Cinnamon Swirl Loaf

October 24, 2011

Cinnamon Swirl Loaf

Here's another quick-n-easy recipe, this time for the cinnamon lovers. This cake is so delicious, moist and full of flavour, it's perfect for a Christmas gift. I love to sit in the kitchen while it bakes and breath in that amazing aroma. Did you know that smelling cinnamon helps improve your brain function and memory? I didn't. And do you know what "true cinnamon" is? You can read my notes on Carrot Cake to find out more about it and its many health benefits.

Note: The recipe I found on Love like a vegan uses soy milk and yogurt. If you don't eat soy, you can use any milk you like, oat, almond, hemp, coconut etc. I haven't found other vegan yogurt than soy, but you can either make your own, like here, or simply add more buttermilk (Step 1). Use a good vegan butter to grease the pan (rather than oil), it will keep the sides from darkening too much.

When you remove this cake from the oven, expect a soft, moist, spongy texture and a sweet, crunchy crust. If you leave it in the fridge (wrapped in cling film) for a day or two, you'll get an even moister cake with a melt-in-the-mouth crust.


Step 1
  • 1 cup soy milk
  • 1 Tb apple cider vinegar
Step 2
  • 2 cups organic plain white flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
Step 3
  • 1/4 cup sunflower oil
  • 1/2 cup organic unrefined caster sugar
  • 1/4 cup soy yogurt
Step 4
  • 1/3 cup dark muscovado sugar (or dark brown sugar)
  • 1 Tb cinnamon powder

  • Preheat oven to 350°F (180° C). Grease a 23x13 cm (9"x5") loaf pan with butter.
  • Step 1: Pour the milk into a small bowl, add the vinegar and let sit to curdle while preparing the other ingredients (this is the easy way to make buttermilk).
  • Step 2: Sift all the ingredients into a large bowl and whisk till homogeneous.
  • Step 3: Mix oil, sugar and yogurt in a bowl.
  • Using a whisk, mix the wet ingredients into the dry until well combined. Don't overbeat.
  • Step 4: Mix sugar and cinnamon.
  • Pour 1/3 of the batter into the prepared pan and spread it around evenly. Sprinkle it with 1/3 of the sugar/cinnamon mixture. Repeat this procedure with the remaining ingredients, finishing with the sugar/cinnamon mix.
  • Using a toothpick, create swirls between the top layer of batter and the sugar/cinnamon mixture. Don't move the toothpick fast, so the layers remain clear. Alternatively you can use a knife to make swirls between all the layers.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes until a knife inserted in the centre comes out clean. Keep an eye on the cake so the top doesn't burn.
Cinnamon Swirl Loaf
  • Remove from the oven onto a wire rack, let the cake sit in the pan until warm enough to handle, then remove onto a serving plate and let cool completely. Slice and serve simple, with yogurt, ice cream or tea.
Cinnamon Swirl Loaf


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I'm delighted to find you blog! This Cinnamon Swirl Loaf is on my radar to make this week! Can't wait to have that wonderful smell float through the house!
I'll be back to try more of your terrific recipes! Thank You!! " Trishszy"

Vegan Magic

Trishszy, thank you so much for visiting and for your kind words:) I'm really happy that you like the blog and this recipe in particular. The strong, sweet aroma of cinnamon coming from the oven has a way of making the house feel so cosy. I often add cinnamon to desserts and more recently to smoothies. I hope you enjoy the loaf, it's wonderfully moist and flavourful, with a light, spongy texture. Looking forward to your feedback:)

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