Sunday, June 24, 2012

7-Up Pound Cake


















For a long time now, this blog has had a real shortage of cake recipes--Honestly cakes are not my thing, I'm not the worst baker, but I'm certainly not the best.  There are still plenty of things for me to learn when it comes to baking.  Michael is the resident baker around here, at least when it comes to cakes.  So Michael made this 7-Up Pound Cake this weekend.  I just observed:D


7-Up Pound Cake

1 cup butter (2 sticks), softened
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
3 cups sugar
5 large eggs
1 & 1/2 tsp lemon extract
1 & 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
7 oz 7-up soda (any lemon-lime flavored soda will do)

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.  Grease and flour a 10-inch tube pan; set aside.  In a large bowl, beat the butter, shortening, and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.  Add the lemon and vanilla extracts, mixing well to combine.  Add the flour to the butter mixture in three batches, alternately with lemon-lime soda.  Mix well after each addition.  Spoon the batter into the prepared tube pan.  Bake until a tester inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean, about 1 hour and 10 minutes.  Cool the cake in the pan for 30 minutes.  Remove the cake from the pan and let cool completely.



Pound cake is always best topped with fresh summer berries!

I've gotten a little behind on posting and a have a quite a few recipes I need to get posted, it just seems like this time of year there are so many other things I want to do instead of sitting in front of the computer--like this weekend a trip to Oak Mountain, and hiking to Peavine Falls.  Even though the falls were not nearly as impressive as I had hoped--they were nearly dry, only a trickle of water, it was still good to be out in nature.  I'm hoping to get caught up on my posting this coming week.

23 comments:

  1. Pound cake and fruit is always a great dessert. The cake looks wonderful! I have never heard of using soda in a cake, but makes sense.
    Don't give up on practicing your baking skills. It is not as hard as it seems to most people. I think the most important part is to measure correctly. I couldn't live and bake without my scale.

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  2. Pound cake is on my cooking baking list. Your's looks fabulous. And yes to what Kirsten says. She's taught me to use that scale religiously.

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  3. Look so good Bo I love the berries you add!:)

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  4. Oh really, I never heard of 7 Up pound cake but it sure looks yummy. I am one of the pound cake lover.....

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  5. I am just the opposite, I have more baked goods than savory dishes lol! This pound cake looks really good with fine crumbs! I love pound cakes too and still searching for the perfect one!

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  6. I'm with you - i spent one year mastering the basics before even getting good pound and sponge cakes. not the best baker, but definitely not for want of trying! i love the crumbs in this pound cake - it looks really tight and tender!

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  7. I've had a 7-up pound cake before and it was delicious! Yours looks perfect, Bo!
    Love the picture of the falls... wish I could be sitting there right now!!

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  8. What a marvelous pound cake! The crumb looks perfect...and I love it topped with berries. Yes, there are so many distractions from blogging in the summer...I'd definitely go on a hike over sitting at my computer :)

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  9. This cake looks like a perfect bed for fresh berries, and makes a wonderful dessert.

    Sometimes life gets in the way doesn't it? I remember hiking to some falls that we were disappointed in in Hawaii, but not a trickle. Made me smile! It sure seems like a nice place to hike though!

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  10. Couldn't ask for a better dessert! really delicious and love the use of 7up
    Mary x

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  11. The clone recipe for Popeye's Biscuits uses 7Up and they come out so light and fluffy, so I bet this pound cake was heavenly.

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  12. I don't like most frosting, so this cake with the fresh fruit is a recipe I can't wait to try!

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  13. I agree, pound cake is the best topped with fresh summer berries.

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  14. I usually leave my cakes plain too, topping with fruits sounds like a good idea except those fruits u topped with are so expensive here and I can't imagine topping cakes with our local fruits like pineapples or papaya or even water melons!

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  15. Wow this I will be trying....I have heard of using club soda, but not 7up....love the flavors!

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  16. Everyone needs a resident baker :) Personally baking is my passion so I would never let anyone else do it for me, but it's always fun to observe as well! Maybe you'll pick up on a few baking skill and bake your own cakes soon!

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  17. I have wanted to try using soda in making pound cake and this remind me I should do it soon. I will always opt to top my cake with fruits than with frosting.

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  18. Sound delicious for this cake recipe! It's make me so hungry! I can't wait to eat this :)

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  19. This cake looks amazing! Hope to see you more after summers festivities slow down for you. : )

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  20. Nice looking cake and perfectly served with the berries!

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  21. Your recipes are awesome!~ I am your newest follower nice to meet you!

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  22. Wow! How creative! Haven't had pound cake in a while, the addition of 7-up sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing Bo!
    P.S. I nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award =] http://www.freespiriteater.com/2012/08/very-inspiring-blogger-award.html

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  23. Talk about a trip down memory lane! My mother use to make this cake and I loved it. I haven't had it for years! It looks just like my Mamma's!

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