Starbucks copycat chocolate-cinnamon loaf is a year-round treat

Apr 26, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. ET

This popular chocolate-cinnamon bread that Starbucks sells around the holidays can be enjoyed year-round with this easy copycat recipe.

During the holidays, I get very excited when I see a certain coffee shop chain bring out its chocolate-cinnamon loaf. It's so simple yet so amazing and delicious I literally want to cry when it retires until the next holiday season.

This homemade loaf is the perfect balance of sweet and chocolaty with the just the right amount of spice. I finally decided to search for a recipe so I can make this treat whenever my stomach desires. Luckily there were many recipes floating around out there, but this one that I came across seemed perfect and sounded like an exact match to the tasty flavors in this bread served at Starbucks.

This recipe makes two loaves, and I find that freezing the second one works great (unless you plan to eat it right away) or even wrapping it tightly in plastic wrap and gifting it to a neighbor or family member.

starbucks copycat chocolate loaf

Starbucks copycat chocolate-cinnamon loaf recipe

Adapted from Starbucks

Soft and dense, this homemade version of the coffee shop treat is flavored with cocoa and cinnamon for a dessert or snack with just the right amount of spice.

Yields 2

Prep time: 20 minutes | Bake time: 45 minutes | Inactive time: 1 hour | Total time: 2 hours 5 minutes


For the batter

  • 1-1/2 cups softened unsalted butter
  • 2-1/2 cups white cane sugar
  • 5 whole eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 cups cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1-1/4 cups low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the spiced topping

  • 1/4 cup white cane sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting (optional)


  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease 2 (9 x 5-inch) loaf pans, and set them aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, sift the flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the butter and sugar. Using a hand mixer, mix for about 3 minutes or until creamy.
  4. One by one, add in the eggs, and mix until everything is well incorporated. Add in the buttermilk and vanilla extract, and mix well.
  5. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and mix very well, making sure there are no lumps. Divide the batter between the 2 loaf pans.
  6. To a small bowl, add all the ingredients (except for the powdered sugar) for the spice topping. Mix well, and sprinkle over the top of each loaf.
  7. Bake the loaves for 40 to 45 minutes or until the centers are baked thoroughly.
  8. Remove from the oven, and allow to cool for 1 hour. Slice and serve. Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

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