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Honey Bun Cake is a super moist cake swirled with cinnamon and sugar and covered in a vanilla glaze. It tastes like a cinnamon roll, but in cake form!  This is a tried and true recipe!

I love anything with cinnamon and cake form! Cinnabon Cinnamon Roll Cake, Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes or Overnight Cinnamon Apple French Toast Casserole are my favorites when it comes to dessert, cake and even breakfast!

Honeybun cake on a plate

Honeybun Cake

Hi, it’s Jenn, from Eat Cake For Dinner.  Today, I am sharing one of my family’s favorite cake recipes with you.  We have been making this recipe for years and it’s definitely a tried and true recipe.

When my mom first gave me this recipe, I put it aside and didn’t think much about it.  After she had given it to me, I remember her talking about it several times and that she was making it AGAIN.

I didn’t understand why they liked it so much, because it didn’t sound that special to me.  Then, one afternoon, we were over at her house having lunch or a BBQ or something?  I honestly don’t even remember what we were eating.  However, she had this Honeybun Cake for dessert.  I remember tasting it and I think my jaw might have dropped to the floor.  OMG – WHY DIDN’T YOU TELL ME THIS CAKE WAS SO GOOD????  

How do you make Honeybun Cake?

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine cake mix, eggs, sour cream and oil in a large bowl and whisk together until well blended; set aside. 
  • Combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a separate bowl. Spread half of the cake batter into a greased 9×13-inch cake pan. 
  • Sprinkle with half of the brown sugar and cinnamon, covering the entire cake. Spread the rest of the cake batter over layer and top with remaining sugar and cinnamon. 
  • Use a knife and swirl the batter. Don’t swirl too much though, because you want to have pockets of cinnamon and sugar.
  • Bake for around 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 

How do you make the Glaze for the Honeybun Cake?

  • Combine powdered sugar, one Tablespoon of milk and vanilla and stir until smooth. If it’s too thick, add a little more milk. Pour over the hot cake right when it comes out of the oven. Let set. 
  • Serve warm or at room temperature. You can add 1/3 cup of chopped pecans to the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture if you would like

Slice of honeybun cake

I love cinnamon so much that I buy it in the bulk section.  This cake reminds me of a CINNAMON ROLL, but in cake form.  You have a super moist cake, swirled with cinnamon and sugar and a gooey glaze on top!  It is amazing warm, right out of the oven and it is amazing at room temperature.

Everyone that I have made this for has declared it one of their new favorites. You should make this for your family immediately!

Do you follow the yellow cake mix instructions?

No, you do not mix the cake together. It is only used for the base in this recipe.

Does Honeybun Cake need to be refrigerated?

This cake doesn’t last long! It is best if this cake is ate within 2 to 3 days. If it is longer than that, it is best to refrigerate it.

Looking for more cinnamon recipes? Here are my favorites!

Slice of honeybun cake in a pan

Honeybun Cake

Prep Time 5 minutes

Cook Time 45 minutes

Total Time 50 minutes

A super moist cake swirled with cinnamon and sugar and covered in a vanilla glaze. It tastes like a cinnamon roll, but in cake form.

  • 1 15.25 oz. box yellow cake mix
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 c. sour cream
  • 3/4 c. canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 c. light brown sugar packed
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon


  • 2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1-2 Tbl. milk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla

Nutrition Facts

Honeybun Cake

Amount Per Serving

Calories 438 Calories from Fat 72

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 8g 12%

Saturated Fat 4g 20%

Cholesterol 97mg 32%

Sodium 65mg 3%

Potassium 117mg 3%

Total Carbohydrates 90g 30%

Dietary Fiber 1g 4%

Sugars 88g

Protein 3g 6%

Vitamin A 6.1%

Vitamin C 0.3%

Calcium 8.2%

Iron 4.4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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