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Honey Bun Cake

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5 from 2 votes
Take some help from the grocery store on this one and use a boxed cake mix to create a dessert that tastes just like a delicious "Honey Bun."
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes

This Honey Bun Cake is easy and fun to make using a boxed cake mix. Plus it tastes great!

This recipe is a real oldie. I tried to find a source for this recipe, but it’s just impossible.

A serving of honey bun cake on a decorative plate.

It appears on two huge commercial cake mix makers’ sites plus numerous bloggers’ sites as well. I even have several community and church cookbooks that contain this same recipe.

You may have even seen this Honey Bun Cake on Facebook. I have. I think it’s so popular because it’s so easy!

It uses a boxed cake mix (and I know that’s a horror to some people, but hey, I take help where I can get it) and really tastes just like its famous namesake. It’s delicious and just plain fun. Hope you enjoy it!

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How to Make Honey Bun Cake

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

Baking pan prepared with softened butter.

Generously butter a 9 x 13 pan or glass baking dish and set aside.

Small mixing bowl with brown sugar and cinnamon.

In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.

Medium mixing bowl with cake mix, canola oil, eggs, and sour cream.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, canola oil, eggs, and sour cream. Whisk or beat with a wooden spoon until thoroughly combined.

Photo collage illustrating how to layer the batter in the baking dish.

Spread half the batter in the bottom of the prepared pan. Sprinkle the brown sugar and cinnamon evenly over the batter.

Top with remaining cake batter. Use a knife to make swirls through the cake batter.

Baked cake in dish cooling on rack.

Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a tester inserted in center of cake comes out clean.

Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack. Let cool for 15-20 minutes.

Glazed honey bun cake on cooling rack.

In a small bowl, combine the sifted powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract. Blend until well mixed.

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Honey Bun Cake

Take some help from the grocery store on this one and use a boxed cake mix to create a dessert that tastes just like a delicious “Honey Bun.”
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 18 servings
Calories: 323kcal
Author: Lana Stuart

Ingredients

For the cake:

  • 2 tablespoons butter for greasing pan
  • 1 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 15.25 ounces yellow boxed cake mix
  • ¾ cup canola oil
  • 4 eggs room temperature
  • 1 cup sour cream

For the glaze:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar sifted
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Generously butter a 9 x 13 pan or glass baking dish and set aside.
  • In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, canola oil, eggs, and sour cream. Whisk or beat with a wooden spoon until thoroughly combined. Spread half the batter in the bottom of the prepared pan. Sprinkle the brown sugar and cinnamon evenly over the batter. Top with remaining cake batter. Use a knife to make swirls through the cake batter.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a tester inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack. Let cool for 15-20 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, combine the sifted powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract. Blend until well mixed. While cake is still warm (but not hot), spread the glaze evenly over the top. Allow to cool to room temperature before serving.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 323kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 204mg | Potassium: 67mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 178IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your health care provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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  1. Is there a soul on this earth that does not secretly love a Honey Bun? We talk that healthy talk, and walk that healthy walk a little bit, but BOOM!!! out the door it goes if a Honey Bun is in sight. It’s like we are 12 all over again. This looks great. I want it right now. With really cold milk. And I don’t even like to drink milk. Go figure.