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.
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.

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.

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

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!

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

For a step-by-step of how to make this honey bun cake recipe, watch this short video:

Honey Bun Cake

Honey Bun Cake

Yield: 9x13 inch pan
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour

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.

Ingredients

  • 1 box yellow cake mix, 18.25 oz (can use a gluten free mix!)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup honey **Pro tip: spray the 1/2 cup with non-stick cooking spray before measuring the honey**
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 & 1/2 tbsp cinnamon

Glaze

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350º F. Spray a 9x13 inch pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. 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 9x13 inch pan, smooth with a spatula.
  3. Drizzle the honey all over the cake.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. In a mixing bowl combine the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract. Use a whisk to stir the mixture until it’s smooth.
  7. 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!
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.
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5 comments

  1. Ok this seriously sounds so so good and also I love the tip for putting honey in the measuring cup. It’s always so hard to get it all out! I’m going to make this soon!

  2. I have made this a few times and my glaze keeps coming out runny and gets soaked up by the cake and doesn’t sit as pretty as your photo.  We love the cake but next time I’m going to use less milk.  

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