Elvis Presley most often enjoyed the food that reminded him of his childhood in Tupelo, MS. These recipes were comforting favorites and enjoyed by many families. Basic cake recipes use kitchen staples commonly found in most homes. One of Presley’s favorite desserts was a buttery and rich pound cake, which one can eat for a meal or snack.
Elvis Presley was a creature of habit when it came to certain foods
Much ado has been made over the unhealthy nature of Presley’s overall diet. His eating habits were extreme. Once he became fixated on a particular meal, he reportedly had to have it repeatedly.
Elvis’ former wife Priscilla Presley once confirmed that at one point, The King wanted his Sunday Meatloaf every evening meal for six months straight.
However, Graceland’s Director of Archives, Angie Marchese, explained in a YouTube video filmed in the home’s kitchen that the King of Rock and Roll favored certain meals repeatedly.
“He definitely was a creature of habit, so if it was made in the South…he liked it,” said Marchese.
Moreover, “Elvis grew up on good ol’ Southern food. He loved meatloaf, mashed potato, fried chicken, and mac & cheese.”
What made pound cake one of Elvis’ favorite desserts?
American food historians Jane and Michael Stern wrote that Presley favored classic southern sweets for dessert.
His favorite? A pound cake baked by his childhood friend, Janelle McComb, reported The Baking Wizard.
McComb reportedly handed down the recipe for this legendary dessert to the couple in 1987.
“Every year at Christmas, McComb would bake two loaves and bring them to Graceland. Elvis would eat one all by himself,” said the Sterns of the decadent dessert.
Pound cake also held up well and lasted a long time in the kitchen, unless you were making them for the King of Rock and Roll.
How to make Elvis Presley’s favorite pound cake
The following recipe makes two light and tender cakes.
Grease two loaf pans used to hold the mixed batter as it is baking.
The recipe calls for cake flour, which allows for a cake with a more delicate texture than regular flour.
If you do not have cake flour at home, the website Sally’s Baking Recipes suggests you can substitute it with regular flour and cornstarch.
Measure 1 cup of all-purpose flour. Remove two tablespoons of the flour before adding two tablespoons of cornstarch. Sift twice to aerate the mixture.
For Presley’s cake recipe, you would use the above method three times to get three cups of cake flour.
Other ingredients needed are unsalted butter, salt, baking powder, vanilla, sugar, eggs, and heavy cream.
The complete recipe for Elvis Presley’s Pound Cake can be found on The Baking Wizard website.