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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 swirled into the delicious vanilla cake. 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 will become a family favourite!

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 morning brunch 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.
  • Make sure to line your loaf pan with parchment paper (or you can grease it with butter).
  • Allow the loaf to rest for at least 1 hour before slicing into it.
  • This loaf freezes well. Store in an air tight container or ziplock bag and keep it in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Cinnamon Swirl Loaf

Brunch recipes that are amazing with Cinnamon Swirl Loaf:

Cinnamon Swirl Loaf

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.

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


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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 ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup sugar


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Prepare the loaf pan: either grease with butter or line with parchment paper
  3. Combine the 2 tbsp cinnamon and 1/3 cup sugar, and set aside.
  4. Using an electric mixer cream the butter and sugar together 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 mix, to the butter ingredients. 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, swirl it a little into the batter.
  10. Add the remaining batter and sprinkle on the remaining cinnamon/sugar mix, covering the top of the loaf. Lightly swirl the cinnamon/sugar mixture into the top of the loaf batter.
  11. Bake for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.

Keywords: cinnamon bread, cinnamon loaf, cinnamon swirl

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  1. 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 🙂

  2. 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 @ DearCreatives.com

  3. 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!

  4. 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!