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7-Up Cake – My Grandmother Goldie’s Southern Recipe

I can remember when my Grandmama Goldie made her 7Up Cake. I remember what it tasted like, what it smelled like. Pretty sure I tricked my little brother out of his piece a couple of times. (Yeah, I was a mean big sister.)

I always thought it was the craziest thing ever when my grandmother would pour a little glass bottle of 7Up into her cake. But we are talking about a woman who could throw together a meal like you’ve never seen for a brood of roughneck cowboys. You know, AFTER she had cooked all day working at the local school cafeteria. When I ran across her recipe in an old community cookbook, I knew immediately I had to give it a shot.

It is almost as good as I remember. Almost….

My grandmother's 7Up Cake is a favorite dessert from my childhood. I can still remember the smell of it baking. Ours was almost (almost) as good.

This 7Up Cake reminds me of my childhood.

Grandmama Goldie’s recipe for this 7Up cake is pretty straightforward.

 

My grandmother's 7-Up Cake is a favorite dessert from my childhood. I can still remember the smell of it baking. Ours was almost (almost) as good.

I don’t remember if my grandmother did this or not, but instead of preparing my cake pans with shortening and flour, I always use butter and sugar.

You know sometimes if you get a bite of cake and the edge tastes dry and like flour? This doesn’t happen using butter and sugar. The edges get sugary and slightly salty from the butter. So good!

 

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My grandmother's 7-Up Cake is a favorite dessert from my childhood. I can still remember the smell of it baking. Ours was almost (almost) as good.

 

We were unable to find the pineapple instant pudding mix in our local stores. (I checked three!) So we did have to improvise.

I actually bought a box of lemon pudding and a box of vanilla…and decided to go with the vanilla.

 

7Up Cake is amazing.

 

 

To make up for the loss of the pineapple pudding, I changed the 10 ounces of 7Up soda to 7 ounces, and added 3 ounces of pineapple juice. (Oh and I dumped about 1/2 cup of crushed pineapple into the cake batter.) You know me, I’ve gotta tweak just about every recipe I come across. (Pretty sure sweet Goldie would approve.)

So what is the big deal with the 7Up? It gives the cake a bright and sweet lemon-lime flavor without being overpowering.

 

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Frozen Mocha Pie

 

You can either measure the batter evenly in three pans, or eyeball it. The cake layers came out thinner than I remember…it seems like my grandmother’s 7Up cake was bigger. But that may be my memory…you know how everything seemed larger when you were a kid. Or maybe she doubled the recipe?

 

Three layer 7Up Cake.

 

The perfect cake pan for this job are from Wilton. You can get them here.

While the cake is cooling, time to cook up the icing.  I beat the eggs before putting them in the pan, and stirred constantly while the butter and sugar melted. (My grandmother’s recipe calls for margarine, but I don’t use margarine…so I went for butter.)

 

My grandmother's 7Up Cake is a favorite dessert from my childhood. I can still remember the smell of it baking. Ours was almost (almost) as good.

 

You don’t want to cook it too fast or on too high of a temperature or the eggs will set up.

The recipe called for 1 small can of crushed pineapple. I didn’t drain mine…and regarding the size of the can…I do not remember what a small can was back in the 1970’s and 80’s…so I used 1 cup of crushed pineapple.

Just keep cooking and keep stirring until the mixture is smooth and thick.

 

Warm pineapple + coconut frosting is so good on our 7Up Cake.

 

Stir in the coconut after the icing looks like this.

 

Southern 7Up Cake with pineapple + coconut frosting.

 

While the icing is still warm, spread it on each yummy cake layer and the rest on top!

Be sure to keep it loosely covered or in a cake saver.

My grandmother would spread it all along the sides of her 7Up Cake, but I thought it looked pretty with it all the pineapple and coconut icing piled on top. What do you think?

 

My grandmother's 7Up Cake is a favorite dessert from my childhood. I can still remember the smell of it baking. Ours was almost (almost) as good.

 

Yummy!! The cake is moist and crumbly, with a fresh lemony-pineapple flavor. And the icing…so gooey and sweet.

 

 

My grandmother's 7Up Cake is a favorite dessert from my childhood. I can still remember the smell of it baking. Ours was almost (almost) as good.
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7Up Cake

This 7UP cake recipe takes me straight to my childhood. Moist layers of cake with a pineapple coconut frosting.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Cooling Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12
Calories 584 kcal
Author Buy This Cook That

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For the Cake

  • 1 box lemon cake mix
  • 1 small box vanilla or pineapple instant pudding mix
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • If using vanilla pudding use 7 ounces 7-Up plus 3 ounces of pineapple juice OR
  • If using pineapple pudding mix use 10 ounces of 7-Up
  • 4 eggs
  • Butter and sugar to prepare the cake pans

For the Icing

  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple undrained
  • 1 bag sweetened coconut flakes
  • 2 whole eggs beaten

Cook That

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare three 8 or 9 inch round cake pans with butter and sugar.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, pudding mix, oil, 7-Up (and juice) and 4 eggs. Beat on medium speed until well blended, about 2-3 minutes. Divide evenly into the three pans.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in the pans for 5 minutes, invert and let cool completely.
  4. In a medium sauce pan, combine sugar, butter, pineapple and the beaten eggs. Cook over low to medium low heat, stirring constantly. Increase heat to medium and cook until thick and bubbly. Remove from heat and stir in the bag of coconut.
  5. Spread the warm icing over the cake layers and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
7Up Cake
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 584 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 21g131%
Cholesterol 81mg27%
Sodium 440mg19%
Potassium 228mg7%
Carbohydrates 85g28%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 62g69%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 140IU3%
Vitamin C 4.5mg5%
Calcium 114mg11%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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9 Comments

  • Reply
    Eva
    November 27, 2016 at 11:47 am

    Thank you so much for this recipe I have searched for it forever. My grandma made this for me for my birthday when I was a child and it has always been my favorite cake. Sincerely, ERobinson.

    • Reply
      Teri
      November 27, 2016 at 12:53 pm

      Ms Eva you absolutely just made my day with your comment…and reminds me of why I started this blog. This recipe was one of my favorites, and reminds me so much of my grandmother. Please enjoy it with your family. 🙂

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    Liz
    January 29, 2017 at 10:09 am

    Your cake looks delicious. I am going to be baking a 7-Up cake today, because my birthday is tomorrow. I wondered if it would hold up in 3 cake pans but everyone uses a bundt. I was happy to find your page and see that you did what I want to do!! It is impossible to find instant pineapple pudding mix, I have searched before, and I’m from Hawaii! Aloha!

    • Reply
      Teri
      January 29, 2017 at 10:12 am

      Happy Birthday!??We should start a petition with Jell-O to bring back pineapple pudding specifically for this cake. Enjoy the cake and I hope you love it on your special day.

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      Teri
      January 29, 2017 at 10:14 am

      Oh and I am from Tennessee. Thank you for letting us borrow Marcus Mariota. We love him.

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    De Stephens
    November 12, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Is white sugar confectioners or granulated sugar?

    • Reply
      Teri
      November 13, 2017 at 8:03 pm

      Granulated sugar.

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    Charles McKenry
    November 19, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    I lost my Mom’s recipe years ago but this looks a lot like it. It was such an amazing cake. Her recipe had multiple choice for the pudding vanilla or pineapple and cake mix was pineapple, white or yellow. Her recipe also called for a lot of egg yolks if I remember right but hey this is closer than what I can remember. Thank you

    • Reply
      Teri
      November 19, 2018 at 5:47 pm

      I bet your mother’s recipe was amazing. I hope you get a chance to try this one, be sure to let me know how close it is to tasting like the one you remember.

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