We’ve all been there: You wake up extra early, just to whip up the perfect dessert for the family Easter potluck. You mix, bake, and frost your heart out until it’s a holiday masterpiece ready to be the centerpiece of the dessert table. Now for the hard part: commuting to the actual gathering. You drive like you have granny in the passenger seat in a new dress with a bowl full of gravy in her lap, only to find that when you accidentally tap the brakes too hard and your masterpiece has come crashing down in the backseat. Dessert failure! Time for an easy Easter dessert recipe that’s a little more low-maintenance like this Honey Bun Cake!
The beauty of baking a Honey Bun Cake is that it’s imperfectly perfect! It is a warm, moist, assembly of cinnamon heaven, yet it can be thrown together with little effort and zero icing skills. A humble sheet cake, there is no buttercream to refrigerate, no icing to melt, and it can be baked in a 9×13 Pyrex and topped with a lid. There’s no need to tell the masses that it has a healthy twist. This easy Easter dessert recipe has applesauce, half the usual oil, and the sour cream has been replaced by healthy Greek Non-Fat Plain Yogurt. Serve with a cup of post-dinner coffee and you have dessert perfection!
Honey Bun Cake Recipe
1 box yellow cake mix
1 cup Greek non-fat plain yogurt
1/3 cup applesauce
1/3 cup oil
1 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp cinnamon
2 cups powdered sugar
2 Tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
Grease a 9 x 13 inch cake pan. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
Mix the cake mix, oil, eggs, and sour cream.
In a separate bowl, mix together the brown sugar and cinnamon. If you have little ones, this is the perfect step to let them help with.
Use the back of a spoon to smooth out the lumps in the brown sugar.
Pour half the cake batter into the greased pan and top with half of the cinnamon and sugar mixture. Don’t worry if you don’t half the batter exactly, it’s ok if it’s imperfect (because this cake is meant to be yummy not pretty!)
Add the remaining batter and top with the remaining cinnamon and sugar. Bake your cake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
Mix together the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla. Poke holes into the cake and drizzle the icing over the top.
- 1 box yellow cake mix
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup Greek non-fat plain yogurt
- 1/3 cup applesauce
- 1/3 cup oil
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp cinnamon
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 Tbsp milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
- Grease a 9 x 13-inch cake pan.
- Mix the cake mix, oil, eggs, and sour cream.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the brown sugar and cinnamon.
- Use the back of a spoon to smooth out the lumps in the brown sugar.
- Pour half the cake batter into the greased pan and top with half of the cinnamon and sugar mixture.
- Add the remaining batter and top with the remaining cinnamon and sugar.
- Bake your cake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Mix together the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla.
- Poke holes into the cake and drizzle the icing over the top.
Kelsey is a mathematician-turned-mom to Action Jackson and Little E and wife to her Rocket Scientist husband Nick. As a family, this nerdy bunch likes to spend weekends looking for adventure in the most unusual (and sometimes perfectly ordinary) places. By day, Kelsey works from home as a photographer, freelancer and social media ninja for her church. You can find more of her stories and Little E’s latest messes on Instagram. Follow along with their family and RV trips on YouTube.