Cherry Limeade Pound Cake

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Cherry Limeade Pound Cake is a simple recipe for a moist and tender cake speckled with cherries and ribbons of lime zest. As if that isn’t perfect enough, it’s topped with a cherry lime glaze that will knock your socks off!!!

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Cherry Limeade Pound Cake is inspired by Sonic’s famous summer cool down drink. I made this pound cake recipe for a party and everyone agreed that the cherry limeade flavor was just the way to go.

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Cherry Limeade Pound Cake

The cake is so easy to put together, and the maraschino cherries add the perfect finishing touch! You can certainly use fresh sweet cherries if you’d like to!

Just 20 minutes in the oven is all it takes, and just tasting the batter makes me antsy to get the dessert into my mouth!

While the cake is cooling, you can put together the simple glaze and let the cake sit.

cherry pound cake on platter

We waited and waited for what seemed like forever  before we served this fabulous cake at Chad’s mom Gigi’s retirement dinner.  It was insane!

A moist and tender cake speckled with cherries and ribbons of lime zest is topped with a cherry lime glaze that will knock your socks off.  You are going to love it!  It was so good I had to give away the left overs.

Helpful Tips for Cherry Limeade Pound Cake

  • If you only have regular 7-Up just add a splash of maraschino cherry juice and make sure the liquid still measures ¾ cup in the cake.  For the glaze use 1 ½ tablespoons soda and ½ tablespoon maraschino cherry juice.

What you will need

Enjoy!

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Cherry Limeade Pound Cake

Donna Elick
Cherry Limeade Pound Cake is a simple dessert recipe for a moist and tender cake speckled with cherries and ribbons of lime zest. SO good!
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Method Oven
Servings 12

Ingredients
 

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon grated lime zest
  • 5 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup Cherry 7-Up, (See Notes for substitutions)
  • 20 ounces maraschino cherries, drained

Glaze

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Cherry 7-Up
  • 1 tablespoon grated lime zest

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Butter and flour a 12-cup Bundt pan and set aside.
  • Reserve 10 Maraschino cherries to be used in the glaze.
  • In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to combine butter and sugar until creamy and well blended. Add lime zest and mix again to combine.
  • Beat in eggs, one at a time, until well combined.
  • Add flour mixture, 1/3 at a time, alternating with 7-Up. Add remaining cherries and stir to combine.
  • Pour batter into prepared Bundt pan. Tap pan on the counter several times to release air bubbles. Bake 1 hour 15 minutes, or until a thin sharp knife comes out of the center clean. Place on a wire rack to cool for 20 minutes.
  • Place a plate over the top of the pan and flip cake upside down, releasing cake onto plate. You may have to tap pan a few times with a knife to release from pan. Allow cake to cool completely.
  • While cake is cooling, finely chop reserved Maraschino cherries. In a medium bowl, combine cherries and glaze ingredients. Beat with an electric mixer on high speed until well combined. Glaze should be the consistency of corn syrup. Add more powdered sugar (a tablespoon at a time) if necessary to thicken glaze.
  • Drizzle the glaze over the cooled cake. Slice, serve, and enjoy!

Donna’s Notes

  • If you only have regular 7-Up, just add a splash of maraschino cherry juice and make sure the liquid still measures ¾ cup in the cake. For the glaze, use 1 ½ tablespoons soda and ½ tablespoon maraschino cherry juice.
  • Recipe slightly adapted from The RecipeGirl Cookbook, pg. 278

Nutrition

Serving: 1 slice | Calories: 680cal | Carbohydrates: 111g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 129mg | Sodium: 131mg | Sugar: 85g | Fiber: 2g | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 2mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published April 2014. Updated and republished June 2022.

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178 Comments

  1. I love the fresh fruits and veggies of summer. Corn on the cob picked fresh that morning. Tomatoes still warmed by the sun. Strawberries rinsed and eaten as we pick more.

  2. My favorite summer food is anything fresh out of the garden…the sweet sugar snap pea or a juicy tomato, warmed by the sun; the firm crunch of a green bean and the sweetness of a strawberry. It all makes me appreciate summer time even more! Thinks for the chance at winning a cook book. The recipes I've seen look fabulous. My emal is: [email protected]. Blessings!!

  3. I love anything fresh from the garden; the sweet sugar snap pea and the juicy tomato, warmed by the sun; a crunchy green bean and a big, juicy strawberry. Every bite from the garden helps me be more thank for the summer season. Can't wait! I would love to win the cook book, as the foods look great so far! You can contact me at [email protected]. Thanks for the chance to win!

  4. The summer brings out all the freshness of the gardens and the markets and I just love to try everything I can get a hold of. Whether it be something exotic like Dragon Fruit or everyday like green beans. I love the sugary snap peas mixed with a variety of different lettuces, dandelion leaves, kale and then add some fresh fruit it doesn't matter which kind and a homemade vinaigrette. Blueberry vinaigrette with maple syrup or strawberry. The possibilities are endless and I wish summer was as well. Fresh cherries that just go pop in your mouth because they are bursting with flavour. Such an abundance of flavours yet to be explored. I'll take it all. Contact information is [email protected]. Happy Easter to you and your family Donna! ❤

  5. My favorite summer flavors are anything citrus, as well as fresh strawberries… For picnics we always have strawberry dip (8 oz. cream cheese blended with a jar of marshmallow fluff), I make a double batch and go to the local strawberry farm and buy a huge flat, I dip some of the strawberries in melted chocolate, and place the rest on a large platter with the strawberry dip, it's usually the first thing to disappear… I so love them… Also, my mom's wonderful homemade fresh strawberry pie is out of this world good !!!!!!!!!!

  6. I Love Strawberries and really start thinking of summer,and wonderful tomato's
    out of the garden,fresh vegetables.

  7. Nectarines,cherries.strawberries,fresh tomatoes,all things I love
    having to be Gluten Free I eat so many things fresh and really love
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