close up of slice of honey bun cake on white plate

Honey Bun Cake

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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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: honey bun cake
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 418kcal
Author: Melissa Williams | Persnickety Plates


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!


Store the cake, covered, for up to 5 days.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 418kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 353mg | Potassium: 95mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 197IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 137mg | Iron: 1mg
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