Monday, February 27, 2017

Lemon 7UP Basketball Cake

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Over the last year I have become quite the baker. I have tried just about every kind of bundt cake out there, slowly perfecting it. I discovered the best bundt cakes have a secret ingredient: 7UP®. Seriously, there is something about this lemon lime soda that takes your cake to the next level. I love it in any of my bundt cakes, but it's truly incredible in this lemon version. It adds the extra little bit of lemon flavor this cake deserves. Who knew 7UP was so versatile?

This five-ingredient cake is amazing, with or without frosting, but since my husband's favorite time of year, THE tournament, is coming up, I thought I would give this cake a fun basketball spin. This is a great cake for a basketball birthday party or, if you are like us, you will enjoy it when you are watching all the games that make March the best month in the year.

For the cake you will need:
  • yellow cake mix
  • 1 small box of lemon INSTANT pudding
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 C. vegetable oil
  • 3/4 C. 7 UP

Mix all the ingredients for the cake together until smooth. Spray a bundt pan with cooking spray and pour in the batter. Bake for 45 minutes at 325 degrees, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

For the frosting you will need:
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1/4 C. butter
  • 2 C. powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


Mix the frosting ingredients together until they are light and fluffy. Put the frosting in a large plastic bag and cut the tip off one of the corners.


Pipe the "net" of the basketball cake over the top of the cake using diagonal lines. Let the cake frosting set while you make the crispy rice cereal treat basketball.

You will need:

  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1 bag marshmallows (10 or 16 oz)
  • 1 box crisp rice cereal
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • non-stick cooking spray
  • red food coloring
  • yellow food coloring
  • black cake writing gel
This recipe makes an entire pan of  treats so you can make only 1/4 of the recipe or you can do what I did and make two treats at once.

Melt the butter in the bottom of a large bowl. Pour the marshmallows on top. Microwave in 30-second intervals until the marshmallows are just melted. It is possible to scorch marshmallows, so watch them closely. They are ready when they are mostly melted with a few visible lumps still left in them.

Mix the marshmallows until smooth, adding the vanilla. Pour a small amount of red and yellow food coloring into your marshmallow cream and whisk the cream until it is a nice orange color. Pour your cereal into the cream and stir until it starts to come together.

Spray a 10x13 pan with non-stick cooking spray. Dump the mixture into the pan. Wet your hands and shake off the excess water. Take a handful of the treats and form into a ball. Let the ball rest on parchment paper while you press the rest of the treats into the pan as a fun second treat.

After the basketball is set, grab a tube of cake writing gel and draw your basketball lines on top of the basketball treat.

Add the basketball to the bundt cake and you are ready for a day full of basketball and good food!


My kids keep telling me since I bought a 12 pack of 7 UP I need to make 12 cakes, and this 7UP cake is so easy and good we might have to make some for the neighbors, too.


So go on and make a 7UP cake. It will forever change the way you bake!

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34 comments:

Masshole Mommy said...

That is pretty awesome. I love lemon cakes and my kids do, too! I need to make this.

Karen Morse said...

I have yet to purchase even a bundt pan, so first things first. But - totally intrigued with the Seven-up aspect of this cake so might have to try it out!

Allison said...

How cute! I love this idea, it's perfect for a birthday party or just a fun dessert. And it looks delicious!

Dana said...

I love lemon cake!! And what a perfect cake this would be for someone who loves basketball (or sports in general!)

Janel B said...

What a great idea. I had no idea that you can put soda in a cake mix and have it turn out good. I've been wanting a Bundt cake pan for years now I need to go buy one

Melissa said...

That cake looks amazing and it is so nice for a party for the big game to have food consistent with that theme and also that tastes great

Cara W said...

That basketball cake is pretty awesome! Thanks for sharing your recipe! Love it! I need to make one soon!

Channelling Dolly said...

7 up cake is one of my favorites! I love the basketball idea too!!! I could make this for my husband and he would love it!!

Joanna Everyday Made Fresh said...

That's really cute! Out of all the cakes that I've made, I haven't made a bundt cake, and would have never thought to use 7UP. Great idea!

Jessi Joachim said...

This cake turned out super cute! I have heard of using 7 up for baking but have yet to try it.

Dawn McAlexander said...

What? A 7up cake? Why was I not informed of this? The cake gods must have made a clerical error. All great cakes like this I am supposed to know about, lol!

Belle Bermudez-Tubel said...

That is such a cute looking cake and it looks easy to make too! I am not sure I'd be able to make something as cool as this though. Lol!

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Rose Sahetapy said...

Look at that beautiful cake! Love the creative decoration on the cake. By the way, I remember a friend of mine told me that 7Up would increase the taste of a cake as well it refine the texture.

Tereza Kohutova said...

This has turned out amazing - what a brilliantly cute idea! Can you just pop over to mine and make one for us too please? I don't think I'd make it look as cute as you have:) x

Marcie Cheung said...

I love 7Up Cake! I used to get it from our local grocery store, but never thought to make it.

Rimsha said...

Such a creative idea! I would've never thought about using 7up in a cake!

Kit Stanwood said...

This is such a cute cake and who knew 7up could help a cake turn out amazing?! I will have to try it next time I'm baking something to see how it tastes (:

Kristin Carbery said...

Very clever! I love the design. I have made a 7-up cake before and you are right they are epically good!

ana de jesus said...

I saw this on your Instagram and I thought that it looked good but it looks even better on your blog. Mmmm save me a slice please x

Wow Di said...

This is awesome! Love the basketball theme. who knew that you could put soda in a cake?! Does it taste totally different? Do you think it helped the cake rise?

Brittany Muddamalle said...

This looks so good! I love cake and this looks perfect! Ive never tried a 7up cake before. I think my kids would love helping me make it too.

LaShawn Wiltz said...

I love a good 7 up cake! this is so creative! My son would love this.

Angela Ricardo said...

Wow your kids are the sweetest! You mention that your kids told you that you should also make some for your neighbors. This 7Up cake sounds so yummy!

Stephanie Lee said...

What a cute and fun recipe! I bet it was a big hit with the kids! I've never baked with 7Up before. I need to try it!

Angela Campos said...

This is such a fun idea and it looks delicious! I pinned this to make with my kids over the weekend :-)

Kid Minds said...

I love how creative you always are, Debra! I hope your husband appreciated the effort.

Anonymous said...

This idea is so fun! And your cake looks delicious. I love love love bundt cake, my favorite!

Heather Riccobono said...

This is so fun! I love the basketball krispie on top and I'm sure my girls would be excited about it too!

Jean said...

I would never have even thought about adding 7UP to a cake, but its a great idea! I love how this cake turned out, and the basketball theme is pretty cool!

GritsNGardenias said...

this is absolutely too cute!! How creative of an idea you've come up with! No basketball players in my home, but lots of final four watching!

CourtneyLynne said...

Omg what a yummy cake!!! I would of never thought of making a cake with 7up!!!!

Tabitha Shakespeare said...

I pretty much love anything that included rice crispy treats. Love how simple it is and how perfect it would be for a kids party!

Kiwi said...

OMG I get it! The cake is supposed to be the basketball hoop! This is very creative!

Karina Pacheco said...

Love this!! My son likes ves lemon and basketball. I have to make this for him after his next basketball game. He will look ve it for sure :)