Shirley temple cake

imageI love cake… I can’t remember how I even came across this recipe. I think I was googling how to make a Shirley temple drink… who knows.

I mean before I even googled Shirley temple I didn’t even know there was such a cake, I have never heard anyone talking about such a cake and I have never even seen one before.

The down side is it has eggs in, so I had to wait for a non-fasting day to make one.

It was easier than I thought and of course I don’t keep 7up in my fridge at home, so I did have to go out and actually a can for this recipe, but it was so worth the drive.

Ingredients for the cake batter.

  • 342g x rama margarine.
  • 3 x cups castor sugar.
  • 5 x eggs
  • 3 x cups cake flour
  • 2 x tbsp. lemon essence.
  • ¾ x cup 7up.
  • 1 x jar maraschino cherries with the juice.

Ingredients for the glaze:

  • 2 x cups icing sugar.
  • 1 x tbsp. lemon essence.
  • 5 x tbsp. milk.


  • In a bowl, cream margarine and castor sugar, till light and fluffy.
  • Add your eggs in one by one and beat a couple of seconds between each egg.
  • Add the cake flour and beat till everything is well combined.
  • Add the lemon essence and 7 up and beat again.
  • Drain the cherries but keep the juice aside and couple of cherries as well for decorative purposes.
  • Fold in the cherries.
  • Pour your coke batter into a greased Bundt cake pan.
  • Using an offset spatula smooth the top of your cake.
  • Pop into a preheated oven and bake at 180 degrees for 1h 30 minutes to 2 hours or until your cake tester comes out clean and the top is nice and golden brown.
  • Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 15 minutes.
  • Turn out onto a cooling rack and take a fork and poke some holes into the cake.



  • Pour the cherry juice that you saved from earlier over the cake.
  • Allow the cake to cool completely.
  • Once cool make the glaze.


  • In a jug, mix all the glaze ingredients together, till there are no lumps and the mixture is smooth.
  • Place the cooling rack with a cake on a baking tray so that the glaze doesn’t run all over the place.
  • Pour the glaze all over the top of the cake.


  • Allow the glaze to set a little before decorating with the left over cherries.

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