Frosted Buttermilk Apple Cake Loaf

A high angle close up vertical photograph of a home cook applying some frosting to a freshly baked loaf of buttermilk apple bread
  • 2 apples, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup buttermilk + 2 tablespoons, divided
  • 1 large egg
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla, divided
  • ½ stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 8×4-inch loaf pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon together in an large bowl. In a separate bowl, beat butter and sugar for 2 minutes or until pale in color and just fluffy. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and egg and beat until well mixed. Add ⅓ flour mixture to wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Add ½ buttermilk and beat until incorporated. Add ⅓ of flour mixture and remaining buttermilk, slowly mixing until combined. Beat in last ⅓ of flour mixture until batter is mixed. Gently fold in diced apples until well combined.
  3. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. Bake for 45-60 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into middle of loaf comes out clean.
  4. Cool directly in pan for 10 minutes then carefully remove loaf from pan to finish cooling on a wire rack.
  5. Once cake has completely cooled, mix powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and slowly add buttermilk until frosting reaches desired consistency. Drizzle frosting over cooled cake. Slice to serve.

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