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Michelle's Honeybun Cake Recipe

Michelle's Honeybun Cake

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"If you love honeybuns, then you'll love this cake. It's literally a giant honeybun."

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Original recipe makes 1 9x13-inch cake Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    40 mins

    1 hr 25 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch cake pan.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the cake mix, eggs, sour cream, vegetable oil, and water to make a smooth batter. In a separate bowl, stir together the brown sugar with cinnamon. Pour half the cake batter into the prepared baking pan, and sprinkle the brown sugar-cinnamon mixture over the batter. Pour the remaining batter over the cinnamon mixture, and gently swirl the batter a few times with a table knife.
  3. Bake the cake in the preheated oven until lightly golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 40 minutes.
  4. Stir the confectioners' sugar, milk, and vanilla extract together in a bowl to make a smooth, runny icing. Pour the icing over the cake while it's still hot; allow to cool before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 25, 2012

I made two small changes; I used melted butter instead of vegetable oil (I made fried chicken today, I didn't have enough oil for the cake) and I subtracted two teaspoons of water and added a teaspoon each of pure vanilla extract and almond extract. I baked this cake in a glass 9x13 baking pan--my cake was done at 32 minutes. This is one of the BEST cakes I've ever made. The texture of this cake is almost like a lighter version of a pound cake. My husband said this reminds him of Snickerdoodles. Absolutely DELICIOUS. This recipe's a keeper.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 11, 2012

This was just ok for me. Too sweet.


53 Ratings

Jan 03, 2012

I normally don't try recipes without a large number of reviews. I tried this one because I had all the ingredients on hand and was in a pinch. I followed the recipe exactly as it is written, and it is fantastic! The cake turns out dense and very moist; it looks, smells, and tastes like a honeybun. I served this as an after dinner dessert, but it could easily work with breakfast as well. Very simple recipe that I will make over and over again.

Jan 30, 2012

This cake was awesome. My guys devoured this in two days. It's so yummy. 5 star recipe!! One thing to note it's not the same texture as a honeybun which is good for me.

Mar 07, 2013

So delicious and the icing really does make it taste like a honeybun. I made this in 2 – 8x8 pans so that I could give one away. The other family enjoyed this as much as my family did. The recipe calls for a (18.25 oz.) boxed cake mix. The boxes now days are (16.5 oz.) so I added 1/3 cup white flour to the mix to make up the difference. It did not alter the taste of the cake, but made up the difference in the (1.75 oz.) that are now missing from store bought cake mixes. I’ve tried this method with other cakes and have always had good luck in doing so. Thanks Michelle for sharing your cake recipe, it is a keeper.

Jul 30, 2012

Wow. I had a box of yellow butter recipe cake mix I needed to use and came across this recipe. I did not have high hopes since it was the butter recipe kind of mix and i only had fat free sour cream. Also, it just doens't look like a very exciting cake. I tried a piece shortly after I poured the icing on- it was not very good at all so I put it in the fridge thinking it might be better cold. A few hours later I tried a small piece and could not stop! Hubs even LOVED it and he is usually a strict peanut butter/chocolate dessert lover. Took some to my parents and they also loved it. Even my 6 year old said "oh my, this cake is delicious!" Will definitley make again- maybe with a bit extra cinnamon and I might bake at 325 since I use a non-stick pan. Awesome. You won't be sorry for trying this- except for when your pants don't fit anymore from eating it all!

Dec 21, 2011

My mom has been making this for years. It is my husband's favorite. Very easy to make. Don't change a thing in the recipe!!

Dec 24, 2011



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  • Calories
  • 394 kcal
  • 20%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 55.3 g
  • 18%
  • Cholesterol
  • 54 mg
  • 18%
  • Fat
  • 18.3 g
  • 28%
  • Fiber
  • 0.4 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 3.6 g
  • 7%
  • Sodium
  • 243 mg
  • 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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