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Cinnamon Swirl Loaf

Cinnamon Swirl Loaf

This Cinnamon Swirl Loaf has a soft vanilla cake base with a cinnamon sugar swirl throughout the centre.  SO good.

The greatest thing about this loaf is all the cinnamon and sugar.  Not only is the top of the loaf a crunchy delicious cinnamon sugar crust, but there’s a scrumptious cinnamon/sugar swirl inside too!

Cinnamon Swirl Loaf

This Cinnamon Swirl Loaf is one of those breads that is such a treat.  It’s rich, moist and cinnamon-y.  It’s the kind of loaf that you will want to make over and over again because you can’t resist it’s deliciousness.  I mean just look at that crunch sugar crust… and the tender vanilla cake.  Oh my.

Cinnamon Swirl Loaf

And when you are baking this bread in your oven, your house is going to smell ah-mazing.  And I’m willing to bet that when it’s done, this loaf won’t last more than a day or two in your home.  It’s irresistible.  

Cinnamon Swirl Loaf

I love to make this for lazy Sunday mornings or coffee dates with friends.  I hope you try it.

Cinnamon Swirl Loaf

Cinnamon Swirl Loaf

Recipe Tips:

  • Pan Size:  I use a standard loaf pan (1 lb. Pan: 8″ x 4 1/2″ x 2 3/4″ high)
  • Cinnamon/Sugar Mix:  when you’re making this loaf you may feel like there is too much cinnamon/sugar mix, but trust me, use it all.  Just divide it evenly between the centre of the loaf and the crust.
  • This loaf freezes well.
  • Make sure to line your loaf pan with parchment or wax paper.
  • Allow the loaf to rest for at least 1 hour before eating it.

Cinnamon Swirl Loaf

This Cinnamon Swirl Loaf has a soft vanilla cake base with a cinnamon sugar swirl throughout the centre.  SO good.

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x
  • Category: Bread



Cinnamon Swirl Loaf:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup buttermilk

Cinnamon/Sugar Mix:

  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup sugar


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare your loaf pan: either grease it, or line with wax or parchment paper.
  3. Combine the 2 tbsp cinnamon and 1/3 cup sugar, and set aside.
  4. In a mixer, cream the butter and sugar until smooth.
  5. Add the eggs and mix well.
  6. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  7. In measuring cup mix together the buttermilk and vanilla.
  8. Add the flour mix, alternating with the buttermilk, to the butter mix. Combine.
  9. Add 1/2 of the batter to the loaf pan, then sprinkle on 1/2 of the cinnamon/sugar mix. Then using a fork, stir it a little into the batter.
  10. Add the rest of the batter and sprinkle on the remaining cinnamon/sugar mix, covering the top of the loaf. Lightly stir the cinnamon/sugar mixture into the top of the loaf batter.
  11. Bake for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Keywords: cinnamon bread, cinnamon loaf, cinnamon swirl

Recipe from Best of Bridge

Cinnamon Swirl Loaf {A Pretty Life}

More delicious loaf recipes:

Peanut Butter Bread

Have a delicious day!

This post was originally posted Sept 2012, but I have recently updated it with new images.  Same great recipe, just new images.

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    Courtenay@Creek Line House
    September 14, 2012 at 2:51 PM


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    Ali Richardson
    September 14, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    Oh man, trouble!

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    September 14, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    Cinnamon loafs are my absolute favorite thing to eat on this planet. Jo-anna!!!!!! You read my mind 🙂 Thank u for sharing this recipe with us! I need to make it this weekend now 🙂

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    the authentic nut
    September 14, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    Wow! Looks fantastic, great photos, thanks for the recipe : D

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    Pretend Chef
    September 15, 2012 at 12:51 AM

    Oh my! I need to make this for breakfast this weekend!

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    September 15, 2012 at 1:04 AM

    I have to say I am a cinnamon girl & this recipe looks amazing. I am pinning it. Thanks for the recipe! Drop by & link up anytime btw @

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    Stephanie @ henry happened
    September 15, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    That does look divine – I would love to start the day with a slice of that and a cup of coffee!

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    Anu@My Dream Canvas
    September 15, 2012 at 4:38 AM

    This looks delicious. I look forward to seeing you at My Dream Canvas.

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    September 15, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    Mmmm, this looks divine. My Mum used to make this when I was little. She’s coming out this week, and I am going to make this for her using your recipe!

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    September 15, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    lol…I’d give it a day at the most in our house. In fact it would be living on borrowed time if it smells like cinnamony heaven…my favorite! Many thanks for the recipe!

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    September 16, 2012 at 3:20 AM

    How beautiful!

    Katie @ Horrific Knits

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    K Coake
    September 16, 2012 at 3:44 AM

    Wow! That looks really yummy. I’m pinning it and hope to make it tomorrow morning.

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    September 17, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    Mmm i can just taste it! I am quite a fan of anything cinnamon, so this looks like one delicious recipe i gotta try 🙂

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    The Passionate Home
    September 19, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    I think we would be best friends…my two favorites, coffee and cinnamon together! thanks for sharing! C

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    November 1, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    oh yum! Pinning this!

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    November 2, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    That looks sooo yummy, Jo-Anna! I LOVE cinnamon breads!

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    Taryn @ Design, Dining + Diapers
    November 2, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    You are killing me here with all of these recipes! These look so good.

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    Stephanie Rutledge
    February 25, 2020 at 8:33 PM

    This looks delicious. I’m pinning it for later!

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    August 30, 2020 at 3:02 PM

    This looks delicious! Do you dip and sweep when measuring the flour or spoon and level? Thanks so much!

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      Jo-Anna Rooney
      August 31, 2020 at 10:14 AM

      Hi Neera! I scoop and level (which I think is dip and sweep…I basically scoop out the flour with my measuring cup, then I level it with a level)…hope that helps!

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    October 11, 2020 at 12:32 PM

    What type of flour?

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      Jo-Anna Rooney
      October 11, 2020 at 12:47 PM

      Hi Mackenzie! Just regular, all purpose white flour.

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