Once a calorie-laden temptress seen only in convenience stores and vending machines, the honey bun gets a home-baked makeover from inRegister food columnist Aimee Broussard in her new Small-Batch Snacking Cake Cookbook. Broussard’s recipe produces a cinnamon-infused treat that can be nibbled on throughout the day, whether alone or with a post-lunch coffee. Read on for the full recipe:
½ cup packed light brown sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. ground nutmeg
Nonstick baking spray (with flour)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
¾ cup granulated sugar
4 Tbsp. (½ stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
¼ cup coconut oil
½ cup sour cream
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 cup powdered sugar
2 Tbsp. heavy whipping cream
½ tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
Make Streusel: In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside.
Make Cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mist an 8-in. square baking pan with baking spray and line with a parchment sling.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, cream together granulated sugar, butter and oil for 2 to 3 minutes, until light and fluffy. Add sour cream and vanilla, and mix for another minute. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until each egg is incorporated.
Add flour mixture to butter/sugar mixture a little at a time, mixing until just combined. Pour half of batter into prepared pan, then sprinkle streusel mixture on top. Scrape in remaining batter and spread on top of streusel. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out mostly clean.
Meanwhile, make Cinnamon Glaze: In a medium bowl, whisk powdered sugar, cream, vanilla and cinnamon until smooth.
After removing cake from oven, transfer pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Remove cake from pan, discard parchment, and cut into 9 squares to serve. While cake is still warm, prick holes into top of cake with a skewer or fork and pour Cinnamon Glaze over top of cake to complete glazed honey bun effect.
Makes 1 (8-in.) square cake; 9 servings.
Get more of Broussard’s snacking cake recipes in this story from the February 2022 issue of inRegister, available on newsstands now.