This recipe was contributed by Tacquira Moore, a longtime subscriber to this blog. She works as a pharmacy technician, loves dogs and constantly tries out new recipes.
How this recipe came to me
One day, Tacquira told me that she makes a pound cake with 7-Up.
“Really! How is it?” I asked.
“It’s easy.” she answered with a laugh.
“Can I try the recipe?” I asked again.
Later, she Facebooked the recipe to me.
How did she get the recipe?
The cake is a family recipe from her nana (grandma), and her nana said that I could use diet 7-Up instead.
“My grandparents are from down south so they cook everything from scratch.” says Tacquira.
I believe, a pound cake is a rustic cake that is made with love. Just bake it and don’t worry about achieving perfection.
Just bake it and gift it
So, for this Mother’s Day, from nana to mama, I urge you to try making this diet 7-Up cake for your own mother. It’s easy, but not-so-light. Remember, it is only once a year, and it is for mom. Of course, you may have a piece too.
- All ingredients kept at room temperature
- 3 sticks (¾ lb/ 340 g) butter
- 2 ½ cup (480 g) sugar
- 5 eggs
- ¾ C (180 ml) diet 7-Up
- 3 C (300 g) flour, sifted
- 1 to 2 tsp (5 to 10 ml) vanilla extract
- Set oven at 375 F
- Cream butter and sugar thoroughly
- Slowly add eggs, one at a time and beat well
- Add 7-Up gradually, alternating with flour in three portions and blend well
- Bake in greased and floured cake pan for 1 hour
Tips and tricks that you may want to know about this recipe
- To add a little more citrus zest to the cake, While the cake is cooling, you can top it off with a lemon glaze at the end by mixing ¾ cup powdered sugar with 1 ¼ Tbsp fresh lemon juice. The glaze will harden as the cake cools.
- To ensure the cake stays moist, after baking, let it cool in the pan for only about 10 minutes so that it can slip out of the pan. Then cover it with a moist towel as the cake continues to cool.
- This cake is buttery, and is denser than usual. Therefore, I recommend serving it with coffee.
- This recipe is relatively high in saturated fat and sugar. It also contains a little bit of alcohol.
- Once in a while, one may face a heavy recipe like this one. Enjoy it! Focus on practising portion control instead. For example, you can serve it in snack sizes like thin “lady finger” style or as small cubes with fresh fruit on the side. Or, after you have your piece, be sure to leave the rest for mom to share with her friends. It is a fresh, easy recipe that might just be the one that your mom’s friends haven’t tried yet.
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