This is the easiest and most delicious Pound Cake from Cake Mix recipe! All the flavors of classic pound cake are here—a dense, buttery crumb, lots of vanilla notes, and a wonderful richness from sour cream. Top with whipped cream for a perfect dessert.
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Pound cake is a classic dessert for good reason—it’s so versatile, wonderful on its own, and even better when dressed up with a glaze or toppings. It’s composed of simple ingredients, mainly butter, sugar, eggs, and flour. And if you use a boxed cake mix the method to make this recipe becomes even simpler.
Pound Cake from Cake Mix Recipe
Did you ever have Sara Lee pound cake growing up? Though it comes in a package, I still have nostalgia for it! But, I really love a fresh pound cake. And while a from-scratch pound cake is great, using a cake mix makes things so easy, all while keeping that homemade, fresh-baked taste!
You start this recipe by creaming butter and sugar together, which creates a sturdy base for the eggs and sour cream you add just afterward. Instead of using only flour, you’ll add flour and boxed yellow cake mix, which brings a deeper flavor to the pound cake.
I like to bake this pound cake from cake mix recipe in a bundt pan for a pretty presentation, but you could certainly make that traditional loaf pound cake shape if you wanted. Or, you could bake the batter in mini cake pans to serve topped with whipped cream and strawberries for a super rich version of strawberry shortcake.
Ingredients for Pound Cake from Cake Mix
See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.
- Butter – You can use salted or unsalted butter in this recipe.
- Vanilla extract – Use pure vanilla extract for the best flavor.
- Sour cream – For added richness.
- Milk – Use whole milk or 2% milk in this recipe.
- Yellow cake mix – Choose your preferred brand of yellow cake mix for this recipe.
For a pretty and tasty quick glaze, whisk 2 cups powdered sugar plus ¼ cup of lemon juice together until smooth. Then drizzle the glaze over the top of the cake.
How to Make Pound Cake from Cake Mix
- Heat oven and prepare the pan: Preheat your oven to 350℉, then grease and flour a 10” bundt pan.
- Cream the butter: In a large mixing bowl, use an electric mixer to cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl so all of the butter is evenly blended.
- Beat in the eggs: Add the eggs one at a time, mixing on low speed after each addition.
- Add vanilla: Add the vanilla extract and mix again.
- Add the sour cream: Add the sour cream and milk and mix well to combine.
- Add the dry ingredients: Add the flour and cake mix to the bowl and mix into a smooth batter.
- Bake the cake: Pour the batter into the prepared bundt pan, then bake for about 70 minutes.
- Check the cake while it’s baking: Check the cake after about 40 minutes. The cake is fully baked when a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
- Cool the cake: Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then flip it out of the pan onto a wire rack or serving tray. Slice and enjoy!
Check the cake at 40 minutes to make sure it’s not getting overly brown. If the top of the cake is turning too dark, loosely place a piece of foil over the pan and continue baking. This will prevent the direct heat of the oven from reaching the cake.
How to Store
Store the pound cake, tightly wrapped in plastic, in the fridge for up to 5 days. Bring to room temperature to serve.
You can also freeze this pound cake! You can bake it in advance and, when cooled, wrap the cake in plastic wrap and foil, and freeze for up to 3 months. Or you can wrap individual slices of cake in plastic wrap, place them in a freezer-safe bag, and freeze for up to 3 months.
Pound cake is delicious all on its own, but I love to dress it up with these topping ideas:
- Whipped cream – Fluffy piles of sweetened whipped cream are a perfect complement to pound cake! You can make homemade whipped cream or use store-bought with great results.
- Cool Whip – Cool Whip is also a wonderful accompaniment to slices of pound cake. Dollop generous spoonfuls of Cool Whip on top of each slice before serving.
- Fresh fruit – Fresh fruit is an absolute must when you serve pound cake (with or without whipped cream!). You can keep things simple with sliced strawberries or blueberries, or do a combination of any fresh fruit you like.
Pound cakes have butter whisked initially with the flour, and rely on a raising agent for the leavening. A sponge cake recipe has a high egg-to-flour ratio, and leavening is achieved by beating air into the whole egg or the egg white instead of using a raising agent like baking powder.
Pound cake looks so nice when it’s baked in a bundt pan, but you can certainly use other shapes. A regular-size loaf pan, tube pans, and round or square cake pans are good options.
A non-stick vegetable oil spray or melted shortening works better than butter to prevent cakes from sticking to the pan. This is especially important when you use a bundt cake pan!
Pound Cake from Cake Mix
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup butter, softened
- 3 eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup sour cream
- ½ cup milk
- 1 box (15.25 oz) yellow cake mix
- 1 cup flour
- Preheat your oven to 350℉ then grease and flour a 10” bundt pan. Set the pan aside for now.
- In a large mixing bowl, use an electric mixer to cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl so all of the butter is evenly blended.
- Add the eggs one at a time, mixing on low speed after each addition.
- Add the vanilla extract and mix again.
- Add the sour cream and milk and mix.
- Add the flour and cake mix to the bowl and mix into a smooth batter.
- Pour the batter into the prepared bundt pan then bake for about 70 minutes.
- Check the cake after about 40 minutes. If the top of the cake is turning too dark, loosely place a piece of foil over the pan and continue baking. This will prevent the direct heat of the oven from reaching the cake. The cake is fully baked when a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out cleanly.
- Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes then flip it out of the pan onto a wire rack or serving tray. Slice and enjoy!