Cake/ Desserts

Vanilla Maple Granola Loaf Cake

Vanilla loaf cake, flavored with maple extract and ground cinnamon, with a middle layer of maple cinnamon granola and brown sugar and then topped off with even more maple cinnamon granola!  Your classic vanilla loaf cake kicked up 10,000 notches!

It has been too long since I have made a loaf cake!  So when I received a package of several varieties of granola from My Favorite Indulgence, I knew instantly that I was going to use the Maple Cinnamon Granola in a loaf cake.  Mmmmm.  Yes.  You know what is so awesome about the granola that My Favorite Indulgence sells??  They have nut free varieties too!  And in so many amazing flavor varieties.  I can’t wait to come up with more recipes using their granola.

So I got the hook up at the firehouse.  Farm fresh eggs from one of the firefighters!  I am beyond excited!  And the guys were excited that they were giving me eggs, because they knew I would be back with something yummy for them in return.  So yeah….they got this loaf cake.

Here’s the middle layer:

And the loaf cake all topped and ready to be baked:

Vanilla Maple Granola Loaf Cake

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Serves: 10 Cooking Time: 55-60 minutes

Ingredients

  • LOAF BATTER:
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1-1/4 cups white granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon maple extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk), room temperature
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • MIDDLE LAYER:
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup My Favorite Indulgence Maple Cinnamon Granola
  • TOPPING:
  • 2 cups My Favorite Indulgence Maple Cinnamon Granola

Instructions

1

Preheat the oven to 350-degrees. Line a 9x5-inch baking pan with parchment paper and spray the bottom and sides with baking spray. Set aside.

2

In the bowl of your stand mixer, affixed with the paddle attachment, add the butter and the white sugar. Mix on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time to the mixer, mixing the first egg in completely before adding the second egg. Add the maple extract, vanilla extract, cinnamon and nutmeg to the batter and mix until combined.

3

Change the mixer to low speed and slowly add the flour and baking powder to the batter. Add the milk to the batter and mix until all ingredients are incorporated. Remove the bowl from the mixer.

4

PREPARE MIDDLE LAYER: In a small bowl, stir together the brown sugar and cinnamon and then stir in the granola to the sugar.

5

ASSEMBLE LOAF CAKE: Pour approximately 1/3 of the batter into the prepared pan in an even layer. Add the middle granola-sugar layer, gently pushing the mixture into the batter. Top the granola with the remaining batter, evenly. Sprinkle two cups of granola over the top of the cake, gently pressing the granola into the batter.

6

Bake cake in 350-degree oven for 55-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out without raw batter on it.

7

Let cake set in the pan for 5-minutes before using the parchment paper to lift the cake out of the pan, and place the cake on a wire rack to cool complete.

8

Once completely cool, cut into desired sized slices.

Notes

Store loaf cake at room temperature in an airtight container. Cake will stay fresh for 3-4 days.

Want a slice?  Hell yeah!!

See that middle layer there?!  Mmmm hmm!

The boys at the firehouse demolished this cake within hours of me dropping it off to them!  Nothing better than a slice of cake after a late night call 🙂  And the granola stayed super nice and crunchy, just like awesome granola should!

So what’s your favorite loaf cake??  Do you like granola? What’s your go-to late night snack??

XOXO,

Kelly

PS: I have linked this recipe up at the following link parties: Meal Plan Monday, PinJunkie, Pretty Pintastic Party, Sugar and Spice, Weekend Potluck.

I used an entire 10-ounce package of My Favorite Indulgence Maple Cinnamon Granola in this loaf cake!  Click HERE to buy!

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25 Comments

  • Reply
    Kim | The Baking ChocolaTess
    July 12, 2017 at 2:48 PM

    Kelly I am loving these flavors! I’m a huge, huge quick bread person! I love it!!! Pinning!!

  • Reply
    Alia @ Everyday Easy Eats
    July 12, 2017 at 9:15 PM

    Your loaf cake looks delicious! All of the warm spices with the vanilla and maple sound fabulous. I bet it makes your house smell heavenly while its baking!!

    • Reply
      Kelly
      July 14, 2017 at 4:22 PM

      Thank you Alia! I just love anything maple….and baking this loaf cake did make my house smell heavenly 🙂 XOXO

  • Reply
    Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen
    July 13, 2017 at 8:25 AM

    Granola in cake? Ummm, yes please! Not only is the cake delicious but the granola means it’s a breakfast food :). And lucky you to get fresh eggs! Have a great weekend, dear Kelly!

    • Reply
      Kelly
      July 14, 2017 at 4:23 PM

      Hehehe I totally agree Kelsie!! Granola added to anything instantly makes it appropriate for breakfast hehehe. Have a great weekend too my dear 🙂 XOXO

  • Reply
    Deepika|TheLoveOfCakes
    July 13, 2017 at 8:29 AM

    Wow! What a brilliant idea!! The buttery soft cake and the crunchy granola would be so good together! Yummm 🙂

    • Reply
      Kelly
      July 14, 2017 at 4:24 PM

      Thank you Deepika! It was such a great contrast in textures…and just darn yummy! Hehehe XOXO 🙂

  • Reply
    Amy (Savory Moments)
    July 13, 2017 at 11:39 AM

    Nice! I’ve never seen granola in/on a cake before, but it looks awesome! It’s like a kicked-up streusel!

    • Reply
      Kelly
      July 14, 2017 at 4:25 PM

      Thanks Amy! I had never seen it done before either, so it was a gamble on whether it would be a kitchen success or disaster, and it turned out to be a success! It’s like a cheater streusel heheheh. XOXO 🙂

  • Reply
    GiGi Eats Celebrities
    July 13, 2017 at 7:54 PM

    Helloo beautiful loaf of delicious flavor and HEAVEN ON EARTH!!

    • Reply
      Kelly
      July 14, 2017 at 4:27 PM

      Mmmmm…yes…it feed a hungry firehouse full of firefighters!! I think they either love me or hate me, with all of the goodies I bring them hehehe 🙂

  • Reply
    cakespy
    July 14, 2017 at 4:25 AM

    That granola crumb topping tho. #swoon

    • Reply
      Kelly
      July 14, 2017 at 4:28 PM

      Hehehe thanks doll 🙂 XOXO

  • Reply
    Maria Doss
    July 14, 2017 at 8:41 AM

    This cake looks so moist and soft…#drooling. Granola topping is pure genius!!!! Have a great weekend Kelly:)

    • Reply
      Kelly
      July 14, 2017 at 4:30 PM

      Thank you Maria!! It was super yummy! Have a great weekend too 🙂 XOXO

  • Reply
    Katherine | Love In My Oven
    July 14, 2017 at 9:02 AM

    Kelly I loooove that you’ve added granola to a loaf. I will definitely be trying this one soon!! Happy weekend!! XO

    • Reply
      Kelly
      July 14, 2017 at 4:31 PM

      Thank you Katherine! Let me know what ya think if you make this! Have a great weekend too 🙂 XOXO

  • Reply
    Allison
    July 14, 2017 at 4:03 PM

    That is such a good idea! Pinning to try soon!

    • Reply
      Kelly
      July 14, 2017 at 4:33 PM

      Thank you Allison! XOXO 🙂

  • Reply
    April
    July 15, 2017 at 7:30 AM

    I always add some type of nuts to my loaf cakes, to add a bit of crunch and texture. I can just imagine how much tastier it would be with granola! PINed it!

    • Reply
      Kelly
      July 16, 2017 at 11:19 AM

      Thank you April! I agree….I totally love the contrast in texture and the crunchiness of the granola is perfect! Have a great weekend! XOXO 🙂

  • Reply
    Melissa
    July 17, 2017 at 6:08 PM

    Kelly, this looks absolutely delicious. I’m pinning this so I can make it very soon.

    • Reply
      Kelly
      July 18, 2017 at 6:41 AM

      Thanks Melissa! It is super yummy!! XOXO 🙂

  • Reply
    heather (delicious not gorgeous)
    July 17, 2017 at 6:34 PM

    love the idea of having granola in cake!! sounds like a super easy streusel to me (:

    • Reply
      Kelly
      July 18, 2017 at 6:42 AM

      Thanks Heather! I love simple…and it doesn’t get much easier than opening up a package of granola and putting it on top of the cake heheheh 🙂 Have a great week girl! XOXO

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