Honey Bun Cake

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Honey Bun Cake-so much better than the snack it’s named after!

Honey Bun Cake-so much better than the snack it's named after!

I hate it when hubby goes away on business. I just don’t sleep well without him snoring (loudly, like a freight train) next to me. I sleep with the TV on, to drown out his snoring, but when the snoring’s not there, it’s just not right. I even wake up early, so not me.

Hubby came back from a trip yesterday. I slept well last night. I didn’t wake up until he brought me my coffee in bed. Yes I’m spoiled.

So I wanted to make him something special for breakfast. Hubby loves Honey Buns, you know those buns, wrapped in plastic, with a shelf life of a million years. Kids go nuts for them too.

This cake is perfect. I’ve made it many times. I originally found it over at The Country Cook. I’ve tried changing up the recipe but honestly, when it’s right, it’s right. I will say you can substitute plain yogurt for the sour cream, I’ve done that and it’s just as good. And it does make it a bit healthier for you.

Oh and while you’re over visiting with Brandie, check out her Cheesy Chicken Tater Tot Casserole. I’ve made that one too and everyone loved it!

Honey Bun Cake-so much better than the snack it's named after!

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Honey Bun Cake

Honey Bun Cake


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup sour cream (or plain yogurt)
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • for Glaze
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 5-6 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Blend brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and set aside. Stir together cake mix, sour cream, eggs and oil.
  2. I just whisked it all together, lumps are fine. Spoon half of your batter into a greased or sprayed 9 x 13 pan (or something close) Spread to the edges. Sprinkle brown sugar mixture over top, it'll seem like a lot but use it all.
  3. Spoon remaining batter over top, try to cover top evenly but don't try to spread it. Using a knife, swirl batter, just run the knife in a zig-zag.
  4. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 40-45 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
  5. While cake is baking, mix up your glaze. Combine powdered sugar, milk and vanilla until smooth. Once cake is done, remove from oven and drizzle glaze over top.
  6. Let set for five long minutes before cutting and serving.



from the Country Cook

Honey Bun Cake-so much better than the snack it's named after!

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About Joan Hayes

Mom to 3 teens, sweets and travel are her passions. Joan really does love her chocolate. She has a secret stash she hides from the kids and she has at least one bite of something chocolatey every day. She creates easy recipes any skill level can achieve to satisfy the sweet tooth in everyone!


  1. Anonymous says:

    This recipe will be great for the upcoming school mornings! Especially those frosty cold ones! Thanks!

  2. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel says:

    I’m TOTALLY making this, Joan. Looks incredible! Love me some Honey Buns. And isn’t it weird that despite the loud snoring and general disruptions from the other person, you don’t sleep well when it ISN’T around? Proves you love each other, I think 😉 no wonder he loves you–you make this amazing cake for breakfast!

  3. Haha, mine also sounds like a freight train but I sleep better with him than when he’s away. Weird. 🙂 This looks delicious!

  4. Yum that honey bun cake looks good. Making me hungry! Saw your link on The Gunny Sack. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Oooh I love honey buns!! In cake form=yes!

  6. This looks wonderful!!!

  7. I haven’t had a honey bun in decades!! Looks like a cake’s coming my way!! Great creation, Miss Joannneee!! xo Ally

  8. Very sweet of you to make him something yummy for when he got back! When my husband is gone, I sleep with the tv on just because I like the noise. I have a hard time going to seep without it!

  9. LOVE it!

  10. Wow. Just wow.

  11. Honey bun cake?! So like, I can have my cinnamon buns for breakfast without kneading and rolling? Woohoo!

    Ps so there’s no honey? I know it’s after the snack cake, but that’s kinda odd?

  12. Yeah I can’t sleep without my snoring husband too, but I don’t get coffee in bed upon his return! I would love to try this for breakfast for my family! It would be such a welcome change from cereal!

  13. oh that looks dangerous, I would probably eat it all.

  14. I pinned this the other day! I can’t wait to have this for a weekend breakfast! My family will love this for sure! Thank you for sharing at All my Bloggy Friends this week! I hope to see you again Tuesday! 🙂

  15. This is seriously the best stuff ever! My mom makes it for me all the time! haha! I love it!!

  16. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  17. yum, yum, yummy…

  18. Oh my goodness! This looks amazing. Must make soon. I’m a sucker for those honey buns. That tator tot casserole also look yummy!

  19. Very good! Was on my pinterest board and decided to make this. Went onto facebook and you had it there too! Hubby said I could make this one again. Thank you.

  20. Del Floyd says:

    Joan, I don’t know what we did until you started sharing your recipes with us. This honey bun cake is the bomb. Your family is so lucky to have such a good cook, O what I would give to be your little dog to get scraps but O my goodness dogs cant eat Chocolate!!! I may have to rethink this one, LOL…

    • Del, you are so sweet! Next time I make something like this, I’ll have to put the word out and you can stop by for a bite and some coffee! I’m always looking for new taste-testers!

  21. Those who snore more then likely have sleep apnea. They need to have a sleep study and get diagnosed properly and then get a CPap machine which will help the one with it as well as the one who is affected by it. I have a CPap and it has worked wonders for me. On the other hand I will be making this cake for a Women’s Gathering.

  22. I just made this cake as an afterschool treat from my 5 year old! It was so simple to throw together & the taste…… Yummy!!!!! Will me making again!
    Thanks for sharing!

  23. Where you say 1 box yellow cake mix I’m guessing a basic sponge mix will do the job?

  24. Liliani Akiang says:

    Hi…thank you for sharing recipe…looks so yummy 😉
    I’m from Bandung Indonesia,
    can you tell me how to make this bun cake without using yellow cake mix / sponge mix. Is it possible to change it with flour?..and hows to make it right? Thank you …

  25. Rick Dailey says:

    I made this cake last night..everybody loved it!!!

  26. This looks so good! I’d love to make this but there are no boxed cake mixes where I live, do you have a scratch yellow cake recipe that you recommend to use with this?

  27. Looks yummy, I am a vegetarian.Would you suggest a replacement for eggs?

  28. I just made this for my daughter an after school snack but there was a rather large piece I could not fit on the cake plate so I am forced to eat it. lol This is an amazing cake! Thank you!!

  29. Going to try this , replacing half the oil with applesauce to cut down on fat 🙂 Love honeybuns!

  30. Ahorsesoul says:

    Made this yesterday after a friend posted a link on FB. It is wonderful! We are a gluten free family so I used two boxes of Betty Crocker Gluten free cake mix. I will be making it again for my family and friends.

  31. How much is 1 box of yellow cake mix?
    I have 340g vanilla or butter flavoured cake mix.
    Can I use either one cake mix for this recipe and do I need to change anything?
    Thank you.


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