Chocolate Cinnamon Bread

I enjoy making different kinds of quick breads. The flavors you see most often are pumpkin and banana. But have you tried chocolate bread? It’s so good – moist and a great combination of chocolate and cinnamon. The other thing I really like about this recipe is that it makes 2 loaves. One for you, and another one for…you! You should try to share, but it will be tough! :)

It’s a recipe that Starbucks gave out a couple of years ago to go with one of their coffee flavors. They even sold this bread in their stores. I think mine turned out just as fabulous and yours will too!

Chocolate Cinnamon Bread
(from the kitchen of Marcus Samuelsson)


  • 3 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 5 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 cups Dutch-processed cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • Pinch ground ginger
  • Pinch ground cloves
  • 1/4 cup decorating or sparkle sugar

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 2 9x5x3 in. loaf pans and line the bottom of the pans with parchment paper.

2. Make the Chocolate Batter: In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar with the paddle attachment on medium speed, until light and creamy, about 5 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating until each egg is completely incorporated before adding the next and scraping down the sides of the bowl several times.

3. Meanwhile in a medium bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, cinnamon, salt, baking powder and baking soda. In another bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, water and vanilla. With mixer on low speed, alternately add the flour mixture and buttermilk mixture to butter, beginning and ending with the flour and beating just until blended. Divide the batter between the two pans, shake the pans to even the tops and set aside.

4. Make the Cocoa-Spice Sugar Crust: In another small bowl, whisk together the sugar, cinnamon, cocoa, ginger and cloves. Sprinkle the surfaces of both batters with the decorating sugar. Sprinkle with the cocoa sugar mixture, dividing evenly. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 45 to 50 minutes. Let cool completely, run a thin knife around the sides to release the breads and remove from pans.

That’s all – LOL! I know it’s a lot to follow, but it’s SO GOOD!! I hope you get to try it soon.


About the Author:

Lisa from Stop and Smell the Chocolates is a married mom of one amusing son and she loves chocolate! Take a little chocolate break during your stressful day – stop by her blog and you might find a yummy recipe, a funny story, a cup of tea, a household tip, a lovely picture, or a new friend. Lisa looks forward to meeting you and sharing some chocolate!

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  1. 1

    I love chocolate cakes. I will definitely try this one also. I am a bit worried about the cinnamon beeing too much, since its not my strong side.

    I guess it could be shared then ;)

  2. 2

    Loretta says

    Oh, that looks yummy! Now I wanna go bake something when I should be blogging! LOL

  3. 3

    Debbie says

    Wow – that looks terrific. What an easy recipe! I’m totally writing it down to make the next time I am in the mood for chocolate!

  4. 4

    Jen L. says

    How’d you know I’ve been looking for this recipe? :) My husband is nuts about this stuff. When Starbuck’s had it, we’d stop and grab some on our way to the Farmer’s Market every weekend. Thanks for posting this…there will be a loaf in my oven later today!

  5. 5

    Oh goodness that looks sooooo good! I would probably eat both loaves. I’m not real good at sharing when it comes to chocolate and Starbucks!

  6. 6

    we are big fans of breads here too. Never tried chocolate though!

  7. 7

    we are big fans of breads here too. Never tried chocolate though!

  8. 8

    we are big fans of breads here too. Never tried chocolate though!

  9. 9

    Kara says

    This looks amazing – nice change from the usual breads, as you say. Yum!

  10. 10

    You will not regret making this bread! It’s delicious and the crunchy crust on top really complements it. Enjoy!

  11. 11

    Oh, that is just BEAUITFUL! I have to try it!

  12. 12

    Seriously? You have this copycat recipe? YUM!! This is a definite book mark. :)

  13. 13

    Kelly says

    Wow! Looks amazing! I am a big chocolate fan but the spicy crust part sounds extra delicious to me! Thanks for sharing. For similar creative baking- with-chocolate ideas, visit Dove Chocolate Discoveries’ webpage.

  14. 14

    Looks delicious. I’ll be making this soon.

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    Melissa says

    I actually bought a loaf of this at a flea market today it had nuts though. not sure of her recipe. It is really, Yummy! I am going to try to make it my slef with this recipe w/out the nuts.

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    Carla says

    This looks like a recipe that you could use your Kitchen Aid mixer with! :)

  17. 17

    Teresa says

    I think I may try this one soon…Chocolate and Cinnamon.. YUMMM….

  18. 18

    Cindy says

    This recipe looks great, I’m thinking this might be a good weekend to try it. Looks like you use a Kitchenaid mixer to make it.

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    Spencer says

    Looks absolutely delicious! I love the combination of chocolate and cinnamon. It always reminds me of the many wonderful cakes I had growing up as a child.