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!

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ELVIS PRESLEY'S POUND CAKE

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 !

Cheers,

32 comments:

  1. Hi Nyonya, let me be,
    Your lovin teddy bear
    Put a chain around my neck,
    And lead me anywhere
    Oh let me be....
    Your teddy bear.

    I don't wanna be a tiger
    Cause tigers play too rough,
    I don't wanna be a lion
    Cause lions aint the kind,
    You love enough.
    Just wanna be, your teddy bear
    Put a chain around my neck
    And lead me anywhere,
    Oh let me be.....
    Your teddy bear.

    Nyonya, you made me blush, *wink*....thank you, and thank you for your kind and warm thoughts and ahemm, marketing, ha ha.

    Hey! Holy Smoke! That cake...it's outstanding! Sensational!
    Only you can make it as the King liked it.
    And thank you for the lovely slice, love the scent.
    Wish I can have more, but let your other friends here try it....bet it'll shake, rattle and roll them...
    Nyonya, you are good!

    Long live the King, long live Petite Nyonya....
    It sure making me hum the tune of 'Blue Hawaii' now....
    You have a pleasant week Nyonya, and hold that smile. From Canada, merci beaucoup. Lee.
    Psssst, where were you when I was handing out my resume, *wink*.

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  2. I Love Elvis... ! ...My parents listened to him a lot...and so I was hooked on it since I was very little... The cake is INCREDIBLE ! I love it... nothing beats a good pound cake like that...

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  3. Hi Nyonya!
    Your blog is wonderful. I love the recipe. Looks great. I see you have lots of recipes. I love to try new foods and new recipes. You have both. Can't wait to try this pound cake.

    Loved the Elvis peice you wrote too. Really good. I have signed up to follow your blog. I can't wait to see what you share next with us. I hope you will stop by and visit my blog as well. I would be so honored to have you follow as well. Stop by soon. Country hugs, Sherry

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  4. What a fun post!! Your cake sounds delicious, I really like the addition of the prunes. 3 cups is ALOT!! Glad to hear the lesser amount worked just fine :D

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  5. Uncle Lee is awesome possum!!!!!!!

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  6. Look at the recipe, pound cake look similar to butteer cake, I have never try bake pound cake before, would love to try it one day. Thanks for shring.

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  7. This cake looks so buttery, creamy and soft! I bet it was delicious with the prunes! Love all the Elvis you included in your post!

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  8. What a lovely cake! It looks very tasty and moist.

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  9. Hi Nyonya, may I have your permission to copy your cake picture for my next posting?
    If can, will post tomorrow or Friday....
    Thanking you in anticipation, best regards, Lee.

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  10. Hi Petit Nyonya,

    This is just the most creative and fun posting I have seen for a long, long time! Thanks for sharing it.

    Luiz @ The London Foodie

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  11. Hi Uncle Lee! Uncle Lee!...what an endearing 'teddy bear' poem. You've certainly made me laugh again :D. When you were giving out your resume, I was probably helping my mum pound some sambal belachan in the kitchen in my old kampong house :D. I've left a comment on your blog in reply to your question. Please go ahead and use my cake picture as you wish :D. And thank you again for this lovely recipe. If only my mum is still around, I would bake it with all my love for her to eat as she loves butter cake so very much!

    Hi Nat, I grew up listening to Elvis (and many others) as my dad is a fan big too. Love his songs! So evergreen.

    Hi Country Wings in Phoenix, thank you so much for stopping by and for your sweet words :). Always so delightful to add another blog friend :D

    Hi girlichef, thank you! Yes, the amount of sugar I used works just fine.

    Hi Quinn, oh yeah!! Uncle Lee is quite a possum indeed!

    Hi Sonia, yes, it's actually butter cake.

    Hi Cinnamon Girl, yes the prunes went very well with this cake. Try it, it is soft, rich & tasty.

    Hi Palidor, yes, it's soft & moist. It is one of the best butter pound cake I've tried.

    Luiz @ London Foodie, thank you :). It's fun for me too to post something different from my usual style once a while. Thanks to Uncle Lee who contributed to this idea.

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  12. Hi Nyonya, regret read of your loss. Always sad to have lose a close family member.
    Thank you for your kind and gracious gesture.....
    Will post tomorrow or Friday....
    Sweet dreams, Lee.

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  13. Would love a slice of this delicious cake! Fun post!

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  14. Wow...Elvis Presley Cake, can I have one piece?

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  15. thats a lovely looking cake, looks so moist too!!!

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  16. Elvis! When I wa a child, he was the king of rock-and-roll, oh that was longtime ago. I think today I prefer the cake to his music! Ha ha ha

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  17. My...my... just look at that cake... so deliciously yummy!

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  18. Looks like a delcious pound cake! I think Elvis may have eaten just a tad too much of it. (wink)

    As for Uncle Lee's website- Madonna? I pass.

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  19. I too love Elvis songs, he is a legend. Pound cake looks moist and delicious!!!

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  20. Mmm. Butter pound cake. I'm not sure who could turn such a thing down. Love the addition of the prunes -- so luscious!

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  21. this is awesomely interesting piece of work! well done! just awesome!

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  22. What a delightful post! I enjoyed it. the pound cake looks lovely too...so glad u reduced the sugar...it looked too much in the original...Il bookmark this for sure. TQ :))

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  23. Hi Petite Nyonya....you remember Irene's birthday?
    Check out last comment.
    Best regards, Lee.

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  24. you can still bake for yr sisters..can almost taste the butter melting in the mouth!

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  25. Yum.... The dough looks really delicious!

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  26. That's lots of eggs and butter! This butter cake must have tasted fantastic!

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  27. A beautiful ode to the King of rock & roll!!

    7 eggs, is a lot though!
    But the cakelooks excellent!

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  28. Fun post and super cake too, looks very moist!

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  29. I haven't watched an Elvis video for a long time - fun! The cake sounds luscious!

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