Elvis Presley's Favorite Whipping Cream Pound Cake recipe:
- 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
- 3 cups sifted cake flour (I used AP flour with cornstarch)
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- 3 cups sugar (I used 2 cups)
- 7 large eggs, at room temperature for 30 minutes
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 cup heavy cream
- Put oven rack in middle position, but do not preheat the oven. Generously butter cake pan and dust with flour, knocking out excess flour.
- Sift together sifted flour and salt into a bowl. Repeat sifting into another bowl (flour will have been sifted 3 times total).
- Beat together butter 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. (I added the flour in 3 additions, alternating with the cream) 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 ¼ hours. (mine needed 1 ½ 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.
White Chocolate Glaze recipe: my own
- 9 ounces best-quality white chocolate, chopped into small pieces
- ⅓ cup heavy cream
- Put the chopped white chocolate into a small bowl and set aside. Bring the heavy cream to a boil, then pour over the white chocolate and leave to stand for 30 seconds. Stir the white chocolate and cream together - by now the white chocolate should have melted and you get a shiny, drizzly glaze. Use immediately.