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


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.

About this Recipe

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