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“My great-grandmother used to make this delicious pound cake on a weekly basis,” writes Tonya Peele of Wake Forest, North Carolina. Makeover Mama Cake tastes just as good as the original! We think Tonya and her family will enjoy this recipe for years to come.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon yellow food coloring, optional
  • 3 cups self-rising flour

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 340 calories, 14g fat (6g saturated fat), 61mg cholesterol, 410mg sodium, 50g carbohydrate (33g sugars, 0 fiber), 5g protein.


  1. Grease a 10-in. fluted tube pan and lightly sprinkle with flour; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the evaporated milk, water, extracts and food coloring if desired; add to the creamed mixture alternately with flour, beating well after each addition.
  3. Pour into prepared pan. Bake at 350° for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Mama Cake in Healthy Cooking

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wellness coach User ID: 3093291 159065
Reviewed May. 14, 2008

"I submitted this recipe for a makeover. I tried the new version the day I received my magazine in the mail and I LOVE it! My family can now enjoy our favorite dessert without feeling so guilty!! Thanks healthy Cooking!"

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