Blueberry Honey Bun Cake

The other day I opened a big ol’ box I found on my front porch and, you guys, it was full of cake mix.

I know. I’m a food blogger. I should make cake from scratch.

I can’t do it. I mean, I can, sometimes, but usually I can’t. They just don’t turn out. They’re dry and crumbly or they’re so moist that the layers just slide right off of each other.

Cake mixes, however, usually work out for me. Not always, but usually. Cake mix is my friend.

Anyway, I opened up the box and there were cake mixes inside from The Cake Mix Doctor, along with some recipe cards. I was in the middle of cleaning the kitchen when I heard the delivery, but I stopped everything, opened the box, read the recipe cards, and turned my oven on.

The Blueberry Honey Bun Cake could not wait another second. It had to be made immediately.

Who needs a clean kitchen anyway? Certainly not me.

This cake was super moist and the little bites of honey were pure bliss. This is, by far, one of my new favorite breakfast cakes. Make it? Share it with me?

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Blueberry Honey Bun Cake


For the cake:
1 package Cake Mix Doctor's Old Fashioned Yellow Cake Mix
1 cup sour cream
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup water
4 large eggs
For the filling:
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
1 heaping cup blueberries (these could really be optional)
For the glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
Measure 2 teaspoons of the dry cake mix and place in a small bowl. Set aside.
Place the remaining cake mix, sour cream, vegetable oil, water, and eggs in a large mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until incorporated. Increase the speed to medium and beat until the mixture lightens and is smooth, about 2 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl. Pour batter into the prepared pan.
For the filling, drizzle the honey across the top of the batter. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, and pecans. Sprinkle the mixture evenly on top of the honey and swirl into the cake batter with a butter knife.
Place the blueberries in the bowl with the reserved cake mix and toss to coat. Sprinkle the blueberries on top of the batter and place cake in the oven.
Bake until the top springs back when lightly pressed with a finger, about 40-45 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and let the cake cool while you prepare the glaze. (I did not glaze the cake myself.)
For the glaze, place the powdered sugar in a small bowl and whisk in the milk and vanilla until smooth. Spoon the glaze over the warm cake and serve.

Disclosure: I received 3 boxes of cake mix from The Cake Mix Doctor to try for free. I did not receive any monetary compensation for writing about this cake mix. All opinions are my own.


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24 Responses to “Blueberry Honey Bun Cake”

  1. DessertForTwo August 20, 2012 @ 7:59 am (#

    Lovely! No shame in cake mix when it’s this delicious!


  2. Averie @ Averie Cooks August 20, 2012 @ 8:17 am (#

    There’s nothing wrong with some cake mix – those companies have been in biz a hundred years b/c the cakes…ALWAYS turn out :) I love the title you gave this one, too!


  3. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel August 20, 2012 @ 10:38 am (#

    It’s kinda sorta AWESOME to see a box of cake mix and recipe cards on your porch. I keep checking my porch, but I only see my dirty old mat and a newspaper. Sigh, I’m obviously not as cool as you, but maybe when I throw this amazing cake in the oven and my house starts to smell all magical-like, I’ll be cooler? I think so too.


  4. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar August 20, 2012 @ 1:19 pm (#

    Mmm pure deliciousness!


  5. Riley August 20, 2012 @ 6:08 pm (#

    Cake mix can be made into something pretty delicious! I get the feeling this cake proves that!


  6. Melissa August 20, 2012 @ 7:08 pm (#

    I love the cake mix doctor! I have the cookbook (I’m assuming it’s the same) and every time I make one of the cakes I get rave reviews. They have an awesome almond pound cake and the red velvet is my most requested dessert! I don’t think this one is in the cookbook I have. Must try it!


  7. avril August 20, 2012 @ 7:29 pm (#

    I had no idea that the Cake Mix Doctor has her VERY own cake mix! Is this a new product?

    Wonderful looking cake! I will def be making this recipe as soon as I can get my little hands on some blueberries! Thanks for sharing :-)


  8. sally @ sallys baking addiction August 20, 2012 @ 7:32 pm (#

    my kitchen has been dirty for months- sprinkles in crevices, red wine stain on the counter…. and as much as i tend to clean it… something always gets in the way. this adorable little honey bun cake takes precedence over scrubbing the floors anyway. i love the name of it too! cake mixes have really saved my life sometimes.. my favorite recipes actually come from a cake mix! Love your photos today too Karly!


  9. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes August 20, 2012 @ 7:57 pm (#

    I love using cake mixes and doctoring them up!!


  10. Jocelyn August 20, 2012 @ 9:39 pm (#

    I agree with you on the cake mixes!!! I have no problem using them. Got to keep the cake mix companies in business I say:-) A cake mix delivery definitely takes precedence over a clean house! That is fun mail for sure!!! And this cake is pure awesomeness in every single way!!!


  11. Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings August 21, 2012 @ 12:00 pm (#

    No shame in cake mix…I made cupcakes from a box with homemade icing. That counts, right?


  12. Joanne August 21, 2012 @ 1:01 pm (#

    Forget cake MIXES, I just wish someone would drop this finished cake off on my doorstep!!


  13. RavieNomNoms August 24, 2012 @ 8:20 am (#

    This looks amazing!! Just wow


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  15. Barbara February 2, 2013 @ 2:05 pm (#

    I was wondering if a regular yellow cake mix from the store would work on this, or is there something special about this particular brand. Sounds and looks wonderful, but I don’t want to have to hunt or order a special cake mix.


    • Karly replied: — February 2nd, 2013 @ 2:08 pm

      Any brand yellow cake mix should work just fine!


  16. Beverly March 16, 2013 @ 6:59 pm (#

    How much cinnamon do you use? It was not shown on the list of ingredients.


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  18. josephine griswold April 5, 2013 @ 4:00 pm (#

    cinnamon was mentioned in the blueberry honey bun cake recipe,but not the amount to use,please could you help me.


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