Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Honey Bun Cake

I have had a tiring few days.  I am attend a four day technical training class.  The first couple of days were a welcome change of pace.  I like learning, and it's enjoyable to commute to a new area.

Today was my third day, and I am spent.  The material gets increasingly difficult, and I don't have much time to absorb the information.  I should come back to my apartment and practice for a couple of hours, but I'm too tired.  I think after writing this post, I'll vegetate in front of the television.

I only have one more day.  I'll survive.  Unfortunately, tomorrow after the training, I'm heading directly to my weekly Mandarin Chinese class.  I'm going to have a very tired brain tomorrow evening.

Even if I don't absorb everything I need to during the training.  I'll still have the manuals to review and the practice sets to go through again.

Every once in a while I like to bake something sweet at take it to work.  I like baking, but I can't really eat an entire cake or a whole batch of cookies.  If I take baked goods to work, I get to make desserts and I don't feel guilty for eating too many sweets.  It's a win-win.

I found this honey bun cake recipe at  I used a spice cake mix instead of a yellow cake mix.  I also baked it in a bundt pan instead of a 9 by 13 inch pan.  I also used white sugar instead of brown because I had run out of brown sugar.

The ingredients are 1 spice cake mix, 3/4 cup vegetable oil, 4 eggs, 8 ounces sour cream, 1 cup white sugar, 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, 2 cups confectioners' sugar, 4 tablespoons milk, and 1 tablespoons vanilla extract.  This recipe does not lack sugar.

To make the cake, I added the cake mix, vegetable oil, eggs, and sour cream in a bowl and stirred until combined.

In another bowl, I mixed together the white sugar and cinnamon.

I added half of the batter into a well greased bundt pan.

I poured the sugar evenly over the batter.  It's a lot of sugar.  It's a mound of sugar.  I used it all.

I scooped the remaining batter on top of the sugar.

I draged a knife through the batter to create swirls of cinnamon and sugar throughout the batter.

The marbling effect was pretty.  I zigzagged through the batter several times.  I baked the cake at 325 degrees for around 45 to 50 minutes.  I let the cake cool in the pan for a few minutes before letting it cool completely on a wire rack.

I prepared the glaze while the cake cooled.  I combined the powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk.

I poured the glaze over the cooled cake.

I took this cake to work and ate a slice for breakfast.  Yay for cake for breakfast!  I like starting my day off right.

Unsurprisingly, this is a sweet treat.  The texture is tender and moist.

There are desirable swirls of cinnamon and sugar.  It was a sweet and aromatic touch.

The glaze became crisp and crunchy.  It has a nice vanilla flavor.  This cake had lots of delicious spices.  I used a spice cake mix, and the cinnamon swirl added some spice and warmth.

It was a toothsome cake.  It was sweet, but I like sugar.  It was also a pretty cake despite being easy to put together.


Unknown said...

Yum! Gorgeous recipe :) I think TV and veging out is a valid option when you are having to use a lot of brain power!

Beyondfrosting said...

I love the sound of this cake!