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7Up Cake is light, moist, and has a unique lemon-lime flavor that comes from a surprising ingredient: 7Up soda! Does that seem like an odd ingredient for a cake? Trust me, it’s not.

7up cake on a stone plate

Hey there, cake lovers! Today, I’m super excited to share a recipe that’s fun, yummy, and a little bit different – the 7Up Cake!

This cake is a Southern dessert that has a special place in the baking world. Once you try it, you’ll know why it’s so popular!

Making a 7-Up Cake is like taking a trip down memory lane to your grandmother’s kitchen. It’s perfect for family gatherings, church picnics, or just as a sweet treat to enjoy at home.

What makes this cake so special is how the soda makes the cake rise and gives it a tender crumb and a delicious light cake texture.

The soda flavor does so much for this cake, too. Lily and I had a little 7Up party with our cake. Soda and cake? Why not??

And the best part? It’s not complicated to make. With some simple ingredients and easy steps, you’ll have a cake that’s sure to impress everyone.

So, grab your mixer, and let’s whip up this yummy 7Up Cake. It’s going to be a hit, and you might just find it becomes your mother’s absolute favorite cake too!

Some of our other favorite cake recipes we have on our site include: Easy Oreo Better Than Sex Cake Recipe, Chocolate Caramel Cake (from Scratch Recipe), and Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake Cake Recipe.

7up cake on sheet tray

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS:

  1. Unique Flavor: The 7Up adds a lovely lemon-lime twist that’s both refreshing and tasty. You’ll be surprised at what this carbonated beverage does in this cake.
  2. Perfectly Moist: This cake is known for being super moist and delicious.
  3. Easy to Make: Even if it’s your very first cake, the steps are straightforward and fun!

INGREDIENTS NEEDED (SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST FOR THE FULL RECIPE CARD):

  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Granulated sugar
  • 7Up
  • Vegetable oil
  • Sour cream
  • Large eggs
  • Lemon zest
  • Lime zest
  • Vanilla extract
  • Salted butter
  • Powdered sugar
ingredients needed to make 7up cake

HOW TO MAKE 7UP CAKE:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray an 18x13x1 sheet tray with baking spray and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, 7Up, oil, sour cream, eggs, lemon zest, lime zest, and vanilla until smooth.
  4. Add the flour mixture and whisk to combine until smooth with no lumps. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
  5. Add the cake batter to the sheet tray and smooth it out into an even layer.
  6. Bake for 20-23 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. 
collage of images showing how to make 7up cake
  1. Just before the cake is done baking, begin to make the frosting. Add the butter and 7Up to a medium-sized sauce pot over medium heat.
  2. Constantly stir until it comes to a bowl. Take off the heat and whisk in the powdered sugar a little at a time until smooth with no lumps.
  3. Add the lemon zest, lime zest, and vanilla, and stir to combine.
  4. Immediately pour the frosting over the warm cake and use an offset spatula to smooth it over the entire cake.
  5. Allow to cool completely and serve.
collage of images showing how to make the frosting for 7up cake

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS RECIPE:

An 18x13x1 inch sheet tray is perfect for this recipe. Yup! We’re gonna make this a big ole sheet pan cake.

You can try using a regular 9×13 pyrex if you want. I don’t think it will be quite the same, though, and it will affect the baking time, so keep that in mind.

Sure! Any lemon-lime soda like Sprite or Sierra Mist works well.

Ginger ale can also be a good substitute. If you’ve got a favorite soda in these options, then that’s the one you should go for. This is all about your taste buds, after all!

a slice of 7up cake being held up in air with a spatula

Oh, the possibilities are endless! I’ve got some great ideas here to get you started in the right direction.

  • A scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side
  • Fresh fruit like berries or lemon slices for garnish
  • A drizzle of simple sweet lemon glaze
  • Sprinkle of powdered sugar for a sweet finish
  • Whipped cream for extra creaminess
  • Lemon or lime juice for more citrus flavor
  • Chopped nuts for added texture
  • A layer of lemon curd under the frosting
  • Sprinkle of almond extract for a nutty aroma
  • Dollop of lemon or lime marmalade on top

Sure thing! It’s a short list, but it should take you places, haha.

  • Cake flour for a lighter texture
  • Almond extract instead of vanilla for a different flavor
  • Brown sugar for a deeper sweetness
  • Melted butter instead of vegetable oil, this will make the cake a little more dense
  • Gluten-free flour for those with dietary restrictions
  • Diet soda for a lower-calorie version
up close image of 7up cake on a ceramic plate

HOW TO STORE:

Room Temp: In an airtight container or wrapped in plastic wrap for up to 1 week.

Freezer: Wrap individual slices or the whole cake in aluminum foil and store in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

DANA’S TIPS AND TRICKS:

  • Make sure all ingredients are at room temperature for the best cake texture.
  • Use a hand mixer or stand mixer for a fluffy cake batter.
  • Grease the cake pan well to prevent sticking.
  • Make sure the cake is still warm when you pour the icing for even coverage.
  • For a moist cake, don’t overbake – keep an eye on it!
7up cake on a plate with a bite taken out

7Up Cake is more than just a dessert; it’s a yummy experience. With its light and moist texture, unique flavor, and simple recipe, it’s sure to become a favorite in your baking repertoire.

Whether you’re serving it at a party or enjoying a slice with a cup of tea, this cake is always a treat. So go ahead, give this recipe a try, and enjoy the delicious taste of this unique cake!

If you’ve tried this 7UP CAKE, let me know how it turned out in the comments! You can follow me over on PINTEREST, INSTAGRAM OR FACEBOOK to find some more of our mouthwatering recipes! 

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4 from 2 votes

7Up Cake Recipe (from Scratch Sheet Cake)

Author Dana at ThisSillyGirlsKitchen.com
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 23 minutes
7Up Cake is light, moist, and has a unique lemon-lime flavor that comes from a surprising ingredient: 7Up soda! Does that seem like an odd ingredient for a cake? Trust me, it’s not.
Servings 20 servings

Ingredients
  

For the cake:

For the frosting:

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray an 18x13x1 sheet tray with baking spray and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
    2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, 7Up, oil, sour cream, eggs, lemon zest, lime zest, and vanilla until smooth.
    2 cups granulated sugar, 1 cup 7Up, 1 cup vegetable oil, 1/2 cup sour cream, 2 large eggs, zest of 1 lemon, zest of 1 lime, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Add the flour mixture and whisk to combine until smooth with no lumps. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
  • Add the cake batter to the sheet tray and smooth it out into an even layer.
  • Bake for 20-23 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Just before the cake is done baking, begin to make the frosting. Add the butter and 7Up to a medium-sized sauce pot over medium heat.
    1/2 cup salted butter, 6 tablespoons 7Up
  • Constantly stir until it comes to a bowl. Take off the heat and whisk in the powdered sugar a little at a time until smooth with no lumps.
    3 & 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • Add the lemon zest, lime zest, and vanilla, and stir to combine.
    zest of 1 lemon, zest of 1 lime, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Immediately pour the frosting over the warm cake and use an offset spatula to smooth it over the entire cake.
  • Allow to cool completely and serve.

Notes

  • Make sure all ingredients are at room temperature for the best cake texture.
  • Use a hand mixer or stand mixer for a fluffy cake batter.
  • Grease the cake pan well to prevent sticking.
  • Make sure the cake is still warm when you pour the icing for even coverage.
  • For a moist cake, don’t overbake – keep an eye on it!

Nutrition

Calories: 373kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 160mg | Potassium: 30mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 201IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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