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7Up Cake

This 7Up Cake is a moist lemon pudding cake that is made with a jazzed up boxed cake mix and topped with a delicious homemade lemon icing drizzle!

A DELICIOUS AND EASY LEMON-LIME CAKE RECIPE

Recently I shared my recipe for Double Fudge Coca-Cola Cake and then I realized, I couldn’t share the Coca-Cola Cake without also sharing the 7Up Cake. The 7Up Cake is similar to the Coke Cake in that you don’t really taste the soda as a separate ingredient. It adds flavor and makes it super moist. You could eat this bundt cake without any icing, it is just so incredibly flavorful and moist but I think the slightly tart icing gives the sweet cake a nice pop of flavor. I take this as gifts to so many folks and they always love it then ask for the recipe. So you know it’s good!

a slice of 7Up cake on a small round white plate with a fork that has removed a small portion of the cake.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Can this be made in a 9×13-inch baking dish?

Yes. I would just use the recommended baking times for a 9×13-inch baking dish that is shown on the back of the cake mix box.

My bundt cakes always stick, what do I do?

Bundt pans need to be greased really well. A lot of people recommend greasing the pan the coating it in flour or making up magic release solutions with ingredients you may not have on hand. While that works well, I find it easiest to use a nonstick baking spray that has flour in it (like Baker’s Joy – see my image below from another recipe.) I just make sure to spray it really well into all the nooks and crannies and it works absolutely beautifully every single time and I always have it on hand. Pam also makes a similar version.
Baker's Joy nonstick cooking spray

Will this work with the smaller amount in cake mixes these days?

Over the last few years, manufacturers have changed the size of cake mixes. A few years ago, cake mixes were 18.25 ounces, then they went down to 15.25, and now some brands are down to 13.25 ounces. Duncan Hines is still my go-to and at the time that I’m writing this, they’re still 15.25 ounces. Great Value (the Wal-Mart brand is also still 15.25 ounces) However, this can change without notice. 
This recipe has since been tested with a 13.25 ounce cake mix as well and it worked just fine, with NO changes needed.

What Bundt Cake pan is shown in the photos?

This is the bundt pan (non affiliated link) that was used in these photos. Unfortunately it is out of stock and I’m not sure if it will come back in stock.
I looked for something similar but just couldn’t find anything that is exactly the same. This pan (paid affiliate link) was the closest and this other one (paid affiliate link) was similar as well. Any 10-cup bundt pan will work with this recipe.

How do I store leftovers?

You can store it in a covered container on the counter for up to 2 days or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Can 7Up Cake be frozen?

Yes! Just make sure you wrap it very well to protect against freezer burn and it will freeze for up to 3 months.

a bundt cake shown on a plate with a slice removed with cans of 7Up soda in the background.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (SEE RECIPE CARD BELOW FOR THE FULL RECIPE)

  • yellow cake mix – you could also use a lemon cake mix, butter cake mix or even a French vanilla cake mix if you prefer.
  • instant lemon pudding – you want to look for the instant pudding – you do not need to use the Jell-O brand, it can be a store brand instant pudding.
  • 7 Up – you can use diet soda (although that would not be my top choice) or maybe even try Sprite or Mountain Dew with this – I don’t think Ginger Ale would be a good flavor for this.
  • eggs – try to make sure your eggs are at room temperature for baked goods – it helps to produce a lighter, fluffier cake.
  • vegetable oil – you can substitute for the same amount of melted butter but this will produce a more dense and heavier cake.
  • lemon juice – I always prefer fresh lemon juice – the bottled stuff just tastes fake and I personally don’t like it but if you love it then go for it.
yellow cake mix, lemon instant pudding, 7Up soda, eggs, oil, lemon, sour cream.

HOW TO MAKE 7UP CAKE:

Preheat oven to 325F degrees. Spray a 10-inch bundt pan with nonstick baking spray that has flour in it. In a medium bowl, combine all the cake ingredients (cake mix, instant lemon pudding, eggs, oil and 7up). Mix until thoroughly combined.

collage of two photos: cake mix, instant lemon pudding, eggs, oil and 7up shown in a large clear bowl; cake mix ingredients stirred well in bowl.

Pour batter into bundt pan. Bake for about 35-45 minutes (until inserted toothpick or fork comes out clean). Allow to cool completely, then remove from bundt pan and place on a cake plate.

collage of two photos: cake batter in bundt pan; fully baked 7Up cake in bundt pan.

Start preparing icing. In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest (if using). Add milk in slowly until you’ve reached desired consistency. I personally like it a bit on the thicker side. Pour icing over cake. Allow it to sit for a bit to set up (it won’t harden up fully like a frosting).

collage of two photos: icing ingredients being whisked together in a measuring cup; pouring icing over Bundt Cake.

Then slice and serve.

fully baked 7Up cake on a white cake plate with lemon icing drizzled on top and cans of 7Up shown in the background.

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Originally published: January 2012
Updated photos & republished: May 2023

7Up Cake recipe from The Country Cook.

7Up Cake

This 7Up Cake is a moist lemon pudding cake that is made with a jazzed up boxed cake mix and topped with a delicious homemade lemon icing drizzle!
4.88 from 83 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 10

Ingredients

For the cake:

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 4 ounce small box instant lemon pudding
  • ¾ cup 7-Up soda (or similar lemon lime soda)
  • 4 large eggs
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil

For the frosting:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • lemon zest from one lemon (optional)
  • 1-2 Tablespoons milk

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325F degrees. Spray 10-inch bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray (that has flour in it) or grease and flour bundt pan.
  • In a medium bowl, combine 1 box yellow cake mix, 4 ounce small box instant lemon pudding, 3/4 cup 7-Up soda, 4 large eggs and 3/4 cup vegetable oil.
    cake ingredients added to a bowl.
  • Mix until thoroughly combined.
    fully mixed cake batter in a bowl.
  • Pour batter into prepared bundt pan.
    7up cake batter shown in a bundt pan.
  • Bake for about 35-45 minutes (until inserted toothpick or fork comes out clean). Allow to cool completely, then remove from bundt pan and place on a cake plate.
    fully baked 7Up cake shown in a bundt pan on a wooden surface.
  • Start preparing icing. In a small bowl, combine 2 cups powdered sugar, 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice and lemon zest from one lemon. Add 1-2 Tablespoons milk in slowly until you've reached desired consistency. I personally like it a bit on the thicker side.
    powdered sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice and milk whisked together in a large measuring cup.
  • Then slowly pour it over the cooled cake.
    pouring icing over 7up bundt cake on a white plate.
  • Allow it to sit for a bit to set up (it won't harden up fully like a frosting) then slice and serve.
    fully baked 7Up cake on a white cake plate with lemon icing drizzled on top and cans of 7Up shown in the background.

Video

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Notes

  • Please refer to my FAQ’s and ingredient list above for other substitutions or for the answers to the most common questions.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 465kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 19g | Sodium: 394mg | Sugar: 43g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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123 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I made this cake and it was gone in a day! My husband and kids loved it! It was so moist! I plan on making this and taking it to work at the hospital for all my co-workers, but I’ll probably have to make two. This is my new “go to” cake when I have to bring a desert! Thank you so much!

  2. 5 stars
    I think it would be better off with vanilla extract I have tried it both ways but I would preferer vanilla extract but with lemon juice not as bad.

  3. 5 stars
    I get lots of compliments when I make this cake. The only thing I do different is after greasing my pan I dust it with sanding sugar. Gives the crust a little soft crust.

  4. 5 stars
    My kids love this recipe. It’s so flavorful. I’m curious, can this be made in any pan other than a bundt pan? I’d like to try it as a sheet cake and am curious about baking time in a different pan.

  5. 5 stars
    This is a go-to recipe. I’ve made this so many times, I can’t even count. I love the sweetness and the tartness of this cake. I’ve made this cake from scratch as well and I have to tell you the shortcut with the boxed mix and lemon pudding mix is just as good. I appreciate the time savings of this little trick! Thanks Brandie for sharing your awesome recipes.

  6. So I’m making this tonight for my boyfriends birthday tomorrow, question. Do I still follow the cake directions on the box like add water also, or not at all and just follow the directions you’ve wrote?

  7. This cake looks delicious, and I have all of the ingredients, but someone brought up a good point. Do the ingredients change to accommodate a smaller cake mix??
    Just waiting to hear, so I can start right away!

  8. 5 stars
    I made this for the first time today and it turned out perfectly! I didn’t change anything just followed the recipe as written. This is a keeper and I plan to make it many more times. Thanks for a great recipe!

  9. 5 stars
    I borrowed your recipe and made it sugar-free and it was fabulous! I substituted a Pillsbury sugar -free yellow cake mix, Sprite Zero, a half package of sugar-free vanilla pudding and a package of sugar-free lemon jell-o (because I couldn’t find a sugar-free lemon pudding.) I made a glaze of lemon zest and lemon juice and used Swerve sugar substitute for the confectioner sugar. It was so good; even my hubby, who eats lots of sugar, ate a piece and LIKED it. ????

  10. Can you use the cake mix that has pudding in the mix plus the box of pudding the recipe calls for and have you ever tried with a lemon cake mix. I love all your recipes and you site.

  11. 5 stars
    I loved the cake. I make 7up pound cake all the time. This was less time and I love it.. I took it to work and it didnt have a chance.. Its the third one this week . Thanks for Sharing..

  12. 5 stars
    Made this cake today and it was so good thanks for sharing a great recipe hope you enjoy your week end and have a blessing day thank you so much

  13. 5 stars
    Can’t wait to make this 7 up cake I will let you know when I do. Great job. I made your coconut poke cake and loved it keep them coming my way have a great day thanks for your great recipes.

  14. 5 stars
    Thank you for this great recipe. It was a Huge hit with the coworkers!!! So simple yet moist and full of flavor!! Can’t wait to make this cake again!!

  15. I just found this recipe and I’m wondering if you can use diet 7up? I need to cut down on the sugar.

  16. Are the measurements correct for the icing? I had to add at least 1/4 cup of milk for the sugar to even get wet.