Can’t Spell Cupcakes Without 7UP!

September 22, 2008

Do you love cupcakes? Well, you are not alone! I’m convinced that cupcake mania is getting mainstream now because even my local Howe’s supermarket stocks different flavored cupcakes that they continually change to reflect the season. These ones caught my eye the other day.

Soda inspired cupcakes! Okay, first of all, for a drink that’s been around for such a long time, I’m amused at how many different variations there are of the name 7UP when spelled out. I initially wanted to spell it as 7-Up, but when I did my fact checking, I saw that Wikipedia has it listed as “7 Up”, whereas other sites spelled it as 7Up and 7up. And why is that big red dot never included in the written name?

Oh well, no point fussing over mundane details. Time to open the box. As you know, the main ingredient characteristic of 7UP soda is the distinctive lime/lemony flavor, and I got a strong whiff of lemon right when I opened the box. So refreshing! Size wise, these cupcakes were probably on the small side (around 2 inches in diameter and 3 inches high). I would guesstimate that as far as the bites/cupcake ratio goes, it’s about 3 1/4 mouthfuls per cupcake.

I tip my hat off to the company that developed these cupcakes – they certainly picked a pretty shade of pale green that looks a lot like the honeydew slush I had a while back. And check out those green and yellow sprinkles! Those have got to be custom made for the company. I wonder if they are also flavored with 7UP? I picked off a few sprinkles and sampled them, but couldn’t really come up with a definitive verdict.

But the best part of the cupcake was the swirl. These were obviously piped with a machine, but the strong curves of the frosting tweaked off into a peak were architectural enigmas! I just couldn’t stop staring at them!

If you squint your eyes, it almost looks like the petals of a rose. A minty green rose!

Mmm…swirly vortexes of buttercream perfection!

There has to be a scientific explanation as to why people love the swirly pattern of most cupcake frostings. I’ve read about the Golden spiral based on the Fibonacci numbers, and how this swirl pattern is present in many species of flora and fauna.

Exhibit A: Golden spiral based on the golden ratio (i.e. 1.6180339887)

Exhibit B: Top down view of the 7UP cupcake.

Superimpose the two images, and..Ohmygosh!! The divine proportion does explain the beauty that is the cupcake swirl! Thanks, Mr. Fibonacci!

Extra yummy: Aside from its perfect swirl, this cupcake had another twist – when I bit into it, I was expecting a spongy cupcake texture but instead got a dense, pound cake consistency. A soft drink that’s transformed into a cupcake that tasted like a mini lemon pound cake? A real mind bender! Kind of like our Jelly Donut Bed – it’s a dog bed fashioned out of a donut dog toy that is a plush replica of of a real glazed donut!

It’s got green and yellow sprinkles too!


Room Candy – always yummy!


2 Responses to “Can’t Spell Cupcakes Without 7UP!”

  1. Cyn Burton Says:

    7 up cake pre dates the 1970s; it is generally made into a pound cake or bundt as the batter is super heavy. A popular wedding, baby, and funeral cake as it can feed a passle of people. I enjoyed looking at your site. Bake on!

  2. Cyn Burton Says:

    Here’s a traditional recipe for 7 up Cake

    * 3/4 lb butter, softened (3 sticks)
    * 3 cups sugar
    * 5 eggs
    * 3 cups flour
    * 2 tablespoons lemon extract
    * 3/4 cup 7-Up soda
    * 2/3 cup powdered sugar
    * 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    1.Cream butter and sugar together for 20
    2.Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition.
    3.Add flour and lemon extract.
    4.Fold in 7-Up.
    5.Pour into well-greased 12-cup Bundt
    pan or tube pan.
    6.Bake at 325 degrees for 1 to 1 1/4 hours.
    7.Make Lemon Glaze- mix powdered sugar and lemon juice together.
    8.When cake is cooled, dribble with Lemon Glaze.

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