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One of the things that I have realized is that no matter how hard you try to stop it, life still changes.  Time goes by, and in the blink of an eye, you wake up one morning and head to the kitchen only to be faced with cooking for two.  I really don’t mean to depress anyone; it is a transition that every parent eventually faces.  My family consisted of five, then four, now three, and in just a few short months, it will be only my husband and me in the house.  The phrase “empty nester” comes to mind.  There are a few things that we are looking forward to.  Like watching our youngest go out into the world and make his own path, turning his room into a naked room (sorry, that’s a movie reference), and having our grocery bill go down.  I am excited about the change that is about to happen (sad but also excited).  The biggest issue I am going to face as someone that has cooked large quantities of food for so long is, “what the hell am I going to do with all that leftover food?”.  Go ahead, laugh at me.  Take a cake, for instance.  I bake cakes all the time.  I blog about them, develop recipes for them, eat a slice or two, and then I am confident that my husband and my son will finish the cake off.  This fact has kept me from becoming the size of the house (not that I’m not giving the house a little competition these days).   Now, once Jared heads to college, what am I supposed to do with all the cake?  I was raised not to waste food!  Well, I think I have found a solution!  

Welcome to the first blog entry featuring Cake Mix Mini Recipes.  This recipe is created with small families, couples, and us “empty nesters” in mind.  It is simple to make, tastes divine, and none of it will have to be thrown away or be added to your waistline.  

This first recipe is for a Butter Pound Cake.  One thing that I did on purpose was start with a cake mix base.  I find that it is so much easier when you want to make a quick treat to satisfy your sweet tooth to grab a box. I then put the rest of the cake mix into a zip lock bag and save it for the next time a sweet craving hits me (like the next night).  I hope you enjoy my “Cake Mix Minis,” If you make one, let me know what you think.

If you like this, check out one of my full size cake recipes, like my hummingbird cake.

Butter Pound Cake Mini Recipe
Butter Pound Cake Mini

Butter Pound Cake Mini

Recipe by Simply Maurie Kay


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Cooking time




  • 1/2 package yellow cake mix

  • 1/2 (4 oz.) cream cheese (room temperature)

  • 2 eggs

  • 1/4 cup of water

  • 1/2 cup of sugar

  • 1/3 cup of canola oil

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray.
  • In a mixing bowl combine the above ingredients with an electric mixer. (The mixture will be a little thicker than a regular cake).
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf pan.
  • Bake in the 350 degree oven for 30 – 35 minutes (or until the middle springs back when touched)
  • Serve with fruit and whipped cream.

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