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    • Lemon Surprise Cake

      filed under: Cakes on August 13, 2017

      Just six ingredients are all you need to bake the most flavorful and delicious Lemon Surprise Cake! If you happen to love Lemon Pound Cake as much as I do, try my from-scratch version! (Better yet, try this Cream Cheese Pound Cake. It’s award-winning!)Super easy, super delicious!

      Lemon Surprise Cake

      Why did I call this a lemon “surprise” cake? Because it has lemon-lime soda as an ingredient! I was a bit shocked that one little can of soda can make such a wonderful difference in a cake, but it did. I can’t wait to try this with other flavors!

      Traditionally speaking, this is a lemon pound cake and has been around for many generations. Our grandmothers were masters of finding ways to save money and use what they had to create beautiful and delicious desserts.

      Super easy, super delicious!


      What is a Lemon Surprise Cake?

      This is actually considered a pound cake. The definition of pound cake is this: a rich cake containing a pound, or equal weights, of each chief ingredient, typically flour, butter, and sugar.  One of the original lemon pound cake recipes was:

      • 1 pound sugar
      • 1 pound butter
      • 1 pound flour
      • 1 dozen eggs
      • 1/4 cup lemon juice
      • 1 tablespoon lemon zest

      With changes in the sourcing of flours, accessibility of ingredients, quality of butter, and the addition of extracts in baking, some modifications have been made to that original recipe.

      So if you want to get technical, this lemon pound cake recipe does not have equal parts of flour, butter, and sugar. However, it still maintains the rich flavor and beautiful, dense crumb that is commonly associated with a pound cake.

      Super easy, super delicious!

      Easy 7-Up Cake

      • butter
      • sugar
      • eggs
      • flour
      • lemon extract
      • soda
      There are only 6 ingredients in this easy lemon pound cake, no baking soda or baking powder needed! The rise comes from the carbonation in the soda added. You can use any lemon-lime flavored soda.
      4 from 1 vote
      Super easy, super delicious!
      Lemon Surprise Cake
      Prep Time
      15 mins
      Cook Time
      1 hr 15 mins
      Total Time
      1 hr 30 mins

      Just six ingredients are all you need to bake the most flavorful and delicious Lemon Surprise Cake!

      Course: Dessert
      Cuisine: American
      Keyword: Lemon Surprise Cake
      Servings: 6 SERVINGS
      Author: Amanda
      Lemon Cake
      • 1 1/2 cup (339g or 3 sticks) salted butter, room temperature
      • 3 cups (600g) granulated sugar
      • 5 large eggs, room temperature
      • 3 cups (384g) all-purpose flour
      • 2 tbsp. McCormick Lemon Extract
      • 3/4 cup lemon-lime soda, like 7-up or Sprite
      Lemon Glaze
      • 3 cups (375g) confectioners sugar
      • 4 tablespoons salted butter, room temperature
      • 1 teaspoon McCormick Lemon Extract
      Lemon Cake
      1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour (or spray with non-stick spray) a bundt pan.
      2. Cream sugar and butter in the bowl of stand mixer on medium speed until fluffy and light.
      3. With the mixer on low, add eggs one at a time and mix well.
      4. Add in lemon extract and soda and then slowly add in flour and mix until fully incorporated.
      5. Bake at 350°F for one hour and fifteen minutes or until inserted toothpick is removed with very few crumbs.

      Lemon Glaze
      1. Place butter in bowl and mix (with hand-held mixer or stand mixer) until light. Add in confectioners sugar and extract. (If frosting is too think it can be thinned with a little milk.)

      Recipe Video

      Let me know if you try this super easy and delicious cake! Photography by Ashlee Marie.

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    • Why is the video directions different than the printed? Differences in cooking times for cake, no reference to the lemon zest in the printed version, and the frosting video calls for melted butter creamed into the confectionary sugar, while printed version calls for room tempt. This last mishap results in having to use more milk to think it down.

    • Hi Amanda. Could I put a layer of cake mixed in the bottom then small layer of lemon curd …and the rest of the cake mix . Would this work do you think ?

    • can this be done in the microwave?

    • Please repost your recipe for blueberry lemon cake. I saw the video but need exact measurements and I cAn’t find it 😇Thank You!

    • What about the zest. How much? When is it added? “Always follow the recipe as written.” ??? No zest written in the recipe . . . ???

    • the recipe shows lemon but how much please reply I really want to make this asap, can I use reg. 7up and not lemon lime soda

    • do baking powder go in the lemon cake

    • Hi What does the C stand for, example
      3/4c lemon lime soda
      and 3c flour.
      I have made various cakes in the past but never come across the c I am making my wife a lemon drizzle cake for the allotment open day
      Thank you in advance

    • Do liquid go in the icing for the lemon surprise cake

    • I just want to say that I tried the lemon surprise cake and it was delicious thank you for the recipe

    • The taste is so yummy and so sweet. The cake is gone in 30 minutes.

    • superb

    • I make a cake like this, but I add pineapples/a little juice with 7up….for sure melts in your mouth!

    • This is the second recipe I’ve tried that the recipe ingredients don’t match the video. This video has lemon zest and the recipe doesn’t call for that. This is frustrating. Another cookie recipe had an ingredient in the video that wasn’t listed in the recipe or instructions.

        Always follow the written recipe. Sometimes I hire video’s to be made by others and there can be errors.

    • I tried this lemon cake it was so amazing. Thanks so much for the recipe.

    • Hi, I made the lemon surprise cake and the cake itself came out nice in the consistency, but I believe my lemon extract was outdated…it gave a hint of pinesol taste to it :/
      and that was my fault. I will definitely try it again with a new lemon extract. I would like to use lemon juice if possible and was wondering if its been done with lemon juice instead of lemon extract.

    • Do you have a book?if yes how much and where can I get it

    • Thanks for your recipe but 2 tablespoons of lemon extract would be inedible. It is way too strong.

    • The icing was so thick I added three and a half tablespoons of milk and it ended up a buttercream frosting. How do you make it a runnier icing without adding lots of milk? And if so, how much milk?

        So the video does it different melting the butter, but the recipe clearly says room temperature butter and mix until fluffy to start the “icing”. I know you say go by the recipe, not video, but this could be why it came out as a buttercream frosting instead of an icing?

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