Cherry 7UP® Pound Cake

Cherry 7UP Pound Cake

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Whoo boy. This cake will make your holiday season merry and bright! And then some.

In case I’ve never made it blatantly clear enough, pound cake is the happiest of all cakes. It’s fluffy, buttery, and makes a perfect canvas for any flavor.

Do you know what happens if you add 7UP® to pound cake? It gets even lighter and fluffier. And when you add Cherry 7UP® and almond extract, your mouth is in for quite the party.

Cherry 7UP® Pound Cake

Now that we’ve cleared Thanksgiving, everyone’s got three weeks to get holiday baking in order. In times like these, the temptation to impress relatives and friends might overwhelm the need to just be practical.

Well, guess what? That isn’t a choice you have to make. Just because a dessert isn’t crazy hard to make doesn’t mean that it can’t be impressive and beautiful. Oh, and delicious. So get your holiday baking in order, but don’t try to be a hero!

Cherry 7UP Pound Cake

Whenever I need to prep for a baking marathon, there’s only one place I need, and that’s Target. They have this special section with all the holiday-themed products and candy. I just stand in the middle of the aisle, staring at everything on the shelves while ideas start hurtling at my head. Then I fill up my cart. It’s probably the closest I ever get to catharsis. Plus, I get to buy everything I need for holiday entertaining, from candy (yesssss, please) to drinks, in just one trip.

This time of year, there’s so much we all need to buy. It’s a lot easier to spend that money if there are coupons involved, and that’s where Ibotta comes in. If you’re not familiar, you need to check it out. Right now, they’re running a special deal on soda: Save $.75 when you buy two 2-liter bottles (varieties include: 7UP®, A&W®, Canada Dry® Ginger Ale, RC® Cola, Sundrop®, Sunkist® Orange, Squirt®, Country Time®, Diet Rite®, Vernors®, Cactus Cooler® and Hawaiian Punch®) and Save $2.00 when you buy four 12-pack cans (varieties include: 7UP®, A&W®, Canada Dry® Ginger Ale, RC® Cola, Sundrop®, Sunkist® Orange, Squirt®, Country Time®, Diet Rite®, Vernors®, Cactus Cooler®, Hawaiian Punch® and Tahitian Treat).

Cherry 7UP Pound Cake

Food bloggers will always give different reasons for why we love what we do. Some enjoy taking photos and editing them. Some love writing the posts, while others enjoy the connections they make with readers and fellow bloggers above all. For me, while I dig all those things, I especially appreciate the constant opportunity to create new desserts and push ideas to their limits. That’s what makes each post exciting, and explains how this cake came to be.

If you add soda to cake, it enhances the cake’s texture. Experimenting with flavor is one of my favorite ways to take a more basic idea and make it really stand out. In this case, Cherry 7UP® gets poured into cake batter. See?

Cherry 7UP Pound Cake

And when all the cake batter gets mixed up (don’t forget that almond extract, it’s key), you get a distinctive holiday cake that will wow your guests. It doesn’t hurt to throw a little sprinkle flair on top of that thick glaze, either. Or to have your cake in a wreath-like shape to bring on happy associations and excitement.

Cherry 7UP Pound Cake

This holiday season, make your gatherings a little brighter with a pound cake that’s sure to make some very hungry people come barreling to your house for dessert. Make time to eat cake! And if you’re not feeling creative right now, I’ve got you covered. Want more recipe inspiration with your favorite drinks? Find more ideas from these perfect holiday moments. We could all use a few of those!


Cherry 7UP® Pound Cake


1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup Cherry 7UP®
3 drops red food gel coloring
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
3 tablespoons heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
holiday-themed sugar sprinkles (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Coat a small bundt or tube pan with cooking spray and dust with flour. Set aside
  2. Combine the melted butter and sugar, stirring until smooth. Add the eggs, lemon juice and almond extract, and mix again. Add the dry ingredients and stir until incorporated. Finally, add the Cherry 7UP® and mix until the batter is without lumps.
  3. Add the food coloring and mix until the pink color is evenly distributed.
  4. Pour the batter carefully into the prepared pan and even out the top. Bake for 40-50 minutes until the top is golden.
  5. Remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool completely.
  6. While the cake cools, prepare the glaze. Combine all the glaze ingredients and stir thoroughly until smooth.
  7. Pour the glaze over the cooled cake, allowing it to spill over the sides. Add the sprinkles.
  8. Let the glaze set. Cut into slices. Store covered.


I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

This Post Has 26 Comments

  1. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    I often see recipes for cakes made with soda, but I have never tried it. I bet it gives it a really interesting consistency.

    1. Mir

      It makes an awesome consistency, Dannii. So much better!

  2. Manali @ CookWithManali

    I love pound cakes, what a brilliant idea to add 7up to it! Sounds fantastic Mir!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Manali! This one is very addictive.

  3. David @ Spiced

    Pound cakes are one of my all-time favorite! And I’m totally digging the cherry twist on this one. Save me a slice! #client

    1. Mir

      Thanks, David! I’m a sucker for anything with cherry and almond!

  4. Amy

    I can see making quite a few of these in the next few weeks. Very creative.
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    1. Mir

      I’ve already made a couple myself!

  5. Shashi at RunninSrilankan

    O wow – how cool is this cake! I love your idea to add 7 – up to cake – I so need to try this soon!
    Happy Friday!
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    1. Mir

      It’s so good, Shashi! Give it a shot!

  6. annie@ciaochowbambina

    So pretty in pinkI I can imagine it saddled up beside my fizzy drink! Done and done!
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    1. Mir

      They’re a match made in heaven, Annie! All pink, all the time!

  7. Medha @ Whisk & Shout

    Oh yum! Love the festive colors 🙂
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Medha! I love sprinkles!

  8. Aria

    Pound cake – with soda? Cool!
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    1. Mir

      Definitely cool, Aria. Try it!

  9. Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks

    Dude. I love pound cake and you made a pink one! I’ve never added any kind of soda to a cake (um…beer? yes!) and it sounds delicious and looks totally festive!
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    1. Mir

      I’m not sure how beer pound cake would work, but heck, I’ll try anything. And yep, it’s pink! Yay pink!

  10. Liz

    Such a beautiful, festive cake!!! This looks like a dessert that would get rave reviews from my family!

    1. Mir

      Thanks, Liz! My family like it, too!

  11. mira

    This pound cake looks beautiful! Never had cherry 7up, but will definitely try this!
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    1. Mir

      It was a lot of fun, Mira!

  12. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    I’ve always wanted to try 7-up pound cakes! This version looks fantastic, Mir! I love that you used cherry 7-up. Sounds like it makes it so flavorful!
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    1. Mir

      I’ve always wanted to do it too, and now I’m so glad I did!

  13. Michele @ Alwayzbakin

    This cake definitely looks like a winner! It sounds delicious! Love the flavor combos. ;-D
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    1. Mir

      It’s so good, Michele! If I do say so myself, that is. 🙂

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