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. This looks so good but it has pecans. Do you think it will be just as good without pecans. We cannot have any nuts in our house.

  2. Lane, Nice Job!!! I Pin “ed” it and shared it on Facebook!! A girl from the North ~ Buffalo, NY

  3. Lane, this looks so good!! I’m gonna have to make this cake very soon! You did a wonderful job making this! I’m so glad you shared it with me & the rest of the Southern Plate family. Thank You, Lane!!

  4. He looked so proud. I make this sometimes in mini muffin pans (so they are bite size).
    My recipe did not have the honey so I will have to try that.
    Thanks for the great recipes:)

  5. Christy, for the glaze, can milk or water be used? I see in the photos you used water, but in the ingredients in the recipe it says to use 1/3 C milk. I was curious, as well, if milk is required, then should the cake be refrigerated?

    Can’t wait to try this. It sure looks delicious, Lane!

    Thank you! 🙂

  6. In honors of Lane, I am going to make this on Sunday for the family and next week for the coworkers.

  7. Hey, got a question. I am not a big honey fan. Can I use something else? I know it won’t be a honeybun cake then would it? Ugh!

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