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Anyone ever heard of an Arkansas honey bun...

post #1 of 4
Thread Starter 
There was a BBQ place that had these things where I live. The owner died, and so did the business. I really miss the buns, and have tried to make them, but can't get them just right.

It's basically a yellow cake with a layer of cinnamon/honey/possibly pecan/brown sugar layer in the middle then topped with a simple glaze. I can get close, but believe that I am missing a small piece.

Anyone ever heard of these?

Also, I'm a very inexperienced baker. How do I get the cinnamon/sugar layer to stay an actual layer, and not become mixed throughout the cake. I've tried baking the cake, sawing it in half then putting the layer in the middle; however, this makes the layers TOO separated.
post #2 of 4
Try pouring half the batter into the pan, spread the cinnamon mixer and then pouring the other half of the batter on top. Be careful to leave a little border around the sides of the filling layer so that the two batter layer adhere to each other and prevent your cake from falling apart.
post #3 of 4
This fit the bill?

Honeybun cake

1 box yellow cake mix
4 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
2/3 cup oil
2 tsp. good vanilla

Preheat oven to 300°.

Combine all ingredients and mix well with electric mixer, 2 or 3 minutes. Pour half of batter into greased and floured 13X9 baking pan.

In a small bowl, Mix:

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 cup brown sugar

Mix and sprinkle evenly over batter in pan. Pour remaining batter over cinnamon/sugar mixture. Swirl through batter with a butter knife, being careful to keep sugar wet in the batter. Exposed dry brown sugar may burn. Bake at 350° for about one hour, checking at 50 minutes. Cake will be moist when done, but not gummy in the center. Don't overbake.

While cake is baking, prepare glaze:

1 tbsp. milk (I use canned milk, like Pet or Carnation)
1 tsp. good vanilla
¼ tsp. butter flavoring
1 tbsp. butter or stick margarine, softened
2 tbsp. honey or light corn syrup
dash of salt, just a few grains
powdered sugar, about 2 cups, more or less

Mix well with a wire whisk till combined. Add powdered sugar until it is drizzling consistency, or to your taste.

Pour glaze over warm cake, about 5 minutes after it comes out of the oven. Serve warm or at room temperature.
post #4 of 4
Thread Starter 
Actually that sounds pretty good. I've made several attempts, but never added buttermilk to the batter. Might be the missing piece. The ones I'm referring to definatley have a separate middle section so I probably will not do the swirling with a knife action. Thanks a lot for the recipe, I will give it a try.
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