Sunday, June 5, 2011
7-Up Pound Cake
When I first saw this recipe I almost rejected it because I found no leavening. What will make it rise? I then found that the ingredient 7-Up would make it rise. So today I gave it a try. Of course I did make a couple of changes and will point them out along the way. So here is a wonderfully delicious recipe for a
7-Up Pound Cake.
3 cups sugar
2 sticks margarine (I used butter softened)
1/2 cup shortening (I used butter flavored Crisco)
1 tsp. coconut extract (I had imitation so I used 1 Tbsp.)
1 tsp. lemon extract (Didn't have this ingredient so left it out)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. lemon juice (I used 1 Tbsp as a replacement for the lemon extract)
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup 7 Up (Measure this 1/2 cup at a time due to foaming)
3 cups sifted all purpose flour
Do not preheat oven. Cream sugar, margarine and shortening. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Add extracts, lemon juice and salt. Add flour and 7-up alternately, beginning and ending with flour. Pour batter into a greased and floured Bundt pan. (I used baking non-stick spray which has the flour mixed in. I also used an Angle food pan. Place in a cold oven. Set oven to 325 degrees. Bake about 1 hour. Test for doneness. Cool in pan 10 minutes. (I ended up baking mine for 1 1/2 hrs. so the timing will depend on your oven. If you find the top is browning too quickly, place a loose sheet of foil over the top. You probably won't have that problem with this low of a setting.)
This cake is so good. It's moist and by using the butter and butter flavored Crisco you get a strong butter flavor. This cake can easily be made using vanilla flavoring if you don't have the lemon and coconut extracts. This is a cake I really want to play around with using different soda/cola flavors. I see this as a basic recipe that would be delicious made with orange, strawberry, Dr. Pepper, etc. sodas.