Baked goods made with soft drinks can be traced back to the 1930s and 1940s, according to food expert Lynne Olver. On her website, Food Timeline, she cited early recipes like Ginger Ale Icebox Cake and Raisin Cake Made With Pepsi-Cola. Soda has popped up in all sorts of recipes, with 7UP cake being one of the most famous. The effervescence of 7UP produces a lighter crumb in pound cakes made from scratch and gives packaged cake mix a mild lemon flavor. —Toni Tipton-Martin

Pam Lolley


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45 mins
4 hrs
Serves 12


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  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 14- to 16-cup Bundt pan. Beat butter in a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment on medium speed until creamy, about 2 minutes. Gradually add sugar, beating on medium speed until light and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until just blended after each addition. Add lemon zest, lemon juice, lime zest, and vanilla; beat on low speed until just blended, about 30 seconds. Add flour to butter mixture alternately with soft drink, beginning and ending with flour, beating until just blended after each addition.

  • Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven until a wooden pick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes, loosely tenting pan with aluminum foil after about 45 minutes to prevent excessive browning.

  • Cool cake in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes. Remove from pan. Transfer to wire rack, and let cool completely, 2 hours.

  • Spoon Lemon-Lime Cream Cheese Frosting into a piping bag or heavy-duty ziplock plastic bag. Cut a 1-inch hole in corner of bag, and pipe frosting in a roped pattern over top and sides of cake. Top cake with Sugared Lemon-Lime Zest.