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Moist, flavorful Honey Bun Cake is a retro ‘short-cut’ recipe that starts out as a box mix and is completely transformed by adding just a few simple pantry ingredients! With all the flavors of a classic Honey Bun, this cake is perfect to serve at any event and is always a family favorite.
I’ve always had a bit of a sweet tooth, whether it’s a cake, pie, or cookie, I am all in! The other day I got some groceries delivered and there was a mix up. I ended up with four boxes of cake mix instead of Muffin Mix, but I made the most of it. When life gives you yellow cake mix, there’s nothing better to make than a Honey Bun Cake!
Not only does this recipe make your home smell fantastic, it’s also a ‘short-cut’ recipe that you’d never believe starts with a box mix. The texture is light, tender, and fluffy with a beautiful glaze coating the top. By adding just a couple ingredients, you can elevate the flavors to match the Honey Buns we all know and love!
This recipe is also a terrific recipe for anytime you have last minute guests or you forgot about a potluck. You probably already have most of the ingredients in your pantry and it only takes 10 minutes to prepare. Whether you’re baking for a cookout, party, or even a holiday, this sweet treat is going to become your go-to recipe!
Ingredients Needed To Make Honey Bun Cake
- Yellow Cake Mix
- Sour Cream
- Vegetable Oil
- Brown Sugar
- Powdered Sugar
- Vanilla Extract
How To Make This Delicious Cake Recipe
By adding just 8 simple, common ingredients to your yellow cake mix, you can completely transform it into a nostalgic recipe everyone will love!
Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees. Grab a 13×9 inch baking dish out of your cabinet and butter and flour it thoroughly so that the cake doesn’t stick to the pan.
In a large bowl, whisk together your yellow cake mix, eggs, sour cream and oil until well combined. In a separate bowl, stir together brown sugar and cinnamon until fully incorporated. Pour half of your cake batter into the prepared baking dish and then top with the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Make sure to sprinkle the cinnamon and brown sugar evenly across the top.
Pour remaining batter over the cinnamon sugar layer, and then using a knife, swirl a figure eight patter into the cake batter. Bake in preheated oven for 40-45 minutes. While your cake is baking, you’ll want to prepare your glaze. Combine the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla in a bowl and whisk until smooth.
When your cake is done, remove it from the oven and allow it to cool for 10 minutes before adding your glaze. After 10 minutes, gently pour the glaze over the top of the cake and, making sure it is evenly distributed. Cut into squares, serve, and enjoy!
People Often Ask…
This cake will keep for about 4 to 5 days if stored properly. I recommend allowing the cake to fully cool before you cover it. You can either tightly cover the dish you baked the cake in with foil or plastic wrap, or you can transfer it to an air tight container to store.
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Honey Bun Cake
- 1 box (18.25 Oz. Box) Yellow Cake Mix
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup sour cream
- ¾ cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 6 tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Butter and flour a 13 X 9 inch pan
- In a large bowl combine cake mix, eggs, sour cream and oil, using a hand mixer.
- In a separate bowl, mix together brown sugar and cinnamon
- Pour 1/2 of cake batter into baking pan.
- Top with cinnamon sugar making sure to sprinkle evenly.
- Pour remaining batter into cake pan spreading evenly.
- Using a knife, swirl a figure 8 pattern into the cake batter.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes.
- While cake is baking, make the glaze.
- When cake is done, remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes.
- Pour glaze over cake.
- Cut into squares and serve.