Elvis Presley Sheet Cake

Embark on a culinary journey with the Elvis Presley Sheet Cake, a dessert that echoes the flair and charm of the iconic King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Known for his rich voice and sweeter-than-honey tunes, Elvis also had a penchant for indulgent treats. This cake is a homage to his vibrant era, combining a moist yellow cake with a tangy pineapple topping and creamy frosting, creating a symphony of flavors that’s sure to make you feel like a rock star in your own kitchen.


  • For the Cake:
    • 1 box yellow cake mix
    • 1 box (3-ounce) vanilla pudding mix (not sugar-free)
    • 4 eggs
    • 1/2 cup oil
    • 1 cup milk
    • 1 can (16 ounces) crushed pineapple, undrained
    • 1 cup sugar
  • For the Frosting:
    • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
    • 1/2 cup butter, softened
    • 3 cups confectioner’s sugar
    • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)
    • Optional: 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

How To Make Elvis Presley Sheet Cake

  1. Preparation:
    • Begin by gathering all your ingredients. This will make the baking process smoother and more enjoyable.
    • Preheat your oven to 175°C (350°F). This ensures the oven reaches the right temperature by the time you’re ready to bake.
  2. Making the Cake Batter:
    • In a large mixing bowl, add one box of yellow cake mix and one box of vanilla pudding mix. Ensure the pudding mix is not sugar-free, as the sugar is necessary for the desired texture and sweetness.
    • Crack 4 eggs into the bowl. Ensure no shell fragments are in the mix.
    • Pour in 1/2 cup of oil and 1 cup of milk. These ingredients add moisture and richness to your cake.
    • Using an electric mixer, beat the mixture on a medium setting for one minute. This helps to combine the ingredients thoroughly.
    • Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula to ensure all the ingredients are incorporated. Continue to beat the mixture for an additional two minutes. The batter should be smooth and well-mixed.
  3. Baking the Cake:
    • Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish with butter or non-stick spray. This prevents the cake from sticking to the pan.
    • Pour the cake batter into the prepared dish, spreading it evenly.
    • Place the dish in the preheated oven and bake for 30-35 minutes. You’ll know it’s done when the cake is golden brown, and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  4. Preparing the Pineapple Topping:
    • While the cake is baking, take a medium saucepan and add 1 can of undrained crushed pineapple and 1 cup of sugar.
    • Cook this mixture over medium-high heat. Stir constantly to help the sugar dissolve and to prevent the pineapple from burning.
    • Once the mixture reaches a boil, remove it from the heat. This creates a sweet and tangy pineapple topping.
  5. Adding the Topping to the Cake:
    • When the cake is finished baking, remove it from the oven but keep it in the baking dish.
    • Using a fork, poke holes across the top of the cake. These holes allow the pineapple mixture to seep into the cake, enhancing its flavor and moisture.
    • Carefully pour the hot pineapple mixture over the cake, ensuring an even spread. This step should be done while the cake is still warm for the best absorption.
  6. Making the Frosting:
    • In a separate large mixing bowl, add 1 package of softened cream cheese and 1/2

cup of softened butter. The softening of these ingredients is crucial for a smooth, easily spreadable frosting.

  • Beat the cream cheese and butter together using an electric mixer until the mixture is smooth and creamy. This may take a few minutes.
  • Gradually add 3 cups of confectioner’s sugar to the bowl while continuing to beat the mixture. This gradual addition helps prevent the sugar from clumping and ensures a smooth frosting.
  • If you’ve chosen to include them, stir in 1/2 cup of chopped pecans and/or a teaspoon of vanilla extract into the frosting for added texture and flavor.
  1. Frosting the Cake:
    • Wait until the cake is completely cool before spreading the frosting. Spreading frosting on a warm cake can cause it to melt and become runny.
    • Drop dollops of the frosting onto the cooled cake. Then, using a spatula or butter knife, gently spread the frosting over the cake, being careful not to disturb the pineapple layer underneath.
    • If you like, sprinkle additional chopped pecans on top of the frosting for decoration and added crunch.
  2. Serving:
    • Once frosted, your Elvis Presley Sheet Cake is ready to serve! Cut into squares or rectangles.
    • This cake is best enjoyed fresh, but it can also be stored in the refrigerator for a few days. Make sure to cover it to keep it moist.
  3. Clean-Up:
    • After enjoying the baking process and savoring your delicious creation, don’t forget to clean up! Wash your utensils, bowls, and mixer beaters. A tidy kitchen is a happy kitchen.
  4. Enjoy!
    • Share your Elvis Presley Sheet Cake with friends and family. Enjoy the sweet flavors and the joy of baking something special.

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