Easy Cinnamon Swirl Loaf. A moist, soft, and delicious tasting loaf cake, perfect with a morning coffee! This is a wonderful no yeast, quick bread recipe, full of flavor, soft and fluffy, and really easy to make too.

Easy Cinnamon Swirl Loaf. A moist, soft, and delicious tasting loaf cake, perfect with a morning coffee! This is a wonderful no yeast, quick bread recipe, full of flavor, soft and fluffy, and really easy to make too.

This Easy Cinnamon Swirl Loaf is a perfect snack with a morning tea or coffee, and always a hit when your loved ones find a slice in their lunch box! 

This loaf is incredibly easy to make and the smell when this is baking is just wonderful, perfect with a nice cup of tea or glass of cold milk. Ahhhhh!

Can I freeze this cinnamon swirl loaf?

You can freeze this cinnamon swirl loaf, so if you wanted to make a few batches, and maybe even slice them before freezing, that would work.

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For those of you who are only cooking for one or two people, this is a great idea to freeze in slices and just take out a couple of slices when you wish. 

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This quick bread recipe is one of our most popular at Lovefoodies and we've had so many great reviews so a big thank you to all of you who take the time to write comments and reviews below and over on our Pinterest page too!

So let's just get straight to the recipe. After all, that's why you're here!

Recipe by Adelenne Lee

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

45 - 50 minutes

Yield

1 loaf

INGREDIENTS

2 cups All Purpose / Plain flour
1 1/2 cups regular sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/4 cup buttermilk
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 egg
1/4 cup canola oil
1 Tbsp cinnamon powder

The Glaze

1/4 cup powdered/icing sugar
2 tsp milk

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350 °F (180 °C). Grease a 9-in loaf pan. Use our homemade pan release recipe to grease your pan. It's easy!

2. Combine the flour, 1 cup sugar, baking powder, salt, buttermilk, egg, vanilla, and oil; stir just until moistened.

3. In a small bowl, combine cinnamon and remaining sugar.

4. Pour half of the batter into bread pan; sprinkle with half of the cinnamon-sugar.

Spread with remaining batter and sprinkle with remaining cinnamon-sugar.

5. Using a skewer or knife, cut through the batter to swirl a few times.

6. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the pan before removing to wire rack. Cool completely.

7. For the glaze, combine icing / powdered sugar and enough milk to reach desired consistency; drizzle over loaf.

Easy Cinnamon Swirl Loaf A moist, soft and wonderful tasting loaf cake, perfect with a morning coffee!

Allow to cool. Store in an airtight container.

You can also freeze half or all of it, wrap in parchment paper, then place in a zippy bag. Defrost as normal and enjoy! It will still be moist.

Easy Cinnamon Swirl Loaf. A moist, soft, and delicious tasting loaf cake, perfect with a morning coffee! This is a wonderful no yeast, quick bread recipe, full of flavor, soft and fluffy, and really easy to make too.

We'd love to hear from you and what you thought of our easy cinnamon swirl loaf cake recipe. Did you make any changes or add some other goodies? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for reading and happy cooking!

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Easy Cinnamon Swirl Loaf. A moist, soft, and delicious tasting loaf cake, perfect with a morning coffee! This is a wonderful no yeast, quick bread recipe, full of flavor, soft and fluffy, and really easy to make too.

Easy Cinnamon Swirl Loaf

Yield: 1 loaf
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Easy Cinnamon Swirl Loaf. A moist, soft, and delicious tasting loaf cake, perfect with a morning coffee! This is a wonderful no yeast, quick bread recipe, full of flavor, soft and fluffy, and really easy to make too.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups All Purpose / Plain flour
  • 1 1/2 cups regular sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon powder

The Glaze:

  • 1/4 cup powdered / icing sugar
  • 2 tsp milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 °F (180 °C). Grease a 9-in loaf pan.
  2. Combine the flour, 1 cup sugar, baking powder, salt, buttermilk, egg, vanilla and oil; stir just until moistened.
  3. In a small bowl, combine cinnamon and remaining sugar.
  4. Pour half of the batter into bread pan; sprinkle with half of the cinnamon-sugar. Spread with remaining batter and sprinkle with remaining cinnamon-sugar.
  5. Using a skewer or knife, cut through the batter to swirl a few times.
  6. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the pan before removing to wire rack. Cool completely.
  7. For the glaze, combine icing / powdered sugar and enough milk to reach desired consistency; drizzle over loaf.
  8. Allow to cool. Store in an airtight container. You can also freeze half or all of it, wrap in parchment paper, then place in a zippy bag. Defrost as normal and enjoy! It will still be moist.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1 loaf
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 289Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 232mgCarbohydrates: 54gFiber: 1gSugar: 34gProtein: 4g

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  1. I made two of these the first time, I am going to do another one soon after getting your answer to my question.I did not get the glaze to look like the picture, help me with this. The loaf was still delicious, will definitely make often.

    1. Hi Robin, sure! I would suggest reducing the bake time by 10 minutes and checking then. As you know, bundt pans will cook quicker.
      Happy baking!

  2. I love making these cinnamon breads in the fall (to accompany the house with apple sauce smells) Would you know the temp and time for mini loaf pan? I have a pan with 8 mini loaves in it. I package and send with hubby while he’s gone:D

  3. I’m attempting this for a charity cake sale but just want to clarify, regular sugar is granulated sugar; not caster?? Thank you

    1. Hi Cherie, Yes, regular sugar is the same as granulated sugar. You can also use castor if you prefer. The only difference is the sugar grains are finer so you won’t need to mix as much to dissolve the sugar.

  4. I made this tonight for our neighbor and am going to have to make one for my home because it smells and looks so good!! Great recipe. I put mine on a baking sheet since I baked it in an aluminum disposable pan and I didn’t want the bottom burning. I took it off the baking sheet after 30 minutes and it took about 20-30 minutes after that which is fine. Thanks for sharing this!

    1. Hi there! That sounds about right! It always happens when you bake this for someone, you end up having to bake another for yourself!! Glad it went well and thanks very much for your feedback about the tray. :)

  5. You can make your own buttermilk. Takes 5-10 mins. 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar and 1 cup of milk. Mix it and let it sit there for 10 minutes. This ensures that whatever you’re baking is super-moist. =)

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    Poorti Chopra

    says:

    The recipe really failed for me: the FinaL prodct was really dense, looked undercooked even though I baked it for over 50 Mins, it did not rise at all (no pockets of air).. What do you think I did wrong :(

    1. Hi Poorti, I am so sorry this didn’t turn out as it should have for you. The only thing I can think is that you may have missed or incorrectly weighed any of the ingredients such as flour, baking powder as those are the raising agents which would make the cake light and airy and not as you describe. The only other thing I can think which could cause such a problem is the incorrect oven temperature, whether by mistake or if your oven thermostat needs to be checked. It might be a good idea to read through the recipe again and see if there is anything you missed, otherwise, it should most definitely turn out just as you see in the photo.
      I hope that helps and perhaps you can give it another try when you are able?

      1. The same thing happened with me. Followed the recipe to the t. And when i inserted my knife in the middle after 50 min it came out sticky :( i bake often so i know it cant be my oven and the temperature setting. This loaf needs more time in my opinion.

    2. I had the same problem. I even made two seperate recipes of it. The first one turned out like you described. So I attempted it again, same thing! I am disappointed because I wanted to give these out to friends :(. I even tried leaving it in the oven longer but it was still really dense.

    1. Hi Diane,
      you should be able to print all the recipes, did you try using the print button? It is above the ingredients, click that and you can select printing or downloading as a PDF File. You can also use the column of buttons on the far left of each page, again, select the print icon, or if you are using a mobile device, at the bottom of your screen, click on the share option then select print.

      Hope this helps!

  7. this loaf is Wonderful, i added spiced pears i had in freezer and made 12 loaves to give away for Christmas gifts, very easy to put together and just Delicious thanks for posting

    1. Gosh, Yvette, what a fabulous idea to add pears to the recipe! I really love that idea, and of course I am so happy you enjoyed the recipe and chose this one for Christmas gifts. It makes me feel very proud indeed!
      Thanks very much for your feedback, and a very Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  8. I’ve made over 20 loaves of this for a fundraiser to raise money for an upcoming mission trip to Haiti!! It’s been a huge hit among the 4 different types I’ve been selling. Thank you so much for the recipe!!

  9. I have pinned this delicious looking cinnamon loaf.. Thanks for sharing such a great recipes.. Have a nice day and cheers

      1. Hi Jackie, yes, you can use milk instead, but the texture won’t be as soft, and the flavour is a little bit different. It is very easy to make your own buttermilk as follows:
        In a bowl, add 1 cup of milk, then add 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar. Let it stand at room temperature for 5 minutes, then give it a stir. The mixture will have slightly thickened. That is it. There you will have the buttermilk!
        Hope that helps and Happy Christmas to you!