Part pound cake – part coffee cake, a Sock It To Me Cake is a delicious treat that can be served for dessert at night and brunch the next morning!
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Sock It To Me Cake
Also a product of the 1960’s, the Sock It To Me Cake is a popular Southern dessert. This butter cake is essentially a pound cake with a ribbon of cinnamon-pecan streusel through the middle. At one point, Duncan Hines printed a Sock It To Me Cake recipe on the back of its’ boxes of yellow cake mix. That publicity certainly contributed to this cake’s fame. However, much like Laugh-In itself, the popularity of this cake seems to have faded over time.
It’s time to bring the Sock It To Me Cake back! I’ve always loved a good pound cake, and there are plenty of pound cake variations out there. This one deserves a spot in the list! This cake is essentially a vanilla pound cake combined with a cinnamon-pecan coffee cake – what’s not to love about that?? So pour yourself a mug of coffee, slice a piece of this cake and enjoy!
While the original 1960’s version of this cake used a box of cake mix, I prefer to bake from scratch. (Don’t get me wrong – there are definitely still times when I appreciate a good boxed cake mix!) This pound cake features both sour cream as well as vegetable oil. It’s a bit unusual to see both of these in the same recipe, but I’m a fan. The cake is moist and flavorful by itself – and that doesn’t even take into account the ribbon of cinnamon-pecans that runs through the middle!
At first glance, this cake looks like a fairly standard pound cake. It’s not until you slice into it that you see the cinnamon-pecan filling. Talk about a nice surprise there! And if you pop a slice of this cake in the microwave for about 15 seconds or so? You’ll be in for a real treat! This cake will taste like it just came out of the oven – and it’ll have you saying “Sock it to me!” (Ok, you probably won’t actually say that, but I couldn’t resist.) Either way, I hope you enjoy this cake as much as I do! It’s the kind of cake that can be served for dessert at night and then again for brunch in the morning. Happy baking!
Did you bake this Sock It To Me Cake at home? Leave a comment, or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog). I want to see the cinnamon-pecan streusel in your version!
Sock It To Me Cake
For the Cake
- Preheat oven to 325°F.
- Grease and flour (or spray with nonstick baking spray) a 14-16 cup Bundt pan; set pan aside.
- Using an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy (~3-4 minutes on medium speed).
- Add eggs 1 at a time, stirring until well combined after each addition.
- Add salt and half of the flour; stir until well combined.
- Add sour cream; stir until well combined.
- Add remaining flour; stir until well combined.
- Add vegetable oil and vanilla extract; stir until well combined.
- Pour half of the batter into the prepared pan.
- Using a small bowl, combine the toasted pecans, brown sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle mixture evenly on top of batter. Spread remaining batter evenly on top of pecans.
- Bake for 85-90 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out mostly clean.
- Let cake cool in pan for 15 minutes before inverting onto a cooling rack until completely cool.
- Whisk confectioner’s sugar with milk and vanilla extract until smooth. Spoon glaze evenly over cake before serving.
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