♫ Elvis Presley Cake ♫


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.

Pour milk into mixing bowl.

Add oil

Add eggs

And pudding…

Add cake mix.

Mix for one minute, scrape down sides.

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!

Spray your pan with nonstick cooking spray

Pour into a 9×13 inch pan and bake at 350 for forty five to sixty minutes, or until golden.

* I am baking mine in two 8×8 dishes so I can send one to my mother’s house.

While that is in the oven, pour pineapple into a sauce pot, juice and all.

Add sugar.

Stir to combine.

Bring to a boil over medium heat and then remove from heat.

While hot, poke a whole bunch of wholes in the top of the cake with a fork.

Don’t stop until it looks like a swarm of four fanged mosquitoes took hold of it!

Spoon pineapple and juice over hot cake, letting it soak in.

It should look like this.  Now lets make us some icing while that’s a coolin’!

For the icing, you will need: Cream cheese, margarine, confectioner’s sugar, and pecans.

Place softened cream cheese in a mixing bowl.

Add margarine

Mix well

Add confectioner’s sugar

Mix until nice and creamy, scraping down the sides as need be.

Pour in pecans and mix a little more.

Until you have this little piece of heaven.

Once your cake has cooled, drop the icing in dollops onto the top of it.

We are doing this to keep from stirring up all of our pineapple into our icing.

Spread and smooth to ice cake.

NOW, take a BIG OLD KING SIZED BITE and wiggle your pelvis!!

Su, you and your mama have a wonderful time at Graceland!!

Elvis Presley Cake
  • CAKE:
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 (3-ounce) box vanilla pudding (not sugar free!)
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup oil
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 (16-ounce) can crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 stick butter or margarine, softened
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • ½ cup chopped pecans (optional)
  1. Mix cake mix, pudding, eggs, oil, and milk. Beat until smooth.Bake in greased 9x13-inch pan in 350F preheated oven for 45-60 minutes (or until center springs back).While cake is baking, boil pineapple and sugar on top of stove until sugar has melted. While cake is still hot, punch holes in cake and pour hot pineapple over cake. Let cool.
  2. For frosting, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add confectioners’ sugar gradually and beat until creamy. Add pecans, if desired, and mix well. Drop by dollops onto cake until top is mostly covered, then smooth and spread to frost cake.




Ain’t that perty? Hang on gals, we ain’t even got its clothes on yet!


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  1. says

    This cake looks amazing. Can’t wait to give it a try.When I was 8 years old, in 1958, we lived with my great granny on her farm. She had no t.v. only an AM radio that I listened to all ay long. Then I got a record player and begged for all the Elvis 45’s, which I got.. Well, I was head over heels in love with this man and in my young mind he would love me as well, if he could find me. I was sure he was coming to get me and marry me. LOL. I did get to see him in concert about 6 months before his death. He wasn’t as handsome as he was in 1958, but he still was “The King” ~RIP Elvis~

  2. Joan says

    With the anniversary of the KINGS death approaching, here is a recipe that I got off the Food Network, from Paula Deene.


    1 yellow cake mix
    1 egg
    1 stick butter, melted
    mint leaves for garnish
    whipped cream for garnish

    1–8 ounce pkg. cream cheese
    3 eggs
    1 tsp. vanilla
    1/2 cup peanut butter
    1 whole banana
    1 stick butter
    1–16 ounce pkg. powdered sugar

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

    Combine the cake mix, egg, and butter together and mix well. Pat into lightly greased 13 by 9 inch baking pan. Prepare the filling.

    Beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the eggs and vanilla. Add the peaut butter; beat. Add the banana and butter and mix well. Add the powdered sugar and mix well. Spread over the cake mixture. Bake for 45-50 minutes. You want the center to be a little gooey, so do not overbake. Top each slice with a mint leaf and dollop of whipped cream.

    I haven’t made this yet, but thought it sounded interesting and goo.

  3. Nancy Hearell says

    I have one of these in the oven as I type. It smells so-o-o-o wonderful. Can’t wait to taste it. If it only tastes half as good as it smells it will be heavenly. Gotta go make my pineapple topping now. Will report back to let you know how it tastes.

  4. Nancy Hearell says

    Okay, I seriously think this was just about the best cake I’ve ever eaten. The only problem I had was with the baking time. I took mine out after 35 minutes and it was almost too done. 45 to 60 minutes would have been way too long in a 9X13 pan. Next time for me probably 30 to 32 minutes would be just right.
    Oh Christy, wanted to let you know you made our local paper today. (Times Record) in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. You were mentioned in Jay Harshaw’s Potluck column. She had Oatmeal Pie recipe in there and said, “I find it amusing that this oatmeal pie was discovered on southernplate.com, a blog I’ve written about extensively for the past couple of weeks. I told you it was worth checking out.”

  5. Beverly says

    Hey could you not kinda combine the Twinkie cake (using the yellow cake mix instead of twinkies) and the Elvis Presley cake? Like add the bananas to the Elvis cake on top of the cooked pineapple before you frost it? Seems the two cake bases would be similar enough. Just thinking…

  6. Sandy Smith says

    I’m an Arkansan (Go Hogs!) and I completely understand your comments about Duncan Hines cake mixes. I bake and decorate cakes for friends and family and their Butter Recipe Fudge is the absolute best for making chocolate groom’s cakes or birthday cakes. It bakes up just firm enough to be the best for icing and decorating. I’ve made several hunting scene cakes, a couple of 4-wheeler mud riding cakes, and a retirement cake and they all turned out great. Everyone loves the flavor. It’s always fun to hear them talk about how wedding cakes usually don’t taste very good and then see their reaction when they take that first bite! I’m a Duncan Hines girl through and through!
    Keep up the good work – I tell everyone I see about your website!

  7. Faye Kennedy says

    Christy, I am going to try this cake, next weekend. I just wanted you to know, I tried your Holiday Fruit Salad, and it was delicous. I had to make it twice for my husband.And your banana pudding is out of this world.

  8. Kim says

    This reminds me a lot of Hummingbird Cake — another poster suggested adding bananas on top of the pineapple layer. If you did, I think it would make a nice quick substitue for a from-scratch Hummingbird. Thanks for the recipe, this is one that I need to try!

  9. Margaret says

    You have me a class A
    My neighbors Jeff & Lauri love it My M.K. unit love it .
    My uncle Ivan and aunt Ann from B. C. love it .
    My Grandson Ethan $ Grand daughter Shanelle Love it.
    Our son Michael & Daughter Lee Anne Love it .
    Pretty soon Christy the whole world will love it .
    Cause soon great hits like this cake Cristy gets around .
    We love you in Ontario Canada Cristy

  10. Melinda T says

    Fellow Alabamian and Rogersville hometown girl here!
    The “unnatural” fixation and loyalty to Duncan Hines cake mixes, at least according to my mom, is due to them being the moistest brand.

  11. Barbie David says

    not to doubt this story behind this cake. But upon visiting Graceland in Sept 1991 I purchased the Presley Family Cookbook and had it autographed by Elvis’ Uncle Vester Presley. The cookbook is family recipes put together by Uncle Vester and the LONG time maid and cook since May 1967 Ms. Nancy Rooks and I am sorry to say for this to have been a regular baked good for of Elvis it is not listed in the family cookbook.

  12. Debra Sapp says

    I want this for my birthday.since my husband doesn’t like pineapple I get my Mom to make a cake each year with pineapple and he loves them. Last year it was a humming bird cake. I am going to have her make this one this year in July. YUM!!:)

  13. MARSHA G says

    This is so funny I run across this post. I was trying to go through your recipes to add them back to my recipe box as most of my box disappeared. Anyways we just came back from Memphis December 1st as my daughter that’s about to turn 18 wanted to go to Graceland for her birthday gift. She is a huge Elvis fan and is even going to do her dorm room in Elvis when she starts college in the fall of 2014. Everyone thought that this poor young girl was being drug around by her momma and too many times I had to explain no it was the teen dragging momma around. She was just there for spring break and now we were back again.


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