Honey Bun Cake

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Honey Bun Cake is a super easy cinnamon swirl cake that is so moist and tasty. If you love the taste of cinnamon rolls, you will be crazy for this Honey Bun Cake.

Honey Bun Cake


This is a doctored cake mix recipe topped with an easy glaze. It’s fantastically sweet and can be eaten as dessert or with a cup of coffee for breakfast or a snack.

This Honey Bun Cake is so simple, but so good. It is sure to become a family favorite.

Honey Bun Cake


Tips For Making Honey Bun Cake:

This cake is so moist it will keep for at least 4 to 5 days. Just be sure to cover it well so that it will not dry out.

No mixer needed. Just a large bowl and a whisk. Got to love that.

Try warming leftovers in the microwave for a few seconds and serve with a glass of warm milk. Delish!

This tried and true recipe is sure to be a family favorite!

Honey Bun Cake

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Honey Bun Cake

Honey Bun Cake

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: cake
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 20
Calories: 269kcal
Honey Bun Cake is a super easy cinnamon swirl cake that is so moist and tasty. If you love the taste of cinnamon rolls, you will be crazy for this Honey Bun Cake.
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  • 1 (15.25-ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees and spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, stir together cake mix, eggs, vegetable oil, and sour cream until smooth.
  • Pour half of cake batter into prepared pan and smooth it out.
  • Stir together brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. Sprinkle evenly on top of cake batter.
  • Cover with remaining cake batter, spreading it evenly. Run a knife in a swirling pattern through the cake batter. 
  • Bake 30 to 35 minutes.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla.  Pour over hot cake. Let cake cool 20 minutes before cutting.


Calories: 269kcal


Honey Bun Cake

22 thoughts on “Honey Bun Cake

  1. My mom use to make this cake every year for my son. When she passed he would aske me to make it well this year I actually did and it was so good I’ve already made it twice this month because everyone loved it so much!!!!

  2. The honey bun cake is the same ingredients, my mother used in her sock- it – to – me – cake. The only difference is that she baked it in a Tube or a Bundt cake pan. A very delicious cake.

  3. I am looking for an old cheese cake recipe, one that is real yellow, more like a heavy cheese mixture. The “cake” was sold in bakeries 60-70 years ago. Have not seen one in about 50 years ago. A box cheese cake with graham crusts comes close, but not close enough. The cake was sold in pieces, abou1” thick, sprinkled lightly with cinnamon and raisins. Bakeries baked on large sheet pan

  4. I officially made my first honeybun cake. My mom passed away and she always did the baking, if I must say so myself this cake is Great!

      1. I am having the same time issue. I put it back in the oven for 3-5 more minutes. After that, it is what it is, and will determine if I use this recipe again.

  5. I used this recipe and made cupcakes. Worked like charm. It will actually make 26-28 cupcakes depending how full you fill the cups. I did just 24 and they are super big.

    1. May I ask how long you cooked your latest cupcakes, the big ones? Also, did you use the same layers as instructed for the cake? Thank you!

  6. My granddaughter mention how good someone honey bun was so I decided to make one OMG (oh my gosh) it was delicious And it will be my go to cake from now own for any cover dish I have to take to church or work

  7. I have been using this recipe for over a year now and since I started using this recipe — I must say THANK YOU! I have been requested to make the Honeybun cake from now on.

  8. This is the best honeybun cake recipe! It’s better than my mother’s (shhh that’s cussing words in the South). My husband has to have it every year when I cook big family dinners. Just put my two in the oven for today’s Thanksgiving Dinner. Thank you so much for sharing!!! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

  9. Best ever cake! I hardly ever bake cakes (too fattening), but have made this 4 times recently. Absolutely delicious.

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