Mama’s Southern 7Up Pound Cake

Everyone enjoys a good pound cake. 7Up Cake is a delicious, moist pound cake that everyone enjoys. This recipe is the first cake I baked from scratch.  I was a pretty seasoned  doctored-up Duncan Hines girl–nothing wrong with that-but I was ready for scratch.
I found the recipe in my mama’s recipe  drawer. My mama doesn’t use “recipes”. She only pulls them out for reference. Not cookbook recipes, but handwritten, folded, stained pieces of paper, family recipes. I saw a sheet folded on the side of the drawer. It was 7Up. Let’s get this party started.

This recipe didn’t look like her others. It was printed on a sheet of regular paper and typed. I figure this is more my level because it had more than 9 words in the recipe. The  ingredients  list read: 3 sticks margarine, 2 cups flour, 5 eggs, etc.

No margarine on hand so I just used butter. I got the all purpose flour and scooped out the cups.  Made it. Baked it.  1 hour and 15 minutes later the timer goes off. Test it. Took it out the oven, let it cool. Flipped it out the pan and it looks great! Perfectly golden with a little crisp crust and a perfect bundt shape.

My mother saw it cooling on the counter and said how good it looked. She lifted it to set it on the cake display and said “Oh my goodness, why is this so heavy!”  I thought  it was on the heavier side but I figured it was heavy because it’s  a scratch cake-Nope.

Margarine ONLY, not butter. CAKE flour, not all purpose flour. It was 4 pounds, 8 ounces. Yes, I weighed it. Hard as a brick after I cut it. It was horrible,  but they say the first baby is practice, right?

I wrote the correct ingredients on the recipe. Made it and it was perfect. My Mama’s 7Up Pound Cake is delicious. The more you make it, the better it tastes.

Mama’s 7Up Pound Cake

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Generously grease bundt pan. This Baker’s Grease  works great.


3 3/4 sticks  Margarine, softened

2 3/4 cups  Sugar

2 3/4 cups Cake Flour, sifted

5  Eggs

3/4  cup 7Up Soda

1 tsp.  Lemon Extract


1. In a large bowl or stand mixer, cream margarine and sugar together until light and  fluffy.

2. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.

3. Gently  add flour one cup at a time.

4. Slowly pour  7Up and lemon extract.

5. Mix ingredients well.

6. Bake at 325 degrees F for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

7. Let cake cool 10-15 minutes.

8. Sprinkle cake with powdered sugar. Serve.


*Land O Lakes Margarine is best for this recipe & Measure flour first, then sift it. 

*Use room temperature margarine and eggs  by setting on counter 30-45 minutes.

I updated this recipe with butter because I love the velvety texture that butter gives. I will post an update to this post with the new recipe. To learn more about how to use fats in baking check  this great post on The Cake Blog.

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