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Honey Bun Cheesecake Recipe

I’ve been crafting this Honey Bun Cheesecake Recipe to create a truly memorable dessert experience.

The sweet, cinnamon-infused filling marries beautifully with the velvety cream cheese.

I make sure to use local honey for a natural sweetness that complements the richness of the cheesecake.

The graham cracker crust offers a buttery foundation that’s just irresistible.

A tip for the perfect consistency:

Let your ingredients come to room temperature before blending.

How to Make Honey Bun Cheesecake

honey bun cheesecake recipe

Ingredients List

To make a delicious Honey Bun Cheesecake, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 1 yellow cake mix
  • 1 (3.4 oz) package of instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 (8 oz) packages of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • For the honey bun crust: graham crackers, cinnamon, and butter

Step-by-step process

Step 1: Preparing the Honey Bun Crust

First, preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a mixing bowl, combine the crushed graham crackers with some cinnamon and melted butter.

Press this mixture firmly into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan that has been lightly sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.

Step 2: Mixing the Cake Batter for the Base

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the yellow cake mix and instant vanilla pudding mix.

Add the eggs, vegetable oil, and water.

Mix on low-medium speed until well-blended, ensuring a lump-free, smooth batter has formed.

Step 3: Preparing the Cheesecake Filling

In a separate mixing bowl, combine the softened cream cheese, sugar, milk, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.

Mix on medium speed until smooth and well-blended.

Step 4: Assembling and Baking the Cheesecake

Pour two-thirds of the cake batter over the prepared honey bun crust in the springform pan.

Spread the cheesecake filling on top of the cake batter layer, then dollop the remaining one-third cake batter on top of the cheesecake layer.

Use a knife to gently swirl the top layers for a marbled effect.

Place the springform pan in a larger pan filled with hot water to create a water bath for baking your cheesecake.

Bake in the preheated oven for 55-65 minutes or until the edges are golden brown and the center is nearly set.

Once baked, remove the cheesecake from the oven and the water bath and allow it to cool completely before placing it in the refrigerator to chill for at least 4 hours or overnight for the best results.

When ready to serve, drizzle the honey over the top of your Honey Bun Cheesecake for a sweet and delightful touch.

Enjoy your scrumptious homemade Honey Bun Cheesecake!

Side Dishes for Honey Bun Cheesecake

When preparing a dinner party or simply looking for a delightful side dish to complement your Honey Bun Cheesecake, there are various options to choose from.

Here are a few options that will add a lovely balance to the rich and creamy taste of the cheesecake while enhancing its flavor profile.

Fresh Fruit Salad

A fresh fruit salad can be an excellent side dish to serve with your Honey Bun Cheesecake.

It adds a burst of color and natural sweetness, working to perfectly counterbalance the richness of the cheesecake.

You can use a combination of your favorite fruits or select seasonal fruits for a touch of creative flair.

Chocolate Chips

Serve your Honey Bun Cheesecake with a side of chocolate chips, or sprinkle them over the top.

The chocolate chips add a delightful crunch to the smooth texture of the cheesecake and create a perfect harmony between the sweet and slightly tangy cream cheese filling.

A mix of dark and milk chocolate chips would provide a nice contrast, elevating the flavor experience.

Caramel Sauce

Caramel sauce can be generously drizzled over the cheesecake or served on the side for your guests dipping pleasure.

The rich, buttery flavor of the caramel sauce pairs beautifully with the sweetness of the honey bun crust and the creamy cheesecake filling.

This side dish adds a luxurious touch to your dessert, making it even more indulgent.

Caramel Glaze

A caramel glaze can add extra richness and shine to your Honey Bun Cheesecake, making it even more visually appealing.

Gently drizzle lightly warm caramel glaze over your cheesecake just prior to serving.

The glaze will not only enhance the dessert’s appearance but also add a hint of warm caramel flavor to each delicious bite.

Incorporating these delightful side dishes with your Honey Bun Cheesecake will effortlessly elevate your dessert presentation and leave a lasting impression on your guests.

Ingredients Substitutes

Sugar

Sometimes, you might want to use a different type of sugar instead of regular sugar.

In this case, you can easily substitute 1 cup of regular sugar with 1 cup of powdered sugar or 1 3/4 cups of confectioners’ sugar.

These alternatives still provide the necessary sweetness for your recipe but may slightly alter the texture.

Coconut Oil

In case you don’t have butter, try using an equal amount of coconut oil, which can be melted to a similar consistency.

Coconut oil offers a similar texture when mixed with sugar and other ingredients, resulting in a creamy, easy-to-blend mixture suitable for a cheesecake crust.

Be aware that coconut oil may impart a subtle coconut flavor to your recipe.

How to Store Honey Bun Cheesecake

Storing your honey bun cheesecake properly is essential to maintain its freshness and delectable taste.

In this section, you will learn the main storage methods to keep your cheesecake in great condition for both short-term and long-term periods.

Refrigerating

To store your freshly made honey bun cheesecake in the refrigerator, start by allowing it to cool to room temperature.

Once cooled, cover the cheesecake with plastic wrap to protect it from drying out or absorbing any unwanted flavors from the fridge.

If you prefer using a container, lightly coat the container with cooking spray to prevent the cheesecake from sticking.

Place the covered cheesecake in the refrigerator and store it for up to 5-7 days.

Remember to consume it within the timeframe to enjoy it at its best quality.

Freezing

If you need to store your honey bun cheesecake for a more extended period, freezing is an excellent option.

First, let the cheesecake cool down to room temperature.

Following that, tightly wrap the cheesecake in plastic wrap, ensuring no exposed areas are left.

For extra protection, you can add a layer of aluminum foil around the plastic wrap.

This method helps to prevent freezer burn and maintain the cheesecake’s flavor for a longer duration.

When you’re ready to serve the frozen cheesecake, remove it from the freezer and allow it to thaw in the refrigerator for several hours before consuming it.

Frozen cheesecake can be stored for up to 2-3 months.

By employing these storage methods for your honey bun cheesecake, you can make sure it stays fresh and delicious for you and your loved ones to indulge in and enjoy whenever you’re ready.

Common Mistakes to Avoid

Here are some common mistakes to avoid when preparing Honey Bun Cheesecake.

Overmixing the Batter

While your cheesecake batter should be thoroughly mixed with a hand mixer, mixing it too much will result in a super soft cheesecake.

To help your cheesecake keep its form, never mix longer than the recipe instructs, and avoid tools like a blender or food processor, which can prevent it from setting.

Improper Crust Preparation

One of the most common mistakes made with cheesecake crust is not crushing the graham crackers enough.

It’s best to use a food processor to get the finest texture possible.

You don’t want big chunks of graham cracker that will cause the crust to crumble.

Cooking Time Misjudgment

Make sure to keep an eye on it during the baking process to avoid overcooking or undercooking.

This could lead to a cracked and uneven cheesecake.

Checking for Doneness Inappropriately

When checking if your cheesecake is done, use a sharp knife instead of a toothpick to test the center.

A toothpick can lead to a false reading, as cheesecake is denser than most baked goods.

If the knife comes out clean, your cheesecake is ready to be removed from the oven.

honey bun cheesecake recipe

Honey Bun Cheesecake Recipe

This luscious creation combines the best elements of a classic cheesecake and the irresistible flavors of honey buns.
4.34 from 3 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Equipment
  • 3 mixing bowls
  • 1 springform pan 9-inch
Ingredients
  
  • 1 yellow cake mix
  • 1 instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • graham crackers
  • cinnamon
  • butter
Instructions
 
  • First, preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
    In a mixing bowl, combine the crushed graham crackers with some cinnamon and melted butter.
    Press this mixture firmly into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan that has been lightly sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the yellow cake mix and instant vanilla pudding mix.
    Add the eggs, vegetable oil, and water.
    Mix on low-medium speed until well-blended, ensuring a lump-free, smooth batter has formed.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, combine the softened cream cheese, sugar, milk and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
    Mix on medium speed until smooth and well-blended.
  • Pour two-thirds of the cake batter over the prepared honey bun crust in the springform pan.
    Spread the cheesecake filling on top of the cake batter layer, then dollop the remaining one-third cake batter on top of the cheesecake layer.
    Use a knife to gently swirl the top layers for a marbled effect.
    Place the springform pan in a larger pan filled with hot water to create a water bath for baking your cheesecake.
    Bake in the preheated oven for 55-65 minutes or until the edges are golden brown and the center is nearly set.
    Once baked, remove the cheesecake from the oven and the water bath, and allow it to cool completely before placing it in the refrigerator to chill for at least 4 hours or overnight for the best results.
    When ready to serve, drizzle the honey over the top of your Honey Bun Cheesecake for a sweet and delightful touch.

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