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Piece of honey bun or sticky bun swirl cake on a red plate

Honey Bun Swirl Cake

Are you craving a sweet cake from a box mix that tastes like bakery quality?  This Honey Bun Swirl Cake is so easy to make and my son and husband LOVE it!  A box cake mix is enhanced with a couple layers of brown sugar and cinnamon swirled together and drizzled with icing.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Honey Bun Cake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 16 pieces
Calories 371kcal
Author Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life


  • 9x13 Baking Dish
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Silicone Spatula


Sticky Bun Cake

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 3/4 cup sour cream


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans optional


  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch of salt


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.  Using an electric mixer, beat cake ingredients together for 2 minutes.  Scrape the bowl halfway through.  Pour into a greased 9 x 13 pan.
  • Combine filling ingredients and sprinkle over batter.  Take a butter knife and swirl filling and batter together.  Swirl until clumps of brown sugar have sunken down into the batter.
  • Mix topping ingredients together and sprinkle over the top of the batter.
  • Bake for 35 - 45 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • While cake is baking, combine icing ingredients in a bowl and whisk until smooth.  Pour over cake immediately after it comes out of the oven.  While the cake is still hot cover with foil and let cool.


Calories: 371kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 253mg | Potassium: 163mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 134IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 2mg