World's BEST Sock-It-To-Me-Cake

Jennifer H


Ever since I was a little girl, Sock-It-To-Me cake has been my favorite cake for as long as I can remember. The brown sugar and cinnamon walnut clusters are my favorite part.

For over 25 years, the only time I will eat this cake is if a family member bakes it or if I buy a slice from a true soul food restaurant. Please do not attempt to buy this cake from your local grocery store or bake it using the recipe on the side of a cake box. You will be extremely disappointed.

I hope you love my family's recipe! Let me know. By the way, I love to eat this cake without the glaze.

★★★★★ 8 votes
20 Min
1 Hr 20 Min


3 c
cake flour or self-rising flour-sifted
6 large
eggs, room temp
3 c
1 1/2 stick
1 c
sour cream
1 pinch
2 Tbsp
cake batter, reserved
1 1/2 Tbsp
vanilla extract
1 1/2 c
walnuts, chopped
3 tsp
4 Tbsp
dark brown sugar
1 c
powdered sugar
2 Tbsp
evaporated milk
1 tsp
vanilla extract
1/2 stick
1/4 c
canola oil

How to Make World's BEST Sock-It-To-Me-Cake


  • 1Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • 2Butter and flour a large bundt or tube pan. Please make sure that the pan is buttered and floured very very well
  • 3CAKE: In a large mixing bowl, cream together 1 1/2 sticks butter and sugar for about 3-5 minutes
  • 4Add one egg at a time and beat in each egg lightly
  • 5Add in the 1 1/2 tbsp of vanilla extract and oil/ mix
  • 6Add 1 1/2 cup of flour and pinch of salt and beat well
  • 7Beat in 1/2 cup of sour cream and mix well.
  • 8Next, Add remaining flour and beat well.
  • 9Add, the remaining 1/2 cup of sour cream and beat well.
  • 10Pour half of the cake batter into the pan and set aside.
  • 11FILLING: In a medium bowl add walnuts, brown sugar, 1/2 stick of butter, 2 tbsp cake batter, and cinnamon. mix till well incorporated, but not creamed. It should clump together.
  • 12Sprinkle all of the filling around the cake batter that is in the pan.
  • 13Pour remaining cake batter on top of the filling.
  • 14Tap the pan on the counter to remove air bubbles and bake for 1 hour 20 mins.
  • 15Remove cake from pan and allow to slightly cool
  • 16GLAZE: While cake is cooling, In a med size bowl, add powdered sugar, tsp of vanilla, and milk. Mix very well and pour over warm cake
  • 17For those who are not too fond of baking but still want to try this cake. I recommend Duncan Hines Golden Butter Recipe cake mix. Use number of eggs according to box instructions .Add half a cup of sour cream and follow the rest of my directions exactly.

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About World's BEST Sock-It-To-Me-Cake

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American