Monday, May 4, 2015

Vintage Cakes: Sock It To Me Cake

About a week ago our pastry chef at work taught a class on vintage cakes. On the menu was a lemon chiffon cake with berries and cream and a caramel cake that was iced with a brown butter frosting. I loved this class not only because of the great recipes, but also because of the memories it conjured.

Just the title of this class brought a flood of recipes to mind. I have posted recipes of several of them here. Oh how I love Oatmeal Cake with Broiled Icing, Chocolate Sheet Cake and Pineapple Macadamia Cake, but one I have neglected writing about, since it starts from a cake mix, is one that I will no longer ignore, the delicious Duncan Hines Sock-It-To-Me Cake.

I'm not really sure about the exact history of this cake, but I first started eating it in the 70's after my dad was smart enough to marry my step-mom. Being a full-time working wife and mother, she was up on all the best recipes that could be found on the back of a box or in the break room at work. Thank goodness she found this recipe because it is one of my all time favorite coffee cakes EVER, and it is so good that even after 40 years it is still featured on the side of their butter golden flavor cake mix box.

Well, there's my endorsement. Now for the recipe. There is one thing I have to say before I get to it. No matter how many times I have made this cake, the pecan filling always sinks to the bottom while it is baking. I don't know why, but it does this.  It still makes a delicious cake, it just doesn't have that beautiful little swirl like the photo on the box.

Duncan Hines Sock It To Me Cake

1 package Duncan Hines Classic Butter Golden Cake Mix, divided (If this cake mix is not available, I have used a yellow cake mix with good results)
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 cup finely chopped pecans (I use 1/2 cup)
4 large eggs
1 cup sour cream
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup Duncan Hines Cream Home-Style Classic Vanilla Frosting (I use a simple glaze of powdered sugar and milk)

For complete instructions on how to mix and bake this cake, click here to go to the Duncan Hines site.

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