Peggy’s Honey Bun Cake Is Moist and Delicious

by Alli

I’ve tasted my fair share of honey bun cakes over the years. Some are just okay, some are dry, and some are really bad. Well, Peggy’s Honey Bun Cake is moist and delicious. If you try it and say it isn’t, it’s you, not the cake. 🙂 Here are some tips to make sure your cakes are always moist.

I’m usually more of a pie or cobbler kind of girl, but I love a cake if it’s moist and has lots of icing or glaze. This one has the perfect amount of glaze and cinnamon. Did I mention how easy it is to make?

When I shared Peggy’s Pineapple Pudding, I mentioned how much I love her Honey Bun Cake. I immediately started getting requests for the recipe. You ask. I deliver. You’re welcome.

Let’s Make a Honey Bun Cake

Peggy’s Honey Bun Cake begins with a yellow cake mix with pudding in the mix. I usually make my cakes from scratch, but hey, I’m all about easy.

Combine cake mix, oil, eggs, and sour cream. Mix until well combined. Pour into a lightly greased 9×13 baking pan.

Cake Batter for Honey Bun Cake

In a separate bowl, mix together cinnamon and brown sugar. Spoon the mixture on top of the cake batter.

Spoon brown sugar mixture over cake batter to make a honey bun cake.

With a knife, swirl the cinnamon mixture into the cake batter. Using the same knife, smooth the top of the cake.

Swirl brown sugar mixture into the cake batter.

Bake at 350º for 40 minutes.

To make the glaze, combine powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract. Mix together and pour over warm cake. I let the cake cool on a wire rack while I mix the glaze ingredients together.

Glaze for Honey Bun Cake

Let cool completely before serving.

 Honey Bun Cake Serving

Wasn’t that easy?

Yield: 24 servings

Honey Bun Cake

How to Make a Honey Bun Cake

Honey Bun Cake is moist, delicious and topped with a powdered sugar glaze. It's definitely a keeper.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 1 box yellow cake mix with pudding
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 8 oz. sour cream
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon


  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine cake mix, oil, eggs and sour cream. Mix on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  2. Pour the batter into a lightly greased 9x13 baking pan.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the brown sugar and cinnamon.
  4. Spoon the brown sugar mixture over the cake batter and use a knife to swirl the mixture into the batter.
  5. Bake at 350º for 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  6. To make the glaze, whisk together the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract. Pour over the warm cake. Let cool completely before serving.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 246Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 37mgSodium 184mgCarbohydrates 36gFiber 0gSugar 27gProtein 2g

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My entire family loves this cake and now that I have the recipe, I’ll be making it more often.

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MELANIE EDJOURIAN March 6, 2019 - 6:46 am

Thanks so much for sharing the Honey Bun Cake recipe. It sounds amazing and something my whole family will love. I might make this for the next school bake sale I’m sure it will be a hit!!!

candy March 6, 2019 - 7:47 am

Now here is a cake that my whole family would totally enjoy digging into. It wouldn’t last very long that is for sure.

Jeanette March 6, 2019 - 8:31 am

That sounds amazing! I know if I made this my entire family would devour this whole thing in one sitting!

robin rue March 6, 2019 - 10:45 am

Oh heck yeah! This is RIGHT up my alley! I am totally making this over the weekend!

Melanie March 6, 2019 - 12:26 pm

I haven’t had a honey bun cake in a few years. I have actually never made one. I may make this for an upcoming party.

Caitlin March 6, 2019 - 1:02 pm

This is one of my favorite cakes! I also love carrot and red velvet.

Amber Myers March 6, 2019 - 1:28 pm

This does look incredible. I love a good cake. I don’t think I’ve ever had a honey bun one, so I am intrigued.

Tasheena March 6, 2019 - 2:01 pm

This cake looks like something that my entire family would love. I should probably make two batches when I do make this cake. I don’t think this would last in my home.

Tami March 6, 2019 - 2:04 pm

Honeybuns are my weakness. I am afraid once I make this cake, I’ll be eating it way too often. Yum!

Beth March 6, 2019 - 2:48 pm

This looks very good! I was expecting honey in the recipe, but that shows how little I know about honey buns! I love making desserts that are easy and delicious like this one.

Marysa March 6, 2019 - 7:20 pm

I’ve never made honey buns before. This sounds delicious and I love the combination of ingredients in this. The cinnamon sugar topping sounds like a great way to top off this dessert.

Pam March 6, 2019 - 9:30 pm

My kids used to love when their grandparents would buy them honeybuns as a treat. This cake sounds so nostalgic.

Denay DeGuzman March 6, 2019 - 9:37 pm

This scrumptious Honey Bun Cake is calling my name! It looks so delicious and inviting. A perfect recipe for the spring baking season!

Terri Steffes March 6, 2019 - 10:01 pm

This sounds like the perfect cake to serve with coffee for my next girlfriend gathering. We are starting an old fashioned coffee club.

Cathy Mini March 6, 2019 - 10:15 pm

Wow, This is something good I like this delicious recipe and definitely want to try. YUmmy

Heather March 7, 2019 - 12:31 am

I don’t think I’ve ever had a cake like this. I must try it! It sounds delicious.

Gervin Khan March 7, 2019 - 5:31 am

Your Honey Bun Cake recipe looks really delicious and easy to make. I will definitely try to make this for my kids and I am sure they will love it.

Tabitha Blue March 7, 2019 - 8:48 pm

Well, I think it looks delicious!!! I’m all about a moist cake… and I’ve made dry ones before as well. Thanks for the tips!


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