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Sock It To Me Cake

Sock It To Me Cake combines the comfort of a pound cake with a delightful cinnamon pecan swirl, and all topped off with a sweet glaze.

It’s part pound cake, part coffee cake, and entirely delicious!

An Easy Cake Recipe

A slice of sock it to me cake on a white plate.

One of the things I like best about this cake is that it looks beautiful, tastes amazing, and is an easy recipe.

A Little Background

At first glance, the Sock It To Me Cake might seem like just another delicious cake, but it’s much more.

Originating from a popular phrase on a comedy show, this cake has become one of the most popular cakes, especially for those who love a mix of ease and taste.

And the title is used in Aretha Franklin’s song, Respect.

The foundation of this cake begins with a simple cake recipe with an added center, which makes it an easy sock-it-to-your-taste-buds kind of dessert. The added ingredients transform the ordinary into something extraordinary.

Let’s delve into this delightful bundt cake recipe.

Sock it to me cake on a cake stand.

Ingredients For Sock It To Me Cake

  • Butter
  • White Sugar
  • Eggs
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Salt, Baking Soda
  • Sour Cream
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Pecans, Light Brown Sugar, Ground Cinnamon (for the swirl)
  • Powdered Sugar, Milk (for the glaze)

Full printable recipe with measurements and instructions listed at the bottom of the post in the recipe card.

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How to Make Sock It To Me Cake

Cake Batter

Ingredients for sock it to me cake.

Start by gathering your ingredients for the cake.

Steps for making the cake batter

Step 1: In a large mixing bowl, beat butter until creamy with a hand or stand electric mixer. Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
Step 2: Add eggs, one at a time, and mix.
Step 3: In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, salt, and baking soda together. 
Step 4: Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. 
Step 5: Mix the sour cream and vanilla extract to the batter.
Step 6: Pour half of the batter into the Bundt pan.

Center of the Cake

Adding ingredients to the center of the cake.

Step 1: In a small bowl, add pecans, cinnamon, and brown sugar and mix well.
Step 2: Pour evenly over the first layer of batter.
Step 3: Pour the remaining cake batter over the cinnamon mixture, scraping the bowl with a spoon or rubber spatula to get all of the batter into the pan.
Step 4: Bake for 60-75 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the Bundt pan for at least 10 minutes, then flip the cake onto a wire cooling rack to continue cooling. 

Cake on a cooling wire rack

Simple Glaze

Powdered sugar and milk in mixing bowls.

Gather your glaze ingredients.

Cake with glaze on top. The cake is on a white cake plate.

Pour the glaze over the cooled cake and serve.

Variations for Sock It To Me Cake

  • Swap pecans for walnuts or almonds.
  • Add maple syrup to the glaze for a unique flavor.

Tips for the Perfect Cake

  • Room-temperature ingredients blend better.
  • Evenly layer the batter and swirl for a beautiful ribbon effect.
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Ingredient Substitutions

  • Use Betty Crocker or Duncan Hines cake mixes for a quicker version.
  • Greek yogurt can replace sour cream.
Cake on a white plate with a slice cut out.

Storing Your Cake

  • An airtight container keeps it moist and fresh.
  • Refrigerate the cake.

Tips for the Best Sock It To Me Cake

  • Room Temperature Ingredients: Ensure your butter, eggs, and sour cream are at room temperature for the best results.
  • Even Baking: Pour half of the batter into your prepared bundt pan, add your filling, then top with the remaining batter for an even layer.
  • Cooling Time: Let your cake cool on a wire rack before applying the glaze.

Variations: Adding a Twist to Your Sock It To Me Cake

  1. Boxed Cake Mix Hack: For a quick version, use a box of yellow cake mix like Duncan Hines or Betty Crocker. Add the cinnamon pecan streusel filling for that homemade touch.
  2. Maple Syrup Glaze: Instead of a simple milk glaze, mix in some maple syrup for a rich and unique flavor.
  3. Moist Cake Magic: Add an extra cup of sour cream or a cup of vegetable oil to the batter for an even moister cake.
  4. Use of Different Pans: Experiment with a tube pan or a traditional Bundt cake pan for varied shapes.
  5. Nutty Surprise: Incorporate a surprise filling of chopped pecans or a ribbon of pecans for added crunch and flavor.
  6. Vanilla Glaze Variation: Create a vanilla glaze by adding more vanilla extract to the powdered sugar mixture.
  7. Lemon-Flavored Cake: Add lemon extract to your batter for a citrusy twist, perfect for a summer treat.
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Delicious Recipes to Serve with Sock It To Me Cake

Taking a slice out of cake with a spatula.

Sock It To Me Cake

The Sock It To Me Cake is perfect for any occasion, whether a cozy family gathering or a fancy brunch.

With its sweet glaze, savory pound cake base, and that special cinnamon-pecan filling, it’s sure to be a hit. Happy baking!

Sock it to me bundt cake with glaze on a white plate.

Sock It To Me Cake

Yield: 16 pieces
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes

Sock It To Me Cake is a decadent dessert with a ribbon of cinnamon pecans.

Ingredients

Cake Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 ½ cups white sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Cinnamon Swirl Center

  • 1 cup toasted pecans, chopped
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Glaze Frosting

  • 2 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2-3 Tablespoons whole milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Prepare Bundt pan by coating the inside with non-stick cooking spray and lightly flouring. 
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter until creamy with a hand or stand electric mixer. Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, and mix.
  4. Whisk the flour, salt, and baking soda in a separate large bowl. 
  5. Slowly add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients. 
  6. Add the sour cream and vanilla extract to the batter and mix well.
  7. Pour half of the batter into the Bundt pan.
  8. Add pecans, cinnamon, and brown sugar in a small bowl and mix well. Pour evenly over the first layer of batter.
  9. Pour the remaining cake batter over the cinnamon mixture, scraping the bowl with a spoon or rubber spatula to get all of the batter into the pan.
  10. Bake for 60-75 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. 
  11. Let the cake cool in the Bundt pan for at least 10 minutes, then flip the cake onto a wire rack to continue cooling for at least 30 more minutes.
  12. Mix the powdered sugar and milk and pour over the top of the cake. 

Notes

Store the cake in an airtight container and keep refrigerated.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 490Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 109mgSodium: 178mgCarbohydrates: 71gFiber: 1gSugar: 52gProtein: 6g

Nutrition is approximate.

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