Old-Fashioned Bake Sale ~ Honey-Bun Cake

Friday, September 2, 2011

Quick reminder - We will be doing the Old-Fashioned Bake Sale GIVEAWAY drawing on Monday -- if you haven't entered in, RUN, don't walk and enter HERE!!

If you haven't guessed, I am a sharer -- you know, one who shares, lol. That includes my recipes -- in fact, I love sharing a new recipe with a friend. I think most cooks are the same way. I have only had 2 people refuse to share a recipe I've asked them for -- one was my friend Cathy and her wonderful Streuseled Topped Sweet Potatoes, which is a favorite of my kids. I understand her reasoning -- we attended a small church and that dish was her speciality -- she didn't want it showing up at potlucks made by someone other than her. Once we moved to Nebraska, she happily shared the recipe (my kids were THRILLED). The other recipe is for something called Honey Bun Cake -- my current Pastor's Wife's specialty. I don't plan to move anytime soon, so I knew if I wanted that recipe, I was going to have to get it from Google. I looked at several versions and tweeked the one I choose (I decided it would have a richer flavor made with butter instead of oil - don't I sound like Miss Paula, lol - and the addition of a little nutmeg sounded perfect) and came up with one my family (and the folks I work with) were thrilled with. Try it -- it will be a potluck hit for sure!

Honey Bun Cake
(Printable Version)

1 pkg yellow or butter cake mix
2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened
4 eggs
1-8 oz container sour cream
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 cup powdered sugar
1 Tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla

Heat oven to 350°F. Generously grease the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan. Remove 1/2 cup dry cake mix, reserve. Beat remaining dry cake mix, butter, eggs and sour cream in large bowl on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Spread half of the batter in pan. Stir together reserved dry cake mix, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg; sprinkle over batter in pan. Carefully spread remaining batter evenly over cinnamon mixture. (To make spreading easier, drop batter by dollops over cinnamon mixture, then spread carefully with an offset spatula.) Bake 40-45 minutes or until deep golden brown and cake springs back when lightly touched in center. Stir powdered sugar, milk and vanilla until thin enough to drizzle, stirring in additional milk , 1 tsp. at a time if necessary. Poke top of warm cake several times with fork; spread over top of cake. Cool completely, about 1 hour. Store covered. Serves 12 (or 6 if everyone likes this as much as my bunch does, lol).


  1. Yummy! I do the same thing, tweeking recipes. I always try it exactly as the recipe states first and then I begin to experiment. I LOVE to cook. I have a brother who is a professional chef...The Executive Chef at Fernwood Resorts in the Poconos. I call him for recipes or advice and he tells me to go to allrecipes.com....Nice brother...I'll probably have to buy his cookbook when it gets published too! I share recipes all the time, in fact I share your recipes too! Thanks so much for the yummy treats!

  1. There's a yummy one for this cake going around Pinterest now, I saved it but will save yours too! A honey bun cake showdown soon! lol

  1. Lynnie said...:

    Yum.. Sounds like a great recipe for a cold morning! Can't wait for a cold morning. LOL.

  1. Oh this looks good! I don't bake much in the summer but with fall coming I'm ready to heat up the oven again!

  1. Kathleen said...:

    That looks wonderful, Gail. I am just about to have my morning coffee, (late, as I am exhausted from all the hurricane cleanup!) and I would love a piece!
    Don't make it for the same pot luck your pastor's wife brings hers!
    I thought of you last night. I was going through my Autumn Gooseberry Book.:)

  1. oh my that looks wonderful. My uncles will not share their canning recipes for nothing!! stinkers. I always share too, but I have a couple people that kind of claim it...without any credit don't share with them as much.

  1. Barbara said...:

    That looks real good, I bet my dh would love that cake, thank you for sharing, yes some are very protective of their special recipes, like my biscuit I would not give it away, but then God touched me and I gladly give it to any now, lol thanks for this

  1. luckymom said...:

    this looks so yummy. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I can't wait to try it.

  1. This looks like a perfect fall recipe to have with a cup of coffee. Yum!

  1. Sounds moist and wonderfully simple. Yum!!

  1. Beth said...:

    Those look delicious, Gail! Gail, I am so sorry to hear of your divorce. I wish you and your family all the best - said a prayer for you. I know you will be fine. With your optimism, your family and your faith, things will work out. All things work together for good to those who love God.
    Blessings, Beth

  1. Gail, I have been refused before on several occasions. One of the recipes I later found in a Taste of Home cookbook! these look yummy. I think the sour cream would be good in it. Joni

  1. Joan said...:

    I have a different version of this. I'll have to go look for it. I used to make it for work. I'm going to try your version as mine wasn't layered. You mention pecans in the directions and I'm wondering if you added a sprinkle of pecans in the streusel layer? Thanks for a great recipe!

  1. I don't add the pecans -- I removed them from the ingredient list (and should have removed them from the directions too, lol). We love nuts but I don't think of nuts in honey buns so I omit them when I make this -- I make plenty of other nutty treats :)



  1. Annesphamily said...:

    I am hungry looking at this delectable dessert! Yum! Enjoy this beautiful long weekend. Hugs Anne

  1. Thanks for sharing this delicious looking cake. I have never understood why someone won't share a recipe. There is usually one to be found as you did, anyway. I have heard people say that they were given the recipe but some ingredient was left out so it would't be as good as the original. That's mean. Your cake would be good with a mug of steaming hot coffee. Shannon

  1. Sandy said...:

    Yummmoooo- Just tried your recipe. I was great! Thanks for sharing your honey bun cake- ate too much tho'

  1. Sandy -- so glad you enjoyed this cake -- my family sure thinks it is YUMM-O and I like how easy it is :)


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