7Up Chocolate Bundt Cake

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7Up Chocolate Bundt Cake is a fun twist on a classic pound cake. This from scratch, moist bundt cake will be a hit at any gathering.

chocolate bundt cake with vanilla ice cream on white plate

Chocolate 7Up Cake

This chocolate pound cake is rich and buttery and perfect as a delicious birthday cake, coffee cake, or for any special occasion. Easy to make and best served with ice cream!

If you like the traditional 7Up Pound Cake but are a chocolate cake lover, you’ll love this chocolate chip version! I’m always in favor of more chocolate.

I’ve made this cake several times on days we’re having BBQs because it’s so easy to slice up and easily serve.

Why you’ll love this Chocolate 7Up Pound Cake

Easy recipe – Only 8 ingredients, most of them pantry staples.

Feeds a crowd – Easy to slice up and feed a large group.

Moist & delicious – Even better when you top it with some vanilla ice cream!

slice of chocolate pound cake on white plate

Things you’ll need

  • Bundt Pan – This is the one I have. If I had more cupboard space, I’d have lots of them because there are so many pretty ones & you know I love me a bundt cake.
  • Hand Mixer – A turn to my hand mixer way more than my stand mixer, even though I love it.
  • Mixing Bowl – I love these mixing bowls. They’re such a nice quality and the grippy bottoms are helpful.


Below is a list of the ingredients you’ll need to gather to make this recipe. Scroll all the way down for the full recipe card.

  • Butter – Unsalted, softened to room temperature.
  • Sugar – Granulated white sugar.
  • Vanilla – Try to opt for pure vanilla extract and a decent brand even though I know it’s super pricey right now.
  • Eggs – Large eggs.
  • Flour – White, all purpose flour.
  • Cocoa Powder – Pick a good quality unsweetened cocoa powder.
  • 7Up – Adding pop (soda?) to baked goods makes them fluffy and moist.
  • Chocolate Chips – I like Ghirardelli baking chips for all my chocolate chip needs.

collage of overhead shots of cake batter in mixing bowl

How to make a Chocolate 7 Up Cake

  1. First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees and generously grease (I use non-stick spray) a bundt pan and lightly flour it. If you don’t want to see the flour, you can also use cocoa powder.
  2. Then, in a mixing bowl, cream the butter with a hand mixer until smooth. Add in the sugar and vanilla and beat until light & fluffy.
  3. One at a time, add in the eggs, beating well after each addition.
  4. Stir in the flour and cocoa powder until fully blended, then stir in the 7Up.
  5. Fold in the chocolate chips and then spoon the batter into the prepared pan.
chocolate cake batter in pan
  1. Bake for 70 minutes then check it. If a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean, it’s done. Mine usually takes 80 minutes.
  2. Once done, cool in the pan for 10 minutes then flip and finish cooling.
overhead shot of chocolate bundt cake in pan

How to store leftovers

Leftover cake should be tightly wrapped or kept in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.

Can I freeze it?

Leftovers can be frozen. Wrap them tightly in plastic wrap, then foil, and drop them into a freezer bag.

They’ll keep for up to 3 months. Place on the counter to thaw at room temperature when ready to enjoy.

What to serve with it

Top it with ice cream, or chocolate sauce, or just plain!

Serve this chocolate bundt cake after a dinner of buffalo ranch chicken wraps and homemade mac & cheese.


How many servings are in a standard bundt cake?

There are usually 16 decent sized slices in a standard bundt cake. 

How to keep the chocolate chips from sinking

If you notice your chocolate chips sinking to the bottom of the cake, I have a tip for you.

Before mixing the chocolate chips into the cake batter, pour them into a bowl, sprinkle them with a teaspoon of cocoa powder, and then mix them into the batter.

Same trick works with sugar and blueberries in muffins.

7up chocolate bundt cake with vanilla ice cream on white plate

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7-Up Chocolate Bundt Cake

Melissa Williams | Persnickety Plates
7Up Chocolate Bundt Cake is a fun twist on a classic pound cake. This from scratch, moist bundt cake will be a hit at any gathering!
4.58 from 7 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16 slices
Calories 436 kcal



  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 12-cup bundt pan and lightly flour. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter with an electric mixer.
  • Add sugar & vanilla; beat until light & fluffy.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Stir in flour & cocoa, blending thoroughly.
  • Stir in 7Up.
  • Fold in chocolate chips.
  • Spoon into the prepared pan.
  • Bake for 70 minutes then check for doneness. If needed, bake another 10 minutes.
  • Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from pan & cool completely.


Store leftovers covered at room temperature for up to a week.
To prevent chocolate chips from sinking, first sprinkle them with cocoa powder before mixing into batter.
Recipe from Food.com


Serving: 1gCalories: 436kcalCarbohydrates: 59gProtein: 4gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 99mgSodium: 181mgPotassium: 80mgFiber: 2gSugar: 46gVitamin A: 630IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 31mgIron: 1.4mg

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Originally published December 10, 2009

7-Up Chocolate Chip Pound Cake is a fun twist on a classic pound cake. This rich and buttery cake is a delicious birthday cake, coffee cake or cake for any special occasion. Easy to make and best served with ice cream!
7-Up Chocolate Chip Pound Cake is a fun twist on a classic pound cake. This rich and buttery cake is a delicious birthday cake, coffee cake or cake for any special occasion. Easy to make and best served with ice cream!

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  1. Arielle says

    Making for a friends birthday. It’s cooking now. I’m not a chocolate fan and this ish is goood!!

    • Melissa Williams says

      Have you tried the original? I AM a chocolate fan but I think I like the original even better. //www.persnicketyplates.com/7-up-pound-cake/

  2. Nancy says

    What size bundt pan do you use?

  3. Roadglide says

    5 stars
    So. I made this cake yesterday. It came out marvelously. It was moist and delicious. I followed the recipe as instructed but I did omit the chocolate chips. I was concerned about the amount of sugar. Easy delicious. Will make it again.

  4. Sheila Short says

    5 stars
    I’ve searched high and low for a chocolate bundt cake recipe that has a pound cake density and texture. And this is it! I’ve made this cake a couple of times now and I’ve learned to divide batter into loaf pans, eat one and freeze one to avoid eating an entire cake. It freezes beautifully by the way. If you are searching for a chocolate pound cake with a rich chocolate flavor and a moist dense crumb, look no further.

    • Melissa Williams says

      I love hearing that! Thanks for reporting back, Sheila 🙂

  5. Carole Burinsky says

    4 stars
    This cake is absolutely the moistest cake I have ever found!!! Love, love, love that with 1 teeny drawback. I’m not that excited about all the chips floating to the bottom. They stick to the bottom and really have to dig to get the cake outta the pan. I gonna try making a white cake eliminating the cocoa and chips. I’m sure it will be amazing….

    • Melissa Williams says

      I just added a note above about lightly coating the chocolate chip with cocoa powder before stirring them into the batter. It prevents them from sinking. But also, you can try my classic (vanilla) 7Up Pound Cake 🙂

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