Key Lime Soda Pound Cake: Take on a 7-Up pound cake using key lime soda. Filled with sprinkles and key lime juice and topped with white chocolate and more sprinkles.
I made this cake last night.
For the first time ever using this pan the cake stuck and came out with small chunks missing.
I thought, I guess I will remake it tomorrow.
Then I stopped and realized…this cake is my life right now.
He threw up. His chest hurt. But when the EMT’s ran the EKG’s there was no sign of a heart attack. They still took him to the hospital obviously because he looked horrible and was having chest pain. But they were in no rush and seemed to think he was in no danger.
Lucky for us the hospital is about 3 minutes by ambulance from the rink. Not just a hospital, but a cardiac hospital.
Our friends on the team took care of bags, and car, and our dogs while off to the hospital we went.
I sat in the ER with our good friend and fellow hockey defensemen. He drove our car behind us and stayed to try and calm me. For us, being calm meant cracking jokes (I’m like Chandler Bing in that way). We joked that my husband would do anything to get out of hearing me sing The Carpenters at karaoke that night.
His bloodwork came back fine. He had three more EKG’s at the ER with them still saying we don’t think he is having a heart attack but we will call the cath lab. After they ran the fourth EKG the ER doctor said “well, he might be having an heart attack”.
No sooner then those words were said, I watched my husband code. I still have a little PTSD from it.
I immediately started to scream no, no.
The chaplain was in there and had me and our friend come out of the room for obvious reasons. We stood there hugging with me crying and freaking out.
They were able to get him stable. He felt better after the jolt. But within minutes he began to get more and more chest pain again.
By that time the cardiologist and the cardiology team were there to take him up to see what was going on.
An hour later he had a stent in. He had total blockage in the artery that they call the “widow maker”. All the other arteries were totally fine with no sign of blockage.
By 3:30am he was in a room in ICU. He looked better but still out of it due to the sedatives and pain meds.
I left at 5am to take our friend home and to feed the dogs and take a shower. When I returned at 6:30am he was sitting up and in good spirits.
By early evening they had technically taken him out of ICU…they just didn’t have a bed anywhere else.
At 3:30am…just 24 hours from coming to the ICU he moved to telemetry (which is where they just monitor your vitals).
By 5pm the next day my husband WALKED out of the hospital with a handful of pills and was told to go for a walk that night if he wanted but for sure to start the next day.
Today we went to the cardiologist for a follow up.
Amazingly, in less than a week after having a heart attack, my husband was cleared to go back to ALL activities…including playing hockey. He won’t be going back for a year though. Not because he is afraid but because he is on blood thinners for a year and has the possibility of bleeding out and that doesn’t sound all that good to him…me either.
My husband has no family history. No diabetes. No high blood pressure. No high cholesterol. In fact, unlike most people my husband will only be on baby aspirin the rest of his life…he will get off the other meds. He has minimal damage to the heart and the feel it will be back in the normal function range within a year.
They want him to move to a more Mediterranean diet but told him he did not have to be super strict and stress about this diet. What he ate didn’t get him they type of heart attack he had. That being said we are still eating a heart healthy diet. It’s way easier for me as I eat way more fruits and veggies than the hubby but he will eat just about anything so that is good.
This blog will still be this blog. I’m not making this a health food blog. Unless we make something so amazing that I feel I need to feature it.
We will still have cake.
Cake with sprinkles because we are celebrating life around these parts.
But I let it stay ugly because we went through something really ugly.
Key Lime Soda Pound Cake
For the cake:
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
3 cups granulated sugar
5 large eggs
3 TBSP key lime juice
3 cups cake flour
3/4 cup Stewart’s Key Lime Soda
1/2 cup sprinkles
White Chocolate Glaze:
12 oz. white chocolate, chopped finely
3 TBSP vegetable oil
Preheat oven to 350°.
Grease and flour a 10-in. fluted or plain tube pan.
In a large bowl, cream butter, shortening, and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Beat in lime juice.
Add flour alternately with Key Lime Soda, beating well after each addition.
Fold in the sprinkles.
Transfer batter to prepared pan.
Bake 65-75 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool in pan 20 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
In a microwave proof bowl, add the chocolate and oil.
Heat in 30 second increments until chocolate is melted.
Mix together until smooth.
Pour over cake.
Add sprinkles if desired.
Place in fridge for an hour to have glaze set up.