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.
4.34 from 3 votes
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 Rettke
Ingredients
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
Instructions
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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Comments

  • Sharon says:

    Love the recipe but just a heads up. Your directions written are not the same as the video. In you directions you put to add extract and soda then flour. The video shows to add flour then extract and soda. Video is more accurate. Please fix so that people are not confused. Thank you

  • Lori says:

    This is one of my family favorites now! My son asks me to bake it weekly! Thank you for the great recipes and baking tips!

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Yay! Thrilled to hear it!

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