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!

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

Cherry pie filling isn’t just for 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.

STEP 1. Make the batter

After beating together butter and sugar, you add eggs, flour, baking soda and lime zest. Then, fold in sour cream to make the batter super moist!

STEP 2. 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!

STEP 3. 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 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.

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 pie 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!

I hope you love this easy and freezer-friendly Cherry Lime Bread as much as we do.

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

More Easy Bread Recipes

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 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 2 limes, zested (save juice)
  • 1 ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 can (21 oz) cherry pie filling

For the glaze:

  • 3 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 limes, juiced
  • 1 lime, zested
  • 1 tsp 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.

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About Aimee

Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Posted on March 3, 2015

Comments & Reviews

  1. I have a clean house and no kids and ive always worried that when I have kids it would turn into one big mess. Nice to know it is possible to maintain a clean and tidy house! Meanwhile loving this gorgeous cherry lime bread!

  2. I am unorganized, so I tend to have bill piles and laundry baskets filled with folded clothes in every corner. But I can’t stand dirtiness. I clean all day long. I also play and work all day long, you can certainly have happy kids in a clean house. To say you can’t is kind of absurd. I think happy kids stem from a happy family…. dirty or clean house who cares right?!

    Parenting debates always drive me insane!

    This bread though, I have no issues with. It looks amazing Aimee!

    1. Oh girl you and me both. The last article I read was that if you spend your time cleaning you are neglecting your children. UGH. Really? I get so worked up with these debates. Do what makes you happy. A clean house makes me happy. haha. And so does this bread. Yes 🙂

  3. I would totally do your dishes if this Cherry Lime Bread was the reward. Looks incredible. Love that swirl!

  4. Girl, yes. My house is always clean and we always do a pick up after the kids go to bed. I can’t relax in a mess!! This bread is just what I need at the end of the day 🙂 With a clean house. And tea.

  5. My mom used to give me an allowance every week to vacuum and dust the house. It taught me discipline and provided me the funds to go out and by the newest “Now, that’s what I call music” CD. Although I don’t have children, I do have two pups in the house with dirty paws. I like to keep a clean house. It makes me feel better and freshens up the living space. This bread…YUM! I’ve never had cherry lime bread, but it looks like a delicious snack.

  6. Oh my! This bread looks so yummy! I love how you pay your husband in treats to get him to clean the dishes. I think I need to try this too! 🙂

  7. Oh yes, I love a clean house. I don’t keep it as clean as I used too though. At my age it takes lots of energy to do. I can’t leave home unless our bed is made. Dishes are washed or put in the dishwasher as I cook. No way I could come home to a bunch of dirty dishes. If we could control the mail piling up that would be a plus. HA!!! I agree a messy house does not mean kids are happy. Believe me, I worked almost 25 years in the school system and you can tell pretty much what kind of a atmosphere they are raised in.

    1. Oh we make our bed every day too. Something about a fresh made bed makes it seem more welcoming at bed time 🙂

  8. I’ll trade you my coconut lime bread for this beauty! I love love that you used pie filling and my favorite at that! Pinning!

  9. I try to keep the house somewhat tidy – I really do not like clutter, but with three dogs, we usually have a bit of fur on the floors 🙂 but I could certainly get the kids to vacuum it up with a few slices of this bread

    1. Ugh, the dogs. We call them “tumbleweeds” blowing through our house. The big clumps of dog hair!!

  10. I’m with you, clean house means happy mom which means happy kids and husband. I can be a bit obsessive compulsive about it though, but I’m working on that part. This bread looks wonderful, I love cherry and lime together.

  11. Right on, Aimee! We’ve gotta stop tearing each other down. Why can’t people just accept that everyone sees life differently?
    And I’m quite jealous of your clean house. I try so hard, but my kids keep winning that battle. It’s very frustrating.
    Love this bread! And that glaze…hello!

    1. Yeah…my kids do win that battle at times too. Especially now that they are older and I go in their rooms to find gatorade bottles and junk food wrappers 🙁

  12. Cherry and lime are so delicious together – Cherry Lime Rickey’s are my FAV – I can bet you money I’d love this bread! Thanks Aimee!

  13. Delicious! I prefer clean living space too, but sometimes I’m too lazy!

  14. My house is FAIRLY TIDY. For me, I think it’s spotless but my husband is a bit of a neat freak.
    And I know the crumbs from ALL THE SLICES of this bread that I am going to devour are going to freak him out 😉 Pinned!

  15. Let’s just say I keep a neat and tidy house. 🙂 I love that this recipe makes 2 loaves — one for me, one for the freezer!

  16. My mom was totally the same way and I hope I am, too, when I have kids! I am so much more stressed out in a messy house and luckily my husband agrees! Sitting in a clean house with a piece of this bread and a cup of tea sounds heavenly 🙂

    1. I have never thought to pair cherry and lime, can’t wait to try this! Sigh, the messy house. My mom just sent my a youtube video of this mom who say “Let It Go” about her messy house. It’s like, okay, I can take a hint. I truly do my best but the kids are such terrors! But I agree, a clean house just makes like easier and plus you can find stuff! Okay, back to cleaning boot camp, you’re convincing me I need to make my kids try harder to pick up.

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