Wednesday, November 4, 2009

All Shook Up On A Cake For 'The King'

Heard of Elvis Presley's Pound Cake? I'm sure you have if you're a true blue, super die-hard Elvis fan. I was made aware of the King's cake by the charming, insightful and debonair Uncle Lee who truly got me "All Shook Up" on it! He had graciously given me the recipe to this cake in his winsome comment on one of my previous posts.

Oh, but before I get into Elvis' cake, let me tell you a teeny weeny bit about Uncle Lee and "A Thing Called Love"!

If "You've Lost That Loving Feeling" of which romance brings, sorrow no more my dear. Cross that "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and hop on over to Uncle Lee's blog. He'll dazzle you, romance you, dance with you, charm you, share a story with you, share a song with you, and he'll humor you as well. He'll look into your eyes, into your dreamy and bewitched black, brown, blue or green eyes, and he shall ask, "Are You Lonesome Tonight?", and in which your natural womanly instinct (if you're a woman, that is!) shall likely respond, "A Little Less Conversation", because you'll probably "Can't Help Falling In Love" with the magic of sweet romance all over again!

Elvis & his parents

According to a brief story by Uncle Lee, Elvis' mom, Gladys, and his cook, used to bake this rich, soft and buttery pound cake for the King - which is his favorite cake - even when he was on tour. While I usually found that most pound cakes are rather heavy, dense and dry, this one is truly the opposite. It is THE best butter pound cake I've tried thus far. I took the liberty to add dried prunes, which gave the cake a really nice additional flavor.

Here's a piece for you, Uncle Lee, to thank you for the wonderful recipe!



3 cups granulated sugar (I reduced it to 1 3/4 cups, and which turned out just nice for me)
1/2 pound butter, softened
7 eggs, at room temperature
3 cups cake flour, sifted twice, divided (I added 1.5 teaspoon baking powder to the flour too)
1 cup whipping cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

- Butter and flour a 10-inch pan.
- Thoroughly cream together sugar and butter.
- Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
- Mix in half the flour, then the whipping cream , then the other half of the flour.
- Add vanilla extract. Pour batter into prepared pan. Set in a COLD oven and turn heat to 350 degrees F.
- Bake 60 to 70 minutes, until a sharp knife inserted in cake comes out clean. Cool in pan 5 minutes. Remove from pan and cool thoroughly.

To quote Uncle Lee, "Hold that smile and keep a song in your heart!"

So, let's turn on your speaker and enjoy these YouTube videos of my two favorite Elvis' songs.

Have a great week all !