You know you are a Southern cook when the idea of cooking with soda does not gross you out. I love cooking with soda and have made many savory and sweet dishes using it. These recipes are always a hit and people never can guess what that distinct flavor is exactly.
I included this recipe in my blog because I wanted to honor my Southern roots with a classic Southern cake. All Grandmothers know how to make this cake and mine was no different. Here is one of my favorites, 7up Cake. (Sounds gross but I promise it’s moist and perfect with a cup of coffee or mimosa in the am.) It’s very dense so it can even be used as pound cake and eaten any time of day.
- 3 cups white sugar
- 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
- 5 eggs
- 3 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
- 1 tablespoon lemon extract
- 1 cup 7Up or other lemon-lime carbonated beverage
- 1 cup sifted confectioners’ sugar
- 1/4 cup milk or 7up can be used
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon grated lemon zest on top
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Generously grease a cake pan. I like to use a 8×8 cake pan but you can also use a Bundt pan. Whichever you choose. But be sure to grease the pan really well whatever you choose. This cake is sticky.
- Beat white sugar and butter together in a bowl using an electric mixer until creamy and smooth; add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing well after each. Stir in flour, 1 cup at a time, and alternate with the soda. Add flour, then soda, then flour, etc. until it’s all been mixed. Pour into the prepared pan.
- Bake in the oven until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, about 1 hour 15 minutes. Remove cake from pan immediately.
- Make your glaze while the cake is cooking so that it’s ready to pour onto cake once it’s done cooking. In order to make glaze: beat confectioners’ sugar, milk, and vanilla extract together in a bowl using a whisk until glaze is smooth. Pour glaze over warm cake.