Who knew it was so easy to whip up a delicious dessert? This easy cake mix 7-up bundt cake recipe is a favorite! Ideal for that semi-homemade treat you want on a busy day, it's ready to pop into the oven in mere minutes and easy to serve. Light, fluffy, and moist, it's the perfect cake that is ideal for a fast weeknight dessert recipe.
Cake Mix 7-Up Bundt Cake
Cake mixes are a great base for many desserts. They save time, have great flavor options, and are ideal for a busy individual who still wants that homemade flavor without all of the time in the kitchen. If you need or want to make a cake but don't have all of the normal ingredients on hand, the cake mix is your go-to base. While they are tasty on their own, updating with a few extras like in this recipe is a great way to make them even better.
What Does the 7-Up Do in the Cake?
The 7-Up in this cake is used as both added liquid needed for consistency but also works to help raise the batter creating a lighter texture. It's a simple solution that can be used with any cake mix for a better and more moist flavor once done cooking. You can use any carbonated beverage or sparkling water for the same function in cake mixes.
Do I Need to Use a Specific Cake Mix?
You don't have to use a particular brand of cake with this recipe. Since it is a lemon flavor, I prefer using a yellow cake mix. It creates a buttery richness that is absent in other flavors. You can, however, use a lemon cake or white cake mix instead of those are what you have on hand. There is no necessity to reach for a specific brand of cake mix, but I do find that the Betty Crocker super moist options are my favorites.
If you want to use cake mixes as a base for more desserts, you might want to try these strawberry cake mix cookies or even this 3-ingredients cake mix berry cobbler recipe. Both semi-homemade options are absolutely delicious and super easy to make.
What Can I Top This Cake With?
Below you will find a simple lemon glaze that is ideal for this recipe. Since the cake is very rich and buttery, you may not find a need for a topping or icing like a normal cake. However, there are lots of ways to top this with excellent results. Below are a few favorites.
- Lemon glaze, lemon buttercream frosting, vanilla frosting, or cream cheese frosting are all great choices.
- Whipped cream, whipped topping, or whipped coconut cream.
- Sliced strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries in syrup.
This also makes an excellent base for a shortcake with sliced strawberries and whipped cream on top. It's a great base for many desserts, trifles, or parfaits and is so easy to make you'll keep ingredients on hand at all times.
Can I Make This in A Regular Cake Pan?
If you prefer or don't have a bundt pan, you can make this in any traditional cake pan. A 9"x13" cake pan is a great choice for easy servings, but any cake pan can work. I have even used this recipe to make a layered cake with a simple vanilla buttercream between layers. It's bright, easy, and a great choice for parties.
You can even divide this batter in cupcake liners to create a super moist and delicious cupcake. Top with icing or serve as is for a great treat that is easy and better than most bakery cupcakes you might otherwise purchase.
Ingredients for Cake
- Yellow cake mix
- Instant vanilla pudding mix
- 7-Up or lemon lime soda
- Vegetable oil
- Lemon juice & zest
Ingredients for Lemon Glaze
- Powdered sugar
- Lemon juice
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How to Make a Cake Mix 7-Up Cake
Preheat the oven to 325°F and spray a bundt pan with non-stick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, and soda.
Mix until thoroughly combined.
Pour batter into prepared bundt pan.
Bake for 45-55 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Let cool for 5 minutes in pan before flipping out onto a plate to finish cooling.
How to Make a Lemon Glaze
In a small bowl, mix together the powdered sugar and lemon juice.
Slowly add the milk into the mixture whisking until you have the desired consistency. Add additional milk by the tablespoonful until happy with the glaze.
Pour or pipe onto the prepared cake and top with additional lemon zest if desired.
More Tasty Dessert Recipes
This recipe is just one of many amazing desserts you may love. Below are a few more of my favorites, including cakes, cookies, and treats that are sure to be ideal for satisfying cravings. Whether you want something light, rich, or chocolate filled, below are options sure to fit your desires. I personally love the lemon flavored treats, but have included some chocolate for those who prefer that richness instead.
- Roasted Blueberry Cheesecake with Candied Meyer Lemon
- Lavender-Lemon Curd & Mascarpone Raspberry Tarts
- Refreshing Lemon Cake Recipe with Lemon Glaze
- The Easiest old Fashioned Pound Cake Recipe
- 3-Ingredient Chocolate Cake
- Coconut Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese icing
- 16oz yellow cake mix (1 box mix only)
- 4 oz. instant vanilla pudding (small box)
- ¾ cup 7-UP or lemon lime soda
- 4 eggs
- ¾ cup vegetable oil
- Juice of 1 lemon
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoon lemon juice
- 3 tablespoon milk
How to Make a Cake Mix 7-Up Cake
- Preheat the oven to 325°F and spray a bundt pan with non-stick cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, and soda.
- Mix until thoroughly combined.
- Pour batter into prepared bundt pan.
- Bake for 45-55 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- Let cool for 5 minutes in pan before flipping out onto a plate to finish cooling.
How to Make a Lemon Glaze
- In a small bowl, mix together the powdered sugar and lemon juice.
- Slowly add the milk into the mixture whisking until you have the desired consistency.
- Pour or pipe onto the prepared cake and top with additional lemon zest if desired.
Any lemon-lime soda can be used in place of the 7-Up in this recipe.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 393Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 320mgCarbohydrates: 58gFiber: 1gSugar: 41gProtein: 4g