Homemade Honey Bun Cake Recipe

Whether you are planning a fun adventure like a picnic or road trip or just snuggling up with some tea, this homemade honeybun cake recipe is sure to be a hit.

Nostalgic road trip snacks, that's what I think of when I think of honeybuns. The sweet, little prepackaged treats filled with cinnamon and a sticky glaze are waiting temptingly in gas stations and grocery stores to be packed for adventures. I like to do things my own way, though, and make things a little homemade. So today I made a homemade honey bun cake recipe.

Whether you are planning a fun adventure like a picnic or road trip or just snuggling up with some tea, this homemade honeybun cake recipe is sure to be a hit.

Making this homemade honey bun cake recipe couldn't be easier, all you need is a box of yellow cake mix, eggs, oil, sour cream, brown sugar, pecans, cinnamon, powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla and just a few minutes prep time, and you have a cake to feed a crowd.

The cake itself comes out moist, with a swirl of cinnamon brown sugar and pecans in between layers of yellow cake. The cake then gets topped off with an easy vanilla sugar glaze while it's still warm. Trust me, it's so simple and so good.

Tea Pairings

Since this cake reminds me of childhood treats, I wanted to pair it with an equally fun tea.

I cold brewed our Butterfly Effect green/white tea. This peach and mango-infused white and green tea blend is mixed with butterfly pea flowers, which turn the color of your steeped tea a deep blue much like the sugary drinks of our childhoods, but without the sugar! This tea is naturally sweetened with fruit and has no artificial ingredients, it's just reminiscent of sticky blue drinks with a grown-up pallet.

Cold brewing is as easy as can be and brings out the flavors without worrying about bitter tannins. Pick out your tea, I like fruity teas best but you really can’t go wrong, and measure out two teaspoons of loose tea for every eight ounces of cold water. Leave the mixture in the fridge overnight, and strain the next day. If you are feeling playful, add some lemon to a butterfly pea flower blend, to turn the deep blue into a violet color!

Other teas that are fun to cold brew are Strawberry Immunity herbal tea, Peach Bellini herbal tea, and Fog Cutter black tea. Plum Deluxe also carries Lemonade Mixes in classic lemon, rose, lavender, pomegranate, peach, and limeade for more nostalgic treats, but without the loads of sugar usually found in drink mixes. You can enjoy them on their own, or make Arnold Palmers with any of the Plum Deluxe blends you enjoy!

Play around with flavors, and let us know which is your favorite.

Overhead view of a honeybun cake glazed with frosting and two cups of blue butterfly effect tea.

Homemade Honey Bun Cake Recipe


  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


Preheat oven to 350f, spray sides and bottom of 13x9 inch pan

Mix together cake mix, eggs, sour cream, and oil for two minutes.

Spread half of cake mix in pan.

In a separate bowl, mix together brown sugar, cinnamon, and chopped pecans.

Spread cinnamon sugar mixture evenly over cake batter.

Carefully spread remaining cake batter over cinnamon sugar mixture.

Bake 28-32 minutes, or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

In a small bowl, mix together powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk until a spreadable paste forms. If the frosting isn’t spreadable, add milk ¼ teaspoon at a time until loose. Poke holes all over warm cake with a fork, and spread frosting over cake.

Allow to cool fully before slicing. Store covered on the counter.

Mary Hadzimichalis

Mary is a creative kitchen and garden witch with a passion for tea. She lives on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland with her husband and three cats. Her baking, creating, gardening, and women's healthcare advocacy can be followed on Instagram.
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