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. Is this cake better hot or cold? I want to make it for an event at work but don’t want to get up super early to prepare it. Can I bake and leave it in the counter and it still taste good the next day?

      1. Thank you so much for answering me. So you prepare the entire thing ahead of time or do you do the cake and then icing before eating?

  2. I made this cake today for a friend’s birthday. My friend and her husband LOVED it! I liked it too, and my husband surprised me and said it was not too sweet. This cake recipe was so easy–definately a keeper! Oh, and Lane is the cutiest!

  3. I love making this cake and my husband loves it too. I’ve made it twice and its a big hit each and every time Thanks , Christy

  4. I’ve made what I thought was Honeybun cake for years but never put honey in it! Thanks, Lane, for sharing your recipe. I made it this morning and its fabulous. This will be added to my family favorites recipe file! I didn’t have any pecans so I threw walnuts in there and it was delish.
    For those with tree nut allergies, I always leave them out if I’m taking a dessert to a public function and its still good.

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