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Happy Birthday Elvis!

A top view of the peanut butter bacon cake on a cake stand with empty plate and forks beside it

Did you know that Sunday, January 8th, is Elvis’s 77th birthday?

Did you know that Elvis’s favorite sandwich was a Peanut Butter, Banana, and Bacon sandwich?

Did you know that this cake, inspired by the Elvis Sandwich, is REALLY tasty?

A side view of the cake with a piece taken out. The cake is a layer cake with visible layers on the sides and crumbled bacon on top

I know this because I tasted just a little sliver of one layer (gotta stick to my resolutions) and then took the rest to work.  My co-workers ate every crumb.  One of my vegetarian co-workers even told me that he seriously contemplated eating some.  But he had will power.

So here’s to you Elvis! Thanks for pushing the limits with your music and dancing AND with your taste in food!

A side view of the cake with a piece taken out. The piece of cake is on a plate with a birthday candle in it.

An upclose view of the cake with visible layers on the sides and crumbled bacon on top

A side view of the cake with a piece taken out. The cake is a layer cake with visible layers on the sides and crumbled bacon on top

Peanut Butter, Bacon, and Banana Cake


For the Cake

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 12 ripe bananas
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

For the Frosting

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 lb bacon


for the cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each.
  4. Add in the bananas (mash before adding if they are not really ripe) and mix on medium high speed until they are well incorporated. Scrape down the bowl as needed.
  5. With mixer on low add the last 5 ingredients. Turn to medium speed until well incorporated.
  6. Split equally into 5, 8 inch cake pans. This should be about 1 1/2 cups batter each. You may have to do this in many batches if you don’t have more than one cake pan.
  7. Bake at 350 for 15-18 minutes, until a toothpick stuck in the middle comes out clean.
  8. Turn out, and cool on cake racks.

for the frosting

  1. In a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat the butter and peanut butter until smooth.
  2. Add powdered sugar and salt and beat until incorporated, scraping down the bowl if necessary.
  3. Add the vanilla and heavy cream and beat on high for about 4 minutes, scraping down the bowl twice, until light and fluffy.

to assemble

  1. Prepare 1 lb of bacon until crisp and crumble.
  2. Drain onto paper towels and divide into 5 portions.
  3. Frost each layer with a thin layer of peanut butter frosting and some crumbled bacon before adding the next layer.


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23 comments on “Happy Birthday Elvis!”

  1. I think my veggie friendly sister would even contemplate eating some.

  2. this cake is incredible! I tried the elvis fudge a month ago and it was pretty delicious with pieces of bacon in it I bet this cake tastes great

  3. I was thinking to myself as the picture loaded, “I didn’t know Elvis loved strawberries…those are some weird strawber- OHHHHH! BACON!”

    Thanks for the laugh and the recipe 🙂

    Also, I’ve heard of bacon-flavored salt, maybe a little sprinkle over top the cake could suit the vegetarians (it’s even Kosher, apparently)?

  4. Mmm…this does look strangely delicious, even with bacon! If it’s bacon…it must be good. 😉 Your photos make my mouth water!

  5. So glad you swung by my site or I would never found your amazing blog! This looks amazing and is grain-free 🙂 Double Rainbow for sure!

  6. Haha! Top marks for creativity! I’m sure The King would be proud! I, personally, would have made this cake just to stare in awe at it, tell everyone about it, but never have the balls to eat it (my Christmas Chub is a bit too flappy at this time), my partner on the other hand would devour the whole thing in five minutes and then ask for more AND his ridiculous metabolism will have it all burnt off in three hours. Stupid man.

    • HAHA I hear ya! The way my husband loses weight is he says “I’m going to lose 5 lbs this week.” Then he eats exactly the way he always does and loses 5 lbs.

  7. My boyfriend would eat this entire cake then lose 2 pounds….curse him lol

  8. Have you tried doing a cupcake adaptation? I am entertaining the idea for my bday! Beautiful photos throughout, btw.

    • I have not tried a cupcake adaptation. But I would assume that this cake recipe would work well for cupcakes. I would guess they might take a bit longer to bake as the cakes baked in very thin layers. Let me know if you do it and how it turns out!

  9. Reblogged this on wittylarius and commented:
    I wish I could make this…or even eat something like this-RIGHT NOW!

  10. This looks so yummy! I’m not a big fan of peanut butter myself, but my husband loves peanut butter. And we both love bacon. I firmly believe that everything is better with bacon. I look forward to trying this recipe out at some point.

    • I did try the recipe last night, and it came out quite well even though I did two thick layers rather than five thin ones. I also posted a link to this blog on my Facebook for all of the people who were asking me for the recipe.

  11. Allen Castle, maybe you can find someone to make this for you. Have a great birthday. You are the best son ever and I am so proud of you

  12. I would love to try this! But how long would it take if I’ll make 2 thick layers only or even a single cake? My small oven can’t accommodate two cake pans at one time.

    • Hi Julie!

      It’s hard to know how long it would take. If you do only make 1 single layer I would definitely cut the recipe in half. I would go for 20 minutes and check it. I’m guessing it is going to take at least 30 minutes and probably even closer to 45 for such thick layers!

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