Published by Knopf
Editor's Note: If you've ever wanted to bake a cake that can be eaten morning, noon, and night, then this recipe for Sock-It-to-Me Cake is for you! This cake is popular in the South, and it's no surprise as to why. It features plenty of sugar and pecans in a moist cake. It is also a decadent way to complete just about any brunch or dinner. You can bring this cake to your next potluck or serve it at a family get-together, and it will be enjoyed by all. If you like to incorporate Southern-style recipes in your family's menus, then you'll definitely want this recipe up your sleeve.
Gina: This is Momma Neely’s calling card (and when Momma Neely comes calling, people answer). It’s a traditional Southern butter cake filled with pecans and cinnamon and finished with a light sugar glaze. At the restaurant, this dessert rules the house! You can serve it with ice cream at the end of a meal, or for breakfast with coffee to start your day. When Patrick gets to the restaurant early in the morning, it’s the first thing he reaches for. Our recipe yields an extremely moist and delicious yellow cake. It will knock your socks off!
Total Timeunder 1 hour
Taste and TextureNutty, Spiced, Sweet
Type of DishCake
- Nonstick cooking spray
- Streusel Filling Ingredients
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
- Cake Ingredients
- ¼ cups cake flour
- 1½ cups sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- 2 large eggs unbeaten
- Glaze Ingredients
- ¼ cup confectioners’ sugar
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Coat a 9 × 13-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
To make the streusel filling, combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, and pecans in a small bowl, and set aside.
To make the cake, sift the cake flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt together in the bowl of an electric mixer. Add the oil, ¾ cup of the milk, the vanilla, and lemon juice, and, using the paddle attachment, beat for 2 minutes at high speed.
Add the remaining ¼ cup milk and the eggs; beat for 2 minutes longer. Pour two-thirds of the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the batter evenly with the streusel filling, then spoon the remaining batter evenly over the filling. Bake for 28 to 33 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. The cake will bounce back when lightly touched with a finger. Allow the cake to cool for 25 minutes in the pan. Run a knife around the edges, invert onto serving plate or cooling rack, and cool completely.
To make the glaze, whisk together the confectioners’ sugar, milk, and lemon juice in a small bowl until smooth. Drizzle the glaze over the cooled cake.
2009 Patrick Neely and Gina Neely