Italian Breakfast


Apple Fritter Loaf with a powdered sugar glaze is a simple loaf cake that will remind you of your favorite apple fritter. This easy cake has layers of moist vanilla cake, tart apples with lots of cinnamon and sugar. When apple season is here and apples are in abundance, this is the way to go.

Apple Fritter Loaf


⅓ cup packed light brown sugar 

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 


¾ cup granulated sugar 

½ cup unsalted butter – room temp 

2 teaspoons vanilla extract 

2 large eggs – room temp

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour 

  • teaspoon baking powder 
  • teaspoon baking soda 

¼ teaspoon salt 

½ cup buttermilk 


3 tablespoons granulated sugar 

1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon 

1 ¾ cups chopped peeled baking apples – Jonagold, Honey crisp or your favorite


½ cup powdered sugar 

2 teaspoons half and half or whole milk 


Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Spray a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with nonstick baking spray. Set aside. 

For the cinnamon sugar: in a small bowl, combine the brown sugar and cinnamon. Set aside. 

For the apples: in another medium bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon. Add the apples and toss until the apples are coated with the cinnamon sugar. Let marinate while working on the rest of the cake.

For the cake: in a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, cream the sugar and butter together until light and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla, then add the eggs, one at a time, beating just until each egg is incorporated. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the dry ingredients and buttermilk to the butter-sugar mixture in the large bowl, alternating back and forth between the two, starting and ending with our and beating on medium speed.

Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl with a spatula and stir in any unmixed bits of batter. 

Add half of the batter to the prepared loaf pan. Add half of the apples in a layer and gently push them down into the batter. Sprinkle half of the cinnamon sugar over the apples. 

Repeat, adding the remaining batter, apples, and cinnamon sugar. Use a skewer to swirl it all together. 

Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 55 to 65 minutes. 


Mix powdered sugar and cream or half and half together in a small bowl until smooth. 

Place cake on a serving platter and drizzle warm cake with icing. 

Slice and serve warm or at room temperature. 

Buon Mangiata!

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We are fortunate that two of our 9 grandchildren live about 5 minutes away so we get to spend lots of time with them.  They happen to be our two youngest grandchildren, Gianna is 10 and Olivia is 8.

But they love to bake and today we made Apple Fritter Loaf.  They also love to help out when making fresh pasta.  For us this is a blessing.  We have two great-grandchildren, Valentina 4 and Rome 2, but they live in Raleigh so we do not get to spend that much time with them.


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