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7UP Pound Cake

Fresh, not flat, 7UP is essential for the best texture and rise. You can also bake the cake in a 12-cup nonstick Bundt pan.

Serves 12

2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
5 large eggs , room temperature
1/2 cup 7UP , room temperature (see note)
1 tablespoon grated zest plus 2 tablespoons juice from 1 lemon
1 tablespoon grated zest plus 2 tablespoons juice from 2 limes
1/2 teaspoon salt
20 tablespoons (2 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter , melted and cooled slightly
3 1/4 cups cake flour

1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon lime juice

1. MIX Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 300 degrees. Grease and flour 12-cup nonstick tube pan. Process sugar, eggs, 7UP, lemon zest and juice, lime zest and juice, and salt in food processor until smooth. With machine running, slowly pour in butter and process until incorporated. Transfer to large bowl. Add flour in three additions, whisking until combined.

2. BAKE Spread batter in prepared pan. Gently tap pan on counter. Bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 75 to 90 minutes. Cool cake in pan 10 minutes, then turn out onto wire rack set inside rimmed baking sheet to cool completely, about 2 hours.

3. GLAZE Whisk confectioners’ sugar, lemon juice, and lime juice in bowl until smooth. Pour glaze over cooled cake. Let glaze set 10 minutes. Serve. (Cake can be wrapped in plastic and held at room temperature for 3 days.)

STEP BY STEP: Not-So-Secret Ingredient: 7UP

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