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7-Up Cake in Se7en Steps…

April 21st, 2009 · 14 Comments

So 7-Up Cake and why haven’t I blogged this before… like se7en-Up!!! Well I never even heard of it before but my great friend in Georgia sent me the recipe and this is what you are aiming for:


Now never ever try a recipe for the first time if you intend to blog it later in the day! Mishaps can happen… But lets just say this recipe is as easy as pie… and mishaps are more to do with mothering than recipes!!!

So Let’s Meet the Players:


  • 1 1/2 cups butter
  • 3 cups castor sugar (which is fine sugar, ground somewhere between regular sugar and icing sugar)
  • 5 eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 1 cup 7-Up (or lemonade will do, but not on this blog!)

Play The Game:

Step 1: Put your butter and sugar into the mixer and beat them until they are fluffy and light.



Step 2: Add your five eggs, beating them in one at a time… you should end up with a really fluffy mixture.


Step 3: Add in the three cups of flour and beat it in quickly.


Step 4: Add in the lemon juice.


Step 5: And finally add in your cup of 7-Up.


Step 6: Pour into the greased baking pan.


Step 7: And bake at 160 degrees Celsius (325 degrees Fahrenheit) for about 45 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean. It really depends on what you bake it in as to how long it takes, so you will have to keep an eye on it!


Leave it to cool in the baking tray for about half an hour and then turn it out to cool on a rack.


At this stage don’t go and collapse on the couch and read stories… because there are certain “little sisters in crime” who may reduce your cake to this, before you realize that all is too quiet:


Any guesses at the culprits?


At which stage salvage what you can, dust it with icing sugar, plate it up and you are good to go!


This was a big hit! Cake that tastes like summery soda… and I had, oh only about se7en requests for this for their next birthdays.

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14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jo MacD // Apr 21, 2009 at 9:37 am

    Looks so yummy! So tell me – how big are your cups? American cups are 200ml, and I’m used to translating to our Australian cups which are 250ml – what do you use over there?

    Looking forward to trying this out – I love recipes with so few ingredients, since we live on an island, so shopping is never a last minute thing! Thanks for sharing it (and for the warning about sisters in crime – I’ll keep a close eye out!)

  • 2 se7en // Apr 21, 2009 at 10:33 am

    Hi Jo, How exciting to live on an island – I have great adventurous ideas about island living thanks to the authors Enid Blyton and Arthur Ransome!!! I just used the 1 cup in my stack of measuring cups but I usually take cups to be 250ml. Have a great day!

  • 3 thesleepyknitter // Apr 22, 2009 at 12:19 am

    Looks yummy, Se7en! I guess the carbonation just "goes flat" and doesn’t change the taste in any way?

  • 4 se7en // Apr 22, 2009 at 9:00 am

    Hi Sk, Well since we are guessing here, my guess is that the fizzy drink provides the rising agent, otherwise you may have a large pancake on your hands! You have a good day!!!

  • 5 Laura // Apr 24, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    This is the ultimate favourite birthday cake in our household – at least for Uncle H & me! So glad my mom shared it. 🙂 Don’t know if she mentioned it, but she makes it in a bundt pan and it comes out looking very fancy – quite special for birthdays. Glad it was a hit! (And yes – you guessed right; the 7-up acts as the raising agent in place of bicarb or baking powder. I also think it provides the unique taste that makes this so delicious!)

  • 6 se7en // Apr 24, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Hi L, Woops! I forgot about the bundt pan – because I don’t own one… I meant to mention it! We also loved the unique taste, some loved it so much they couldn’t resist it!

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