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Honey Bun Cake Recipe

"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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

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, 0 fat.

Reviews for Honey Bun Cake

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Fuzzlelily 244681
Reviewed Feb. 29, 2016

"Great cake! Very cinnamon - y though."

murrell006 81130
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."

CountryGirl72 74310
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!!"

barbaraann0039 38655
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."

mizchancellor 74305
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2012

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

Carol39110 128458
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2011

"This is a family favorite. My son actually requests it for his birthday cake."

Big Momma 777 32100
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2011

"Why the inconsistency constantly, so many recipes on this site, without graphics

(a simple picture)."

tammyr712 33693
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2010

"Very simple cake to make and tastes wonderful."

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