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Honey Bun Coffee Cake

Honey Bun Cake 100% from scratch, made without a cake mix.

I’ve been seeing pictures of Honey Bun Cake on Pinterest lately but every recipe I click on calls for a boxed cake mix. I like to make things from scratch if at all possible so I decided to make a new version of Honey Bun Cake made without having to use a cake mix from the store. So if you’ve been searching like me & trying to find a recipe for Honey Bun Cake that doesn’t require a store-bought cake mix then I have the perfect recipe for you!

In case you’re wondering Honey Bun Cake tastes like a cinnamon roll…like a really, really good cinnamon roll…like one of the best cinnamon rolls, I’ve ever had, only in cake form!

I have to warn you, the batter is a little on the thick side & when you spread the top half of the batter on, things may look a little messy. I was a little worried that I was creating a disaster but when it came out of the oven & I sliced the first piece I knew all was well.


1 box yellow cake mix
8-ounce tub sour cream
4 eggs
3/4 c. vegetable oil
1 c brown sugar
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
2 c. powdered sugar
4 Tbsp. milk
1 Tbsp. vanilla


Preheat oven to 325. Prepare 9 x 13 pan.
In a large mixing bowl, combine cake mix, eggs, oil, and sour cream.
Stir by hand until large lumps are gone. There will still be some lumps but that’s ok.
Pour half the batter into the pan.
Now, in a medium bowl. Take your brown sugar and cinnamon and combine.
Mix up your brown sugar and cinnamon really well.
Sprinkle the brown sugar mixture all over the batter in the cake pan.
Don’t do what I did below. Be sure to get that cinnamon mixture all the way to the edge of the pan.
Now carefully spread the other half of the batter on top.
Don’t be afraid, it’s gonna get really uncomfortable.
All the batter and stuff are gonna get all mixed together and you’re gonna think you are doing it all wrong.
But don’t worry about how it looks. Trust me.
Once it’s all spread around, take a butter knife and twirl it all through the batter, so it gets all swirly and stuff.
Bake for 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Just when it’s about done baking, mix together your powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk.
I always use a fork to be sure all the little clumps get broken up.
Once the cake comes out of the oven, waste no time at all.
Pour this powdered sugar mixture over the warm cake.
Now sit back and wait for the wonderful crackle to appear.
Oh, that honey bun topping.
Try your hardest to wait about 15 minutes before you cut into her.
I know it’s gonna be hard waiting, especially if you have a nice cup of coffee sitting there.
But once it’s time, close your eyes, and see if it takes you back to your Honey Bun days.
And if you don’t have any Honey Bun memories, then start those memories today, right now.

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About the author

Pixie Deacon

Hi, my name is Pixie. I am a true blue Southern girl, cookbook author, entrepreneur, self-taught food photographer and lover of chocolate.

I love to cook, bake, entertain and create new recipes. I am blessed to have come from a long line of fantastic Southern cooks. It’s a pleasure to be able to share all my wonderful family recipes that have been passed down from generations and recipes that I have developed over the years along with my passion for entertaining and Southern culture.
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