This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Henry Ford Cancer Institute. All opinions are 100% mine.
Honey Bun Cake is a semi-homemade, sweet & moist cake filled with cinnamon and pecans that is perfect with a cup of coffee or a glass of milk.
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I’m going to jump right in here with something that is really important. Did you know 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer in their lifetime? Likely, you’ve been affected by breast cancer or have someone close to you that has.
If not breast cancer, some form of cancer has probably affected your life in some way.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and in an effort to get women to be more proactive about breast health, the Henry Ford Cancer Institute has created a free online Breast Cancer Risk Assessment. After answering a few questions, you’re given a personalized risk report that you can review and share with your doctor.
I haven’t talked about it in awhile, but some of you know that I have Crohn’s disease. In my annual scopes to monitor it, it was discovered that I had hundreds of colon polyps. All pre-cancerous.
After monitoring them for a couple years, it was decided that I should have a subtotal colectomy to remove the areas that were prone to forming these pre-cancerous polyps.
That surgery happened just over a year ago and I’ve spent the last year adjusting to my new normal.
I am all for being proactive with your health.
In taking the Breast Cancer Risk Assessment, I discovered that I have an increased risk to developing breast cancer due to my family history, the fact that I waited to have kids until I was 30, and the years I took birth control pills.
Now I have a report that I can take to my doctor on my next visit to discuss these risk factors.
How does this tie into Honey Bun Cake?
Well, we all associate breast cancer awareness with pink and the pink ribbon so I wanted to make something that was subtlety pink to get people talking. I’ve previously made Strawberry Jello Poke Cupcakes for the same reason.
Whip up one of these Honey Bun Cakes and dye the vanilla glaze pink. Take it into your office, wrap it up individually for a bake sale, take it to your book club. Whatever you need to do to strike up a conversation about why it’s pink and spread the word about the easy Breast Cancer Risk Assessment.
It’s a delicious cake that, I think, tastes best warm. It is very sweet, much like a cinnamon bun, and is perfect with coffee or a glass of milk.
If it can help raise breast cancer awareness, all the better.
HONEY BUN CAKE INGREDIENTS
- Yellow Cake Mix – I like to use Betty Crocker Super Moist.
- Vegetable Oil – You could swap out canola oil. I use vegetable.
- Eggs – Four large eggs.
- Sour Cream – I use full fat sour cream but light should work fine, too.
- Brown Sugar – I use light brown sugar.
- Pecans – I like to use pecan chips. Chopped will work as well.
- Cinnamon – Use a decent quality ceylon cinnamon.
- Powdered Sugar – That I seem to buy every time I’m at the store because I always think I’m out…
- Milk – I use 2% milk because that’s what I usually have on hand.
- Vanilla Extract – Use real vanilla, not imitation. I know it’s pricey but I buy it in bulk at Sam’s Club or Costco to help with the cost.
TOOLS TO HELP YOU MAKE HONEY BUN CAKE
- Mixing Bowls – I love this set with the grippy bottom.
- Hand Mixer – As much as I love my stand mixer, I use my hand mixer way more.
- 9 x 13 Baking Dish – I love that this one has a lid to store leftovers easily.
- Food Coloring – I’m a big fan of the Wilton Color Right System.
HOW TO MAKE HONEY BUN CAKE
Making this cake is easy! Start with a yellow cake mix. Add oil, eggs, and sour cream and mix with a hand mixer for about 2 minutes.
Next, spread half the batter into a greased 9 x 13 baking dish.
Then, in a small bowl, add brown sugar, pecans, and cinnamon. Mix it together then sprinkle it over the cake batter. Carefully spread the remaining cake batter over the top then swirl gently with a butter knife.
Finally, bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. While it’s baking, in a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, milk, vanilla, and pink food coloring.
Once the cake is done, prick the top of the cake with a fork and spread the glaze over the top.
Let cool for an hour then enjoy!
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Honey Bun Cake
For the Cake
- 1 box yellow cake mix
- 2/3 cup vegetable oil
- 4 eggs
- 8 oz sour cream
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup pecan chips
- 2.5 teaspoons cinnamon
For the Vanilla Glaze
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 Tablespoons milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pink food coloring optional
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9 x 13 pan with non-stick spray. Set aside.
- To a large bowl, add the cake mix, oil, eggs, and sour cream and mix with an hand mixer on medium for about 2 minutes. Spread half of the batter into the prepared baking dish.
- In a small bowl, add the brown sugar, pecan chips, and cinnamon. Sprinkle over the batter in the pan. Spread the remaining batter, carefully, over the pecan mixture. Gently swirl with a skewer.
- Bake for 44-48 minutes or until golden brown.
- While the cake is baking, to a small bowl, add the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla and whisk together. If you're making your glaze pink, also add the food coloring now and stir.
- Once the cake is done baking, while warm, prick the entire top with a fork. Drizzle the glaze evenly over the cake.
- Cool completely then slice and enjoy!
So, after you make this cake, head over to Henry Ford’s website and take the quick & easy Breast Cancer Risk Assessment. Then share your cake AND the website with someone you love to raise awareness about something so important.
If you’re in southeast Michigan with me, the Henry Ford Cancer Institute has one of the nation’s leading breast cancer programs & offers mammography locations throughout southeast and south central Michigan with hours to make your life easier.
Did you take the assessment?
For additional resources, visit the links below:
- Henry Ford Mammography and Breast Screening
- When to Get a Mammogram
- How to Prepare Mentally & Physically for a Mammogram
- Understanding Your Breast Cancer Risk & What You Can Do About It