With just a little effort, you can transform these and other last-minute weeknight standbys into something special.

Credit: Anna Williams

The Recipes

Best Pound Cake

Entenmann’s All Butter Loaf Cake
Just-baked brown with a creamy gold interior, this versatile treat has a clean, buttery flavor and a pleasing dense texture.

To buy: $4.50 for 12 ounces.