Honey Bun Cake

I’ve always loved a good potluck. Growing up in the 80’s and 90’s, potluck dinners seemed to be a regular occurrence at church. Now I think people may be concerned about food safety (rightfully so!) and so church potluck dinners happen less often. Or maybe some of the churches I have attended as an adult are too programmed and polished to think of hosting such a down-to-earth event.

I do miss those Sundays when every outlet throughout the whole church building had two slow cookers plugged in to it and we listened to the sermon while excitedly anticipating the buffet of deliciousness that was to come after the service. 

I’m certainly grateful for one church dinner at least a decade ago when I left with more than a full belly and memories of chatting with friends while kids played under the tables; I left with the recipe for this perfect Honey Bun Cake! There are many versions of Honey Bun Cake, but this one stands out because it calls for butter instead of oil. I really think the butter makes for a more flavorful cake. 

Honey Bun Cake is so simple, yet pretty special. 

Honey Bun Cake

This is the cake you’ll want to take to a friend after they’ve had a baby. Honey Bun Cake is the one you’ll want to serve your guests after a comfort food inspired dinner. This cake is the one you might want to secretly eat for breakfast with a cup of coffee… I won’t tell!

Honey Bun Cake

The most challenging part of making a Honey Bun Cake… besides avoiding eating all the crazy delish batter… is spreading the second layer of cake batter over the dry mixture that is the center pecan filling. The batter is thick and so spreading it evenly over the dry pecan mixture is a little tough. My best advice is to dollop the batter in small piles all over the dry pecan mixture then spread very carefully with a spoon or offset spatula. If you rush and are not careful then you’ll end up mixing the pecan filling into the cake batter, and that’s not what you want to do.

Honey Bun Cake

Friends, this is the cake that will make you want to call your neighbor over to your front porch to share the last slice with mugs of hot, nutty coffee while watching the kids play in the yard. You know, like we used to do in the “olden days” back when the kids best friends lived two houses down, evenings were spent reading the paper and watching the evening news, and church potluck dinners were our Sunday social life.

Honey Bun Cake

Honey Bun Cake
Serves 15
A delicious, rich, moist cake with cinnamon, brown sugar, and pecans.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
392 calories
44 g
91 g
23 g
4 g
11 g
100 g
266 g
16 g
1 g
11 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 392
Calories from Fat 202
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g
Saturated Fat 11g
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 91mg
Sodium 266mg
Total Carbohydrates 44g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 16g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 package yellow cake mix (Duncan Hines Golden Butter cake mix is my favorite!)
  2. 1 cup butter, softened
  3. 4 eggs
  4. 1 cup sour cream
  5. 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  6. 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  7. 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
  8. 1 cup powdered sugar
  9. 2 tablespoons milk
  1. 1. Set aside 1/2 cup of the cake mix.
  2. 2. Pour remaining cake mix into a medium mixing bowl. Add butter, eggs, and sour cream and beat on medium speed with an electric mixer until all ingredients are combined.
  3. 3. Spread half of the cake batter into a greased 9x13 baking dish (a glass dish is best).
  4. 4. In a small bowl, mix together the reserved dry cake mix, pecans, brown sugar, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Sprinkle this mixture over the cake batter in the pan.
  5. 5. Spoon the remaining cake batter onto the pecan mixture and spread carefully and evenly until the pecans are covered.
  6. 6. Bake the cake at 350 for 40 minutes.
  7. 7. In a small bowl, stir together the powdered sugar, milk, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Pour the mixture over the warm cake.
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Honey Bun Cake

Enjoy your Honey Bun cake with a side of happy nostalgia. 

Honey Bun Cake

2 Comments on Honey Bun Cake

  1. sahily | Pretty In Pigment
    February 14, 2017 at 11:13 pm (9 months ago)

    Omg! This looks so tasty. I’m having friends over on Saturday morning and I think I’m going to make this for them.

  2. Lavonnia AllisonBurres
    February 14, 2017 at 11:35 pm (9 months ago)

    That looks so yummy. I’ve got to bookmark that for my daughter. She loves to make all sorts of pastries.


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