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Easy Homemade Honey Bun Cake

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Easy Homemade Honey Bun Cake tastes just like the bakery treat. It's simple to make with a cake mix topped with that familiar honey bun glaze.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
A serving of homemade honey bun cake on a white plate.

This Easy Homemade Honey Bun Cake recipe tastes just like the classic bakery treat. It’s easy to make using a boxed cake mix with brown sugar, and cinnamon and topped with that familiar honey bun glaze. Take 20 minutes of prep time and make this moist, delicious cake for your family today!

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

A serving of homemade honey bun cake on a white plate.

It appears on two huge commercial cake mix makers’ sites plus loads of 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. It’s hugely popular and that’s because it’s so easy! Who wouldn’t like yellow cake with swirls of brown sugar and cinnamon topped with a vanilla glaze? And the finished cake really tastes just like its famous namesake. It’s delicious and just plain fun.

For simplicity, this recipe uses a boxed cake mix. I know that’s a horror to some people, but hey, I take help where I can get it. Cake mix is also the basis for my quick and easy Lemon Lime Cake, Pumpkin Crunch Cake, and Chocolate Marshmallow Poke Cake recipes.

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💗 Why We Love This Recipe


  • It’s fun! Who wouldn’t want a honey bun in cake size?
  • It’s easy! I have no problem taking kitchen shortcuts occasionally. Cake mix in a box is okay by me.
  • It tastes great! If you like cinnamon buns, you’ll love like honeybun cake.

🥘 About the Ingredients


Ingredients needed for the honey bun cake recipe.

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For the Cake:

  • Butter – The butter in this recipe is only for greasing the baking dish. You could spray is heavily with cooking spray if you like.
  • Light Brown Sugar and Cinnamon – This combination creates the familiar cinnamon roll flavor in the cake.
  • Yellow Cake Mix – Choose any brand you like. I typically use Betty Crocker Super Moist yellow cake mix.
  • Canola Oil
  • Eggs
  • Sour Cream – Provides a distinct richness and adds moisture to the cake layer.

For the Glaze:

  • Powdered Sugar – Also called confectioner’s sugar.
  • Milk – I use whole milk for this recipe.
  • Vanilla Extract – Use a quality brand such as McCormick.

You’ll find detailed measurements for all ingredients in the printable version of the recipe at the bottom of this post.

🔪 How to Make Easy Homemade Honey Bun Cake


Make the Cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Generously butter a 9 x 13 pan or glass baking dish and set aside.
  1. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, canola oil, eggs, and sour cream.
  3. Whisk or beat with a wooden spoon until thoroughly combined.

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  1. Spread half the batter in the bottom of the prepared pan.
  2. Sprinkle the brown sugar and cinnamon evenly over the batter.
  3. Top with remaining cake batter and use a knife to make swirls through the cake batter.

TIP: When measuring the brown sugar, be sure to pack it firmly into the measuring cup to get an accurate amount.

  1. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a tester inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  2. Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack. Let cool for 15-20 minutes.

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Make the Glaze

  1. In a small bowl, combine the sifted powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract. Blend until well mixed.
  2. While the cake is still warm (but not hot), spread the glaze evenly over the top.
  3. Allow the cake to cool to room temperature before serving.
A serving of homemade honey bun cake on a white plate.

🍚 How to Store


Store the cake in a covered container at room temperature. It will keep for 4-5 days. To reheat, cut individual servings and warm in the microwave for a few seconds.

It can also be frozen, tightly wrapped in plastic wrap followed by a layer of aluminum foil, for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before rewarming in the microwave.

🔀 Options


  • Make a slightly different version by adding 1/2 cup chopped pecans to the batter.
  • Include 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips in the batter.
  • Try using orange juice or buttermilk in the glaze for a different flavor profile.

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A serving of homemade honey bun cake on a white plate.

Easy Homemade Honey Bun Cake

Easy Homemade Honey Bun Cake tastes just like the bakery treat. It's simple to make with a cake mix topped with that familiar honey bun glaze.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 18 servings
Calories: 324kcal
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.

Notes

  • When measuring the brown sugar, be sure to pack it firmly into the measuring cup to get an accurate amount.
  • Store the cake in a covered container at room temperature. It will keep for 4-5 days. To reheat, cut individual servings and warm in the microwave for a few seconds.
  • This cake may can also be frozen, tightly wrapped in plastic wrap followed by a layer of aluminum foil, for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before rewarming in the microwave.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 324kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 198mg | Potassium: 65mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 178IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 88mg | 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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— This post was originally published on July 3, 2015. It has been updated with new photos and additional information.

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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.