We have a cake that we’ve made in our family since we were kids that is called 7-Up Cake. It is a pound cake that uses 7-Up in the cake batter and we love it as the cake forms a crust on top and we would pick at the crust as soon as it came out of the oven. This is not a recipe for 7-Up cake….this is an updated version of that cake!
While shopping at Williams and Sonoma, one of the sisters mistakenly bought a bottle of orange oil instead of lemon oil. Realizing her mistake meant she couldn’t make the 7-Up Cake as planned, she brainstormed ideas to change the cake up a bit to utilize her orange flavored oil. Her solution…..
She bought a can of Sanpellegrino Aranciata flavored soda, which is an Italian sparkling orange soda, to replace the can of 7 Up. The result was wonderful, and thus, the Sanpellegrino Cake was born!
2 sticks butter, softened
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 cups sugar
1 teaspoon orange oil
3 cups all purpose flour
7 oz Sanpellegrino Aranciata flavored soda (Orange flavored)
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Prepare an angel food cake pan by generously coating with cooking spray. Our sister saves her butter wrappers after removing the butter for her recipe and uses them to swipe along the inside of a baking pan that needs to be buttered.
Cream the oil, butter, and sugar for 3 minutes until light and fluffy.
When it has been creamed, it will look like this!
Add the orange flavored oil and mix to combine. Why orange oil and not orange extract? Orange oil has a more intense flavor than orange extract. If you don’t have orange oil on hand, you can use the extract, just add a little bit more.
Tip: If a shell gets into your bowl while cracking them, take half of the shell and scoop it out. The tiny piece of shell will gravitate back to the shell half!
Mix until the mixture is very light and fluffy.
Alternately add the flour and soda starting and ending with the flour…1 cup flour, half of the Sanpellegrino Soda, 1 cup flour, half of the Sanpellegrino Soda, and finally, 1 cup of flour.
Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes to 1 hour and 30 minutes, until a wooden toothpick comes out clean.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. Watch out! The top of the cake is VERY tempting and there was many a time as children that we would eat the top completely off before Mama had a chance to turn it over!
Want a lemon flavored cake instead of the orange flavor? You can substitute lemon oil instead of orange oil and substitute lemon flavored Sanpellegrino Limonata for the orange flavored Sanpellegrino Aranciata.
If your grocery store doesn’t carry this Italian soda, you can substitute a Sunkist soda and orange oil or a 7-Up and lemon oil.