Honey Bun Cake Recipe

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"I take along recipe cards to hand out when I bring this moist, fluffy cake to school socials," writes Kathy Mayo from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. "It always goes quickly."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES:20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES: 20 servings


  • 1 package yellow or white cake mix (regular size)
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 185 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 198mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein Diabetic Exchanges:2 starch, 1/2 fat


  1. In a large bowl, combine dry cake mix, egg whites, sour cream and applesauce. Beat on low speed until moistened. Beat on medium for 2 minutes.
  2. Pour half into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Combine brown sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over batter. Cover with remaining batter; cut through with a knife to swirl. Bake at 325° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. For glaze, combine confectioners' sugar, milk and vanilla until smooth; drizzle over warm cake. Yield: 20 servings.
Originally published as Honey Bun Cake in Light & Tasty October/November 2001, p50

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Reviewed Feb. 29, 2016

"Great cake! Very cinnamon - y though."

Reviewed Nov. 4, 2014

"Ok I kinda goofed and added the brown sugar & cinnamon to the batter and it is still turned out divine. I would say more of a cinnamon roll than a honey bun."

Reviewed May. 22, 2014

"Folks I love to cook but I've never been big on "Baking" There is 2 ckes total in my receipes that I've actually done. Apple walnut cake {from T.O.H} that's to die for and THIS cake which is equally good! It tastes even better than a warmed up Honey Bun that you buy out of a store. Men LOVE this especially! So if you have a special "Fellaw" in your life surprise him/them with this delicious cake today!!"

Reviewed Nov. 18, 2012

"My favorite cake recipe. I made this about a year ago for the first time and everyone fell in love. I make it ALOT. Expecially like that is healthy and light with a lot of flavor."

Reviewed Jul. 12, 2012

"omg!!! my 5 kids luved it!!! as well as my hubby!!! great cake"

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