1 box yellow cake mix
1 can (21 ounces) lemon pie filling
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
Preparation: Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C) and lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking dish.
Crumb Mixture: In a generous mixing bowl, meld the yellow cake mix and melted butter, mixing until a crumbly consistency is achieved.
Layering Crumbs: Evenly distribute half of the crumb mixture into the base of the prepped baking dish, lightly patting it down.
Lemon Cream Cheese Filling: In another bowl, amalgamate the lemon pie filling and softened cream cheese, whisking until a smooth, unified mixture is obtained.
Assembling: Gently pour and spread the lemon cream cheese blend over the initial crumb layer in the baking dish, ensuring an even coverage.
Final Touch: Scatter the residual crumb mixture atop, forming a crumbly upper layer.
Bake: Place in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes, or until achieving a golden-brown top and a set center.
Cool & Serve: Allow the cake a few moments to cool post-baking, then slice into squares. Serve either warm or at room temperature, optionally elevating with a sprinkle of powdered sugar or a dollop of whipped cream.
Enjoy a dessert that is not only an epitome of simplicity but also a flavorful escapade, a homage to the effortless joys of uncomplicated culinary creations!