Cinnamon-Chip and Pecan Loaf Cake

I’ve been wanting to make this bread for awhile. A friend gave me some over a year ago and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. I don’t know why it took me so long, but I made it to take with me to Christmas Eve last week, and it was just as good as I remembered. The cinnamon chips are definitely the star of this recipe. Their rich sweetness just seems to melt into and flavor the rest of the bread. The texture is soft, and just a little bit crumbly, and definitely leaves you wanting more. Everyone seemed to really enjoy it over Christmas, and Mike and I had no problem finishing off what little was left. Mike rated it a 4 just out of the oven, but dropped it to a 3.75 at room temperature.

Cinnamon-Chip and Pecan Loaf Cake


1 16oz package Pillsbury nut bread mix
1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp butter, room temperature
1 cup sour cream
2 large eggs
1/2 cup cinnamon chips
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground allspice


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 9x5x2 inch loaf pan.

Using mixer beat bread mix (not the package of nuts) and 1/2 cup butter in large bowl until crumbly mixture forms. Transfer 1/2 cup crumb mixture to small bowl and add the remaining 2 Tbsp butter and mix with fingers until moist clumps form (for streusel).

Stir sour cream and eggs into remaining crumb mixture in large bowl. Mix in cinnamon chips, cinnamon, allspice, and nut mixture from package.

Pour batter into pan. Sprinkle with streusel.

Bake about 1 hour to 1 hour 20 minutes, or until tester comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Turn out onto rack to cool.

Variation: Can make 4 small loaves. Adjust baking time to 35-40 minutes.

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  1. YUM! This looks wonderful!

  2. Mmm this looks phenomenal!!

  3. Yum, this sounds good! I have been on the lookout for cinnamon chips, but so far haven't found any locally. Suppose I'll probably have to break down and mail order some. I bet this smells heavenly! 😀

  4. What a combination of flavors and textures- That sounds like the perfect winter treat!

  5. You've won me over within 2 seconds of clicking on your URL! I love love love love love love pecans. That is not an exaggeration whatsoever 🙂 This bread looks absolutely scrumptious!!!

    Thanks for the comment on my blog Lady!!!

    PS your husband ratings idea is so cute!

  6. Love your site! Thanks for the comment on my blog. It's funny we have similar tastes…husband ratings and 12 days of food for the holidays (I did oats, but cookies sound way more fun!)

  7. This looks like a lovely bread or cake to have with coffee. I love all of the sweet spices you added and the sour cream must keep it nice and moist!

  8. well, this is outstanding. in my eyes, cinnamon chips can do no wrong, and by tossing them into this quick bread, you've taken it from great to irresistible!

  9. Wonderful, Megan. I adore cinnamon chips, don't you? Looks like a lovely moist coffeecake-like cake!

  10. I've been avoiding twitter too, but the sis twisted my arm! So here I am. 🙂

  11. I really want to make this as I always keep cinnamon chips in stock lol. But I’ve never seen this pillsbury nut bread mix before… is there any substitute at all for something like that, do you know? Maybe a cake mix just to give it a base? I’m sure it wouldnt look or taste the same but I doubt it would be awful lol.

    • I can’t find cinnamon chips this year so I’m jealous! As far as the nut bread mix, cake mix might work if it was the same size mix, but would give it a different texture I think. Maybe look for another quickbread or muffin type of mix?

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