7 Up Cake with Orange Glaze

It seems like we can’t get rid of our sweet tooth over here.  The sweets continue to fill our home and our mouths faster than they can be made.  

The littlest hooligan came to me and said he wanted to help me bake something.  Something with Coca-Cola in it.

I guess this wouldn’t be so strange except for the fact that nothing but water, milk and apple juice has never made it past his lips.  It’s not that I won’t let him try Coke, he’s the one who is so picky he would never take a sip.  This kid can taste the difference between TreeTop and Dole apple juice (and Dole doesn’t make the cut).  There is no way he would try Coke.

So I’ve learned his request to bake is not so much to end up with a tasty treat.  His interest in baking is purely mechanical.  He wants to stand on a chair and run the stand mixer at crazy-fast speeds, then turning it low, only to speed it up again.  The coke was an interesting request, however I didn’t have any.  But he insisted coke was a requirement.


I did have 7 Up and I remembered seeing a recipe for 7 Up Cake with Orange Glaze on The Cutting Edge of Ordinary blog.  Perfect. He was good with 7 Up.  It came in a can, which for some reason was important.  This recipe was also perfect for him because it incorporated a boxed cake mix.  With his love of whirling the mixer at lightening fast speeds, a cake from scratch could not handle the over-mixing.  A boxed cake mix is stealth to the over zealous mixing of a seven year old.

The cake had a nice lemon and slight lime flavor.  Overall, it was good.

Let’s make it…

Here’s what you will need for the cake:  Yellow cake mix (or white), lemon Jello (I didn’t have Jello so I used instant lemon pudding), 4 eggs, vegetable oil and 7 Up.  The pecans are also optional.

Again, the pecans are optional.  I like the way it makes the cake look (and taste).  Add 1 cup chopped pecans to the bottom of a greased and floured bundt cake pan.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, or another large bowl, add the contents of one yellow boxed cake mix, one small package of lemon Jello (I used instant lemon pudding), 4 eggs, 1/2 cup vegetable oil and 1 cup 7 Up soda.  Beat for three minutes on medium speed (or let the kids whirl it up like crazy until they are done).

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 45 to 60 minutes, until cake tests done with a toothpick and barely begins to pull away from sides of pan.

Cool in pan 10 minutes and flip onto a wire rack to cool completely.

I’ve had a lot of people ask me how I get my cakes to come out of the pan without leaving a fine layer of crumbs stuck in the pan.  See how smooth the cake is?

I use this.  It works better than Baker’s Joy or Crisco or butter.  The cake always come out intact.  This is important if you are not frosting it.  I get mine at Wal-Mart in the cake decorating aisle.  Michael’s probably has it too.

Here’s what you will need for the glaze:  Confectioner’s sugar, orange juice and pure vanilla extract.

Mix together 2 cups confectioner’s sugar, 4 Tablespoons orange juice and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.  Drizzle over cooled cake.

Yum.  I love glaze.

Since this recipe is circa 1965, I thought I would try to capture it in half black and white and half color.  You know, like Betty Crocker would have…or not.

Here’s how I like my cake, with extra glaze.  Don’t forget to save some.

But really, it’s the pecans that made it special.

7 Up Cake with Orange Glaze
Adapted from The Cutting Edge of Ordinary

1 package white or yellow cake mix
1 small package lemon Jello (I used instant lemon pudding because I didn’t have Jello)
4 large eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup 7 Up soda
1 cup chopped pecans, optional

Add pecans to the bottom of a greased and floured bundt cake pan.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, or another large bowl, add the contents of one yellow boxed cake mix, lemon Jello (I used instant lemon pudding), eggs, vegetable oil and 7 Up soda.  Beat for three minutes on medium speed (or let the kids whirl it up like crazy until they are done).

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 45 to 60 minutes, until cake tests done with a toothpick and barely begins to pull away from sides of pan.  Cool in pan 10 minutes and flip onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Orange Glaze

2 cups confectioner’s sugar
4 Tablespoons orange juice
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Mix together and drizzle over cooled cake.

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  1. Did you ever find out why the Coca Cola was important for the recipe ? How much fun is it that your sons want to bake and cook and have you blog about it?

    Also, if the little hooligan is so perceptive with the different apple juices, just imagine him as the wine taster in your vineyards and winery !

  2. HoneyB 2

    Looks good! I made a bundt cake this morning for my co-worker’s birthday…but I put Kahlua in mine. ;)

  3. Jamie 3

    Oh how funny! Your littlest hooligan so reminds me of mine – though mine is now 18. Wouldn’t try any soft drink until this year! And this 7-up bundt cake so reminds me of my childhood. Dad would make us cakes like this one.

  4. See if though your littlest hooligan opted for plain cupcakes for his BD, he didn’t wait long to get in some more fun with frosting and SODA. :-) I treasure pictures I have of my son at that age. The mixer was indeed a big attraction! That picture of the glaze … divine.

  5. I meant to say pictures I have of him at the mixer or stirring with the big wooden spoon and one of my aprons on. Cute.

  6. I am so tickled that you made this cake! I would have loved to have added the nuts, but my kids are not into nuts. Yours looks delicious!

  7. I have heard of cake made with Coke so why not 7-up too. I imagine it adds a lightness to the cake.

  8. I’m caked out right now but I stuck this one in my file. It sounds delicious! Looks that way to.

  9. What is it with boys and mixers? Looks like a great cake. Your previous post about your little man turning 7 was very touching. They do grow up too quickly, don’t they?

  10. I have a bundt pan that I have *gasp* never ever used. I got it as a wedding gift 5 years ago and I think I’ve just found the perfect recipe that the Little Imp can help me inaugurate it with! Well, that is, when I’m not too busy trying to pull myself away from Facebook! *lol*

    Yes Cathy, it IS a rabbit hole! *lol*

    Ya know, I bet you could even play with this recipe a bit…different flavoured cake mixes or puddings! I’ll have to see what we have in the cupboards!

  11. Marlene 11

    Oh my, yum, and I will be making this very, very soon.

    I love how your little man came to you and wanted to bake…that is so sweet. I hope he tried some of his creation.

    Thanks for tlling us about the Cake Release. I had seen it in the store but had been wondering if it really was a worthy product.


  12. Looks almost like babka Wielkanocna :)

  13. Yum! I’ve had a cake similar to this one, but this sounds much better. Especially with that glaze.

  14. Joni-MI 14

    OHMYGOODNESS does that ever sound good! I have seven up and I am going to try this! It would be great in the spring or summer!

  15. Becky 15

    I have heard of this cake, but never tried it.
    What is it with little boys and motors that go fast?

  16. I’m all about the glaze too~ And the pecans!

    I love the story about him wanting to make this and run the mixer! Too sweet!

  17. That is not helping me on my first day of Sonoma;)

  18. There are so many wonderful recipes from the ’60 era. It’s fun to resurrect one every once in awhile.

    This really looks good. Your photos are terrific.

  19. Oooo this looks good. I’m going to have to remember this one the next time I have people over. I can’t make if it’s just me. I’ll inhale the entire thing and it won’t be pretty. ;)

  20. That’s a wonderful looking cake for coming from a box! And I trust you it tasted good with the lemon pud and the peacans! Your kid had a nice idea!

  21. Marjie 21

    Most of my cookbooks are from prior to the 1970s, because people didn’t worry about all the “healthy” or “unhealthy” foods. I think I can eat anything I want as long as I don’t try to wolf down 2 or 3 pounds of food per sitting! I do appreciate your Betty Crocker picture, although I’m not sure Betty was quite that creative!

  22. marcy 22

    oh wow that looks yummy. In weight watchers they taught us to make a soda cake – just pick the dry cake mix of your choice and add either a can of dark or clear soda,diet of course, depending on what kind of cake you were making.
    It was good and I still make it on occasion, its perfect with a bit of whipped cream on top!

  23. Cheryl 23

    Yummy, yummy! Love Hooligan’s blog and bake participation! :)

    Happy New Year, Cathy…looking forward to trying more of your recipes in 2009.
    (and maybe to just keeping a vat of that glaze on hand year-round…)

  24. Alisa 24

    Is this recipe Atkins friendly? Ha! Ok, you can stop now, I have seriously had to move into my fat pants.
    Too yummy!

  25. Bunny 25

    I love anything citrus so this is something I know I would love.

  26. Trisha 26

    I have GOT to quit reading your posts when I am hungry! You can sabatoge the best dieting efforts with these scrumptious looking desserts!

  27. i’ll take one of those dark-chocolate espresso cups right now. with my breakfast and coffee. it would go perfectly with the cookie i am eating right now at 7 in the morning. yikes.

    Happy New Year. This bundt looks awesome too!

  28. Liz C. 28

    I love Bundt Cakes and this looks wonderful. However, my waistline is wreaking havoc with my clothes after all the holiday indulging. I might have to wait until Spring to make this, lol.

  29. Kayola 29

    yuuummmmmmmm!!! What a cutie…and what a great example you are to your children…not only do you go platinum on your blogging but you are a published cook as well…wowie…we bake with soda here…I use any diet soda and any flavor cake mix, for instance diet strawberry with a white cake or diet coke in chocolate…and that’s all and you just mix it and bake. I put it in cupcake tin like muffins and then they are only 2 points {weight watchers} per muffin….It’s a good thing!

  30. Pam 30

    What a tasty looking cake. Don’t you love baking with your kids – it sure beats playing Candyland.

  31. Katrina 31

    That looks and sounds really good!
    Funny kid, about the coke and all. Same with my 5 year old, he always wants to help, but never wants to eat what he helps with, it’s all about pushing buttons and such!

  32. nina 32

    This is delicious and it jut proofs that we as foodies can not always shoot down the stuff that comes in a box!!

  33. Shaye 33

    Because of my new diet, I had to avert my eyes from the delicious cake pictures. (Ok, I peeked and now I’m jonesin’…)
    But I love your post title! When I substitute teach, I try to leave a few minutes to let the class play “Heads Up 7-Up”. I’m the most popular sub at my son’s school. ;)

  34. *sigh* With my expanding waistline, I sometimes wish the sweets would leave my house after the holidays, but they never do!

    Your son sounds like my niece. In an age where all kids seem to be soda addicts, she won’t drink anything but milk or water (although she’ll drink chocolate milk). I can’t believe there are kids out there who don’t like soda.

    Maybe his desire to cook with soda comes from a desire to make the stirring of the batter even more violent?

    There are a couple of variations on a cake made wiht Coke though. They’re chocolate. I know I have a couple of recipes for one. If your son wants a Coke cake, email me and I’ll send along my recipe. However, the cakes aren’t made from mixes, so he’ll have to be careful with the mixing.

  35. Bob 35

    This cake looks fantastic, I bet my girlfriend would devour it… well, and me too. :) I love that nuts on the bottom/top thing on bundt cakes, it looks so cool!

  36. Rebel 36

    This sounds so good. I’ve taken a vow, no more sweets. At least for a while. But I am goin’ to save this recipe and try it at a latter date. It looks so pretty. Thanks for the recipe.

  37. tipper 37

    Always nice to have a helper in the kitchen!

  38. ELRA 38

    Oh Cathy,
    How’s one not wanting to try this recipe? Look mighty delicious.

  39. Biz 39

    Oh my, I haven’t thought of that cake in AGES! Thanks for the reminder~

  40. Oh–I wish I had some 7Up in the house–I have all the other ingredients! Might be worth making a trip out for some!

    Also–that pudding looks dee-licious!!

  41. That’s so funny it had to come from a can and have boxed cake mix. Too cute.

  42. Mary 42

    The cake looks and sounds good. I think you have an engineer in the making. I hope he had a piece of his cake.

  43. Lo! 43

    What a cute story… and that’s one great looking cake. Just perfect for all those in season oranges…

  44. Where do these recipes come from? It’s never ending. You are awesome.

  45. I think I’ll try this, but sub in my beloved sugar-free Fresca instead!

  46. Donna 46

    My Grandma used to make a cake with 7-Up! Thanks for reminding me of luscious memories!

  47. Cath,
    You make a mean bundt cake.
    How could you do this to me? I am trying to be good!

  48. Thanks for the recipe! Looks good…there goes those old New years resolutions! :)

  49. I love bundt cakes, especially with glaze.

  50. Katie 50

    I really like how you do the nuts at the bottom of the bundt. I would never have thought about how pretty it would look!

  51. Julie 51

    That’s so pretty! And if you can get your cake AND your soda all in one bite…sounds like a win/win situation!

  52. Lisa 52

    He’s right you know….TreeTop is the best.

  53. sharon 53

    One day, that little hooligan is going to make some lady a very happy one! I’ve never baked with soda but have always been curious. The pecans look heavenly.

  54. grace 54

    sodey pop (as my grandma says) does great things for cake, and as usual for me, the glaze sounds like something i’d like to pour down my gullet. good stuff, cathy. good stuff.

  55. Flea 55

    If I’m going to drink a soda, I’d really rather drink it from a can. Good boy. :)

  56. I love classic recipes like these! You reminded me of a family friend we had growing up who was this great southern cook – she would make a fantastic 7-up cake.

  57. jancd 57

    I made your cake today and it was as yummy as you described. I used a white cake accidentally and used Sprite instead on 7-up. It still turned out great–moist, tart, just delicious–and easy. Thanks for the recipe! Jancd

  58. Dragon 58

    You are evil. Do you know that? Don’t ever change. :)

  59. One of my first posts was a 7 Up cake. I also made an Orange Crush cake….they are fun to make and are really good. Coca cola cakes are great and you can also incorporate the cola in the frosting!!! Your cake looks delicious!!!

  60. Your cake looks wonderful, so rich but yet light. YUMMO!

  61. Oh my goodness….that looks wonderful!!! I will definitely have to make that, and soon!

  62. Wow, this looks great…and easy too! Okay another one to make…but not until I at least lose the holiday hips, yikes!


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