I collect cake recipes that use a box cake mix as the base. This cake is rich, delicious and easy! This cake freezes well.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and lightly flour a bundt pan.

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  • In a large bowl, beat cake mix, pudding, and eggs until smooth. Mix brandy and flavorings in sour cream, and add to egg mixture. Beat at least 2 minutes with an electric mixer on medium speed. Pour batter into prepared pan

  • Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, or until tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool cake in pan on wire rack for 20 minutes. Remove from pan, and continue cooling on wire rack.

Nutrition Facts

305.1 calories; 4.6 g protein; 42.2 g carbohydrates; 71.3 mg cholesterol; 434.4 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (34)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/24/2003
I just made this cake for the first time. I am not much for pound cake, but this one is excellent. It's moist, flavorful and quick to make. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/26/2007
This cake was expensive to make with the brandy and the different extracts and just not special. If I made it again I would make an orange juice powdered sugar icing to pour over the top. Read More
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35 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 25
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
10/24/2003
I just made this cake for the first time. I am not much for pound cake, but this one is excellent. It's moist, flavorful and quick to make. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/13/2008
Given that a yellow boxed cake mix will almost always identify itself to the taste buds, this is very good--again, for a yellow cake mix. What caught my eye on this cake was that sour cream provided the only fat--no butter or shortening. I'm sure this is why the crumb was a little different, kind of like a sponge cake. I substituted apricot nectar for the apricot brandy and in addition to the other extracts, 1/2 tsp. of butter flavoring (anything to try and cover up that dead giveaway cake mix taste!). I made it in a tube pan, then glazed it, top side up, with a mixture of powdered sugar, apricot nectar and a dribble of corn syrup. It's a pretty cake, tall and delicately yellow, with a balanced blend of flavors, none of them dominant. Light and moist, this is tasty and satisfying on it's own and not overly sweet. It would also be the perfect cake to use in a trifle or just topped with fruit and whipped cream. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/15/2003
Excellent cake. I made 3 in the last 2 weeks as gifts. Didn't have apricot brandy so I used Hungarian pear brandy. Used fat free sour cream and "Egg Beaters" (instead of eggs) for a "lighter" version of the cake. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/15/2003
A bit different. I made it for Christmas presents last year and got many compliments. Freezes very well. I wrapped it in apricot brandy-soaked cheesecloth to give it added oomph. Very adaptable for toppings although it is rich enough to stand on its own merits. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/15/2003
Of all the cake recipes I've made with pkg. cake mixes this has to be the best. Everyone who has tried it loves it. I plan to use it for an upcoming wedding cake. Very good with seasonal fruit and custard sauce. Delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/15/2003
Outstanding cake Joyce. Thanks for sharing. I didn't change a thing. This recipe is perfect as is! Next time I'll try either some lemon yogurt over each serving. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/06/2004
Don't change anything! This cake is to die for as is. I've made 2 so far and everyone loves it!! No frosting needed...best with a dusting of powdered sugar. Janie Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/13/2003
This review is easy... YUM! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/25/2007
This cake was expensive to make with the brandy and the different extracts and just not special. If I made it again I would make an orange juice powdered sugar icing to pour over the top. Read More
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