Apple Cinnamon Bread

Simply delicious APPLE CINNAMON BREAD!

Let’s kick off the fall baking season with this flavorful and delicious Apple Cinnamon Bread!

It’s still quite warm here in California, but I’m ready for fall baking and this loaf bread was the perfect kick off!

Apples, cinnamon and sugar… flavors that are delicious all year round, but seem extra perfect for fall.

And even if I’m still running the air conditioner… the fragrance in my house while this cake was baking was pure fall!

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This recipe starts with a simple vanilla cake base and then gets a generous helping of fresh apples, cinnamon and sugar.

As with most every recipe that comes out of my kitchen, this loaf cake includes one of my favorite kitchen staples, Challenge Butter.

I know when I use Challenge brand dairy products I can depend on consistent quality and fresh taste.

Challenge loves to let their fresh, high quality ingredients shine through in their products and this means you can depend on a pure taste and superior results!

No added flavors, dyes, or artificial preservatives…. just fresh and delicious ingredients that are the perfect foundation for successful recipes!

As a California girl, I love knowing that the milk used in Challenge Dairy products is from local, family-owned California dairy farms.

If you’re not sure where you can find Challenge butter (and cream cheese) near you, use this helpful map.

APPLE CINNAMON BREAD RECIPE - Perfect for fall baking!


Apple Cinnamon Bread Recipe 


Apple Cinnamon Bread

Simply the perfect fall recipe! Moist, flavorful and delicious!
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Cool 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 40 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 276 kcal


  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup unsalted Challenge butter 1 stick, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt omit if using salted butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 large apple peeled and finely chopped (about 1 1/4 cups chopped) - I used Granny Smith


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Grease and flour a 9" x 5" loaf pan, and/or line with parchment paper.
  • In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar and cinnamon, and set aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter until smooth, then add white sugar and continue to blend until fully incorporated.
  • Add eggs and vanilla and blend until well combined.
  • Slowly add flour, baking powder, salt and then milk, and blend just until all ingredients are well combined.  Do not over-mix.
  • Pour HALF of the batter into the prepared pan.
  • Top batter with half of the diced apples, and half of the cinnamon sugar mixture.
  • Press apples and cinnamon sugar into the batter just a bit (with the back of a large spoon).
  • Pour the remaining batter on top of the apple layer (spread as needed), then top with remaining apples and remaining cinnamon sugar.
  • Again, press the apples and cinnamon sugar into the batter a bit.
  • Bake for 50-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.
  • Cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then transfer loaf to a cooling rack to continue cooling.


I used Challenge butter in this recipe, but please feel free to use a high quality brand of your choice.


Calories: 276kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 4gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 58mgSodium: 203mgPotassium: 82mgFiber: 1gSugar: 27gVitamin A: 361IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 73mgIron: 1mg
Keyword apple cinnamon bread
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Simply delicious APPLE CINNAMON BREAD!

Happy fall baking!

Disclosure – I created this recipe as part of an ongoing partnership with Challenge Dairy.  Partnering with brands I love allows me to provide you high quality content at no cost to you.  I only work with brands I use and love.  All images, text and opinions are my own.



  1. Is there any way to add the apples and cinammon mix to cake mix instead of making the batter from scratch? 

  2. I’ve made this recipe a couple of times & it’s delicious!! I will be making it again for Thanksgiving & Christmas!!.

  3. Could I use Honey Crisp apples for this recipe?

  4. Do you use plain flour ir selfrising flour?

    • Hi Connie,
      In the U.S., any recipe calling for “flour” refers to “all purpose flour” which has no leavening. Happy baking!

  5. I made this last week and it was delicious! Reminded me so much of my Grandma’s coffee cake she always made. I do think I prefer recipes where you mix in the apples though because it helps keep the slice moist throughout. I also would add a bit of flour and butter to the topping to help it cook together a bit because much of it was still crumbly and fall off when I flipped the loaf out of the pan.

  6. Does leftover bread (assuming there IS any)
    need to be refrigerated, due to butter and
    milk ingredients?

  7. Can Golden Delicious apples be used instead of granny smith?

    • Hi Christina,
      I almost always use Granny Smith for baking because they are a nice firm apple that holds up to baking without turning to mush. Golden Delicious I’m sure would work ok, but since they are are softer apple to start out with, once baked, they may loose most of their texture. Feel free to experiment.

  8. Sounds relish …!!!!

  9. Looks So Yummy! I love apples and cinnamon sugar combination. Just a quick question. Is there any particular reason why the cut apples are not mixed with the cake batter and only layered?

    • I did consider trying the recipe with the apples mixed in as well, but have yet to try it that way. As listed, the layers create a beautiful variety of flavors and textures. Feel free to experiment, I think it would be delicious either way.

  10. These pics have my mouth watering!  Looks yummy! ! !

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