Cherry Lime Bread

What’s better than a loaf of Cherry Lime Bread? How about two loaves of Cherry Lime Bread? These delicious loaves of cherry bread freeze well and are perfect for sharing, too!

If you love easy quick bread recipes, be sure to try our favorite amish friendship bread next. Or give our classic zucchini bread recipe a try.

Cherry Lime Bread is an easy quick bread that makes TWO loaves. One for now, one for later (freeze or share with a friend)!

Why this recipe is Best

Cherry pie filling isn’t just for cherry pie any more. I love keeping a can or two of cherry filling in my pantry all year long. It’s the sweet start to making all kinds of cherry treats without the mess and effort of pitting and cooking whole cherries.

Right now, I’m loving Cherry Bread! Specifically, cherry bread made with a zesty lime glaze. This is one quick bread recipe that stands out from the usual suspects!

This bread is juicy, fruity and has just the right amount of tang. If Banana Bread and Pumpkin Bread are your familiar, low-key favorites, then this Cherry Bread is the friend who arrives at the party to shake things up!

Cherry Bread Recipe

This recipe makes two full sized loaves of Cherry Lime Bread. That way you have one to enjoy immediately and one to freeze for later.

Here’s how easy it is to make perfect homemade cherry bread.

Make the batter. After beating together butter and sugar, you add eggs, flour, baking soda and lime zest (get our tips on how to zest a lime). Then, fold in sour cream to make the batter super moist!

Add cherries. Grease two loaf pans or spray each with baking spray. Spoon a little over half the batter (total) over both pans. Spoon the cherry pie filling evenly over both pants, then cover the cherries with the remainder of the bread batter.

It’s okay if the batter doesn’t cover the cherry filling completely. You’ll probably see a little cherry peeking out!

Bake. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 60-70 minutes. Remove and cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Then remove from pan and cool completely before adding glaze.

Lime Glaze

You could stop right there and have a tasty loaf of cherry bread with a hint of lime zest. If you know me at all though, you know I’m ALL about topping my quick breads with an easy vanilla glaze.

This simple citrus icing elevates the cherry bread from good to DIVINE. With freshly squeezed lime juice, it’s just the right balance of tangy and sweet.

To make the glaze just whisk the powdered sugar with lime juice until smooth. Pour over tops of both loaves of bread.

I also added a coarse sugar topping to tie everything together. You combine lime zest with granulated sugar until it forms a crumbly topping. Sprinkle it over glaze.

Make sure to allow the finished bread to set for about 15 or 20 minutes before slicing or wrapping.


This bread is so easy to freeze and holds up amazingly well in the freezer!

I wrap up the second loaf in foil then place it inside a large gallon sized ziploc bag. I usually toss them in there with the glaze on and it tastes fresh and delicious after thawing.

A note about the glaze: If you want the bread to LOOK pretty after some time in the freezer, then wait to add the glaze until you’re ready to serve. Thawed glaze tasted fine but doesn’t look nearly as pretty. It’ll turn almost clear after it’s been frozen.

The glaze is quick and easy to make, though, so you can whip it up while your Cherry Bread is thawing! Then, add the coarse lime sugar and let the bread set for 15 minutes before your cut it up to serve.

Cherry Lime Bread is an easy quick bread that makes TWO loaves. One for now, one for later (freeze or share with a friend)!

Tips and Substitutions

You can change up the flavors in this bread recipe by swapping the pie filling or the citrus used in the glaze. Here area few ideas to try!

  • Cherry Orange Bread – Follow the recipe as directed swapping orange zest and juice for the lime.
  • Blueberry Lemon Bread – Swap the cherry pie filling for blueberry pie filling and the lime juice and zest for lemon equivalents.
  • Strawberry Lime Bread – Use canned strawberry pie filling in place of the cherry.

You can also swap out the sour cream if you like! Plain Greek Yogurt works well in its place, as do nondairy sour cream substitutes.

A single slice of this cherry bread instantly fills me with happiness! Something about the combo of cherries and lime is so cheery, you can’t help but smile when you taste it.

That’s why I always put one loaf in the freezer right away. My family could easily gobble up both loaves in a couple of days if I don’t plan ahead!

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Yield: 2 loaves

Cherry Lime Bread

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Quick breads are delicious, especially this Cherry Lime Bread with sweet lime glaze. Perfect for freezing too!


For the bread:

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teasoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 limes, zested (save juice)
  • 1 ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 can (21 ounce) cherry pie filling

For the glaze:

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 limes, juiced
  • 1 lime, zested
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar


  1. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar together. Add eggs, one at a time. Beat in vanilla. Add vlour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and lime zest. Slowly beat in sour cream.
  2. Grease two 9inch loaf pans generously. Spoon over half the batter evenly to each pan. Divide pie filling evenly between pans, spooning it over the batter. Top with the remaining bread batter. It's okay if it doesn't cover the cherry filling completely.
  3. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 60-70 minutes. Remove and cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Then remove from pan and cool completely before adding glaze.
  4. For the glaze, whisk the powdered sugar with lime juice until smooth. Pour over tops of bread. In a small bowl, combine the lime zest with granulated sugar until crumbly. Sprinkle over glaze. Allow to set about 15-20 minutes before wrapping. ENJOY.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 318Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 205mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 1gSugar: 33gProtein: 4g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Posted on March 3, 2015

Comments & Reviews

  1. Do you think this would work with lemon instead of lime?  I would love to make it but I am more of a lemon lover than lime.   Or even orange zest instead?  Any thoughts? 

  2. For the most part I can’t go to bed if there is a big mess in the kitchen or living room, so I always do that quick 10 minute clean up. It just seems so much better to start the day off with everything picked up. Clean house, happy mom, and happy kids…sounds like a plan to me. And this bread…that cherry swirl is killing me!!! I wish I had a big giant piece to enjoy with my coffee before I dirty up the kitchen again!

      1. This is the most delicious bread ever! I’m making it again. It’s been too long. I especially love it refrigerated!

  3. Cherry lime bread sounds like such a refreshing treat during these droll winter days. Must make and imagine myself on a sunny beach somewhere, sipping a drink with an umbrella in it 🙂

  4. Love this recipe, the combo of the lime and cherries – perfect!
    ps. I love a clean house, I can´t funtion is clutter… but the rest of my family somehow doesn´t agree in my sentiments 😉

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