Soft, golden, and enveloped in a sweet glaze, honey bun cake is giving us some old school vibes. A reincarnation of a childhood lunchbox favorite, the honey bun cake with cake mix, begins similar to many boxed cake mix hacks with yellow cake mix. This "almost" scratch cake has an incredible melt-in-your-mouth texture that will make you reminisce about warm cinnamon rolls straight from the bakeries oven, smothered in creamy sugar glaze. The best part about this sinfully delicious easy cake recipe, it literally takes just minutes to prepare using just a few ingredients and baked in a no-fuss 9x13 inch baking dish.

honey bun cake glaze
Brittany Baxter
honey bun cake
Brittany Baxter


Honey Bun Cake

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Sugar Glaze

  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


Honey Bun Cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Prepare an 9 by 13-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.

  3. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, pour the vanilla cake mix, eggs, sour cream, and vegetable oil. Mix until well blended.

  4. Next, remove the bowl from the stand mixer. Pour HALF of the batter in the greased baking pan. Using a wooden spoon, spread the batter evenly. Set the bowl aside.

  5. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar and cinnamon. Pour HALF of the cinnamon-sugar mixture on top of the batter in the baking dish. Spread the remaining batter in the baking dish, followed by the remaining cinnamon-sugar mixture.

  6. Using a butter knife, swirl the knife through the batter, creating ribbons of cinnamon-sugar throughout the cake.

  7. Place on the middle rack in the oven for 35 minutes or until a toothpick or butter knife comes out clean when placed in the center.

Sugar Glaze

  1. In another small bowl using a whisk, mix powdered sugar, cold water, and vanilla extract until smooth. Add more water, a teaspoon at a time if the glaze is too thick.

  2. Carefully pour the sugar glaze over the entire surface of the hot honey bun cake. Serve the honey bun cake warm. Slice, and enjoy!


Honey Bun Cake With Sugar Glaze

  • 9 by 13-inch baking pan
  • stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment
  • wooden spoon
  • 2 small bowl
  • whisk

Recipe Notes

Honey Bun Cake With A Fall Twist

In honor of the fall season, give your honey bun cake a fall makeover with warm and cozy fall flavors by making a pumpkin honey bun cake! The best easy fall dessert for those chilly autumn nights!

Knowing how to make pumpkin honey bun cake is easy as pumpkin pie! Simply include 3/4 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix) and 2 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice to your honey bun cake batter. It's that easy!

Kick your pumpkin honey bun cake up a notch by pairing it with a creamy, smooth classic, American buttercream frosting or indulge in a luscious cream cheese frosting.

Dairy-Free Honey Bun Cake

Although most of our honey bun cake recipe ingredients are dairy-free, some, like sour cream and various cake mixes, are not suitable for dairy-free diets. However, there are substitutions available for those looking to prepare this easy dessert.

Those that are dairy-free can purchase Duncan Hines cake mix, having several dairy-free options.

Swap out traditional sour cream for a non- dairy sour cream substitute, such as Follow Your Heart Sour Cream.

Easy Holiday Dessert Favorites

Honey Bun Cake is not only giving us an easy Christmas morning breakfast vibe, but it's also prepping us for what to put on our upcoming holiday baking list. This warm, comforting cake is the perfect go-to for the hustle and bustle of Christmas morning and a tasty finish to a holiday celebration.

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