This recipe comes from Gourmet magazine. It's known
as Elvis Presley's Favorite Pound Cake. Now, I can't attest to whether or not
"The King" ever ate this cake, but I do know that it's a firm favorite
of mine. This pound cake recipe is the recipe that I've been searching for.
made lots of homemade pound cakes in my time and have never achieved this level
of pound cake nirvana before. This pound cake is everything a pound cake should
be, moist and buttery flavored with a perfect dense velvet like texture. Best
of all this cold oven cake recipe is quick and easy to make.
recently made this pound cake two times within one week - for two very special
birthday celebrations. Not only did it turn out absolutely perfectly both times,
it also received RAVE reviews for it's taste. I'd suggest you make this cake a
day ahead of time as the buttery flavor seems to intensify and it seems to get
more moist and dense when it sits.
Presley's Favorite Pound 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
tube pan (4 1/2 inches deep; not with a removable bottom) or a 10-inch bundt pan
(3 1/4 inches deep; 3-qt capacity)
oven rack in middle position, but do not preheat oven.
butter pan and dust with flour, knocking out excess flour.
together sifted flour (3 cups) and salt into a bowl. Repeat sifting into another
bowl (flour will have been sifted 3 times total).
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.
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.