Elvis's Favorite Pound Cake
I made this cake for Andrew's Sister's birthday and served it with fresh cut strawberries and whipped cream. It was perfect! This recipe was a perfect found too since Andrew's Granny loves Elvis and actually went to high school with him =)
- 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 (They have you sift it twice)
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups sugar
- 7 large eggs, at room temperature 30 minutes (Sounds weird but go with it)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 cup heavy cream
- Special equipment: a 10-inch 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) (If you use a smaller one your cake will get burnt while trying to cook the middle)
- Fresh Strawberries sliced
- Whipped Cream
- Put oven rack in middle position, but do not preheat oven. (I love the quirkyness of this recipe, makes it seem more likely to be true)
- Generously butter pan and dust with flour, knocking out excess flour. (I just super baker joyed)
- 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. (Mine took about this amount of time)
Sorry for the camera phone pics, my camera bit the dust =(
The point where i should have just made a second cake in a loaf pan, but I didn't...
Crusty yummy goodness.