Monday, January 19, 2009

Elvis Presley's Favorite Pound Cake

Blue Seude Shoes
Well, its one for the money,
Two for the show,
Three to get ready,
Now go, cat, go.

But dont you step on my blue suede shoes~
You can do anything but lay off of my blue suede shoes!

Well, you can knock me down,
Step in my face,
Slander my name
All over the place.

Do anything that you want to do, but uh-uh,
Honey, lay off of my shoes
Dont you step on my blue suede shoes.
You can do anything but lay off of my blue suede shoes~

You can burn my house,
Steal my car,
Drink my liquor
From an old fruitjar.

Do anything that you want to do, but uh-uh,
Honey, lay off of my shoes
Dont you step on my blue suede shoes.
You can do anything but lay off of my blue suede shoes~

Who doesn't love Elvis Presley? And who doesn't love pound cake? Elvis Presley loved pound cake and I understand why. I first tried pound cake as an afternoon snack after school at my aunt's house a couple years ago. It was the Sara Lee brand and oh my goodness it was like the best thing I had ever tasted. So moist and sweet.. so flavorful and cold.. and so so so creamy! I later asked my mom to buy me some and was dissapointed to find that one loaf was almost $5. After that, I forgot about pound cake for a while then when I got my "Baking from my Home to yours" by Dorie Greenspan I quickly tried to make the "Perfection Pound Cake". I, without the help of an electric mixer of any sort, beat the 4 eggs into the batter. While baking, it smelled like eggs and after it was done, it tasted like eggs... I was very much dissapointed and wondered what I had done wrong. Last week I was again craving pound cake and I decided to try once more. I was stuck between this pound cake recipe from recipezaar and this recipe. I eventually chose this recipe only because it had more reviews and better ratings. Might I say this is the best pound cake in the world! The Sara Lee kind is good too but this one has a fresher taste. Mine burned a little bit on the bottom because I put the timer for the longer baking time and forgot and thought that it was the minimum, not the maximum. Next time, I will definately reduce the time by about 10 minutes. Also, the top on mine began to burn alittle when there was 30 minutes of baking time left, so I put some aluminum foil on top. This cake is everything that Sara Lee's has. Plus, it tastes fresher. I find that pound cake tastes better when cold.

Elvis Presley's Favorite Pound Cake;makes 2 loaves or 1 tube cake

2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened, plus additional for buttering pan
3 cups sifted cake flour (not self-rising; sift before measuring) plus additional for dusting
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups sugar
7 large eggs, at room temperature 30 minutes
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup heavy cream

Put oven rack in middle position, but do not preheat oven.
Generously butter pan and dust with flour, knocking out excess flour.
Sift together sifted flour (3 cups) and salt into a bowl. Repeat sifting into another bowl (flour will have been sifted 3 times total).
Beat together butter (2 sticks) and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes in a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment or 6 to 8 minutes with a handheld mixer. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition, then beat in vanilla. Reduce speed to low and add half of flour, then all of cream, then remaining flour, mixing well after each addition. Scrape down side of bowl, then beat at medium-high speed 5 minutes. Batter will become creamier and satiny.
Spoon batter into pan and rap pan against work surface once or twice to eliminate air bubbles. Place pan in (cold) oven and turn oven temperature to 350°F. Bake until golden and a wooden pick or skewer inserted in middle of cake comes out with a few crumbs adhering, 1 to 1 1/4 hours. Cool cake in pan on a rack 30 minutes. Run a thin knife around inner and outer edges of cake, then invert rack over pan and invert cake onto rack to cool completely.

In conclusion, YOU MUST MAKE THIS CAKE! it is foolproof and delicious.
try it!!


Sara said...

This cake looks perfect. I love your green stand mixer!

That Girl said...

This pound cake looks perfect! I have to admit I'm guilty of usually buying mine.

Snooky doodle said...

this looks so nice even witht he burned bottom which cannot be seen. I m not a big fan of pound cake but maybe I have tried the wrong recipes. So i ll give this a try before saying I don't like it :))

How To Eat A Cupcake said...

It definitely looks delicious!

PS: You don't need an electric mixer to make a poundcake. My grandma's been making them by hand for years. It was probably just Dorie's recipe...

VeggieGirl said...

Gotta love Elvis!! :-)

Fabulous pound cake!!

Kelly said...

It looks delicious. I too have fond memories of Sara Lee pound cake. We had a Sara Lee store near my house growing up and I remember stopping in to by single serving slices of the pound cake. So good.