This post is dedicated to Su, one of my readers from Australia. Su and her mother are coming to the South US this fall just to go visit Graceland! Her mother is a huge Elvis fan and has had a lifelong dream of seeing “The King’s” home in Memphis.
Lord, how many times have I been to Graceland? My father fancied himself Elvis throughout our childhood. When he wasn’t channeling Elvis, it was Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, or Conway Twitty. Daddy sang them all at moment’s notice in his best impersonating voice. Any wonder why I don’t listen to country music now? One things for sure, Daddy has never sang Beyonce’.
So back to my point…I saw this cake and just had to do it for Su’s mom. Su’s Mom, I hope you get to try this! It is said to have been a cake Elvis’s cook made for him on a somewhat regular basis. If you weren’t an Elvis fan before this cake, you certainly will be after!
This is what we call an “Ice Box Cake”. Old folks still refer to their refrigerators as ice boxes. Ice Box cakes and pies are such wonderful treats during the heat of our southern summers! Thanks goes out to another reader, Rachel, as well. She posted on my fruit cocktail thread today about how it was so hot (she is in Bama, too) that she was putting the cake in the fridge and serving it cold. VOILA! I realized that I have a few ice box cake’s all done up with photographs and everything and I haven’t posted them yet. SO, thanks to Rachel, you’ll all be getting series of tutorials on my favorite icebox cakes this week!
For the cake, you will need: Sugar, Oil, Milk, Crushed Pineapple, Eggs, Vanilla Instant Pudding, and a box of yellow cake mix. In the south, we have an unnatural fixation with Duncan Hine’s cake mix. I can probably do a little research and find out why we all love it and are so darn loyal to it but for now its good enough just to say that we love it and you should too.
Continue mixing about two more minutes, until smooth. Try not to taste of this batter. Seriously, try really hard not to taste it. If you do, there may not be any left to actually bake. It’s that stinking good! Okay, now you just HAVE to taste the batter so you know what I am talking about!
* I am baking mine in two 8×8 dishes so I can send one to my mother’s house.
Don’t stop until it looks like a swarm of four fanged mosquitoes took hold of it!
We are doing this to keep from stirring up all of our pineapple into our icing.
Su, you and your mama have a wonderful time at Graceland!!
Think this looks good? WAIT TIL YOU SEE THE OTHER TWO ICE BOX CAKES I’M GONNA POST NEXT!!!
Ain’t that perty? Hang on gals, we ain’t even got its clothes on yet!