Cherry 7 Up Pound Cake
posted on September 28, 2015 by aimee @ shugarysweets 12 comments »
Looking for a dessert to impress your family and friends? This Cherry 7 Up Pound Cake is packed with flavor and is beautiful too!
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Every day I am reminded that I surrounded by friends. The food blogging world is HUGE. Millions of food blogs, and the field keeps growing. Yet, somehow, I have found myself lucky enough to be among some of the most talented, kind, and truly remarkable people.
And every once in awhile, I just need to share this with you, my readers.
My good friend, Jocelyn, from the blog Grandbaby Cakes sent me her beautiful family photo album. Okay, I kid. It’s her gorgeous cookbook, aptly titled Grandbaby Cakes. However, flipping through the pages I feel at times like I am snooping and lurking through her family history and her secret family recipes! With every recipe she tells a story. And with every story, she shares a recipe. They really go hand in hand in this book. And soon, like me, you’ll be wanting to just read every entry. And many of the recipes include family photos! So as she tells the story, you can picture the people because their photo is right there. It’s beautiful.
But you can’t sell cookbooks with just words and photos. You have to have great recipes, am I right? You would never buy a cookbook as a gift to someone if you didn’t like the recipes in it. Let me tell you a little about the recipe I made….
Jocelyn asked me to make one of her recipes, adding my own twist if I wanted. I was immediately drawn to her 7 Up Pound Cake.
Two years ago I gave up drinking pop. I really didn’t have a huge addiction to pop (yes, it’s pop in this part of the country, you may call it soda or Coke?!), but I was suffering from some severe migraines and giving up artificial sweeteners in my diet pop was necessary. So with that, I gave up drinking all pop. However, every once in awhile I get a craving for a lemon lime drink or a root beer. Adding them to my baking and desserts is a great way to curb those cravings, haha!!
I didn’t want to change much about her recipe, because I was totally curious to see how delicious it was on it’s own. My biggest change was I replaced the 7 Up with Cherry 7 Up and added in some maraschino cherries. Plus a heavier, cherry glaze!
I need to be honest here….
THIS WAS THE BEST POUND CAKE I’VE EVER EATEN.
I’m not just saying that because I know Jocelyn will stop over and read this. It really was amazing. One of the biggest differences between this recipe and others is that Jocelyn doesn’t add a leavening agent to her recipe. Instead, the extra long creaming process adds more air to the batter allowing the cake to rise significantly without help. The crust on the cake had the most delicious texture, I don’t know how to even describe it! I guess you’ll have to get on Amazon and buy your own copy (would make a GREAT gift for the holidays too).
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Cherry 7 Up Pound Cake
Yield: serves 12-16
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 75-85 minutes
- 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened
- 3 cups granulated sugar
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 5 large eggs
- 3 cups cake flour
- 1/2 cup maraschino cherries, stems removed, patted dry
- 2 cup powdered sugar, divided
- 3 Tbsp maraschino cherry juice
- 2 Tbsp milk