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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

Doctored Cake Mix Recipe

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.

How To Make

(Full recipe instructions below.)

  1. Mix together the batter.
  2. Spread half the batter in a 9×13-inch pan.
  3. Sprinkle brown sugar/cinnamon mixture over batter.
  4. Cover with remaining batter and run a knife through the batter to swirl it together.
  5. Bake 30 to 35 minutes.
  6. Whisk together glaze ingredients and pour over hot cake.
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 minutes
COOK: 30 minutes
TOTAL: 40 minutes


  • 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 9×13-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.


Cake will keep for 4 to 5 days in an airtight container at room temperature. Warm in the microwave for a few seconds before serving.


Calories: 269kcal
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: cake

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128 thoughts on “Honey Bun Cake”

  1. can you use a yellow cake from scratch and add the sour cream to that cuz I don’t buy cake mixes unless I can’t replace it with a scratch cake

  2. This cake is delicious! I’ve made it before, but just now rating it. Serving it this time at a bridal brunch.


    1. Yep. And I mix in the cinnamon sugar just until swirled, then pour into my cupcake liners. I actually use big silicone molds lined with tulip papers and it turns out great. Adjust time and temp a little

  4. Great recipe! I’ve made this several times and it has always been a hit. This time, I added pecans. My husband is in love!

  5. It was 4AM, pouring rain and 40° – I really, REALLY wanted to make this Honeybun cake for breakfast! But no sour cream and I was not about to drive to town. Could I substitute anything for the 1-cup of sour cream???

  6. I’ve made this twice in two weeks, it is so good. I used a French vanilla cake mix, and a little bit of honey and butter in the glaze.

  7. This was a really good recipe and also easy to make. I colored the icing to incorporate Mardi Gra colors. It was simply delicious 🤤

  8. Made this last night for my co-workers……it was so easy. It’s amazing how moist the cake is and my co-workers ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ it!!!! Will be making this again for work and family. Thank you very much

  9. I made this cake and it was delicious. My family loved it. I will be making it again to feed the homeless.

    1. Huge hit with family and work friends!!!! They rave over this cake!!! And I love that it’s super easy!!!! Baking two for our Mothers day bake sale at Church tomorrow 🥰

  10. I made this dessert for Christmas and the family loved it. There was not a crumb left and I did not get a slice…Lol. Making it today just me and my husband. Great recipe and not too sweet.

  11. It is easy to make and absolutely delicious. A quick recipe that your guess will rave about. Very moist.

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