Golden Pound Cake from Cake Mix

Want to make a pound cake that won’t be dry? Golden Pound Cake is a perfect recipe for you. Here we add pudding mix to a commercial cake mix. It’s moist, buttery, and delicious.

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Easy Pound Cake

Are you looking for an easy and delicious cake to make? This golden pound cake couldn’t be any easier. You can make this cake in no time at all!

Best of all, when you bake this southern pound cake in a tube pan or your favorite bundt pan you can get 24 slices.

Ingredients for the Golden Pound Cake

  • Yellow Cake Mix
  • Vanilla Pudding Mix
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Eggs
  • Water
golden pound cake ingredients

How to Make Pound Cake with Cake Mix

  1. Place cake ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix to combine.
golden pound cake batter
  1. Transfer batter to a greased and floured tube pan.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes.
  3. Cool cake in the pan for 25 minutes. Remove cake from pan.
  4. Drizzle with a simple glaze if desired.
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Slice and enjoy!

You can use this delicious cake for strawberry shortcake too. Just top cake slices with strawberries and whipped cream.

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Recipe by Judy Eynard. Jefferson City, MO. 1968

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Golden Pound Cake

This golden pound cake is an easy cake to make with pudding and cake mix. You can eat as is or use it for strawberry shortcake. 
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cake Recipes, pound cake
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 24
Calories: 164kcal


Golden Pound Cake Ingredients

  • 1 package Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1 package Instant Vanilla Pudding 4 serving size
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 cup Water
  • 4 Eggs

Pound Cake Glaze Ingredients

  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Milk


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease and flour a 10-inch tube or bundt pan.
  • Blend all ingredients in a large bowl, then beat at medium speed for 2 minutes.
  • Pour the batter into the cake pan.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 45-55 minutes, until center springs back when lightly touched.
  • Cool right side up for about 25 minutes, then remove the cake from the pan.

Golden Pound Cake Glaze

  • Blend 1 cup powdered sugar with either 2 tablespoons of milk or 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and drizzle over cake.


Calories: 164kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 194mg | Potassium: 22mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 1mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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Reader Interactions


  1. Lauren

    I’ve never known a pound cake to have yellow cake mix as an ingredient. Pound cake dry? Warm a piece up, and put some butter on it. TRUST ME! There is almost nothing better in this world that hot buttered pound cake!

    • Mary Ellerd

      5 stars
      This recipe has been around since the 1970s and has remained a standby for anyone who tried one. It isn’t a traditional pound cake, but it’s a great cake. You can use yellow cake and vanilla pudding mix as in this cake or make a lemon cake simply by substituting lemon pudding mix for vanilla. Add some lemon zest to kick it up a notch. Chocolate cake mix with chocolate pudding is decadent, particularly if you stir in chocolate chips. This is a forgiving recipe, you can add sour cream instead of water or substitute rum or bourbon for water. It can be baked in a tube or Bundt pan, a 9×13-inch pan or in layers. Just adjust the baking times.

  2. Tori

    I have been searching for a pound cake recipe that I could double/triple/quadruple, etc for large cakes. None of the cakes have finished batter cup measurements so that I could tell how much batter I have and know how many batches will be necessary.
    I DO know how this works with commercial cake mixes though and this recipe seems to be the closest I am going to get to bakery style pound cake.

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