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!

Cake Mix Taste Homemade

Sock It To Me Cake

Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

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.


  • 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 (like pecans)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°.
  2. Grease and flour a Bundt pan.
  3. Beat the cake mix, eggs, sour cream, sugar, and oil for three minutes with a hand or stand mixer.
  4. Pour half the batter into the prepared pan and set aside.
  5. Combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, and nuts in a small bowl.
  6. Sprinkle the nut mixture on top of the batter in the pan and then pour the rest of the batter on top.
  7. 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,


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