Starbucks’ Chocolate Cinnamon Bread

by Jessica on July 24, 2012

Starbucks' Chocolate Cinnamon Bread |

You’ve found your most favorite dish; whether it’s savory or sweet, it doesn’t matter. You just know you’ll immediately recreate it at home… thinking long and hard about which spices and ingredients go into that dish, the amounts and the time it takes to prepare. Or as a last resort, Google it to find a copycat recipe. ūüôā

With this treat, though, there was none of that. The following recipe comes directly from the horse’s mouth. I’d received an email from Starbucks a few months ago about seasonal drinks and dessert offerings, with this beautiful news attached. See, Starbucks’ Chocolate Cinnamon Bread is one of my favorite desserts that line their sweet cases. Unfortunately, though, it’s not offered year-round. So when they graciously offered their secret recipe to the public, I grabbed it and ran!

The calorie count is high, but it’s totally worth it (and you’ve got enough to share with a friend!). Hope you enjoy!!

Starbucks' Chocolate Cinnamon Bread |

Starbucks’ Chocolate Cinnamon Bread

Yield: 2 loaves


    For the Chocolate Batter:
  • 24 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 c granulated sugar
  • 5 lg eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 c all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 c dutch processed cocoa
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 c low-fat buttermilk
  • 1/4 c water
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • For the Cocoa Spice Topping:
  • 1/4 c granulated sugar
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp dutch processed cocoa
  • Pinch of ground ginger
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • 1/4 c sparkle sugar (for decorating)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 9"x5"x3" loaf pans and set aside.

Beat together the butter and sugar in an electric mixer until light and creamy, around 5 minutes. Then add the eggs, one at a time, mixing until each is fully incorporated. You may need to scrape down the sides of the bowl a few times to get them fully mixed in. In a medium-sized bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, salt, baking powder and baking soda.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, water and vanilla. With your mixer on low speed, begin adding the contents of each bowl to the butter mixture, alternating between the two until your mixture is fully blended, but not overly whipped. Then split your batter between the two pans. If your batter is slightly uneven, you can lightly shake the pan to even out the tops.

For the topping, whisk together the sugar, cinnamon, cocoa powder, ginger and cloves. Then evenly layer the decorating sugar over your batter, followed by the spice mixture. Bake loaves for 45-50 minutes. Cool pans on a wire rack until completely cool, then remove loaves from pans.

Source: Starbucks Coffee

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Susan July 24, 2012 at 12:52 pm

How funny, Jessica. When we were in Portland, I had a Mayan Milkshake that was flavored with milk chocolate, cinnamon, and almond. I’ve been obssessing over how to incorporate those flavors into – a cake? ice cream? brownies? So, I totally get what you’re saying!

This bread looks & sounds great – I’ll have to try it! Thanks for the inspiration.

BTW, thanks for the link to “Link With Love.”


2 Rebecca July 24, 2012 at 3:22 pm

This is my favorite thing Starbucks makes. A while back they were giving out the recipe and I jumped on it. Yum.


3 Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust July 24, 2012 at 9:48 pm

Wow! That sounds beyond amazing!


4 Angie July 24, 2012 at 10:29 pm

No fooling-I have looked all over for a good copycat, and even tried it. Twice! Love this stuff-thanks for sharing!


5 Mary Hirsch July 28, 2012 at 9:38 pm

Anything in the Starbucks pastry case is loaded with calories. But, sometimes, you just have to let down your guard and go with the calories. This is comfort food at its very best. Thanks for pinning it and show”casing” it.


6 Elif January 3, 2019 at 4:02 pm

Does the decorating sugar really go on the batter *before* the spice mixture? Seems like it should be on top?


7 Jessica April 8, 2019 at 11:17 am

According to Starbucks, yes. However, it wouldn’t hurt to add it at the end!


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