Today would be the birthday of Mississippi-born Elvis Presley (1935 - 1977) if he were still with us, and you know, I just don't buy the whole "Elvis Presley Cake" thing at all. While he might have liked pineapple, somehow I just do not see Elvis being all that crazy about a pineapple cake. Nothing against that cake at all, I love it, but wouldn't he love a peanut butter cake even more? Just sayin'...
Now, what I do believe for sure is that he probably would have stopped by the Arcade Restaurant in Memphis, last booth on the left, and grabbed a snack of a fried peanut butter and banana sandwich - two slices of white bread, each slathered with peanut butter, sliced banana in between, and fried in a ton of butter till golden brown. I'd be willing to bet he would have loved any one of these recipes on his birthday, or any day too.
One of Elvis' cooks said that he did not like seafood at all and that he would not even permit his wife Priscilla to eat tuna fish in his presence. While I have read that he was primarily a meat and potatoes kind of man and not a big fan of seafood, I also read somewhere however, that he enjoyed farm raised fried catfish. Some southerners don't consider catfish SEAfood, so I'm thinking that maybe Elvis made on exception on those pond raised catfish.
I did actually read that he loved a huge country breakfast, about five scrambled eggs, bacon crisp, or 1/2 pound of sausage, and a half dozen buttermilk biscuits, and he also enjoyed vegetables and salads - wonder if he would have loved a 7 Layer Salad? Bet he would.
Elvis loved fried chicken, but he wasn't fond of food with bones in it, so he preferred to eat his fried chicken, boneless.
Elvis loved banana pudding according to his long time cook!
It's no secret that Elvis loved bananas.
Almost as much as he loved the combination of peanut butter and chocolate.
Carrol, a reader from Jackson, Mississippi, passed on this recipe to me, that was listed in TV Guide magazine as one of Elvis' most favorite sweets. A friend of Elvis' from Tupelo, would apparently make two loaves of this cake for him every Christmas. He would consume one on his own and share the other. I'm frankly surprised he shared one of them. Thanks so much Carrol!
ELVIS PRESLEY POUND CAKE
From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
3 cups granulated sugar
3 cups of cake flour, sifted twice
1/2 pound butter, softened
1 cup (8 ounces) whipping cream
7 eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Thoroughly butter and flour a 10-inch tube pan or 2 loaf pans. Cream together the sugar and butter. Add eggs one at a time, beating extremely well after each addition. Mix in half of the flour, then the whipping cream, then the other half of the flour. Beat 5 full minutes. Add vanilla. Pour batter into the prepared pan.
Set in cold oven and turn heat to 350 degrees. Bake 60 to 90 minutes, until a sharp knife inserted in cake comes out clean. Cool in the pan 5 minutes. Remove the cake from the pan and cool thoroughly.
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