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5.16.2011

Strawberry-Lime 7-up Pound Cake

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Even though it feels like fall today it is sunny and gorgeous and I do not care. As long as it is not cloudy and dreary, I am happy. I am also happy because I am feeling better as of today. Praise to God, that depite it being almost 3 weeks of being in this pain, He hears my prayers.


Let me tell you something. This has truly been a test for me. Have I been a whiny baby and been obnoxious to be around? I have tried really hard to be a good sport about how I am feeling but there were days I was in tears because the pain was excrutiating. Yes. I have really never been in this type of pain before. I really was not convinced yet to take Vicodin because I was not thrilled at ALL to be giving that to my baby even if the doctor says it is safe.

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A test of how I have been feeling is when my husband tells me today that he has not seen me as happy as I have been today in 2 weeks. Is that not sad? Even my appetite seems a little back to normal.


Either way, back to testing. I really realized that my reliance on self is futile. If I proclaim to be a Christian and do not depend on my Creator to be my sustainer even in my pain, what is the point? Hopelessness sets in and then depression and self-pity. I questioned God why I needed to go through this because I was definitely not enjoying being pregnant. I find it healthy to question God just as long as I know that my dependence is still for Him.


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Ironic enough, this time has really been teaching me to continually stay in prayer and to remember my first love, the God who has given me the gift of life in my womb even if it means going through pain just for a little bit. I can't explain why it appeared but I know it has made me stronger and continually makes me stronger.


My husband's patience is also a test of love, the love God has for me. Ryan has truly been patient and has been such an amazing husband through this time. We sure have not been tested as much as now, especially when it comes to our characters.


Our 3rd anniversary is tomorrow and I can only continue to thank God for such a loving and supporting husband. It is really worth the wait for the man God has ready for you all out there!


I did promise you a recipe. Before I left for Houston almost a week and a half ago, we were invited to a BBQ at one of Ryan's professors' home. Even in a bit of pain, I decided to bring a baked good because that is what I enjoy preparing the most.


I grew up making 7-up pound cakes all the time. I also remember the countless of sticks of butter it took too. *shudder* but somehow, eating one slice was not such a guilty pleasure because it was going to be shared with others.


I took a favorite and added some summer fruits and spruced it up with a yummy icing. It is delicious and it will keep people guessing with all the flavors it has. Noone really believes it has 7-up but it makes this bundt look nice and special. Make it this summer!

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Strawberry-Lime 7-up Pound Cake

adapted from All Recipes

serves 14 (makes one 10-inch bundt)

1 cup Earth Balance buttery margarine
1/2 cup Spectrum all-vegetable shortening
2 cups vegan sugar
4 eggs or
(make 4 flax eggs (4 Tbsp flaxseed meal + 8 Tbsp warm water)
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoon lime extract
1 Tablespoon lime zest
7 fluid ounces lemon-lime flavored carbonated beverage (like 7-up)
1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries

Lime icing

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
juice from 1 1/2 limes

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease a 10-inch Bundt pan.

In a large bowl, cream together the margarine, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs (or flax eggs) one at a time, then stir in the vanilla and lime extracts and lime zest. Beat in the flour alternately with the lemon-lime soda, mixing just until incorporated.

Add 1/2 cup of sliced strawberries to the bottom of the bundt cake. Pour half the batter into prepared pan. Add 1 cup of the sliced strawberries on top of the batter and then add the remaining batter.

Bake in the preheated oven for 70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool on a cake rack for 30 minutes before removing from the pan.

While the cake is cooling, prepare the lime icing. Sift the powder sugar in a bowl and then add the lime juice. The icing will be tangy but it will be perfect on the bundt cake.

Brush the icing on the cake and then drizzle the remaining icing for decoration.

17 comments:

Leinana said...

This looks and sounds so refreshing! Just the summery flavors I'm craving right now. So glad to hear that your pain is easing up!

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear of your pregnancy pain. I had lots of lower back pain. Mine was nerve related. Because of the added weight it throws off your balance making your posture different. Or baby putting pressure even can pinch nerves. I found lots of relief with the help of Physical Therapy or a Chiropractor. I was giving the random prescriptions for pain but didn't really feel comfortable using them either. Hope you find some relief.

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Sandra said...

Wow this cake looks absolutely amazing! I love how moist it is! Wonderful!!!I hope you are feeling better now?!

Eva said...

yummy! This cake looks absolutely scrumptious! Makes me want to go buy a bundt pan just so I can make this.

moonsword said...

So glad to hear you're feeling better! No need to apologize...that kind of pain can truly be mind-shattering so you are most fortunate to have a very supportive husband and your own inner strength and courage to overcome it.
Thanks for the yummy recipe! You are amazing!! :)

moonsword said...

p.s. this recipe sent me over the edge...I just bought your e-cookbook so I can enjoy more! Cheers!

Monet said...

What a beautiful cake...and post. Happy Anniversary. It sounds like the past few weeks have been so trying. I can relate. I'm sorry I have been so absent. It has been so good to return to you and your lovely blog! Thank you for sharing with me tonight. I hope you have a wonderful day.

chow vegan said...

So good to hear that you're feeling a little better! Love the 7-up in the pound cake! It looks beautiful and I'm sure it was quite tasty! :-)

Elisabeth said...

WOW! What a beautiful cake!

Emily Malloy said...

Happy Anniversary! This cake is GREAT!

HiHoRosie said...

So glad you've got a reprieve from the pain - hope it and the sunshine lasts!

Happy Anniversary to you and Ryan!

Cake looks wonderful - great for summery days. :)

shopannies said...

not only beautiful but sounds tasty as well

Tanya said...

So glad you're starting to feel better....and this cake looks gorgeous :)

cajunlicious said...

Noelle, this looks so good! Thanks for sharing.

Ashley said...

Also sorry to hear about the pain but glad it is getting better! I have a friend at work who recently went through surgery to remove a bone chip that was sitting inside of the sciatic nerve bundle and had been causing her pain for many months. I'm not sure how or why it happened but Tylenol didn't really help with it either and the only way she found out the cause was through an MRI. I hope this is not the case with you, but thought you might benefit from the information. And this cake looks delicious! Can't wait to try it when I go to a summer party!

Joy said...

The cake looks wonderful

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