Irresistible Honeybun Cake: A Sweet Delight

Homemade Honeybun Cake

Honeybuns have been a staple in my life for as long as I can remember. Fishing trips with family, long days of playing outdoors, or even rainy days spent inside all involve the memorable childhood treat. What’s not to love about them? Their beautiful swirly design and delectable cinnamon sugar taste make for the perfect afternoon treat. Wanting to create your own honeybun treat that will have everyone coming back for seconds? Look no further!

If you’re on the hunt for a dessert that combines the comforting flavors of a honeybun with the ease of a cake, you came to the right place! Honeybun cakes are the perfect fusion of these two beloved treats. They’re incredibly moist, deliciously sweet, and have a delightful cinnamon swirl that makes them hard to resist. Whether you’re preparing for a family gathering, a potluck, or just want to enjoy a sweet treat at home, honeybun cakes are sure to be a hit.

To make this delightful cake, you’ll need a boxed yellow cake mix, eggs, sour cream, vegetable oil, brown sugar, cinnamon, powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract. Start by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C) and greasing a 9×13 inch baking pan. In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix, eggs, sour cream, and vegetable oil until smooth. In a separate bowl, combine the brown sugar and cinnamon.

Pour half of the cake batter into the prepared baking pan, spreading it evenly. Sprinkle the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture over the batter, then carefully spoon the remaining batter on top. Use a knife to gently swirl the batter, creating a marbled effect. This will give your honeybun cake its signature cinnamon swirl. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

While the cake is baking, prepare the glaze. In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract until smooth. Once the cake is done baking, remove it from the oven and let it cool slightly. While the cake is still warm, pour the glaze over the top, allowing it to soak into the cake. This step is crucial as it adds an extra layer of sweetness and keeps the cake incredibly moist.

Honeybun cakes are best enjoyed warm, but they’re just as delicious at room temperature. Serve them as a breakfast treat with a cup of coffee, or as a dessert after dinner. They also make wonderful gifts for friends and family. Simply wrap individual pieces in decorative packaging for a sweet surprise. The combination of the tender cake, cinnamon swirl, and sweet glaze is sure to delight anyone who takes a bite.

In conclusion, honeybun cakes are a delightful and easy-to-make dessert that brings together the best of both worlds. With simple ingredients and straightforward steps, you can create a cake that’s moist, flavorful, and perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re a seasoned baker or just starting out, this recipe is sure to become a favorite in your repertoire. So, grab your ingredients and get ready to bake up a batch of these delicious honeybun cakes – they’re sure to become a staple in your kitchen!

Honeybun Cake

A homemade cake that resembles a favorite childhood treat: the Honeybun. It is a super easy make, and can be done with ingredients you probably have at your house. It's the perfect cake to serve for breakfast, brunch, family gatherings, or as dessert.
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time42 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cake, cinnamon cake, cinnamon sugar, honeybun cake, honeybuy, iced cake
Servings: 15 slices
Cost: $10



  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract

Cinnamon Swirl

  • 1 cup brown sugar light or dark
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans optional


  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract


Preheat and Prepare

  • Start by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking pan to ensure your cake doesn't stick.

Mix Batter

  •  In a large bowl, combine the yellow cake mix, eggs, vegetable oil, and sour cream. Mix until the batter is smooth and well combined.

Create Cinnamon Sugar Layer

  • In a separate bowl, mix together the brown sugar, ground cinnamon, and chopped pecans (if using).

Layer the Cake

  • Pour half of the cake batter into the prepared baking pan. Sprinkle half of the cinnamon sugar mixture over the batter. Add the remaining batter on top, followed by the rest of the cinnamon sugar mixture.

Swirl and Bake

  • Use a knife to gently swirl the batter and cinnamon sugar mixture together, creating a marbled effect. Bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Prepare Glaze

  • While the cake is baking, mix together the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract to create a smooth glaze.

Glaze the Cake

  • Once the cake is done baking and still warm, drizzle the glaze evenly over the top.


  • Let the cake cool slightly before slicing and serving. The result is a moist, flavorful cake with a delightful cinnamon swirl and a sweet glaze that adds the perfect finishing touch.

I hope you love this honeybun cake recipe as much as my family loved eating it. Happy baking! Until next time,


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