Thursday, March 28, 2013

Mom’s 7-Up Layer Cake

7-Up Layer Cake recipe done as a sheet cake
My mom has an amazing inventory of super delicious, yet super simple cake recipes to satisfy her notorious sweet tooth.  She always had homemade desserts in the house, and cakes were her favorite contribution to big family dinners.  The 7-Up Layer Cake is one of her simple, yet delicious cakes.  It is relatively quick and pretty darned easy.  The 7-Up cake is a yellow layer cake with 7-Up soft drink in the cake batter.  The filling between the three relatively thin layers is made with pineapple and coconut, and it soaks down into the layers making the cake lusciously moist. 

This cake freezes and thaws well.  My mom worked shift work when I was growing up.  We went to a small country church, and virtually all the women were on one of three “serving committees” for funerals.  She often made cakes and froze them so that she would always have something when called on by the church.  Sad occasions, but this cake was always a hit at family dinners too.  It’s a pleasant surprise to discover something so simple, yet so delicious, don’t you think?  This is definitely easy enough for a novice cook, and a real snap for an experienced baker. 

7-Up Layer Cake

1 Pineapple or Lemon Supreme Cake Mix
1 lemon instant pudding mix

4 eggs
10 oz 7-Up

¾ cups Wesson Oil

1- Combine all ingredients with mixer. 

2- Pour equal amounts of batter into 3 greased and floured 9” layer cake pans.  My mom uses Crisco and plain flour, and my brother uses Baker’s Joy spray. 

3- Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes until done.  Cool layers on a towel, or on a rack before applying filling. 


7-Up Cake Pineapple Coconut Filling

1 stick butter
½ cup sugar
1 15-oz can pineapple
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup coconut (M0m always buys frozen)

1- Combine butter, sugar, pineapple with juice, and eggs in a saucepan. 

2- Heat mixture thoroughly.  It will thicken slightly.

3- Add coconut and stir to combine. 

4- Place first layer on plate and apply pineapple filling to top.  Repeat for remaining two layers.  The filling will soak into layers, making the cake incredibly moist. 

 Here's how you keep the plastic wrap from sticking to your frosting

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