Soft and tender, this quick cinnamon bread is a cross between a cinnamon roll and coffee cake. It’s amazing on its own, but becomes a decadent treat with a simple glaze of cinnamon cream cheese. This loaf of cinnamon bread takes less than an hour to bake and is perfect for breakfast or brunch. 

Slices of cinnamon swirl bread.

A Delicious Homemade Cinnamon Swirl Bread Recipe

There’s just something so comforting and warm about fresh cinnamon bread, especially when it takes less than an hour to make. The slightly spicy and sweet scent fills the air and it just feels like everything is gonna be okay—especially once you get your hands on a slice. 

I love how the cinnamon swirl and cream cheese frosting elevate this from a quick bread recipe to maybe the best cinnamon rolls around (without all the actual rolling). No need to knead, this cinnamon swirl quick bread has a super tender texture and just the right amount of sugar to make this a sweet morning treat. My husband and kids love it! And I love that it’s so easy to make. 

I don’t normally like frosting on my cinnamon bread but by adding cream cheese, it’s not as sweet as some and the cinnamon goes so well with the cinnamon in the bread itself.

​This is perfect with a cup of tea or coffee at brunch or for a mid morning snack. Make two and take one to a friend who needs a pick-me-up. For other quick bread recipes, try my banana zucchini bread or lemon blueberry loaf. or try my most popular recipe on Butter and Baggage: Homemade Buttery Cinnamon Bread. Inspired by the famous Dollywood treat, I came up with my own spin.

What’s the Difference Between Bread and Quick Bread? 

While they are both absolutely delicious, the main difference between the two is the use of yeast versus leavening agents. Quick breads are made with leavening agents, like baking soda and powder, that allow bread to rise immediately while “regular” bread is made with yeast, which needs time to rise properly. Quick breads are just as yummy, but less time-consuming and less intimidating for first-time bakers. 

Why You’ll Want to Make this Cinnamon Quick Bread Every Weekend

  • Easy Recipe – Impress your friends and family with a delicious bread without dealing with first and second rises. 
  • Cinnamon Sugar Mixture – This classic flavor combo that brings everyone back to their childhood. 
  • Fresh Baked Bread – Once you’ve started making fresh bread at home, you’ll neve want to buy the store-bought stuff again. 
  • Adaptable -You can make it less sweet by serving the frosting on the side.

You’ll Need Mostly Pantry Staples

The ingredients you need for the cinnamon swirl bread.
Gather the ingredients.
The ingredients for a cinnamon cream cheese frosting.
Ingredients for the frosting.


Bread

Pantry staples – Flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Plus butter, eggs vanilla extract and buttermilk.


Cinnamon Swirl

Butter – Melted, please! 

Sugar and Spice – Brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt! 

Nuts – I like finely chopped pecans for this recipe. 


Frosting

Cream Cheese, butter and cream– Forms the base of the frosting, they should be room temperature. If you forgot to take it out, learn how to quickly soften cream cheese and how to soften butter.

Sugar and Spice – Powdered sugar and cinnamon for flavor! 

How To Make This Cinnamon Quick Bread Recipe

Step One: Whisk Ingredients

In a large bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, melted butter, and vanilla. 

A bowl of the dry ingredients with a whisk.
Whisk the dry ingredients.
The wet ingredients in a bowl.
Whisk the wet ingredients.

Step Two: Combine Ingredients

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, stirring just until combined and you can no longer see pockets of flour, don’t overmix.

The cake batter in a bowl.
Combine the ingredients and don’t overmix.

In a small bowl, combine melted butter with brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and pecans. 

Teh ingredients for the cinnamon swirl.
Add the ingredients for the swirl to a bowl.
The cinnamon swirl in a bowl.
Stir the cinnamon swirl ingredients together.

Step Three: Assemble 

Pour half of the batter into the loaf pan. Spoon ½ of the cinnamon mixture on top and swirl it into the batter with a knife. Add the remaining batter and top with the rest of the cinnamon mixture, swirling it into the batter. 

The bread dough covered with the cinnamon swirl.
Layer the swirl between the bread dough.

Step Four: Bake Bread

Bake for 40 minutes. Tent with foil to prevent over browning and cook for an additional 13-15 minutes. A toothpick should come out with just a few crumbs. Let it cool for an hour before removing.

A baked loaf of cinnamon swirl bead.
Bake until golden brown.

Step Five: Make Frosting

Add cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, cinnamon and cream or milk to a mixing bowl. Beat with a hand mixer until smooth. Add additional cream depending on how thick or thin you want the frosting.

The ingredients for the frosting in a bowl.
Add the frosting ingredients to a bowl.
A bowl of cinnamon cream cheese frosting.
Beat until smooth.

Drizzle over the cake. 

Small Changes You Can Make To Homemade Cinnamon Bread

  • No buttermilk on hand? Learn how to make buttermilk with pantry items.
  • Swap the finely chopped pecans for almonds, hazelnuts, cashews! Or leave them out entirely, I just love the extra texture they add. 
  • Turn this into cinnamon raisin bread by adding—you guessed it–raisins! 

How To Store Cinnamon Quick Bread

In The Fridge: Once cool, you can store in an airtight container or wrapped in plastic wrap and store in a breadbox or the fridge for several days. 

In The Freezer: I recommend slicing the bread before freezing so you can take out as many slices as you want at a time.

A sliced cinnamon swirl bread topped with frosting.

Cinnamon Roll Bread with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Soft and tender, this quick cinnamon bread is a cross between a cinnamon roll and coffee cake. It's amazing on its own, but becomes a decadent treat with a simple glaze of cinnamon cream cheese. This loaf of cinnamon bread takes less than an hour to bake and is perfect for breakfast or brunch.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 272kcal

Ingredients

  • Cinnamon Bread Dough
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk whole, not fat free
  • 8 tbsp butter 1 stick, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • Swirl
  • 4 tbsp butter melted
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup pecans finely chopped
  • Frosting
  • 1 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp cream
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350º. Line a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, 8 tablespoons melted butter and vanilla. 
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, stirring just until combined and you can no longer see pockets of flour. 
  • In a small bowl combine 4 tablespoons of melted butter with brown sugar, cinnamon salt and pecans. 
  • Pour half of the batter into the loaf pan. Spoon ½ of the cinnamon mixture on top and swirl it into the batter with a knife. Add the remaining batter and top with the rest of the cinnamon mixture, swirling it into the batter. 
  • Bake for 40 minutes, then tent with foil to prevent over browning and cook an additional 13-15 minutes. A toothpick should come out with just a few crumbs.
  • Let it cool in the pan on a cooling rack for an hour before removing. 
  • Add cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, cinnamon and 2 tablespoons of cream or milk to a mixing bowl. Beat with a hand mixer until smooth. Add additional cream depending on how thick or thin you want the frosting. Drizzle over the cake. 

Notes

  • Let it cool in the pan for an hour before trying to slice it. 
  • You can leave out the nuts or substitute your favorite.
  • This is fabulous without the frosting.

Nutrition

Calories: 272kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 419mg | Potassium: 66mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 393IU | Vitamin C: 0.05mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 1mg
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