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Classic Sock It To Me Cake (Easy Recipe)

Craving some old-school dessert? Sock It To Me Cake is a timeless classic. And it is a cake the whole family will enjoy! 

Sock It To Me Cake is a moist and tender butter cake. It has a pecan sugar-cinnamon streusel filling and a vanilla glaze topping.

Classic Sock It To Me Cake (Easy Recipe) featuring Moist and Tender Sock It To Me Cake with Nuts and Sweet Glaze
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How good does that sound?!

This is a Bundt cake, so it has a rustic appeal, perfect for any occasion. 

But the best part? You only need a box of cake mix, so it is beginner-friendly!

 If you’re new to baking, Sock It To Me Cake is a great place to start!

What Is Sock It To Me Cake?

Sock It To Me Cake (SITMC) is a butter cake with crunchy sugar-cinnamon-pecans in the middle. And it has a decadent sugar glaze on top. 

All the elements combine to create a well-balanced dessert. It is sweet but not overly rich. The texture is dense but not heavy. 

And the cinnamon adds a delicious warmth. 

SITMC is the perfect accompaniment to your daily coffee or tea.

Why Is It Called Sock It To Me Cake?

The original SITMC recipe comes from Duncan Hines. It was first printed in the 1960s on their Golden Cake Mix box. SITMC was instantly popular!

The catchphrase, “Sock it to me,” was popularized by the 1960s hit comedy show Laugh-In

It essentially means, “Lay it on me.” But it can also be the idea of being forceful. Or making a big impression. 

And this cake certainly makes a fantastic, flavor-forward impression!

While the phrase has lost popularity, the SITMC recipe is still on the Duncan Hines box.

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Sock It To Me Cake Ingredients: Cinnamon, Butter Cake Mix, Sour Cream, Vegetable Oil, Water, Eggs, Granulated Sugar, Powdered Sugar


  • Ground Cinnamon, Brown Sugar, and Pecans- These ingredients create a delicious streusel filling for the cake.
  • Butter Cake Mix- Use Duncan Hines Butter Golden Cake Mix for the classic recipe. You can use other brands, though.
  • Sour Cream and Vegetable Oil- These make the cake moist and tender.
  • Water- Cakes require a liquid to saturate the flour and other dry ingredients. You can use milk instead- for added richness.
  • Eggs- They bind the ingredients and provide structure to the cake. They also add richness.
  • Granulated Sugar- For sweetness.
  • Powdered Sugar and Milk- Mix to make a sweet glaze for the top of the Bundt cake.

How to Make Sock It To Me Cake

1. Grease the Bundt pan well. 

Use non-stick spray or butter to coat every ridge and cranny of the Bundt pan. Then, dust the greased pan with flour. 

This will make cake release a breeze.

2. Make the filling. 

Combine 2 tablespoons of the cake mix with cinnamon, brown sugar, and pecans.

3. Make the batter. 

Combine the rest of the cake mix, sour cream, oil, water, eggs, and granulated sugar. 

Mix until combined, with no flour, eggs, or sugar streaks. 

4. Pour 2/3 of the batter into the greased and floured pan. 

Add the pecan streusel on top of the batter.  

Cover the streusel with the remaining batter.

5. Bake the cake.

Bake it at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 45-55 minutes. 

Let the cake cool in the pan for 25 minutes. Then, you can transfer it onto a serving plate.

6. Make the glaze. 

Combine powdered sugar and milk until smooth. 

7. Pour the glaze over the cake. 

Serve and enjoy! 

Homemade Sock It To Me Bundt Cake with Pecans and Vanilla Glaze

Tips for the Best Cake

  • Try not to overmix the batter. Stop mixing as soon as the ingredients just combine. Overmixing will yield a rubbery cake.
  • Add more spices to the filling mix. This gives you extra flavor! Nutmeg, allspice, and cardamom are fantastic options.
  • Grease the bundt pan generously. Grease all the nooks and crannies. Dust the pan with flour afterward for good measure.
    • Not greasing and flouring well enough will make cake release a struggle.
  • Microwave leftover cake for 20 seconds to give it a freshly baked feel.

Cake Topping Ideas

If you don’t think sugar glaze is enough, make your cake extra with these toppings!

  • Chocolate Chips– White, semi-sweet, milk, dark, butterscotch. Take your pick.
  • A Glaze with Flavor– Try a chocolatestrawberry, or orange glaze icing. 
  • Crushed Candy Bars– Use ones with a sweet and salty flavor profile for a nice flavor contrast.
    • Heath, Snickers, and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups work well here.
  • Fresh Berries– For a refreshing contrast to the decadent cake.

More Bundt Cakes You’ll Love

Too Much Chocolate Cake

Crack Cake

Lemon Cake

Paula Deen Pound Cake

Kentucky Butter Cake

Classic Sock It To Me Cake (Easy Recipe)



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Knock the socks off your taste buds with this Sock It To Me cake! It’s full of sweet cinnamon pecans and rich butter flavor. Best part? It’s easy to make!


  • 1 (18.25-ounce) package of butter cake mix, divided

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 1 cup chopped pecans

  • 1 cup sour cream

  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil

  • 1/4 cup water

  • 4 eggs

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • 2 tablespoons milk


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease the Bundt pan generously with baking spray or butter and lightly coat with flour.
  • Combine 2 tablespoons of cake mix, cinnamon, brown sugar, and pecans. Set aside.
  • Add the remaining cake mix, sour cream, oil, water, eggs, and granulated sugar to a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed and gradually increase to high until well combined, about 2 minutes.
  • Pour 2/3 of the batter into the greased and floured Bundt pan. Sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar-pecan mixture on top. Pour the remaining batter event over the mixture.
  • Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 25 minutes. Flip the cake over onto a serving plate and allow it to cool completely.
  • Meanwhile, make the glaze. Beat together powdered sugar and milk until smooth. Drizzle glaze over the warm cake. Serve and enjoy!
Sock It To Me Cake

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