Cherry 7 Up Pound Cake recipe

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Cherry 7 Up Pound cake from Grandbaby cakes cookbook

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Every day I am reminded that I am surrounded by talented friends. The food blogging world is HUGE. Millions of food blogs, and the field keeps growing. Yet, somehow, I have found myself lucky enough to be among some of the most talented, kind, and truly remarkable people.

And every once in awhile, I just need to share this with you, my readers.

Cherry 7 up pound cake with cherry glaze

My good friend, Jocelyn, from the blog Grandbaby Cakes sent me her beautiful family photo album. Okay, I kid. It’s her gorgeous cookbook, aptly titled Grandbaby Cakes. However, flipping through the pages I feel at times like I am snooping and lurking through her family history and her secret family recipes! With every recipe she tells a story. And with every story, she shares a recipe. They really go hand in hand in this book. And soon, like me, you’ll be wanting to just read every entry. And many of the recipes include family photos! So as she tells the story, you can picture the people because their photo is right there. It’s beautiful.

But you can’t sell cookbooks with just words and photos. You have to have great recipes, am I right? You would never buy a cookbook as a gift to someone if you didn’t like the recipes in it. Let me tell you a little about the recipe I made….

Big slices of Cherry 7up Pound cake recipe

Jocelyn asked me to make one of her recipes, adding my own twist if I wanted. I was immediately drawn to her 7 Up Pound Cake.

Two years ago I gave up drinking pop. I really didn’t have a huge addiction to pop (yes, it’s pop in this part of the country, you may call it soda or Coke?!), but I was suffering from some severe migraines and giving up artificial sweeteners in my diet pop was necessary. So with that, I gave up drinking all pop. However, every once in awhile I get a craving for a lemon lime drink or a root beer. Adding them to my baking and desserts is a great way to curb those cravings, haha!!

I didn’t want to change much about her recipe, because I was totally curious to see how delicious it was on it’s own. My biggest change was I replaced the 7 Up with Cherry 7 Up and added in some maraschino cherries. Plus a heavier, cherry glaze!

I need to be honest here….

Stunning Cherry 7 Up pound cake with maraschino cherry glaze

THIS WAS THE BEST POUND CAKE I’VE EVER EATEN.

I’m not just saying that because I know Jocelyn will stop over and read this. It really was amazing. One of the biggest differences between this recipe and others is that Jocelyn doesn’t add a leavening agent to her recipe. Instead, the extra long creaming process adds more air to the batter allowing the cake to rise significantly without help. The crust on the cake had the most delicious texture, I don’t know how to even describe it! I guess you’ll have to get on Amazon and buy your own copy (would make a GREAT gift for the holidays too).

How to make a 7Up Pound Cake with Cherry glaze:

  • First, make sure you use a large bundt cake, or tube pan. This is a a very large pound cake, and it rises high, so make sure you’re not using a pan that is too small.
  • 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 important. I know you’re going to ask me this question, and my answer when it comes to cakes, is always use cake flour. 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 overbeat. 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!”
  • Save the juice in your jar of maraschino cherries! It not only gives the glaze the pretty pink color, but also the great flavor!
  • To freeze this cake, wrap your cake slices in parchment paper, then in a ziploc freezer bag. Remove from freezer and place at room temperature to thaw. Freezing slices allows you to only pull out exactly what you need (or crave)!

Cherry 7 Up Pound Cake is a classic, yet decadent treat. The crunchy crust with the sweet glaze makes this cake irresistible!

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Cherry 7 Up Pound Cake recipe:

Yield: serves 12-16

Cherry 7 Up Pound Cake

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Cherry 7 Up Pound Cake is a classic, yet decadent treat. The crunchy crust with the sweet glaze makes this cake irresistible!

Ingredients

For the Cake:

  • 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 Cherry 7 Up
  • 1/2 cup maraschino cherries, stems removed, patted dry

For the glaze:

  • 2 cup powdered sugar, divided
  • 3 Tbsp maraschino cherry juice
  • 2 Tbsp milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 315 F. (yes, it's a lower temperature than normal). Prepare a Bundt pan with nonstick baking spray, set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, attached to a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, but the butter for 2 minutes on high until pale in color. Add in sugar and salt and cream together for an additional 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 Cherry 7Up and mix just until combined. Fold in maraschino cherries.
  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 before adding glaze.
  6. For the glaze, divide the powdered sugar in half by adding 1 cup to two bowls. To one bowl, add in cherry juice. Whisk until smooth. To the other bowl, add in milk, whisk until smooth.
  7. Pour the white glaze over the top of the cake first. Then drizzle with the cherry glaze. ENJOY.

Cherry 7 Up Pound Cake is a classic, yet decadent treat. The crunchy crust with the sweet glaze makes this cake irresistible!

This stunning Cherry 7Up Pound Cake recipe was originally published in September 2015 and has been updated in March 2018.

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65 comments on “Cherry 7 Up Pound Cake recipe”

  1. I JUST discovered how magical adding carbonated beverages to cakes is! I bet this cake is so light and moist and I am loving that cherry flavor! Pinned!

  2. Oh my goodness! This is gorgeous and it sounds so delicious!

  3. Dear Aimee, I feel the same way.  I have made so many wonderful friends through blogging and it is wonderful to be able to visit with you all each day.
    Like Taylor said, I too recently discovered how carbonated drinks make baking cakes easier and sometimes healthier!  It’s a go-to trick of mine.  This bundt looks moist and wonderful.  I love Grandbaby Cakes…such a fabulous blog and cookbook.  I admit my favorite family recipe is lasagna.  It’s worth every bit of work and it brings back so many fond memories of being in the kitchen with my parents. xo, Catherine

  4. Ilana

    My one and only family recipe is a tomato sauce based macaroni and cheese.

  5. Ok so this twist on the 7 up cake is EVERYTHING.  I am so glad to be surrounded by talented friends like you every single day.  And I adore this cake and now have to try it with this because you have inspired me!!!!!  I love you hon.  Thank you so much for being part of this!

  6. I totally agree with you that we are surrounded by some of the best food bloggers that we get to call close friends!  It’s awesome!  And this pound cake?  Holy cow! I love the cherry addition to it.  I definitely want to try this one from Jocelyn’s book too!!!

  7. Jennfer

    fave family recipe: Fudge Pie… so easy I can do it (as long as I buy a pie crust LOL)…I don’t have a good history with pies.

  8. Jenn

    What a gorgeous cake! Thank you for sharing. My favorite family recipe would have to be my great-grandmother’s Mississippi Mud.

  9. This cake looks AMAZING! And if you say it’s the best pound cake you’ve ever eaten, then it’s clearly the best because you’ve made one or two cakes in your life 🙂 I love that you went with Cherry 7up too!

    Every blogger I’ve seen who’s made Jocelyn’s recipes just looks awesome. Like EVERY cake is a cake I want to make!

  10. amazing cake fro A to Z, I love the inside, the way you covered it with cream, the pieces of cherries on the top…every thing is perfect on the cake

  11. What gorgeous shots!! I have tried “soda cakes” before but never in a pound cake. I just remember taking a bite of  her pound cake back in December and it was AMAZING! So I am sure this one is at well!

  12. This looks wonderful! I love the addition of the cherry. Can’t wait to try it!

  13. Joanna

    I think the Cookie Monster is a blood relative; cookies are a favorite food group, especially oatmeal.  I think this pound cake is definitly going on the menu.  It looks lovely, too.

  14. Sister From the South, LindY G

    I love pound cakes and cherries, so this is a win-win for me.

  15. Gudie

    Love this , can’t wait to make this. 

  16. Kathy H

    I love pound cake & this looks like a winner! I think the grandkids are in for a treat this weekend 🙂 A favorite family recipe is probably my chili recipe, all my girls make it & love it.

  17. Linda Kish

    I have a fruitcake recipe that mom had before I was born so it is from the 30s or 40s. It’s the only fruitcake I like. 

  18. Sandy Headtke

    Our family favorite recipe is lasagna which was given to my mom by the neighbor 50 years ago.  

  19. Jen

    This cake looks so wonderful!  Can not wait to try it!  Favorite family recipe is stuffed cabbage…or pirogi’s.  Grammy had some wonderful recipes…I miss her and her cooking 🙂

  20. Jen

    This recipe looks wonderful, can not wait to try it.   Favorite family recipe….hmmm…would have to say stuffed cabbage…or pierogi’s.  My grammy could COOK!  Miss her and her cooking 🙂

  21. Kim P

    Your cake looks so good!  I like my Nana’s sour cream pound cake.

  22. Shannon

    I bet it tastes as good as it looks! Favorite family recipe = cornbread

  23. Erin K.

    My favorite family recipe is a Banana Fruitcake that is more like a spice cake than a traditional fruitcake. It is made every year for Christmas using the same pan that my grandmother and those before her used. It gets a buttercream frosting and cherry halves on top of that. It is quite tasty and it wouldn’t be Christmas without it!!

  24. Thanks for the opportunity…and a regular supply of deliciousness via email!

  25. Oops….favorite recipe?  White Christmas Pie.

  26. Karen Wood

    My family favorite recipe is an old family recipe from my Croatian side called Povitica. A lot of Europeans have their own family versions of it. It’s kind of hard to make, but we usually only make it for holidays. It’s really good dunked in hot chocolate. There are recipes and videos for different versions of it online.

  27. Cindy

    My families favorite recipe is for a crumb topped apple pie with caramel sauce drizzle. it”s so yummy.

  28. Treva Orange

    Looks delicate and delicious, can’t wait to try it!

  29. Erin Coster-Mullen

    This cake looks so gooood.
    My favorite family recipe is my grandmas spaghetti and meatballs

  30. Linda

    I love 7-up Pound Cakes. Can’t wait to try this.

  31. This sounds amazing!  I must get my hands on this book and fast. 😉

  32. That icing!! OMG. So pretty!

  33. Martha

    This looks absolutely yummy

  34. Jackie Mitchell

    I think I will honor my Grammie D when I tell you that for us the big family recipe is scrapple. Never heard of it? You’re not alone, unless you live in the Pennsylvania area! It sounds weird to modern tastes (it’s basically corn meal mush cooked over the stove with ground stewed pork — !) but our family has been eating it for Christmas Eve for… as long as Grammie D has been cooking, I guess. Definitely since the 1930’s anyway. 

  35. This cake looks delicious! I gotta pick up a copy of that book. 

  36. This looks so delicious! The two toned looks like it would be perfect for Xmas, Valentines or even a baby shower the wheels are turning in my mind to find a use for this cake!!

  37. Traci Long

    A must try recipe!!

  38. Mary Beth Johnson

    This cake is a definite must try. 

  39. Grace

    This looks amazing! I am going to try it gluten-free, as I am gluten-intolerant. Our favorite family recipe would have to be a tie between my GF chocolate fudge cupcakes w/ almond buttercream, and my GF pineapple-coconut carrot cake w/ cream cheese frosting.

  40. Claire

    This looks absolutely delectable. 

  41. Ann S.

    Pound cake is always a good idea in this household! We are looking forward to trying one with cherry flavor. My favorite family recipe is the sweet pickles my aunt made from store-bought sour pickles.

  42. Donna

    Are the cherries not chopped (or at least halved ) before adding to the batter? The pictures don’t even show cherries inside of the cake. I don’t want to start making this before I know how to do it!

  43. Wanxia

    Hi, may I know this recipe is for what size pan? Is it suitable for Nordic ware 10cups bundt pan?

  44. Joy

    Can all purpose flour be used instead of cake flour?  This recipe sounds delicious!

  45. Anonymous

    It says to add cream…….no cream mentioned in recipe????

  46. Monica

    Made this cake for daughter’s birthday. Came out ok, but I believe it needs vanilla extract added to recipe to enhance flavor. But very pretty cake.

  47. Daniela

    Great cake! But, OMG! 3 cups of sugar! Really, really too much !!! I used half and it was perfect!
    Thank you and greetings from Italy

  48. Yasmeen

    Thank you for the lovely recipe. I couldn’t even keep it overnight as it was finished off so fast by my children and my niece. Please let us have some more of your wonderful recipes. If will be deeply appreciated. 

  49. Carmen Torres

    This Bundt cake looks amazing and seems it taste amazing too. Definitely I have to make it. My question is why you use the wisk attachment to if the recipe requires butter? Is that makes a difference?

  50. Diane Hays

    Stuck to the pan ????

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  53. Vera Sanders

    Hi. Do you have a chocolate pound cake recipe using cake flour.

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  55. Opal

    Cake looks delish, but can’t find cherry 7up in my area, what would you suggest?

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