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Cinnamon Swirl Donut Bread

This Cinnamon Swirl Donut Bread is like a cross between your favorite cinnamon bread and a donut. To me, that combination is pretty epic!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Cool10 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cinnamon quick bread, cinnamon swirl donut bread, cinnamon swirl donut bread recipe
Servings: 12 slices
Calories: 320kcal
Author: Jill



  • 1/4 C canola oil
  • 1/4 C unsalted butter softened
  • 1 C sugar
  • 2 large eggs room temp
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 C flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 C buttermilk *
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp molasses


  • 1/2 C unsalted butter melted
  • 1/4 C sugar
  • 1/4 C brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix oil, butter, and sugar in a bowl until combined.
  • Stir in eggs and vanilla until the mixture is smooth.
  • Gently begin adding the dry ingredients and the buttermilk*,
  • stirring until the batter has formed.
  • Scrape sides of the bowl so those ingredients can also be included in the batter.
  • Make sure that there are no lumps.
  • Remove 1/2 cup of the batter. Add it to a smaller bowl. Set aside. Now add the cinnamon and molasses. Stir to mix well.
  • Prepped the loaf pan by spraying it with a baking spray.
  • Begin by scooping in half of the bread batter into the loaf pan. Smooth this out in the bottom of the pan.
  • Spoon half of the cinnamon/molasses batter on top of the bread batter.
  • Scoop the remaining bread batter on top of the cinnamon/molasses batter carefully.
  • Spoon the remaining cinnamon/molasses batter on top of the bread batter.
  • Using a butter knife or a toothpick swirl the batters together.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes while still in the loaf.
  • Gently loosen the edges and the sides of the loaf from the pan.
  • Using your hands carefully remove the loaf from the pan.
  • Prepare the coating for the loaf while it is cooling.
  • Pour the melted butter in a large shallow dish. Add both sugars and cinnamon stirring to mix well.
  • Dip each side of the loaf into the melted butter until coated.
  • Spoon the melted butter on the edges.
  • Carefully take the bread out of the melted butter and place each side into the sugar cinnamon mix ensuring that the side is well coated. Sprinkle the sugar-cinnamon mixture on top of the bread.


*You can use 1/2 C whole milk mixed with 1/2 tsp white vinegar as a substitute for buttermilk.


Calories: 320kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 124mg | Potassium: 95mg | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 420IU | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 1mg