Sock it to Me Cake is an easy bundt cake recipe made with a classic yellow butter cake and filled with cinnamon, sugar, and pecans. It’s a retro cake recipe that you need to try!

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Have you guys ever heard of Sock it to Me Cake? It is a traditional yellow butter cake recipe that is taken to the next level with the addition of cinnamon, brown sugar, and nuts. It became popular in the 70’s and got it’s name from the popular phrase “Sock it to me!”.

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I found this Sock it to Me Cake recipe in my grandma’s recipe box. This is the same grandma who made the BEST Coconut Cake You’ll Ever Make, and she loved easy cake recipes that used a boxed cake mix. Sock it to Me Cake traditionally starts with a yellow butter cake mix and adds sour cream and extra eggs to doctor it up. For those of you who prefer to make your cake from scratch don’t worry I’ve got you covered. You can use our Yellow Butter Cake recipe, there is already sour cream in the recipe and it tastes the same.

steps to make sock it to me cake

How to Make Sock it to Me Cake:

  1. In the bowl of your mixer combine cake mix (set ¼ cup of the mix to the side), sugar, eggs, oil, water, and sour cream. Using the paddle attachment mix until all of the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
    NOTE: If you want to make this cake from scratch you can use our Yellow Butter Cake recipe. Make the Yellow Butter Cake batter following it’s recipe and then follow the rest of these instructions starting at #3 . Don’t forget to reserve 1/4 cup of the dry ingredients mixed together to add to the cinnamon sugar pecan mixture!
  2. In a small bowl combine the remaining ¼ cup of cake mix, brown sugar, cinnamon, and pecans.
  3. In a greased and floured bundt pan pour in 1/2 of the cake batter.
  4. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar pecans over the batter making sure to leave a little space between the inner and outer cake pan and the cinnamon sugar pecan mixture.
  5. Gently spoon the remaining cake batter over the cinnamon sugar pecan mixture making sure to distribute it evenly.
  6. Place bundt pan in the oven and bake at 375 degrees F for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick stuck into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  7. Once baked let the cake cool for 10 minutes then flip it out of the bundt pan and cool completely on a wire rack.
  8. Place the powdered sugar in a small bowl and add the milk one teaspoon at a time until you reach a consistency where it is thick but pour-able. This may not require all of the milk.
  9. When the cake is cooled completely drizzle the icing over the top of the cake.

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What you will need to make Sock it to Me Cake:

  • Bundt Pan – I went with a traditional bundt pan because I like the simple look of it but you can get this fancy bundt pan.
  • Cake Carrier – You’re going to want to take this to all of your parties!

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Servings: 16
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Cooling Time: 2 hrs
Total Time: 55 mins

Sock it to Me Cake

Sock it to Me Cake is an easy bundt cake recipe made with a classic yellow butter cake and filled with cinnamon, sugar, and pecans. It's a retro cake recipe that you need to try!
slice of sock it to me cake on a plate
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4.17 from 6 votes

Ingredients

  • 15.25 ounce Duncan Hines Classic Butter Golden Cake Mix, set ¼ cup of cake mix to the side
  • ¼ cup Sugar
  • 4 large Eggs
  • cup Vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup Water
  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 3 tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 cup Pecans, finely chopped
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Milk

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degree F.
  • In the bowl of your mixer combine cake mix (set ¼ cup of the mix to the side), sugar, eggs, oil, water, and sour cream. Using the paddle attachment mix until all of the ingredients are thoroughly combined, scraping the sides as you go.
  • In a small bowl combine the remaining ¼ cup of cake mix, brown sugar, cinnamon, and pecans.
  • In a greased and floured bundt pan pour in 1/2 of the cake batter.
  • Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar pecans over the batter making sure to leave a little space between the inner and outer cake pan and the cinnamon sugar pecan mixture.
  • Gently spoon the remaining cake batter over the cinnamon sugar pecan mixture making sure to distribute it evenly.
  • Place bundt pan in the oven and bake at 375 degrees F for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick stuck into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  • Once baked let the cake cool for 10 minutes then flip it out of the bundt pan and cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Place the powdered sugar in a small bowl and add the milk one teaspoon at a time until you reach a consistency where it is thick but pour-able. This may not require all of the milk.
  • When the cake is cooled completely drizzle the icing over the top of the cake.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Note: If you want to make this cake from scratch you can use our Yellow Butter Cake recipe. Make the Yellow Butter Cake batter following it's recipe and then follow the rest of these instructions starting at #3 . Don't forget to reserve 1/4 cup of the dry ingredients mixed together to add to the cinnamon sugar pecan mixture!

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice, Calories: 276kcal, Carbohydrates: 36g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 48mg, Sodium: 225mg, Potassium: 78mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 25g, Vitamin A: 3%, Vitamin C: 0.2%, Calcium: 9%, Iron: 5.4%
Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not certified nutritionists. Nutrition facts are an estimate and are provided as a courtesy. They are generated by an online API which recognizes ingredient names and amounts and makes calculations based on the serving size. Results may vary.
Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bundt cake, cake