Having a great pound cake recipe in your baking back pocket is a real time saver when you need a cake to bake. This 7Up pound cake recipe is about as classic and delicious a cake as you’ll ever find. It’s an old-fashioned recipe that I’ve updated with a couple of tweaks to amplify its lemony flavor, making it completely irresistible!
Years ago I was given a recipe for 7Up pound cake from a woman I used to work with named Connie. It was sweet, lemony, and had an incredible crunchy bottom to it. Sometimes she’d serve it plain, and other times, she finished it off with a zesty 7Up lemon glaze.
Seriously, it was to die for!
Connie was a from-scratch cook and rarely had exact measurements for her creations.
You know the kind of recipes I’m talking about here. The ones passed down through the generations, where you literally have to guess how much flour, sugar, butter, etc. each recipe needs.
Needless to say, I was never able to recreate her incredible food based on her vague directions. She’d give basic details then throw in phrases like, Oh, a handful of this and Just a pinch of that.
But one day, she called me down to her office and had an actual recipe for her 7Up pound cake written in her pristine, cursive handwriting on a yellow sticky note. I was floored!
After receiving the recipe, I made it countless times, always playing with the toppings and trying to perfect that 7Up glaze (which I never did). For whatever reason, my cakes never tasted as good as Connie’s. At some point, I forgot about this cake and even lost the recipe.
Recently, I wanted to make a pound cake and Connie’s 7Up version immediately popped into my head. I became a little obsessed with finding the recipe and after a valiant effort of digging through countless cookbooks and recipe binders, I came up empty handed.
I turned to the internet and happened upon a recipe that I thought was pretty darn close, so I went with it, adding a couple of tweaks along the way.
It turned out fantastic and it even had that perfect crunchy bottom that was always my favorite part of Connie’s recipe.
It was still missing a little something that I remember from Connie’s cake way back when, but I’m starting to think that she may have a little secret ingredient that she decided to keep to herself.
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