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Honey Bun Cake

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Delicious Honey Bun Cake starts with a cake mix and uses ingredients from your pantry and refrigerator. Serve it for breakfast or dessert.

Honey bun cake is an easy and delicious treat any time of the year. Perfect for breakfast or dessert.

I have wanted to make a honey bun cake for a very long time. I got my chance when a new recipe I tried was a complete fail. We were expecting visitors and I was making a coffee cake. The pan size recommended in the recipe was entirely too small so the cake did not bake properly, even though the toothpick test showed it to be done.

I really should have known better but when I try a new recipe I expect it to work, someone has tried it, right?

For the record, all my recipes have been tried and when I have issues, I either work it out or share with you the fail.

You may remember the semi-fails of my out-of-this-world apple cake or cinnamon nut coffee ring. Both were delicious but… well, check out the posts for yourself.

If recipes don’t work for me, I won’t post them on the site. I want visitors to my site to be confident that the recipes will turn out.

Honey bun cake is an easy and delicious treat any time of the year. Perfect for breakfast or dessert.

So, with company coming, I had to act fast and work with what I had on hand. Searching my cookbooks, my very large “to try” file, and the internet I was reminded of this cake.

While I was looking for a breakfast cake, this honey bun cake could do double duty as dessert. People in my house may or may not have had a piece for breakfast AND dessert.

This recipe comes together quickly, with little mess and you probably have everything on hand. It’s a great recipe for a larger group and would be perfect to take into co-workers as a surprise.

Honey bun cake Pinterest image.

Honey bun cake is an easy and delicious treat any time of the year. Perfect for breakfast or dessert.

Honey Bun Cake

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Honey bun cake warm from the oven, freshly glazed. Just grab a cup of coffee or a glass of milk!



  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • ⅔ cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream


  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup chopped pecans
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (or 325 degrees F for dark or non-stick pan). Spray 9 x 13" pan with baking spray with flour. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl combine the pecans, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Set aside. In a large bowl, beat cake mix, oil, eggs, and sour cream with a mixer on low speed for 30 seconds then medium speed for 2 minutes, occasionally scraping downsides. Spread half the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle pecan mixture over batter. Carefully spread the remaining batter over the pecan mixture.
  3. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until deep golden brown. Remove from oven and cool for 5 minutes. 
  4. In another small bowl, combine powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla. Spread mixture over the cake while warm. Cool completely. Store covered.

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Saturday 15th of December 2018

This would be so perfect for our Christmas brunch!

Anne Lawton

Sunday 2nd of December 2018

This cake looks perfect for breakfast or dessert. And it sounds like it's easy to make too!


Sunday 2nd of December 2018

I feel your pain with recipe fails! I had a full week of them and it was depressing. lol This honeybun cake looks perfect for brunch this morning!

Liz @ Books n' Cooks

Friday 30th of November 2018

This looks delicious - that glaze! Yum! And you're right, I'd totally have a big ol' slice of it for breakfast, dessert or afternoon snack :-)


Thursday 29th of November 2018

Love desserts that start with a cake mix. I could use a big slice with my coffee right now!

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