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Cinnamon Loaf

This Cinnamon Loaf is a deliciously sweet cinnamon swirl cake made in a loaf pan. Whether you eat it for breakfast, snack, or dessert, I highly recommend eating it warm with a little butter!

(This recipe for Cinnamon Loaf was originally posted in July 2008, but was updated with new photos in 2019).

Overhead view of a slice of cinnamon loaf cake on a wooden cutting board with the rest of the loaf in the background and recipe title at top

 

I’ve heard rumors that cinnamon can help boost your mood. And I’m not here to scientifically confirm or deny these rumors, but what I am for is to tell you that it boosts my mood. Every time. If I could eat a slice of coffee cake every single morning, I honestly think I’d be the happiest person in the world.  Don’t you remember being a kid and having a slice of toast topped with a cinnamon sugar mixture and realizing that, in that moment, you’ve never been happier? I’m telling you, it’s the cinnamon!

I highly recommend starting all of your days with cinnamon. The loaf/cake/bread part is debatable. But for happiness? I think it’s worth it!

CINNAMON LOAF RECIPE

I’ve made plenty of coffee cakes in my time and while they’re not hard at all, there’s something a bit more intimidating about making coffee cake than there is a cake in a loaf pan. We’re calling this recipe cinnamon loaf because I can’t bring myself to call it cinnamon bread and it’s not really a cake in a traditional sense, though it is certainly cake-like in that it’s a simple batter and streusel mixture layered in a loaf pan and baked. It’s cake-y… But maybe you’ll feel better about eating it for breakfast if we call it cinnamon loaf? Yup, let’s go with that.

The streusel is really just sugar mixed with cinnamon and the batter is a pretty basic one.

Collage showing process for making cinnamon loaf cake including cinnamon and brown sugar streusel in a bowl, batter mixed together, and flour mixture for batter in bowl

You’ll layer the batter and streusel in a loaf pan in thirds starting with the batter. And then pop it into the oven to bake for almost an hour.

Overhead view of cinnamon loaf cake in loaf pan just out of the oven

Let it cool in the pan before taking it out and slicing it up. I highly recommend eating this cinnamon loaf with a little bit of butter. But you know what? It’s also pretty amazing eaten at room temperature with absolutely nothing on it. I mean, look at that cinnamon swirl middle!

Overhead closeup view of a slice of cinnamon loaf cake with cinnamon swirl with the rest of the loaf in the background

Again, you could totally eat this for breakfast and just play it off as cinnamon coffee cake, which it essentially is. The crumbly cinnamon sugar top is absolutely scrumptious. And I promise that cinnamon will make you happy!

Overhead view of a slice of cinnamon loaf cake on a wooden cutting board with the rest of the loaf in the background

Right after this cinnamon loaf came out of the oven, I whipped up another one. I brought one to my friend’s house and I brought some home to my parents. And ate some myself, of course. For breakfast. And a snack. And dessert. And maybe even for dinner one night. Shhh.
If you want more cinnamon in your life, be sure to make my Cinnamon Coffee Scones or my Cinnamon and Blackberry Breakfast Quinoa. Let that cinnamon boost your happiness!

 

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Cinnamon Loaf -- This Cinnamon Loaf is a deliciously sweet cinnamon swirl cake made in a loaf pan. Whether you eat it for breakfast, snack, or dessert, I highly recommend eating it warm with a little butter | wearenotmartha.com
Cinnamon Loaf
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
58 mins
Cooling Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr 18 mins
 

This Cinnamon Loaf is a deliciously sweet cinnamon swirl cake made in a loaf pan. Whether you eat it for breakfast, snack, or dessert, I highly recommend eating it warm with a little butter!

Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bread, cake, Cinnamon
Servings: 1 loaf
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 Tbsp (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x5 loaf pan with butter.

  2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, beat together the butter and sugar for about 1 minute. Add eggs, one at a time, blending well after eat addition. Mix in vanilla extract and lemon zest.

  4. Mix 1/3 of the flour mixture into the wet ingredients until just combined. Mix 1/3 of the buttermilk in until just combined. Continue alternating flour mixture and buttermilk until everything is just combined.

  5. In a separate medium bowl, mix together brown sugar and cinnamon.

  6. Pour 1/3 of the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Pour 1/3 of the cinnamon mixture on top, followed by another 1/3 of the batter and another 1/3 of the cinnamon. Repeat one more time, ending with the cinnamon sugar on top. 

  7. Bake on the bottom rack of your oven for 54-58 minutes, until a toothpick stuck in the center comes out clean.

  8. Let cinnamon loaf cool in pan before removing from pan (run a knife along the edges if necessary) and slicing.

Recipe Notes
Cinnamon Loaf -- This Cinnamon Loaf is a deliciously sweet cinnamon swirl cake made in a loaf pan. Whether you eat it for breakfast, snack, or dessert, I highly recommend eating it warm with a little butter | wearenotmartha.com #cinnamon #coffeecake #cinnamonbread

6 Responses to "Cinnamon Loaf"

  1. ToKissTheCook says:

    hahahahaha- I saw the header and was like MAN that sounds delicious!! Totally forgot I sourced it. Now IIII need to make it. Working on Bitten Kitchen’s Blueberry pie with the Cook’s Illustrated crust at the moment..

  2. Kevin says:

    Your cinnamon bread looks great! You got some really nice swirls in it.

  3. Julia says:

    HI, did you forget to add butter to your crumbly cinnamon topping ? because you don’t have it in the recipe !

  4. Sues says:

    @Julia- Nope! The topping is just brown sugar and cinnamon, no butter involved.

  5. Julia says:

    Thank Sues for you for your answer, but my top didn’t came out like yours : /

  6. Sues says:

    @Julia- Oh no, I’m sorry to hear that! How did it come out?

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