Honey Bun Cake


Indulge in the rich flavors of fall with this simple and delicious cake recipe. Utilizing a boxed yellow cake mix, this cake boasts the warmth of pumpkin pie spice, the sweetness of brown sugar, and the crunch of walnuts. To top it all off, a silky glaze adds a touch of elegance. Whether for a cozy family gathering or a festive potluck, this cake is sure to impress.


For the Cake:

1 box super moist yellow cake mix

1/2 cup vegetable oil

4 eggs

1/2 cup sour cream

3/4 cup canned pumpkin (ensure it's pure pumpkin, not pie filling)

2 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

3/4 cups brown sugar

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

For the Glaze:

1 cup powdered sugar

2 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Prepare the Oven and Pan: Begin by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C). Thoroughly grease both the bottom and sides of a 13x9-inch baking dish to ensure easy cake release.

Mix the Cake Batter: In a large mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, vegetable oil, eggs, sour cream, pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spice. Using an electric mixer, beat on medium speed for approximately 2 minutes, or until all ingredients are smoothly blended.

Layering: Transfer 2 cups of the prepared batter into the greased baking pan, spreading it out evenly. In a separate bowl, toss together the chopped walnuts and brown sugar. Evenly sprinkle this mixture over the layer of batter in the pan. Dollop the remaining batter on top and, using a spatula, gently spread it out, ensuring it reaches the edges of the pan.

Bake: Transfer the baking pan to the oven and bake for roughly 35-40 minutes. The cake is ready when a toothpick or cake tester inserted into its center emerges clean. Once baked, place the cake on a cooling rack.

Prepare the Glaze: In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract until smooth.

Glazing: While the cake is still hot, evenly pour the glaze over its top. Use a spatula to spread the glaze, ensuring the entire cake is covered.

Cool and Serve: Allow the cake to cool completely in the baking pan. Once cooled, slice and serve.