I simply have to try it!

  6. Sonja Wood

    Difference in cook time/temp in convection oven?

  7. ednas

    I would like to know can you use regular flour instead of cake flour? and I would like to know on the same of the bread .

  8. I make 7Up Pound Cakes all the time, so I will make this today or very soon. I have never used the lime flavors, I love baking different things.Which do you think is best regular flour or cake flour??

  9. Can you cook this in 2 loaf pans. Your cake looks very good. 

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  11. Linda

    Love moist dense pound cakes and this looks fulfills all the requirements! What a lovely cake. I’ve made baked goods with soda before, usually in the brownie category, and know this is going to get tested really soon.

  12. Shadi Hasanzadenemati

    I love how fluffy this cake is! A slice of it would be perfect with a cup of coffee!

  13. Bree

    Wow I never would have thought to use 7 up! Sounds yummy!

  14. Jessica

    This is one of my favorite recipes! Thank you so much! 

  15. I love this plain version because I’m all about the toppings and Cool Whip!  Yum!!!

  16. Ashley F

    This is a classic. Love the flavor the 7 Up adds!

  17. Jennifer

    Such a classic recipe! I haven’t made this in ages! Can’t wait to try it again!!

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  20. In the 7 up pound cake list of ingredients you didn’t mention cream but did in instructions.  So what is the correct ingredients for this cake?

  21. I would like to make this cake but I want to make it in up a bread pan and I have salted butter and I need to know can I use the salty butter and for this recipe do I need to bread pans instead of one

  22. Anonymous

    What kinda of cream do you use

  23. Laurie

    I have celiac disease can I use a gluten free cake flour?

  24. Anonymous

    Should the  7up Be room temp or cold?

  25. Angelia Huntley

    I made this cake yesterday it came out very good. I made the cake exactly per instructions at the end added lemon juice, for me made the cake pop. The texture was good a really delicious cake a keeper. Thanks for sharing

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  27. Anonymous

    Do you use cake flavor

  28. Leslie Passons

    I have made this cake on and off for 30 years. I never had trouble using all purpose flour though. More often than not I made it with half orange juice and half seven up and regular salted butter. But I have always considered recipes as suggestions , as I put my own twist on most things I make. Enjoy bakers!!!

  29. Delaine McGaha

    Aimee, both times I have made this cake it did not rise as it should have. I followed the instructions, and even bought the type of cake pan that was recommended. Any ideas?

  30. Carmen

    This recipe don’t use baking powder?

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  32. Dorothea

    Is the 7Up added for the carbonation since there is no baking powder in the recipe ? In other words, does the 7Up need to be opened just before adding to ingredients – or can I use 7Up from an already opened and refrigerated bottle ? Or is the 7Up added for the flavour ?

  33. Janice grant

    Hi my name is Janice Can a 7up pound be baked in an electric stove how long to bake one in that type of stove I don’t have a gas stove

  34. Julia Demmin

    Hi! Since it’s the carbonation that is the secret behind adding the 7Up, could I use Grapefruit LaCroix, instead?

    Thanks! Julia

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  36. Hi! Can I bake this using half the sugar stated in the recipe?

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  39. Dawn

    I love this recipe! Follow it to a tee and you will have a delicious, moist, fluffly yet dense pound cake. Great job! This is my 3rd or 4th time making it and giving as gifts to my neighbors. My fav go-to recipe because it’s so easy and simple ingredients.

  40. Rebel

    Can this recipe be turned into a cake roll?

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