Sock It To Me (Cake)

sock it to me slice 2

This beautiful, buttery, cinnamon and brown sugar filled Southern Classic – Sock It To Me Cake – is Nathan’s favorite cake.

It is the one he requests for every birthday.

This year, Monkey and Princess helped me make Nathan’s birthday cake.

Kids baking dad's cake

I love passing family recipes on to my kids, watching their eyes take in the tattered and stained recipe cards, the smells the same ones that I remember from my own childhood.

With this cake, we even had a milestone reached.

Monkey finally mastered cracking eggs into the bowl without getting eggshells in the bowl!!!

Look! Even the eggs were happy!

happy eggs


This cake is so simple to make – it starts with a boxed cake mix – as so many delicious Southern recipes do :-) and the rich buttery flavor is enhanced by cinnamon, brown sugar, walnuts and even sour cream.  Y’all should have seen Princess’ face when I told her there was sour cream in this cake

Oh.. Wait..

Here it is –

Say what


After the gifts were presented and a few tears shed by a very touched and proud Daddy,  the cake was served and declared the best one yet – which is saying A LOT – as I’ve been making this cake for Nathan for over 13 years.

sock it to me slices

I hope y’all try out this southern and family favorite recipe!

Sock It To Me Cake
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Serves: 1 bundt cake
  • 1 package Butter Cake mix
  • ½ C granulated white sugar
  • ¾ C vegetable oil (or applesauce)
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ pint or (1 C) of Sour Cream
  • 1 C chopped walnuts
  • 1½ tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1½ tsp cinnamon
  • 5 tsp brown sugar
  1. Pre-heat Oven to 350° F
  2. Spray your favorite bundt cake pan with baking spray and set it aside
  3. In a large mixing bowl, mix eggs, sugar and oil until combined.
  4. Add in cake mix and beat until combined
  5. Add in nuts, vanilla and sour cream - beat well.
  6. Pour ½ of the cake mix into the bundt cake pan
Topping Time
  1. Mix the cinnamon and brown sugar together and spread it all over the batter in the bundt cake pan
  2. Pour the rest of the batter on top of that
  3. Place it in the oven and bake for 45 minutes - check the cake by inserting a raw spaghetti noodle to check for doneness. If the cake is done, the spaghetti stick will come out with just a few crumbs on it.
  4. Once the cake is done, allow it to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then move it to a wire cooling rack or serve immediately.
Rachel's Notes
This cake needs no glaze. It is delicious warm or cold and for breakfast, dinner or as a dessert.

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  1. says

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  2. says

    Well done to Monkey and Princess from making such a wonderful cake! And to Monkey for cracking the eggs so well. I know exactly what you mean about sharing family recipes – it’s so important! I always loved making family recipes with my son. He is now 19, a great cook, and we both still enjoy making old family recipes together. We’ve even invented a few of our own! Thank you for hosting :)

  3. says

    Your little ones are just adorable and I’m sure made that cake a very special one. I am sharing my Strawberry Jalapeno Muffins today. Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful week!
    Miz Helen

  4. says

    I haven’t seen a sock it to me cake in ages! Yours looks like that delicious southern classic that I remember! It’s so wonderful to pass such a great recipe down to your kids. Looks like fun was had by all. Thanks for hosting this blog hop!

  5. Paula says

    Happy Birthday to your Nathan! If you have been making your husband this cake every year for his birthday for the past 13 years then I just have to try it at some point. It does look moist and the brown sugar and cinnamon would make it irresistible to me. Little Monkey must have been quite brown of his great egg cracking!

    P.S. Is that a jar of vanilla bean paste by the mixing bowl? I love VB paste and add some to almost everything I bake.

    • says

      Yes, grease and flour the tray as you would a metal banikg pan, then pour in the mixture. Be aware that the banikg time will not be the same and you should test the cake with a wooden tooth pick before removing from oven. Stick the tooth pick in the center of the cake and if it comes out with uncooked batter the cake is not done. If it comes out clean, your cake is ready to be removed and placed on cooling rack. Allow to cool for a few minutes before turning it out of banikg dish, so it does not fall apart.

  6. Marcia says

    This is sooo funny! I was getting ready to link up and realized that your cake is mentioned in my post today. I’m talking about family recipes with unusual names. You might want to glance at it :0) I think that’s called serendipity!

  7. says

    Happy birthday to Nathan! As it happens, I’m baking cinnamon chocolate cupcakes for Little Miss for HER half birthday today. Batch 1 complete, batch 2 in the oven now. Yum! I so wish we could do more dairy, as that would make an awesome cake! Then again, the pumpkin swirl brownies I posted today aren’t dairy free either… but I’m making those again soon ;)

  8. Brian says

    I make a cake very similar to this one and my kids love it. So, I’m definitely going to have to give your recipe a try.

  9. Chanel says

    Never heard of this cake before until I watched This Christmas. I thought it was a fictional cake written in the movie. Gotta try it out one day.

    • says

      That’s too funny. This cake reminds me of childhood and then our first years together ;-) I hope you try it and then let me know what you think!


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