Today I am bringing you an ole Southern stand by, Sock It To Me Cake. Mama makes this one and it is so good y’all! It makes a great cake to have with coffee but is an equally good dessert. The grandkids all love it. It is moist and easy to make since it starts with a Duncan Hines cake mix. It is said that Duncan Hines made this cake famous in the 70’s and 80’s by putting its recipe on the back of the box. So we certainly don’t want to break with tradition.
Can I Make This From Scratch?
Absolutely. Here is one of my from scratch cake recipes should you want to make this cake from scratch. Just use a bundt pan instead of a regular cake pain.
Now let’s get to some baking!
On our roster of ingredients for our Sock It To Me Cake is…
- Yellow cake mix
- Dark brown sugar (you can also use light brown)
- Sour Cream*
What Is The Added Sour Cream Used For?
I find using sour cream with cake mixes help to ensure a thicker more moist cake result. It’s one of those ingredients that really compliments most any cake or brownie mix. You can also use Greek Yogurt or Coconut Yogurt as well. This article shows some other ways to spruce up box cake mixes.
How To Make Sock It To Me Cake Step by Step
Making the 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.
Making the Batter
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 streusel 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.
Making The 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.
How Do I Make the Glaze Sit on Top of the Cake?
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.
Isn’t she a beauty? I think she is worthy of a bakery case. And the great part is, she tastes equally amazing.
- 1 package plain yellow cake mix
- 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
- 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans optional
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 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.
Where Does the Name Sock It To Me Cake Come From?
There are questions about the origin of the cake itself but many who are old enough will remember the show “Laugh In” in the 60’s and 70’s. They made the term ‘Sock It To Me’ quite popular and since it means, ‘give it to me now’ am thinking that is why the cake got it’s name. Because when you see it you just want who ever made it to give it to ya right now!
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