Today my Mama (Janice) shares a recipe for Sock It To Me Cake. Take it away, Mama! ~Christy
Today I am bringing you an old stand by, Sock It To Me Cake. It makes a great cake to have with coffee but is an equally good dessert. My grandkids all love it. It is moist and easy to make since it starts with a cake mix. But don’t tell anyone, they would never guess. First I would like to share what is going on at my house today.
We woke up this morning with the phone ringing at 6 AM. It was an automated call from the school board letting me know that school was cancelled today because of bad roads. Now I don’t know about you, but I love a snow day! My grandkids are old enough to take care of themselves so I just use the day for whatever I feel like doing. Today, I am writing this post for you and then spending the rest of the day quilting. An unexpected day off is sometimes the best thing for us. Time to decompress and just do whatever our hearts lead us to do. Kind of a way to recharge our spirit.
When I was a young school girl, my parents would always take off from work one day in the springtime and we would all go fishing. They never told me ahead of time, just woke me up and let me in on the surprise. Now that was a special “snow day”. Whenever we have a really nice day in early spring, it takes me back to all the wonderful memories of those days. Our springtime snow day always included my grandmother and grandfather, mother and daddy and my sister and I. We packed sandwiches for lunch and snacks and drinks. If the fish weren’t biting we played in the edge of the water. The idea that all the other kids were in school made anything we did all that much more special. Those are memories that I will cherish forever.
Once in a while when the grandkids I take care of were small their mothers would take off work. They would always call me and announce “snow day for you”. Those words just made my heart sing. I immediately started going over all the housework I could get done but then caught myself and put all that aside. A snow day is for playing whether in the snow, the river, or the sewing room. It is always important for us to take a few snow days along the way.
I try to always have something fun ready to do at a minutes notice. If I have to run one of the grandkids to practice I don’t want to waste the time when I could be stitching or reading. I have my tablet with tons of books loaded on it. I also have cross stitch in progress in a bag . If I am hand sewing quilt blocks or embroidering them, I have a kit ready to just pick up and go. Even if you don’t have a entire snow day, a few snow minutes works just fine. Always have something that you are interested in all packed and ready to just pick up. You will be amazed at how just a few minutes away from everyday stress revives you.
I’ll get off my soapbox now. I have a quilt waiting to be bound and a couple of quilt backs waiting to be put together. Just remember to take a snow day every now and then. Your spirit will thank you!
Now for our Sock It To Me Cake.
Our roster of ingredients for our cake is Yellow cake mix, Oil, Dark brown sugar (you can also use light brown), Sour Cream, Sugar, Eggs, Water, Pecans, Cinnamon, and Vanilla.
Streusel mixture: Place 3 tablespoons of cake mix, brown sugar, cinnamon and pecans in a small mixing bowl. Stir until well combined and set aside.
Put remainder of cake mix, sour cream, oil, water, sugar, eggs, and vanilla in large mixing bowl. Blend with mixer for 1 minute, scrape down sides and continue mixing for 2 more minutes on medium speed.
Batter should be thick and creamy like this.
Pour half of batter into a greased and floured bundt pan.
Sprinkle streusel mixture over cake batter.
Pour remaining cake batter over the steusel mixture and spread gently to the sides of pan.
Bake this at 350 for 50-55 minutes.
Let cool in pan about ten minutes before turning out to cool completely.
Now we need to make our glaze.
Our glaze ingredients are confectioners sugar and milk.
Place confectioner’s sugar in a bowl and add milk a tablespoon at the time while whisking. Add enough milk to make a glaze thin enough to drizzle over the cooled cake.
Christy’s note: If you want your glaze to just be a drizzle on top and soak into the cake some, make it thinner. If you want your glaze to really sit thick atop the cake like icing, you want it to be the consistency of school glue. If it gets a little thin, just add a tablespoon or two more of sugar. A little thick, a tablespoon more of milk.
- 1 package plain yellow cake mix
- ⅓ cup dark brown sugar
- 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 cup sour cream
- ½ cup chopped pecans, optional
- ⅓ cup vegetable oil
- ¼ cup water
- ¼ cup sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 cup confectioners sugar
- 2 tablespoons milk
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease and flour tube pan or Bundt pan. Set aside.
- For struesel filling, place 3 tablespoons cake mix, brown sugar, cinnamon and pecans in small mixing bowl and stir until well combined.
- Place remaining cake mix, sour cream, oil, water, sugar, eggs, and vanilla in large mixing bowl.
- Beat one minute with mixer and stir down sides.
- Continue beating two minutes on medium speed.
- Pour half of the batter into prepared pan.
- Top with struesel mixture.
- Pour remaining cake batter over struesel and spread gently to sides of pan.
- Place in oven and bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until golden and cake springs back when lightly pressed with your finger.
- Let cool for 10 minutes and then turn out onto rack to cool completely.
- For the glaze:
- Place sifted confectioners sugar in small mixing bowl. Add milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, and whisk until smooth. More milk can be added if needed until glaze is thin enough to drizzle over cake.
Isn’t she a beauty? I think she is worthy of a bakery case. And the great part is, she tastes equally amazing.