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Poundcake from a boxed mix makes a quick and delicious dessert, but it also can leave you reaching for a glass of water. The dryness is easy to change, however. You don't need to limit yourself to a poundcake mix. You can turn any flavor cake mix into a poundcake by adding a few basic ingredients. The add-ins create a moister, better-tasting cake overall. If you don't tell your guests your secret, they might even think it was made from scratch.

  • Boxed cake mix, any flavor
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • Margarine
  • Flour
  • Mixing bowl
  • Bundt pan or loaf pan
  • Paper towels

Preheat oven according to the cake mix instructions. Combine the cake mix and sugar in a medium bowl.

Add the oil and sour cream. Blend well with a spoon or electric mixer. Add the eggs. Beat until smooth.

Grease a bundt pan or loaf pan with margarine and lightly dust it with flour. Bake according to the directions on the box, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

Cool the pound cake for 15 to 20 minutes. To preserve moisture and freshness, moisten a paper towel lightly with water. Cover any part of the pound cake you cut with the paper towel.


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