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 given this recipe by the charming Uncle Lee who truly got me "All Shook Up" with this cake! 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. 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 definitely humour you too. He'll say, "Are You Lonesome Tonight?", and with "A Little Less Conversation", one "Can't Help Falling In Love" as one gets swept by the magic of sweet romance ;)

While I usually find that most pound cakes are rather dense and dry, this one is truly the opposite. It is one of the best butter pound cakes I've had so far. I took the liberty to add dried prunes, which gave the cake a really nice additional flavor and texture.




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!"

Have a great week!