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



  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.



— Allison