Lane’s Honeybun Cake

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Lane’s Honeybun cake is a delicious treat!

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We have a VERY SPECIAL guest blogger today – my seven year old nephew, Lane! Let me tell ya, no one has ever been prouder to be on Southern Plate than him. I had no idea that he wanted to post until my sister said a few weeks ago “Lane thinks if he makes his Honey Bun Cake and takes pictures you’ll put him on Southern Plate.” My immediate response was “Well of course, I will!” My mother helped him make this cake and she took all of the photos. She says:

Lane often goes with his mother to a small coffee shop for breakfast as a special treat before school.  He always gets the same thing: bacon croissant, sprite, and for dessert honey bun cake.  He mentioned this delicious cake to me and being the grandmother that I am, the search was on!  I came across one, made a few minor changes and came up with the recipe that we now use.  Lane is always involved with baking it and takes all the credit.  It is his “claim to fame” and everyone always makes over it.  Now he is so excited to be featured on  He has been telling everyone about it.  By the way, he had never tasted sour cream, got a little on his finger, tasted it and said ” boy it really is sour!”
The really is a great coffee cake.  We’ve made it for company and they always love it.

Nothing thrills me more than knowing that kids read this site. I have several parents who list Southern Plate among one of the few websites they allow their children to go to and I want to let you all know that this is a great honor for me and one I do not take lightly. Southern Plate is and always will be a family friendly site and children will always be honored guests. The next generation keeps past generations alive. If you are a kid who reads Southern Plate, thank you from the bottom of my heart!

All of your kids are welcome on Southern Plate. If any of your children see this post and wants to be featured on the site, simply upload a photo of them to my Southern Plate Family page on Facebook and I’ll put them in a post as a “Featured Reader Of The Day”.

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Hello Lane!!

Here are the ingredients for Lane’s Honey Bun Cake: 1 Box yellow cake mix, vegetable oil, eggs, sour cream, brown sugar, pecans, cinnamon, honey.

For the glaze you’ll also need: Confectioner’s sugar, Milk, and Vanilla.

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Mix together: Cake mix, Eggs, Oil, and Sour Cream.

Beat with an electric mixer on about medium for about two minutes.

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Prepare the topping by measuring out brown sugar..

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And mixing it in a bowl with cinnamon and pecans.

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Mix that up really well. See how focused he is?

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Spread cake batter in a greased 9×13 inch pan. Drizzle 1/4 C honey over batter.

You can approximate the honey :).

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Spoon topping ingredients over this.

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Take a butter knife and cut through the top a bit in a swirl pattern to combine it just a weeee bit.

Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes, or until done.

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Once done, it will look like this.

and if kids are around, they will smell it and smile like this, too!

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Prepare a glaze of confectioners sugar, water, and vanilla.

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Just place them all in a bowl and stir until well combined and smooth.

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Spoon over warm cake.

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Grin like a Cheshire Cat!

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Take a bite…

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Think about whether or not it is as good as it smells…

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Decide that it DEFINITELY is…

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I think I’m gonna eat my next meal like this…

Honey Bun Cake

Honey bun cake is the cake version of its snack cake counterpart - and quite possibly even more delicious! See how easy this is to make.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cake
Servings: 4
Calories: 394kcal


  • 1 box plain yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs


  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar I prefer dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans


  • 2 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • In a large bowl, place all the cake ingredients together and mix on medium speed for 2 minutes.
    1 box plain yellow cake mix, 1 cup sour cream, 3/4 cup vegetable oil, 4 large eggs
  • Spread the cake batter into a greased 9x13 pan.
  • Stir together the dry filling ingredients in a small bowl and sprinkle it over the cake batter. Drizzle honey over the pecan mixture. Pull a knife through batter to swirl filling into it.
    1/4 cup honey, 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1 tablespoon cinnamon, 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • Bake at 350 for 35 to 40 minutes or until it tests done.
  • Stir together the glaze ingredients until there aren't any lumps. Drizzle over the warm cake.
    2 cups confectioner's sugar, 1/3 cup milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Calories: 394kcal
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  1. That is soooo stinkin’ cute! I love to do stuff like this with my neices and nephews! Things they could never get away with at home!!! =)

  2. Ooooh Lane, this looks so yummy! I wanted to make a cake today and just couldn’t decide what kind. Thanks for helping me make this difficult decision!

  3. Lane, this cake looks fantastic! Thank you for sharing the recipe. My daughter Faye (age 9) and I will be making it as soon as we get some pecans. Thanks again, Lane, and to your Aunt Christy, too. Faye and I are big fans!

  4. Lane, what a great job of teaching us your recipe! I think I’ll show this to my son, Jared, this afternoon (he’s 7)…maybe he’ll help me fix up a batch of honey bun cake! It looks yummy. Anything with cinnamon and honey can’t be a bad thing. Your reaction to sour cream reminds me of Jared’s reaction to buttermilk last week. He decided he loved buttermilk pancakes, so he wanted to drink buttermilk…and I warned him that it wasn’t as sweet as the pancakes. So he tried a little sip. I’ve got to hand it to him…he was a sport about it! He just decided he’d stick to the buttermilk pancakes from now on.

    Thanks for sharing your recipe! I’ll definitely try it.

    Amy Pope

  5. Wow! Great recipe, Mr. Lane – that looks soooo yummy. I’m going to have to print this recipe out, put it in my giant recipe binder in my kitchen and serve it to guests when they come to our house. And when they ask, “Yum, what is this?” I’ll say, “It’s Lane’s Honeybun Cake.” 🙂

  6. I have been looking for a honey bun cake recipe. Thank you, Lane for sharing. When we go shopping on Saturday I’ll make sure to get the ingredients to make this. Just can’t let my dad know it has sour cream in it.

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