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Sweet Cherry Bread

Sweet Cherry Bread with Cream Cheese Frosting

I love maraschino cherries! Ever since I was a little girl sipping on my kiddie cocktail (aka shirley temple), I would always ask my Dad if he could tell the bartender to add more cherry juice and EXTRA cherries on top of my kiddie cocktail, it was the BEST.  And if you have been following my blog for awhile, you know that my all-time favorite ice cream is Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia, which inspired my favorite Cherry Chocolate Chip Brownies.

So with Valentine’s Day next week, I couldn’t wait to make another cherry favorite of mine, which is this Sweet Cherry Bread with Cream Cheese Frosting. It’s a delicious, soft, sweet bread filled with maraschino cherries and topped with a light, fluffy cream cheese frosting. Also to make this cherry bread perfect for Valentine’s Day breakfast or dessert next week, I added some fun SPRINKLES!

Sweet Cherry Bread with Cream Cheese Frosting


✔  Don’t let the top of your bread BURN! About half way through baking this bread, make sure to check to see if the top of the bread is getting too brown and if it is just place a piece of aluminum foil over top of bread for the rest of the baking time to avoid burning the top of the bread.

✔  This sweet cherry bread is also great plain without the cream cheese frosting. But I do like that the cream cheese frosting complements the sweetness of the cherry bread making it a perfect combination. And the SPRINKLES makes this sweet cherry bread just so much more FUN!

✔  Lastly, this sweet cherry bread freezes very well. You can freeze this bread up to 3 months but without the cream cheese frosting. When your ready to enjoy let thaw completely, make the cream cheese frosting, frost the top of the completely thawed bread and SPRINKLE with colored sprinkles.


Sweet Cherry Bread Recipe

Sweet Cherry Bread

Yield: 1 loaf

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

★ Make sure to read my BAKING TIPS above before you start baking!

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  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup real butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup cherry juice (from maraschino cherry jar)
  • 1 (10 oz.) jar maraschino cherries, chopped
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon milk
  • pinch of salt
  • sprinkles


PRE-STEP: Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Spray a 9x5 loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

STEP 1: In a large bowl, whisk together flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt. Using a fork or just your fingers, cut the butter into the flour mixture until crumbly.

STEP 2: Add eggs, vanilla extract, and cherry juice to crumble mixture and mix until combined.

STEP 3: Fold in cherries.

STEP 4: Pour the batter into prepared loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Let cool completely on wire rack.


STEP 5: In a large bowl, using an electric or stand mixer, mix together cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy.

STEP 6: Slowly, add powdered sugar and mix until combined.

STEP 7: Add milk and mix for about 2 minutes or until frosting becomes light and fluffy. Add a pinch of salt, to taste.

STEP 8: Using a knife or cake spatula, frost the top of the cooled bread. Sprinkle with colored sprinkles.

*Store bread covered in the fridge for up to 5 days.


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15 Responses to “Sweet Cherry Bread”

  1. Sandra — July 2, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    Ok, young lady! Was only going to look at one recipe on your site for Strawberry Banana Bread and then get busy around the house. It is now almost 2 hours later and I’m still here, looking and saving all your stuff!!!

  2. Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files — February 5, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    These remind me of one my favorite cherry bars from Pillsbury I use to make but this looks way better 😉 

  3. Carla — February 5, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    I love maraschino cherries and can see myself eating this whole bread!

  4. Natalie @ Life Made Simple — February 5, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    Love this- it’s perfect for Valentine’s Day! I bet it tastes as delicious as it looks!

  5. heather @french press — February 5, 2015 at 10:26 am

    such a cute little loaf to celebrate v=day with 🙂 my kids will be in heaven

  6. Beth — February 5, 2015 at 7:36 am

    This bread is so CUTE!! I hope it appears on my kitchen table on Valentine’s Day! 

  7. Mariah @ Mariah's Pleasing Plates — February 4, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    I love how pretty this sweet cherry bread is! Perfect for v-day! Love! Pinned! 

  8. Julie @ Tastes of Lizzy T — February 4, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    Cherry bread is the best and I love yours with that thick icing and sprinkles! So festive!

  9. Melanie | Melanie Makes — February 4, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    Such a pretty bread and absolutely perfect for a February treat, Jenn!  Pinned!

  10. Michelle { A Latte Food } — February 4, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    Jenn, this bread is so pretty! I love the idea of it being inspired by a shirley temple! 

  11. Becky | The Cookie Rookie — February 4, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    This is just so cute! Looks delicious!

  12. Lauren | From Everyday To Gourmet — February 4, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Wow – that looks both gorgeous AND delicious!! Pinned!

  13. Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg — February 4, 2015 at 11:43 am

    I literally “AWHHH’ED” at how adorable this bread is. The pink and red sprinkles are so festive. I’ve never had cherry bread before, but this looks divine. I am such a big fan of Valentine’s Day despite the commercialism of it all. I enjoy giving little love notes and sharing scrumptious goodies with my friends. <3 This might have to be on the Galentine's Day menu!

  14. Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen — February 4, 2015 at 11:25 am

    I love the pretty pink color of this bread! And I just can’t say no to cream cheese icing. Ever. 🙂 Pinned!

  15. Ashley | The Recipe Rebel — February 4, 2015 at 11:24 am

    This bread is SO pretty! And Shirley Temples are definitely the best mocktails — I still love them!

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