Don’t you love it when you find a recipe that starts with a cake mix?

That’s how this easy recipe begins…and the deliciousness will “sock it” to you!

This cake has always been my Mom’s go-to recipe for parties and gatherings.

Whether it was a family dinner or a teacher’s luncheon, you could always count on my Mom to make her “sock it to me” cake. As she often said, “I could make something else, but every time I make this cake, there’s never a piece left, so I guess people really like it!”

No doubt, people really like it because it’s tender and light with a swirl of cinnamon and nuts. What’s NOT to like?

It’s easy to make because you’re transforming a cake mix into something so flavorful and yummy, it tastes like homemade. I like it as a breakfast treat, but really, it’s good anytime.

My Mom and I baked this cake together several years ago on my QVC show, You’re Home With Jill. My Mom doesn’t love being on camera, but I loved having her as a special guest for the episode!

Check us out in the kitchen together in the video below.

Holiday Baking Made Easy

Even if you’re a novice baker, this cake will make you look like a star! Consider it for breakfast on Christmas morning or as a homemade gift of food for a neighbor. And if you really want it to look special, be sure the check out the collection of bundt pans I put together for you below the recipe!

Sock It To Me Cake

A delicious cinnamon and nut swirled cake that's baked in a bundt pan and starts with a cake mix.


  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2–1 Tbsp cinnamon, to taste
  • 1–1/2 Tbsp nuts (such as pecans)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a Bundt pan.
  2. Beat the cake mix, eggs, sour cream, sugar, and oil for three minutes with a hand or stand mixer. Pour half the batter into the prepared pan and set aside.
  3. Combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, and nuts in a small bowl. Sprinkle the nut mixture on top of the batter in the pan and then pour the rest of the batter on top. Bake for 45–60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Whenever I can find an easy recipe that starts with a cake mix, I’m pretty confident it’s going to turn out.

And if you really want to impress, remember that most cakes can be baked in a bundt pan, and somehow, that always makes a cake look more impressive.

Best Bundt Pans

There are so many great bundt pans out there these days….I put together a collage of pans you might want to add to your baking essentials. Some are classic, and others are holiday specific.

I also think these could make a great gift for the baker on your gift list! Just click on any of the pictures of the pans to learn more about them!

Holiday Baking In A Bundt Pan

I just had an idea for you! My chocolate cream cheese ribbon cake would be absolutely perfect in a bundt pan! Instead of frosting, drizzle with a chocolate glaze, and WOW! I can’t believe I haven’t thought of this before!

My mom’s sock it to me cake recipe has become a reader favorite. I’ll be anxious to hear if you love it at your home. Please leave me a comment below if you give this recipe a try! Happy Baking!

From my holiday kitchen to yours,