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Honey Bun Cake

Updated: May 25

"Wondering how to make a Honey Bun Cake? You may be surprised to learn that there's actually no honey in the recipe. This cinnamon-roll-like delicious Honey Bun Cake recipe brings a whole lot of flavor with brown sugar, cinnamon and walnuts baked into this super moist cake. It all starts with a mix! Oh and you can't forget the vanilla glaze! 🙂"

Honey Bun Cake

Servings – 12 Prep Time – 20 Minutes Cook Time – 35 minutes


  • 1 box yellow cake mix

  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil

  • 4 eggs

  • 1 8 ounce container sour cream

  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • 1 tablespoon milk

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


Heat oven to 350°. Spray bottom and sides of 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray.

In large bowl, beat cake mix, oil, eggs and sour cream with electric mixer on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Spread half of the batter in pan.

In small bowl, stir together brown sugar, pecans and cinnamon; sprinkle evenly over batter in pan. Carefully pour and spread remaining batter evenly over pecan mixture.

Bake 28 to 35 minutes or until golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven to cooling rack. In another small bowl, stir powdered sugar, milk and vanilla until thin enough to spread. If powdered sugar mixture is too stiff to spread, add additional milk 1/4 teaspoon at a time. Prick entire surface of warm cake with fork. Carefully pour and spread powdered sugar mixture over warm cake. Cool completely, about 2 hours. Store loosely covered.


When frosting a warm cake, spread in just one direction, using long strokes. Using a back-and-forth motion often causes the top layer of cake to come off, leaving crumbs in the frosting.

Brown sugar should alway be measured by packing or firmly pressing into a dry measuring cup. What you’re doing is pressing out any pockets of air that get trapped between the sticky grains of sugar.


Calories: 370 | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated fat: 1g | Monounsaturated fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 270mg | Potassium: 85mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 38g

"I have made it several times it's one of those cakes my family and friends always ask for it. Sometimes we have it as aside for breakfast and sometimes for an evening dessert. Deffinately is a great take to work for the coffee bar,"

CWT is not a certified dietician or nutritionist. Any nutritional information shared on this site is an estimate counted through measurements and package nutritional information used in each recipe. If calorie, macro counting and other nutritional values are important to you, I recommend running the ingredients through your choice of nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories can vary depending on national brands used per recipe.

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