The most delicious doctored up honey bun cake mix recipe! Easy to make with a box of cake mix, and with swirls of honey, cinnamon and brown sugar! Awesome breakfast cinnamon cake.

a piece of cinnamon swirl cake in glass pan with white glaze on top and 2 cinnamon sticks

Ever since moving to Michigan I have become a huge fan of garage sales.

We went from living in a 600 square foot apartment to a 3 story house, so we’ve been acquiring furniture to fill this house! New furniture can be so expensive so it’s been fun to find used pieces. And I totally agree that furniture just isn’t made the same way it used to be. So usually when I find a used piece, it’s better quality than what I could afford new.

PLUS I love a good deal. I got 2 sitting chairs and a coffee table for $40. I hit the jackpot there. And we bought a globe on a stand for $60 that the owner had listed at $120. Long story short, we looked online to see price comparisons and saw that the exact same globe this guy was selling was $79 on amazon, so we were able to talk him down to $60.

a piece of cinnamon swirl cake on white plate with white glaze on top and 2 cinnamon sticks

The other thing I look for at garage sales are books. Cookbooks and hardcover books that I can use as decoration. I stopped at one garage sale that had so many cookbooks, so I bought all the books they had from the Cake Mix Doctor for 25 cents a piece! That lady is a genius.

What is a Honey Bun Cake?

A bun cake is a doctored up cake that turns into a delicious cinnamon breakfast cake.

I saw this recipe for Honey Bun Cake in her general doctored up cake mix book. I must have been in a breakfast, cinnamon-y mood because I knew I had to make it.

The awesome thing about this recipe is that you can use a gluten free yellow cake mix! Bless the people who pushed for gluten free cake mixes!

I made very minor tweaks to this recipe, as it’s already incredibly delicious. I also found that more glaze is better!

Need an excuse to eat cake for breakfast? Now you have one!

Left picture: cinnamon swirl cake before being baked Right picture: cinnamon swirl cake with white glaze being poured

Ingredients

  • yellow cake mix
  • sour cream
  • vegetable oil
  • eggs
  • honey
  • brown sugar
  • cinnamon

How To Make Honey Bun Cake

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, sour cream, vegetable oil and eggs, beat with an electric mixer for 1 minute or until combined. Pour the cake mixture into the 9×13 inch pan, smooth with a spatula.
  2. Drizzle the honey all over the cake.
  3. In a smaller bowl, combine the brown sugar and cinnamon, mix with a spoon to combine. Sprinkle this mixture all over the cake. Use a butter knife or spatula to swirl this mixture into the cake batter.
  4. Bake for 36-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove the cake from the oven and allow it to cool while you make the glaze.
a piece of cinnamon swirl cake on white plate with white glaze on top and 2 cinnamon sticks

Pro Tip on Measuring Honey

Spray the 1/2 cup with non-stick cooking spray before measuring the honey! The honey won’t stick to the cup!

Total Time Required

  • 10 minutes to assemble the cake
  • 36-40 minutes to cake
  • 5 minutes to make the glaze

Honey Bun Cake

The most delicious doctored up HONEY BUN CAKE mix recipe! Easy to make with a box of cake mix, and with swirls of honey, cinnamon and brown sugar! Awesome breakfast cinnamon cake.
4.5 from 2 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 36 minutes
Total Time: 51 minutes
Servings: 20 servings
Author: Beth

Ingredients

Cake

  • 1 box yellow cake mix 18.25 oz (can use a gluten free mix!)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 ½ tbsp cinnamon

Glaze

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350º F. Spray a 9×13 inch pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, sour cream, vegetable oil and eggs, beat with an electric mixer for 1 minute or until combined. Pour the cake mixture into the 9×13 inch pan, smooth with a spatula.
  • Drizzle the honey all over the cake.
  • In a smaller bowl, combine the brown sugar and cinnamon, mix with a spoon to combine. Sprinkle this mixture all over the cake. Use a butter knife or spatula to swirl this mixture into the cake batter.
  • Bake for 36-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove the cake from the oven and allow it to cool while you make the glaze.
  • In a mixing bowl combine the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract. Use a whisk to stir the mixture until it’s smooth.
  • YOUR CHOICE: pour the glaze over the warm cake or let the cake cool completely then add the glaze. Serve right away or cover the cake pan with a lid and store on the counter until serving!

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Notes

*Pro tip: spray the 1/2 cup measurewith non-stick cooking spray before measuring the honey.

Nutrition

Calories: 254kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 217mg | Potassium: 65mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin A: 137IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 1mg
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