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"I'm All Shook Up" Over Elvis Cake

Updated on December 13, 2012

Elvis Cake--An Easy Favorite Southern Recipe

Mention Elvis cakes to a southern cook and most will nod and smile. It's an easy and familiar recipe. Check southern cookbooks and you will usually find a recipe titled "Elvis Cake". However, I have found on closer examination that there is not universal agreement on exactly what constitutes an Elvis cake. Many recipes feature a batter that starts with yellow cake mix and a topping that features pecans or maybe chocolate chips. There's also the school of thought that calls Elvis' favorite, pound cake, an Elvis cake. For those of you who've never encountered an Elvis cake, I hope to broaden your cultural (and culinary) horizons with some homestyle recipes for this southern favorite. For those of you who have strong opinions on what constitutes an Elvis cake, we'll open the debate. But, don't get "all shook up"; read on for great recipes for this southern favorite.

Photo by Jamie B (my daughter-in-law); this guitar, painted by her students, is now on display in downtown Tupelo, MS.


  • 1 pkg. yellow cake mix (I prefer Duncan Hines Butter Recipe)
  • 1/2 cup cooking oil
  • 1 pkg. instant vanilla pudding
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon


  1. Spray tube pan or large Bundt pan with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients except cinammon together in large mixing bowl and beat 10 minutes. Pour 1/2 the mixture into pan and sprinkle with the 2 T. cinnamon. Add rest of batter. Bake one hour. Cool on rack.
  2. Topping:
  3. 6 oz. pkg. chocolate chips
  4. 1/2 cup sugar
  5. 2 tablespoons butter
  6. Melt chocolate in double boiler; stir in sugar and butter until well combined. Drizzle over cake. (If topping is too thick, thin with a little water).
Cast your vote for My Favorite Elvis Cake Recipe

Classic (and Simple) Elvis Presley Cake


Cake: 1 box Duncan Hines yellow cake mix (plus ingredients required on box)

Filling: 1 small can crushed pineapple and 2 cups sugar

Frosting: 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, 2 cups chopped nuts, 1 stick margarine, 1 box powdered sugar

Directions: Bake cake by box directions. For filling, combine pineapple (with juice) and sugar; cook until thick. For frosting, soften cream cheese and margarine. Combine with powdered sugar. Stir in 1 cup of nuts and reserve 1 cup to sprinkle on top. Assembly: After cake is cool, spread half of filling and then layer of frosting on each layer. Cover sides with frosting and top with nuts.

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Elvis Birthday Cake Video

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Guitar Cake Pan

Make your Elvis cake unique with this guitar shaped cake pan from Wilton.

Wilton Guitar Cake Pan
Wilton Guitar Cake Pan

This versatile pan makes it easy to create a "rock star" look. It holds a cake mix sized amount of batter (or a comparable recipe) and comes with detailed pictures and suggestions to help you create several looks.


Listen to Elvis and "All Shook Up"!

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Enjoy Elvis Cake in Style

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      Chazz 6 years ago from New York

      First I've ever heard of an Elvis Cake - but they all sound pretty good to me.

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      Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      Yes, although I have a page about Elvis Presley's peanut butter and banana sandwich, I have never heard of Elvis Presley's cake. Thanks for the introduction.

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      mumsgather 6 years ago

      The Guitar Cake Pan is really cute.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I didn't know there was an Elvis cake but these both sound really good...Elvis or not. Blessed by a Squid Angel aboard the Labor Day Bus.

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      Donnette Davis 6 years ago from South Africa

      we love Elvis, thank you!

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Very interesting!