More than 20 years ago, Larry Harris learned how to make a 7-Up Bundt cake from scratch.

Over the years, he baked cakes for friends and family. Harris enjoyed doing it. Baking the cakes and seeing people’s reactions to them made him happy. He would add his own touches here and there and more than once someone told him he should sell his cakes.

“It’s something I enjoy and love doing,” Harris said.

And at age 66, Harris opened his bakery – Delicious Bundts & Things – earlier this month. Currently, the bakery is open in the evenings Tuesday through Friday as well as Saturdays and Sundays. But Harris plans to adopt more normal hours when he retires in July from his job as a career program manager at Fort Rucker.

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After serving in the Air Force, Harris was working for the federal government in Washington D.C. and renting a room from the mother of a work friend. One Sunday, while waiting for a Redskins game to come on television, he came across his landlady in the kitchen making a 7-Up cake. Harris asked if she’d teach him the recipe.

“She was doing it with a wooden spoon and so she told me how many eggs, how many cups of flour, how many cups of sugar and how to stir it with a wooden spoon,” Harris said.

When he finally made one by himself, he opted to use a hand-held mixer. The cake was a hit with his family members.

“It turned out great,” he said. “My mother liked it; my sister liked it and I showed my sister how to do it. But I didn’t think anything of it.”

Harris met his wife, Vanessa Riley Harris, in 2007 and they married in 2010. In 2013, they moved to Dothan, where Vanessa is originally from and where her mother lived. It was actually his mother-in-law, Willie Ruth Christmas Riley, who inspired the name of the bakery. She loved the cakes and would always say how delicious they were whenever she would eat one.

Bundt cakes are so named for their shape, baked in the round, fluted pan with a tube in the center that gives the cake its distinctive shape with a hole in the center.

From his bakery, located at the corner of Montana and Adams streets near downtown Dothan, Harris makes his Bundt cakes in that original 7-Up recipe as well as in other flavors – butternut, cream cheese, lemon, coconut and traditional pound cake.

Along with his full-size cakes – which are selling for $25 currently, but are normally $30 – Harris also sells small cakes and cake slices. Small cakes are $5 and slices are $3.

Cakes from Delicious Bundts have been served at Mural City Coffee Co. and Barbecue King in Dothan and Cleedie B’s restaurant in Daleville.

While working fulltime and running the bakery is tiring, Harris said he’s happy and ready to focus all his attention on the bakery.

“I just love it,” he said. “And when I get off of work, I look forward to coming in here.”

Vanessa rents the suite next to Delicious Bundts for her business, VIP Events.

“Baking is his passion,” she said. “He wakes up and doesn’t have any problem having only three hours, four hours of sleep.”

Larry Harris plans to use his bakery for good as well. He wants to partner with nonprofits, giving them $5 for every cake sold over a period of time.

“It makes me feel good,” he said. “I give God the praise for all of this, the knowledge and the wisdom to take a simple thing like a 7-Up cake that I learned how to make 20-something years ago.”

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