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Apple Cinnamon Loaf Cake

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This Apple Cinnamon Loaf Cake recipe makes a sweet, moist loaf-style cake with apples and cinnamon baked in.

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Apple season is upon us although we certainly don’t have to wait for the Fall to enjoy a delicious Apple Cinnamon Loaf Cake. Apples are easy to come by year-round although there is something significant when we mark the seasons with food. Something I have mentioned many times over. It gives us something to look forward to each turn of the clock. And I would have to say that few things taste better than the pairing of apples and cinnamon.

That is why this Apple Cinnamon Loaf Cake is surely on my must-make list for the Fall season. Its moist, freshness and cinnamon topping make it a dessert-like in essence but acceptable for the breakfast table too. At least in my house anyway. This one just so happens to compliment a cup of morning coffee rather well.

Baking this humble loaf-style cake makes the house smell amazing and feels almost like it is a special occasion. Placing the cinnamon-topped slices onto a cake platter makes for a lovely presentation without having to do much.

Why I Love This Recipe

As much as I love apples and baking with fruit of any kind. The love for this recipe goes beyond that. This is a recipe that is very much similar to a cake my grandmother used to make when I was much younger. I remember the crumbly slices of apple cake on her cake platter. I also recall, that it never lasted long and you were lucky to get a piece.

Recently, I was gifted a recipe book that she herself had put together with a few friends and her own mother. Each of the ladies added their own specialties in the book with their names next to the recipe. Wouldn’t you know it, that one evening I had scrolled through the dessert section to find one apple loaf recipe written by my grandmother Wanda.

Her recipe calls for lard and is a tad different than mine. Which makes no difference to me. Just the fact that we both have written apple loaf cake recipes and shared them with others is enough to make me smile. To think of her apple cake each time I make my own. She was a magical lady who knew her way around the kitchen and how to make a house a home. A lady that still inspires me to this day.

If you love apples as much as I do be sure to check out this recipe for my Old Fashioned Apple Pie if the desire to bake a fresh pie should strike you. It won’t disappoint.

What You Will Need To Make It

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

8 tbsp salted room temperature butter

1/2 cup sugar

1 apple (golden delicious, granny smith, gala or Braeburn work great)

3/4 cup milk

2 eggs (room temperature)

2 tsp baking powder

Cinnamon and Sugar Topping

1 tbsp cinnamon

1/2 cup brown sugar

Directions

Begin by preheating the oven to 350℉.

In large bowl sift together the flour and baking powder.

In a separate bowl cream together the room temperature butter, sugar, and eggs.

Peel the apple and dice it up into small bite-sized pieces. Set aside.

dicing up apples for apple loaf cake

Combine the cinnamon and sugar topping, and set that aside.

Pour the sugar and butter mix into the large bowl with the sifted flour mixture.

Add the milk and apples. Mix well until all is incorporated.

In a waiting greased loaf pan, pour half the cake batter in.

Next, sprinkle about half of the cinnamon and sugar topping.

Top with the remaining cake batter and sprinkle the rest of the cinnamon sugar mix over it.

sprinkling cinnamon to the center of the apple cinnamon loaf cake
sprinkling cinnamon topping onto apple loaf cake batter

Bake for approximately 45 minutes to 50 minutes or until you can pull a dry toothpick from the center of the apple cake.

Apple loaf cake ready for the oven
Apple loaf cake upclose
apple cinnamon loaf cake in a loaf pan
apple loaf cake on a fork

Baking Notes

  • Using room temperature eggs helps them mix easier into the recipe.
  • Be sure to use room temperature butter to avoid a lumpy cake batter.
  • Sifting the cake allows for fewer lumps and a lighter cake.
  • I use organic unbleached all-purpose flour for this recipe. But you can also use cake flour.

Best Apples To Use For Baking

With so many to choose from in our grocery store these days. It seems it can be quite tricky to pick out the perfect type of apple for baking. The piles of these colorful fruits seem to have the most selection out of any fruit in the produce section. Yet to the untrained eye, you might think that picking one made no difference at all when it comes to adding them into a baked good.

However, there are types that work better than others when it comes to using them in our baked goods. For this Apple Cinnamon Cake Loaf, I love using Braeburns, Granny Smiths, and Golden Delicious apples best. But you can also use Honey Crisps, Fuji, and Gala apples with great success too. All have slightly more tart or sweeter elements and should have that considered when using them in your baked goods.

FAQ

Can I use oil instead of butter?

You can although the flavor will have a subtle taste difference since the butter used is salted. If you opt to use the oil I would also add a 1/4 tsp of salt as well.

What type of pan do I need to bake it in?

A standard class or metal loaf pan will do perfectly.

What type of flour works best for this cake?

I use unbleached organic all-purpose flour for this recipe. You could also use a cake flour for this recipe as well.

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Apple Cinnamon Loaf Cake

Yield: 1 loaf
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

A moist sweet cake with cinnamon and apples baked in.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 8 tbsp salted room temperature butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • Cinnamon Topping
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)

Instructions

  1. Start by preheating the oven to 350℉.
  2. In a large bowl sift together the flour and baking powder.
  3. In a separate bowl cream together the room temperature butter, sugar, and eggs.
  4. Peel the apple and dice it up into small bite-sized pieces. Set aside.
  5. Combine the cinnamon and sugar topping, and set that aside.
  6. Pour the sugar and butter mix into the large bowl with the sifted flour mixture. Add the milk and apples. Mix well until all is incorporated.
  7. In a waiting greased loaf pan, pour half the cake batter in.
  8. Next, sprinkle about half of the cinnamon and sugar topping. Top with the remaining cake batter and sprinkle the rest of the cinnamon sugar mix over it.
  9. Bake for approximately 45 minutes to 50 minutes or until you can pull a dry toothpick from the center of the apple cake.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 205Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 148mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 1gSugar: 25gProtein: 3g

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