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.


★★★★★ 10 votes

20 Min
1 Hr 20 Min


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  • 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


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Butter and flour a large bundt or tube pan. Please make sure that the pan is buttered and floured very very well
  3. CAKE: In a large mixing bowl, cream together 1 1/2 sticks butter and sugar for about 3-5 minutes
  4. Add one egg at a time and beat in each egg lightly
  5. Add in the 1 1/2 tbsp of vanilla extract and oil/ mix
  6. Add 1 1/2 cup of flour and pinch of salt and beat well
  7. Beat in 1/2 cup of sour cream and mix well.
  8. Next, Add remaining flour and beat well.
  9. Add, the remaining 1/2 cup of sour cream and beat well.
  10. Pour half of the cake batter into the pan and set aside.
  11. FILLING: 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.
  12. Sprinkle all of the filling around the cake batter that is in the pan.
  13. Pour remaining cake batter on top of the filling.
  14. Tap the pan on the counter to remove air bubbles and bake for 1 hour 20 mins.
  15. Remove cake from pan and allow to slightly cool
  16. GLAZE: 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
  17. For 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

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