Maybe it's a southern thing, but around here a pound cake is a lovely thing indeed. When I was growing up (in New England, if you can believe it) pound cake was something you bought that was made from Entenmann's or even Sara Lee. Of course, my mom used to talk about a time when Entenmann's was excellent but it wasn't in my memory at all. I am amazed at the wonderful homemade pound cakes I have experienced in the south. These ladies do it right. My mother-in-law, a lovely southern lady for sure, made a pound cake my husband loved. I never tasted her cake but I felt blessed when she allowed me to make a copy of her recipe card. I was a newlywed and was eager to try it out and every time I did it failed. Honest to goodness, it's almost comical. It's been many years since those days and I have found a recipe that works for me every time. I should really go back and compare it to Miz Evelyn's recipe and see if it's really very different or if I'm just really a better manager of southern baking than I used to be.
Elvis Presley's favorite things are famous and this recipe is all over the place on the web but I found it on Epicurious.com and so I am presenting their version of it here. I will tell you there is only one time I have made this and it didn't come out of the pan as pretty as their picture here. I wound up making a butter glaze, you'll find the recipe for that below the cake recipe.