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Honey Bun Cake

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

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.
PREP: 10 mins
COOK: 30 mins
TOTAL: 40 mins


  • 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
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: cake

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45 thoughts on “Honey Bun Cake”

  1. I love honey bun cakes. Been making this for several year now. Have several friends who request it when we have big dinner get togethers. The recipe I use is the same as this one, but the only thing I do different is I add 1/4 to 1/2 cup honey to the batter. This cake has become a family favorite.

  2. Penny Crouse

    This is AMAZING!! 👍 My family loved this & it was so easy to make. I didn’t change anything, I made it exactly the same way the recipe is written. If you haven’t made this before, then you need to try it. We have 5 grown boys & they all have families of their own. I have already received a request from our wonderful Grandson. He thinks that this should be made for our Christmas morning brunch. I suppose I can’t let him down, right? When everyone was finished eating they all agree that they want this dessert to become part of our Christmas tradition! Thanks! 🌻

  3. This was a quick and easy recipe. Very moist & tasty. At first I thought the amount of icing was going to be too much. But after it soaked in the cake, it was the perfect amount. The only thing I did differently was I added a half cup of toasted chopped pecans to the cinnamon & sugar mixture, Which in my opinion elevated the taste of the cake. The next time I make this I will also add a touch more cinnamon. The recipes amount was good, but I just like a bit more. Thanks for sharing your recipe! 😊

  4. Whoops, next time I won’t immediately jump to the comments and then to the recipe. Just read all and see it says to use a spoon….smile.

  5. I’m wondering if the oven temp is supposed to be 350? This has already baked an extra 20 minutes and it’s not done.

    1. I make this cake all the time and I go by the tooth pick not the length of time, but it’s definitely 325°

  6. My granddaughter requested this cake for Christmas Day breakfast. It’s always a hit with the family!

  7. My son made this Honey Bun cake for Mother’s Day. It’s delicious and so moist. Good for breakfast too!

  8. I have made this recipe several times and it has become one of my family’s favorite desserts. I would like to try adding apples the next time I make it. Any tips on how to do this? Would it need to bake longer? I would love to hear any ideas! Thanks!

    1. I would sauté the apples separately in butter, with a touch of brown sugar, and lemon juice, until cooked, but not falling apart.

  9. Shundra D Harris

    My husband and i are newlyweds so I made this dessert for him because he loves honey buns. THIS dessert hit the spot! Since I know he doesn’t like his desserts too sweet, I only used 3/4 of brown sugar however, i did triple the icing glaze😃. Delish!!

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