Apple cinnamon loaf cake

This delicious cake is such a treat and the perfect cake to enjoy as the weather turns from cool and cozy to warm and sunny. The cinnamon and vanilla bring a lovely warmth and comforting flavour, while the cake itself is soft, light and fluffy. You can top it with pecans, like here, or use whatever nuts your prefer — walnuts and almonds work well.

If you really want to treat yourself, enjoy it warm out of the oven spread with butter that just melts straight into the cake. Yum!


  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 apple, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped


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1. Preheat oven to 175C. Grease and flour a 9×5-inch loaf pan.

2. Mix brown sugar and cinnamon together in a bowl. Beat white sugar and butter together in a bowl using an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until incorporated; add vanilla extract.

3. Combine flour and baking powder together in a bowl; stir into creamed butter mixture. Mix milk into batter until smooth. Pour half the batter into the prepared loaf pan; add half the apples and half the brown sugar mixture. Lightly pat apple mixture into batter.

4. Pour the remaining batter over apple layer; top with remaining apples, chopped pecans and brown sugar mixture. Lightly pat apples into batter; swirl brown sugar mixture through apples using a finger or spoon. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the centre of the loaf comes out clean, 30 to 40 minutes.


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