Today’s recipe is for an easy lemon pound cake using a pouch cake mix. In this case, it’s Pillsbury Neon Yellow Funfetti cake mix. The original flavor of the mix is vanilla, but adding some lemon, lemon oil, butter, lemon instant pudding and cream cheese gave it a great lemon flavor and a soft, dense, pound cake texture that improves as it sits.
The pouches are the perfect size to make one small loaf cake.If you can’t find the pouch, you could always just weigh out half a box of yellow cake. However, I tested this recipe with the Funfetti and it’s obviously the key to the bold yellow color. Here’s what it looks like.
I used an 8 ½ inch by 4 ½ inch loaf pan and it domed nicely, but capacity-wise, it would have been taller and more stately had I made it in a smaller 8×4 inch pan. Do you feel like the 8×4 size pans are hard to find these days? I had to special order mine because most of the ones I own and see at the store are 9×5 or even 9 1/2 by 5 1/2. But feel free to use a 9×5 inch anyway — the cake will be shorter in stature but still tasty, Just remember to shave some minutes off the baking time because a large pan means more exposed surface area and a shorter bake time.
- 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) softened unsalted butter, softened
- 4 ounces (half a block) softened cream cheese
- 1 package (8.5 oz) Neon Yellow Pillsbury Bold Cake Mix**
- 2 tablespoons dry instant lemon pudding mix**
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- Zest of 1 lemon (about ½ tablespoon)
- 2 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 1/4 teaspoon Boyjian lemon oil (my favorite!) or lemon extract
- 4 ounces softened cream cheese
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar – more if you like
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Spray an 8 ½ by 4 ½ inch loaf pan with flour-added cooking spray.
- In a mixing bowl, beat the butter and cream cheese until smooth.
- Add cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, lemon zest, lemon juice, milk and lemon oil; beat on low until mixed, then scrape sides of bowl bowl and beat on high until smooth.
- Spread the thick batter as evenly as possible in the pan and bake for 50 to 60 minutes (45 if using a larger loaf pan) or until cake a skewer inserted comes out with moist cake on it rather than batter. Let cool for about 30 minutes in pan, then remove from pan and let cool completely.
- To make the icing, beat all the ingredients together until smooth and spread over the cake.