Pumpkin Honey Bun Cake: A Sweet Treat for Fall

Indulge in the flavors of fall with this delicious pumpkin honey bun cake recipe. Perfect for any autumn occasion!

A slice of Pumpkin Honey Bun Cake on a white plate with walnuts, pumpkin purée and the cake pan in the background.

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Indulge in the flavors of autumn with this delectable recipe for pumpkin honey bun cake. It’s the perfect sweet treat to satisfy your cravings. With its warm spices and rich pumpkin flavor, this cake is the perfect treat for any autumn occasion. So why not whip up a batch today and indulge in the delicious flavors of Fall?

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Pumpkin Honey Bun Cake was first made popular by Betty Crocker. It’s a delicious classic Fall recipe that’s rich and full of the pumpkin spice flavor everyone loves. With a light glaze topping, this cake is perfect for all your Fall gatherings and celebrations.

A bit of pumpkin honey bun cake on a fork.

Pumpkin Honey Bun Cake Ingredients

This Fall flavored is made with mostly pantry friendly ingredients making it the perfect go to dessert.

Yellow Cake Mix Box – We’ll start with a box of yellow cake mix to keep things simple!

Pumpkin Puree – Make sure you get Pumpkin Puree and not pumpkin pie filling!

Chopped Walnuts – These add a nice crunch and texture to the cake and are a staple in Fall cooking!

Ingredients for Betty Crocker Honey Bun Cake.

Brown Sugar – Brown sugar pairs so well with pumpkin and I prefer it over white sugar when cooking my Fall dishes.

Oil – I recommend vegetable or canola oil for the best results.

Sour Cream or Plain Yogurt – This will add moisture to the cake. If you use yogurt, you can use either regular plain yogurt or plain greek yogurt. However, greek yogurt will make the cake slightly denser.

Eggs

Pumpkin Pie Spice – You can either purchase pumpkin pie spice at your local grocery store or use my homemade pumpkin pie spice!

Powdered Sugar and Milk – These two simple ingredients will be used to make the light glaze that tops the pumpkin honey bun cake.

Pumpkin Honey Bun Cake ingredients for the glaze - milk in a measuring cup and powdered sugar in a white bowl.

How to Make Pumpkin Honey Bun Cake

This recipe is fairly simple to whip up anytime you’re craving a pumpkin flavored treat!

Step 1

Start by preheating your oven to 350° F and spraying a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

Step 2

In a large mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, pumpkin puree, oil, sour cream or yogurt, eggs, and the pumpkin pie spice with a hand mixer for 1–2 minutes or until well combined.

Ingredients for the pumpkin honey bun cake in a standing mixer.

Alternatively, you can use a standing mixer to mix your cake batter, which is what I usually do.

Using a standing mixer to combine the ingredients for the pumpkin honey bun cake.

Step 3

Pour half of the mixture into your prepared cake pan and sprinkle with the chopped walnuts followed by the brown sugar. Try to keep the layer of walnuts and brown sugar even.

Half of the cake batter in a glass baking dish.

Pour the rest of the batter over the top of the walnuts and brown sugar layer.

Step 4

Bake for about 35–40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

When the cake is done, remove it from the oven and allow it to cool for about 20 minutes. Be sure to cool the cake, otherwise the glaze will melt into the cake and disappear!

Step 5

Meanwhile, in a small mixing bowl stir together the powdered sugar and milk for the glaze.

Powdered sugar and milk in a glass measuring cup.

Step 6

Once the cake is cool enough to not melt the glaze, drizzle the entire top of the cake with the glaze.

Drizzling the glaze over the cooled pumpkin honey bun cake.

Slice and enjoy! If desired you can top each piece with a sprinkle of extra chopped walnuts for garnish.

Pumpkin Honey Bun Cake slice on a white plate.

Variations

While this is a classic recipe for Pumpkin Honey Bun Cake, don’t be afraid to change things up a bit.

Add a drizzle of caramel to the top of your cake either in addition to the glaze or in place of the glaze itself.

Try some mini chocolate chips in the batter.

Want to sweeten the cake even more, double the recipe for the glaze and create a truly decadent dessert! Quick warning this may make the cake too sweet for some!

Storing Pumpkin Honey Bun Cake

If you happen to have any leftover cake, you can store it at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 days or in the fridge for up to 6 days. You can also make this cake ahead of time and bring it to your Fall potluck events as well!

You an freeze honey bun cake but it is best to freeze without the glaze. Just defrost and glaze when you’re ready to serve.

A slice of Pumpkin Honey Bun Cake on a white plate with walnuts, pumpkin purée and the cake pan in the background.

Pumpkin Honey Bun Cake

By: April
This delicious Fall treat is a classic pumpkin cake with a light glaze.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Servings 15 Servings
Calories 392 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Box Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • ¾ cup brown sugar packed
  • ½ cup oil vegetable or canola work best
  • ½ cup sour cream or plain yogurt
  • 4 Eggs
  • 3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 5 Tablespoons Whole Milk

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350° F and spray a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In the bowl or a standing mixer, combine the eggs, cake mix, pumpkin purée, oil, sour cream or yogurt and pumpkin pie spice. Mix for 1 to 2 minutes or until well combined.
  • Pour half of the cake batter into the prepared baking dish.
  • Sprinkle the top of the batter with the chopped walnuts followed by the brown sugar. Be sure to keep the layer even.
  • Pour the rest of the batter over the top of the walnut and brown sugar layer.
  • Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Remove the cake from the oven and let cool for about 20 minutes.
  • While the cake cools, stir together the powdered sugar and milk in a small mixing bowl to make the glaze.
  • Once the cake is cool enoug that the glaze won't melt and disappear, drizzle the top of the cake with the glaze.
  • Slice and enjoy!
Nutrition 392 kcal
Keyword betty crocker honey bun cake recipe, fall cake, honey bun cake, pumpkin cake, pumpkin honey bun, pumpkin honey bun cake, pumpkin honey bun cake recipe

Pumpkin honey bun cake is a delicious and easy-to-make dessert that is perfect for any Fall occasion. This cake is sure to be a hit with everyone from kids to adults!

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