Delicious simple vanilla pound cake goes well with any fruit or dollop of whipped cream.
I came to know about Elvis late in my life, however in India we have an old actor who copied Elvis style and was famous there, none other Shammi Kapoor. There is also a famous song starts with the Yahoo starring Shammi. For this month baking partner’s challenge we are going to make Elvis Presely’s favorite vanilla pound cake. When I asked what recipe they want to see in next challenge, baking partners asked for a pound cake. So I made this simple vanilla pound cake. It is really delicious.
Normally I am afraid of pound cake. Pound cake refers to a type of cake traditionally made with a pound of each of four ingredients: flour, butter, eggs, and sugar. However, any cake made with a 1:1:1:1 ratio of flour, butter, eggs, and sugar can call itself as a pound cake, as it yields the same results. Pound cakes are generally baked in either a loaf pan or a Bundt mold, and served either dusted with powdered sugar, lightly glazed, or sometimes with a coat of icing. Pound cake is a favorite of Southern cuisine.
Coming to this Elvis Presley’s favorite vanilla pound cake, it was made by his childhood friend Janelle McCombone. She makes two loaves every Christmas for him. Elvis would finish one loaf by himself. She gave the recipe on his 10th death anniversary to a local newspaper. When I saw the recipe I got immediately hooked. It has everything that a pound cake needs along with one best thing heavy cream. I made little modification to the recipe. I reduced ½ cup of sugar and also increased the amount of vanilla extract. One more thing about the pound cake is that it is dense and has no leavening. Goes well with fresh fruit and dollop of whip cream, and if you have any leftovers you can toast them little bit like bread and enjoy that too delicious.
I didn’t add any syrup or glazing as I thought it will become sweeter. If you want you can add glaze and syrup of your favorite choice. If you want to make your pound cake summer or springy you can add lemon zest, lemon juice or any other citrus which you like. I found the simple pound cake itself delicious that is why it became the favorite of the King of Rock and Roll.
Give it try you will love it, please visit rest of baking partners for variation of pound cakes.
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This is Swathi ( Ambujom Saraswathy) from Zesty South Indian Kitchen who loves to explore cuisines from all over the world. Whenever possible I try to to give an Indian touch to several of the world cuisine, and has weakness for freshly baked bread. All the recipes you see here are created by me and approved after taste-test by my family.