Strawberry Pound Cake

Today I baked a big beautiful Strawberry Pound Cake - and let's keep this our little secret - one of the ingredients is a cake mix. This is one of those recipes that starts with that basic cake mix then adds some good ingredients, in this case, instant pudding, extra eggs, and mini chocolate chips, and the end result does not resemble a boxed cake mix at all. I also tried a glaze product that is new to me that I will talk more about later.

My recipe was adapted from a cookbook called Easy Bake Sale Recipes. Have I mentioned that I love all kinds of cookbooks?

Strawberry Pound Cake
1 package (18.25 ounce) strawberry cake mix
1 package (3.4 ounce) instant vanilla pudding
4 eggs
1 cup water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips

1 (10 ounce) Chocolate Amazing Glazes

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour or use nonstick cooking spray to prepare a 10-inch Bundt pan.
Combine cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, water, and oil in a large mixing bowl. Beat at low speed with an electric mixer until moistened. Beat at medium speed for 2 minutes. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 25 minutes. Invert onto cooling rack. Cool completely. Drizzle glaze over top of cooled cake.

A few extra ingredients can turn a cake mix into a pound cake.

After baking, cool cake in pan for 25 minutes, then invert on cooling rack until completely cooled.

I'm not sure how long this product, Amazing Glazes, has been around, but I had not tried it until today. I saw it at the grocery store and decided to use it to glaze the pound cake. It was very easy to use. You just uncap the bottle and heat in the microwave for 35 seconds, then recap and shake. That's really all the prep there is to this glaze, and it's ready to pour on the cake. It was smooth and drizzled very well. I used about half the bottle today, and the directions say to refrigerate and reheat the leftovers in the bottle to use again.

Oh, and the most important part, it has a good chocolate taste!

I did the taste test myself.

I have received no compensation for writing this post.


  1. I won't tell your secret. That looks pretty darn good. Easy and ready to eat. And you approved. Cake mixes have come a long way since I start baking. I have a cupcake that I made that started with a cakemix also. I approve. Thanks for sharing andi http://thewednesdaybaker.blogspot.com/2011/08/coconut-date-cookies.html

  2. I'm glad you shared your secret! Sounds like such a yummy cake!

  3. This looks and sounds so good. I LOVE pound cake ..
    I am a new follower..:)
    xo bj

  4. O, and I forgot to mention that I am having a really delicious giveaway that you might like..come by, comment and get a chance to win.:)
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  5. What a pretty cake~ I'm sure it tastes as good as it looks!

  6. This is so easy, and beautiful! I have used that glaze recently and I was pleasantly surprised by it too. This is the Featured Recipe this week at Mangoes and Chutney. It will also be pinned and posted on my Facebook Page. Thank you for linking up to Fat Camp Friday!

  7. Hi Antia,
    This is an awesome Strawberry Pound Cake. You have so many great recipes, I would like to invite you to link a recipe to Full Plate Thursday. Sure hope to see you there and thanks for sharing!
    Miz Helen

  8. This sounds so good, Anita! I LOVE cookbooks, too! I'm visiting from OTMM.

  9. I just saw several of your recipes linked over at Jam Hands linky party. So glad I found your blog... you've got a ton of great recipes that I want to try! I am your newest follower :)


  10. My uncle by marriage used to swear that his wife only baked from-scratch cakes! When he passed, we gathered at their home and my aunt took me into her kitchen. I asked for one of her recipes that my uncle loved the most so I could continue to share desserts with him, in that sense. She said, "It's real easy. All you have to do is open one of these (Duncan Hines Cake Mix) and add one of these (Dream-Whip Topping Mix) and it's perfect. Your uncle never came into my kitchen!" Don'tcha just love these family recipes!... Come visit when you can.

  11. ahhh, yum. this looks smashing! will you link it to foodie friday? http://notyourordinaryrecipes.blogspot.com/2011/08/foodie-friday-3.html
    ps-i'm a new follower too! love this place!

  12. yay! thanks for linking up to foodie friday!!!

  13. Happy Monday! I wanted to thank you for sharing this delicious recipe at Recipe Sharing Monday. I hope you have a great week! :)

  14. Could I use butter in place of the oil with the same results?

    1. Hi Savannah, Yes, I believe butter would work in place of oil in this recipe. I haven't made it that way, but butter should be an even exchange for oil, so 1/3 cup of butter would replace the oil. Let me know how you like it.