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For an out of the ordinary breakfast treat, try this Cinnamon Pull-Apart Coffee Cake with cinnamon and sugar baked into every crevice!

Cinnamon Pull Apart Coffee Cake on a white platter

Cinnamon Pull-Apart Coffee Cake

I adore pull-apart breads…challah, crescent rolls, Parker House rolls. And yes, this pull-apart coffee cake. No knives needed.  Just pull the buttery layers apart with a fork…or your fingers. I first saw Flo Braker’s lemon version of this bread a few years ago…and tweaked her recipe by using orange zest instead of lemon. The hubby became an instant fan.I figured I was long overdue to make this winner with cinnamon.

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Twelve Loaves

This month’s Twelve Loaves theme is Holiday Breads. This cinnamon pull-apart coffee cake is perfect. Wouldn’t you love to start your Christmas morning with a piping hot cup of coffee and a few slices of this fragrant loaf? I knew you’d agree. I’ve already made it twice this fall…once for the hubby, and once for Nick and his college roommates.

 Bill was delighted…and ate it every morning till it disappeared. A step up from his usual cold cereal. And the boys, well, I’m sure this was an upgrade from their coffee and cold pizza…or whatever 20-year-olds can find in their refrigerators to start the day. As Nick reassures me, “I haven’t gotten food poisoning yet.” But they did let me know about the pink chicken they all cut into one evening. Yikes.

Cinnamon Pull Apart Coffee Cake on a white tray

#TwelveLoaves-Holiday Breads. November was a delightful month of spice breads. December #TwelveLoaves is here and we are celebrating Holidays! Share your December Holiday Bread (yeast or quick bread). Let’s get baking!

#TwelveLoaves is a monthly bread baking party created by Lora from Cake Duchess. #TwelveLoaves runs so smoothly thanks to the help of the lovely Paula from Vintage Kitchen Notes and Renee from Magnolia Days.

Here are my the lovely loaves my friends brought to the party this month:


Cinnamon Pull-Apart Coffee Cake

Cinnamon Pull-Apart Coffee Cake

A fun, pull apart yeast bread flavored with cinnamon!

Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Yield 8 servings


  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast (one envelope, I used Red Star Platinum Yeast)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • A few gratings of fresh nutmeg, optional


  1. Grease a standard loaf pan (mine is 8 1/2 x 4 inches).
  2. Mix 2 cups of the flour with sugar, yeast and salt in mixer bowl fitted with paddle attachment.
  3. Heat milk and butter just in microwave or on stove top, just till butter is melted. Add water, then allow to cool till just warm (120º). Stir in vanilla.
  4. Pour the milk mixture into the flour and mix till flour is just moistened. Add eggs, one at a time, beating till incorporated. Stop mixer and add 1/2 cup of the remaining flour and mix on low till dough is smooth, less than a minute. Add 2 more tablespoons of flour and mix again till dough is smooth, less than a minute.
  5. Lightly flour work surface and knead dough for about a minute. Add up to another 2 tablespoons of flour if dough is too sticky. Place dough in lightly greased bowl, cover, and place in a warm place till doubled in bulk, about an hour.
  6. Mix melted butter, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg for filling. Set aside. (Or, alternatively just brush the dough with the melted butter after rolling it out as directed below, then sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar mixture...patting down gently to help it adhere).
  7. Punch down dough, then roll into a 20 x 12 inch rectangle on floured surface. Spread cinnamon sugar and butter mixture as evenly as you can over dough.Using knife or pizza cutter, cut the dough into five strips...each 12 x 4 inches...use a ruler to be as accurate as possible (I trimmed some uneven edges). Spread filling over tops of each strip. Carefully stack all these strips on top of each other, so you have a stack of five 12 x 4 inch rectangles.
  8. Next, cut this stack into 6 equal rectangles, each two inches wide. Carefully, place each of these smaller stacks into the loaf pan, cut sides up. Sprinkle any spilled cinnamon and sugar over top, if desired. Cover and let rise in a warm spot till about doubled in bulk, about 45 minutes.
  9. Preheat oven to 350º. Bake for 30-40 minutes, depending on your oven, till top is browned. Cool on rack about 10-15 minutes then remove from pan to continue cooling.


Adapted from Flo Braker. Total time does not include proofing time.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 388 Total Fat: 14g Saturated Fat: 8g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 78mg Sodium: 248mg Carbohydrates: 60g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 26g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 7g
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51 comments on “Cinnamon Pull-Apart Coffee Cake”

  1. This cinnamon beauty has to smell amazing, but it has to taste even more amazing! Lovely pictures!

  2. I’ve always wanted to make a pull-apart bread and now you’ve just convinced me to push it to the top of my list!

  3. This pull apart bread looks incredible Liz. I want to reach right in and help myself to a BIG piece. YUM!

  4. Mmmm… You know, I really don’t mind if I need to use a fork and a knife, as long as it has enough icing on it to give me future-diabetes, I’m good.

  5. Beautiful bread Liz! Pull apart simply asks to be eaten right there. I can only imagine how it must be coming out of the oven! So I think I need to make one soon. Thanks for baking so many wonderful breads throughout the year!

  6. What a beautiful loaf Liz, I can imagine pulling off one heavenly slice after another, especially warm from the oven, yum!

  7. Yum, this pull apart coffee cake sounds fantastic to start off Christmas morning. I love all the cinnamon goodness in here and can imagine how wonderful this smelled baking in the oven 🙂

  8. I’ve made pull apart bread before. . and here’s a reason to bake it again! love this Liz! It’s perfection!!

  9. Uhhhh the bread looks so crunchy I’m salivating right now!

  10. I adore all things carbs, and this bread does not dissapoint. You won’t mind if I pull apart half the loaf for myself 😉

  11. This is one gorgeous loaf of pull apart bread!

  12. Yes I would love to start Christmas morning with this bread! I can see why your family likes it so much. Mine will too!

  13. This sounds great Liz! I’d like it with both the orange zest and cinnamon:@)

  14. I love pull apart bread and I love that this is cinnamon!! YUM

  15. Oh, this would be so perfect for our family. Hubby’s a big one for grab-and-go breakfasts. He’d love just being able to pull a piece (or three) and run out the door.

  16. THIS is what I want!

    Pinning, bookmarking, gonna make this!!!

  17. I have to contribute to someone else’s Christmas dinner and these will be a hit!

  18. I love pull apart breads. Cinnamon is at the top of my list. This looks lovely.

  19. I’ve attempted pull-apart bread once and it turned out pretty bad. I’ll have to try again with your recipe!

  20. I have to say that pull apart bread does look amazing and a very nice change for breakfast. I only made some once I really should make more, will start with this version!

  21. I would love to start any morning with this! My mouth is watering as I type. I still haven’t conquered my yeast phobia but the Mr is pretty comfortable with it. Hopefully he’ll make this for us.

  22. This bread is gorgeous, Liz!!! love that floppy layered shape it has. I can only imagine how good it tastes!

  23. Lizzy! like always you make the most beautiful foods lol

  24. So, so pretty. I love pull aparts and this one sounds delicious! I could eat a few pieces right now!

  25. You are killing me with this one. So yummy! I can almost smell it through the computer.

  26. I have yet to make a pull apart bread and your cinnamon one is really moving it up on my to-do list. I’d love to peel off a few layers and have it right now.

  27. I can smell it from here! And it is like way better than pink chicken! Gorgeous bread!

  28. This is beautiful Liz. I’ve never made the bread in sheets like this but I love the idea. I’ll have to give this a try. Thanks for sharing.

  29. I’ve been wanting to do a pull apart bread for a long, long time. They always look so pretty with such lovely textures. Yours looks exceptionally wonderful for this holiday season! YUMMY!

  30. What teenagers consume is horrifying. I’ve just arrived home from dropping my little guy at school and walked in to find the fridge has been rummaged through with all manner of things taken – taken to uni. And yes, they do love cold pizza to kick-start the day xx

  31. Pink chicken-oh no! LOL that’s funny when you say who knows what they eat. I bet he is for sure missing mom’s amazing baked goods and can’t wait to come home again:) Love this fun pull-apart bread for the Holiday theme, Lizzy-thanks for being a part of the group!

  32. Your coffee cake is in a category by itself, Liz. Absolutely scrumptious looking and sounding…Girding up my courage to patiently stack and cut the dough. Why? I so want a slice of your cinnamon pull-apart!

  33. Pink chicken? yikes, indeed. Love this recipe.

  34. OMG, Liz, can I come to your place for coffee and cake!? This sounds so delicious!

  35. I’ve never made a pull-apart nor have I ever made monkey bread. and I say I can cook. I need to get my skates on and get to the kitchen!

  36. I love pull apart breads too. You never know what the little slices will do in the oven and the patterns they make are so fun. Gorgeous.

  37. I love pull apart bread! Yours has turned out perfect.

  38. Love pull apart bread and this looks so good. I made one last weekend and it is a hit all the time.

  39. Wow your bread has got me thinking how amazing this would be for breakfast, I’m definitely going to be putting on my thinking hat for your challenge I love the sound of it. Thanks for sharing another great recipe 🙂

  40. Hi Liz, this looks gorgeous. It will have to be fingers. I don’t think I’d make it as far as the cutlery drawer to retrieve a fork.

  41. This is like a batch of cinnamon rolls in a bread pan. It’s actually the perfect cinnamon bread for me because I usually unroll cinnamon rolls anyway, so now I can just pull it apart. 🙂 What a great bread! I’ll be making this for sure! Thanks Liz!

  42. This coffee cake simply looks AMAZING !!
    It’s once of my favorite and I just looooooooove cinnamon, and it seems like I can smell the aroma via the screen 🙂

    BTW – I like the new look of you blog!

  43. Liz, a pull-apart loaf has been on my “to bake list” forever. Every time I see one, I remember that I have been wanting to bake one for the longest time. Your recipe sounds perfect to finally get me going on this bread – wonderful ingredients (cinnamon being my very favorite spice of all times) and fabulous recipe! Now that I have the inspiration, all I need is a bit of time!

  44. I would certainly pull apart that bread… and it wouldn’t be a pretty sight (turn away from the grunting and slobbering). 😛 Looks wonderful and fun treat to eat. 🙂

  45. cannot get the directions on the cinnamon pull apart loaf…?:(

  46. The only pull apart bread I’ve ever made is Monkey Bread and this coffee cake is beautiful! So tempting. This will make an appearance over the holidays. My family will thank you. 🙂

  47. Lizzy,
    I love pull-apart bread too. This looks delicious. Pinned.

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