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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Elvis Sheet Cake

Shown here with MiMi's PB&B Ice Cream, made with this cake in mind!

    I have had this idea in my head for a while now.  Have you ever just stewed on something you want to make like that?  I have been so anxious to make it, but haven't had the right opportunity.  I try not to make desserts for just the three of us.  Matt usually doesn't eat dessert multiple days in a row.  I however have no problem eating dessert multiple meals in a row.... it's a gift.  Try not to be too jealous!



   Anyway, for my own preservation (and sanity) it is best if I make desserts when there are other people around to share.

   Do you feel me?  I can't be alone when I say my sweet tooth has a mind of its own.  It is quite persuasive and who am I to object to its needs?

   Family dinner would be the perfect opportunity to make such things.  The problem is MiMi always has her own ideas.  Apparently her house, her dessert.  I know, we sound like a dysfunctional family! The struggle is real. ;-) So, when K.C. and Pops decided last minute to have a rib throw-down, I seized the opportunity and offered to be the dessert committee.  After all, the only right thing to do after a ribfest is to have a dessert with bacon!

   Of course the inspiration is the famous Elvis inspired sandwich.  So, I wanted the frosting to be a bit soft and gooey much like the peanut butter would be on a hot grilled peanut butter sandwich.  I had been mulling it over in my mind and decided that the best base would be my favorite whipped cream frosting.
 
   I really need to share that recipe some day too!

   So many desserts, so little time!

    Jax was my big kitchen helper for this recipe as well.  He dumped the ingredients in the mixer bowl, made sure the mixer didn't go anywhere while in operation and of course licked the beaters!  Matt and Jax had to fight for the bowl after I made the frosting.  I knew I had a winner when Matt was that interested!  He actually saved room for a piece of cake despite there being an endless supply of ribs.  Dessert almost never trumps more meat for that guy!

   Everyone who has tried it has wrinkled their nose a bit at the idea of it, but nobody has had trouble finishing their piece.  In fact my siblings all took an extra piece home with them.  The rest of the cake was quickly eaten by the friends and family helping to dig a pit in the basement for our new sump pump.

    Is it just us, or has this summer been strange?  After a relatively dry spring we have been having non-stop rain this summer.  Our once dry basement can't handle any amount of rain any more.  I few sprinkles and we have a puddle on the basement floor.  The pit they dug last night was filling with water as they dug.  We have quite the muddy mess to clean up, but Matt is happy to be making real progress.

   Back to the cake.  Make it.  Eat it. You won't regret it!

Elvis Sheet Cake

Ingredients:

Cake:
2/3 cup milk
1 tsp vinegar
1 2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter
3 large bananas, very ripe
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 1/4 cups flour

Frosting:
5 T flour
1 c milk
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla

Toppings:
7 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
honey

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F and spray a half sheet pan (I used this one)
  2. Mix milk and vinegar, set aside
  3. In mixer bowl, cream butter and sugar.  Add bananas, eggs & vanilla and mix until smooth.
  4. Stir dry ingredients into banana mixture.  Add milk mixture and stir until just combined.
  5. Spread in prepared sheet pan and bake for 25-30 minutes, rotating half way through bake time.  Remove from oven and set aside to cool before frosting.
  6. While cake is cooling, heat the flour and milk for the frosting in a saucepan until it forms a thick paste.  (Don't walk away, once it starts to thicken it will go quickly!)  Set aside to cool.
  7. Once the paste is at room temperature, place in the mixer bowl with the butter, peanut butter, sugar and vanilla.  Beat on low until combined and then on high for 10 minutes. (You really want to let it go that long so it has time to get plenty of air and allow the sugar to dissolve. You don't want gritty icing!)
  8. Spread over cooled cake.  Sprinkle with bacon and drizzle with honey.  Loosen up your pants a bit and dig in!
A few more sheet cake favorites:






 


33 comments:

  1. "Ya. I'm All Shook Up" about this one. I'm out of my take home containers now because you so generously shared your cake with everyone. Everyone really did enjoy it. It was the exclamation point after a great meal. Pops and KC can really throw down some ribs. (I think KC got the win for this one)

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    1. It was good food all the way around, that is for sure!

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    2. It was good food all the way around, that is for sure!

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  2. I was so relieved when I found out that was a honey drizzle and not bacon grease

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    1. Sheesh! Even I wouldn't take it that far... maybe!

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  3. If the recipe is associated with Elvis, it's gotta be good! :) Thanks for sharing!

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  4. What a unique recipe! I'll admit I've never thought of bacon as a dessert topping, but you only live once, right? I'm definitely curious now to try this flavor combination. Thanks for sharing on Snickerdoodle Sunday!

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    1. It sounds like a strange combination, but it is delicious! Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. An awesome cake! I like the photos of the ribs, too:-) Thanks for sharing with us at Funtastic Friday.

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    1. Thank you! We all enjoyed the cake and the ribs. Though I think everyone was overly full by the time we were done!

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  6. Thanks to Jax for being such a good helper. We love Elvis so I am sure we would love this too it looks very moreish. Thanks for bringing Elvis to Fridays Blog Booster Party #16

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    1. Thank you, thank you very much! ;-) We loved making the cake and eating it too!

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  7. The Elvis cake sure does look like a winner and your little beater helper is just adorable.
    Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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    1. Thank you, we enjoyed making it almost as much as eating it! Thanks for hosting, see you next week!

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  8. I was a major fan of Elvis when I was in high school (even though he died the year I was born)! This looks so interesting. I've pinned it. Coming by from Tasty Tuesdays.

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    1. That is fun! I hope you try the cake and love it. We all did. A couple of our friends are still talking about it!

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  9. Sounds like the perfect combo to me! You did good! Pinning! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Weekend Potluck.

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    1. Thank you! We really enjoyed it. I am tempted to make another one already! Thank you so much for hosting!

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  10. Yum! I'm all over this recipe! Printing it now and can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing at Inspiration Thursday! See you tomorrow for another party!

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    1. I hope you love it as much as we did! See you tomorrow!

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  11. Family time is always so special and you 'al sure have lots of great looking food. We would just love your Elvis Sheet Cake. Hope you are having a wonderful day and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

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    1. We certainly eat well! It is fun that we are all able to get together as often as we do. Thank you so much for stopping by and for hosting!

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  12. How fun does this sound?? Totally Elvis!! Thank you for bringing your fabulous post to Snickerdoodle Sunday- hope to see you this weekend!

    Sadie Seasongoods

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    1. Thank you! It was fun to make and even more fun to eat!

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  13. YUM! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! This post has been pinned on the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! I love having you and can't wait to see you next week!

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  14. This is really tempting to me! Thank you so much for sharing at the Inspire Me Mondays Link-Up!

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    1. It is definitely worth making, we all loved it! Thanks so much for hosting!

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  15. I am salivating over here! Looks so good. I'm going to check out your other cake recipes too. Stopping by from the Country Fair Blog Party!

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    1. We especially loved this one because it is different (and it fed my new found addiction to baking with bananas!) Thank you so much for stopping by!

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  16. Can't wait to try it with my grandbabies as helpers! So glad you shared it with us over at Country Fair Blog Party! I hope you'll link up with us again on Sept 1st, we'd love to have you!
    Jan @ Tip Garden

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    1. I can't wait! I always love seeing what is going on at the Country Fair. I hope you love the cake.

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