Sock it to Me Cake

Sock it to Me Cake, a great 1970's classic cake that was a big hit with our Moms. It's so easy and delicious, it's time to start making it again! 

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Raise your hand if you’ve heard of Southern Sock it to Me Cake. This retro cake hasn’t really been seen much since the 1970’s when it was a serious must-bake cake with homemakers. I’m going to keep this one in my back pocket for when I am short on time but need a dessert to impress! Everyone loved the sweet pecan layer that sneaks right in the middle! Another great old bundt cake is Gum Drop Cake, it’s a classic!

Sliced Sock it to Me Cake Using Fork Showing the Inner of the Cake

What is Sock it to Me Cake?

Sock it to Me Cake was one of THE cake’s of the 1970’s and probably very much a Southern cake more than a Northern confection. Now as we all know, there are many cakes of the 1970’s, if there is one thing that was popular back then it was using cake mixes to create all sorts of desserts. Convenient and delicious were the two words of the decade when it came to baking. All a Sock it to Me Cake is, is a golden cake mix that you mix up with sour cream (for tang and moisture, of course) and then you make a lovely pecan/brown sugar/cinnamon filling for the center of the cake.

Sock it to Me Cake in a Plate cut with a fork

 Karlynn’s Tips & Tricks for Making Sock it to Me Cake

  • Feel free to switch up the cake mix type, I used a butter pecan cake because it’s one of my favourite indulgences, and I thought that the pecan filling would match it perfectly. And it did! This is technically supposed to use a Golden or Yellow cake mix and I do believe that original recipe specifies “Duncan Hines Cake Butter Golden Cake Mix”. That leads me to believe that this was a Duncan Hines concoction for sure!
  • Try not to over bake the cake but bundts can be a difficult cake shape. Make sure to check in by the middle circle of the bundt cake as it’s always the last area to bake up fully for me.
  • You can also change up the icing any way you please! I have included the original plain glaze to stay true to the recipe, but I personally would use my Buttery Vanilla Glaze.  There is just nothing that compares to that glaze!
White icing glaze on a sock it to me cake

Now, WHO has eaten this cake with the crazy name??? I haven’t, but I am SO glad that I found it, everyone loved it ( they are rather easy to please when it comes to sweets, but whatever.) I think it’s a great cake for when you are in a hurry and need something that seems spectacular, but is so darn easy you don’t want to give away your secret!

Happy baking!



Sock it to Me Cake

Sock it to Me Cake, a great 1970’s classic cake that was a big hit with our Moms. It’s so easy and delicious, it’s time to start making it again! 
4.86 from 7 votes
White icing glaze on a sock it to me cake
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
55 minutes
Total Time
1 hour 5 minutes
North American
Karlynn Johnston


  • 1 Golden Cake Mix
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 4 eggs

For the Pecan filling:

  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ tablespoon cinnamon
  • For the glaze:
  • 1 cup icing/powered/confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk


  • Grease and flour a bundt pan then set aside.
  • Combine the 2 tablespoons of cake mix, cinnamon, brown sugar, and pecans; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, blend together the cake mix, sour cream, oil, water, eggs, and sugar. Beat on high speed for 2 minutes until smooth.
  • Pour 1/2 of the batter into the prepared pan.
  • Sprinkle the pecan mixture on top of the first layer of batter. Once done, pour the rest of the batter on top.
  • Bake at 375°F for 45 to 55 minutes or until a cake tester or toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 25 minutes then invert onto a baking rack to cool completely.
  • Blend the icing/powdered sugar and milk together to make a glaze. Drizzle over cake. Enjoy!

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Recipe Notes

I used a butter pecan cake mix and it was AMAZING in this cake. You can use whatever flavour you like, but the classic cake mix is a golden or yellow cake mix.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 451kcal, Carbohydrates: 60g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 22g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Cholesterol: 64mg, Sodium: 338mg, Potassium: 126mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 42g, Vitamin A: 205IU, Vitamin C: 0.2mg, Calcium: 142mg, Iron: 1.4mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

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  1. Nicholle says

    Never had this cake. But it looks good. My ‘70s cake was the spice cake recipe that used a can of tomato soup.

  2. lou says

    Cake was good, it was just too sweet for me. I would omit the 1/4 cup of sugar and will add lemon like someone had suggested.4 stars

  3. steph groft says

    Is the 1/2 cup of cinnamon a mistake ? Seems like a lot of cinnamon…..

    • Karlynn Johnston says

      Sigh, yes, totally a mistake, I’ll fix it!! Thanks!5 stars

  4. Mary Biehl says

    My mother-in-law made this cake with lemon and used the pecan/cinnamon/sugar mixture as a topper by adding it in the bundt pan first and then some cake mix, another layer and the rest of the cake mix. It was, and has been through the years, one of my favorite cakes and always a crowd pleaser. She also added a little lemon zest and juice to the glaze which always sends it over the top with yumminess and tang.5 stars

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