Pat’s Famous Sticky Buns

My mom (Pat) has been making these sticky buns for years, and they have become a family favorite. Now you can make them too! I will warn you, they are time consuming. But they aren’t difficult.

Bun Ingredients:

1 box Moist Deluxe Yellow Cake Mix

2 packages Active Dry Yeast

5 cups flour

2 1/2 cups hot (but NOT boiling) water

1 to 1 1/2 sticks of soft butter

ground cinnamon

1/2 bag of brown sugar (approx.)

Topping Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter

1 cup packed brown sugar

2 Tbs light corn syrup


  1. Combine cake mix, yeast, and flour. Add hot water and stir to make a soft dough.
  2. Cover and place in a warm place to rise for 1 – 1 1/2 hours, until dough has doubled in size.
  3. While dough is rising, mix up your topping. Melt butter, and stir in brown sugar and corn syrup until mixed. Spread topping mixture into the pans you plan to use. This time I used a 9×9 square pan with high sides, and an 8×8 circular with low sides. Mistake! The 9×9 with high sides was perfect, but the 8×8 was too small and too shallow. The buns popped up, and the whole pan looked more like a giant muffin. My mom often uses 2 9×9 circulars and one loaf pan. You’ll have to find what works best for you.
  4. Cut dough in half, and roll one half out onto a well floured surface with a well floured rolling pin. This stuff is sticky!
  5. Spread with half of softened butter, sprinkle liberally with cinnamon, and sprinkle with cinnamon.
  6. Roll the dough up (jelly roll style) so that you have a long rolled up tube. Cut this into 12 equal slices.
  7. Place rolls cut side down in the pan, on top of your topping mixture.
  8. Repeat with the second half of the dough.
  9. Cover and let rise again until doubled, about an hour.
  10. Bake at 375°F for 22-25 minutes, until golden brown. If your pans aren’t deep, you will definitely want to place something underneath to catch the topping which will overflow. You can use a ruined pan, or make a little tray with sides out of foil, but you WILL want something. Also, turn your oven fan on, since burning sugar stinks.
  11. Turn out onto racks to cool.
  12. Impress friends and family with bad-ass baking skills.

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