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Mini Loaf Cherry Cakes

These Mini Loaf Cherry Cakes are made in mini loaf pans with fresh pitted cherries and are drizzled with a sweet vanilla glaze.  Directions for the oven & Instant Pot Vortex!

Mini Loaf Baking

Whenever converting a recipe to mini loaf pans it's important to reduce the temperature by 25% as well as reduce the cooking time of the loaves.  It also makes a difference when using ceramic, light-colored, or dark-colored pans.

All of these factors change the baking time so it's a good idea to keep an eye on your cakes!

Mini loaf cherry cake on white plate being drizzled with a brown pitcher of sweet glaze.

Great for Gifts

One thing I really love about making mini loaf cakes is that they make great gifts!  During the Fall and Winter months when baking tends to take center stage, making mini loaves is a great way to share some love and an inexpensive and thoughtful gift.

When giving a mini loaf as a gift, I like to use disposable mini loaf pans.  It's a carefree way of giving a gift and no guesswork if you'll receive your pan back!

You can dress the loaf pans up with gift wrap and ribbon to give it an even more personal touch.

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A fork with a piece of mini cherry loaf rising above a plate of cherry cake.

Light and Moist Cake

It's important to not overbeat your cake mixture if you want a light and airy cake.  Overbeating leads the cake to be dense and dry, leaving it less desirable.

In this recipe, the eggs get beaten one at a time and the dry mixture gets beaten into the wet mixture slowly.

When adding the pitted and chopped cherries, I use a spoon to gently fold them into the mixture.  Once that part is done, I carefully divide the batter into 4 mini loaves.  The end result is a moist, fluffy, and delicious cherry cake!

Air Fryer mini cherry loaf on white plate with three mini loaf ceramic baking dishes behind it filled with cake.

Instant Pot Vortex Directions

To make these Mini Loaf Cherry Cakes you will need to these accessories and settings:

  • Vortex Racks
  • Bake Setting
  • Temperature set to 300°
  • Time Setting set to 20 minutes.

Check the loaf pans toward the end and adjust the temperature if necessary.  Mine cook perfectly at 20 minutes.  Depending on the mini loaf pans you use, the baking times will vary.

📖 Recipe

Yield: 4 mini loafs

Mini Loaf Cherry Cakes

Mini Loaf Cherry Cakes

Cherry Cake made in mini loaf pans and drizzled with a sweet vanilla glaze.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes


Vanilla Glaze


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the 1 cup + 2 tablespoon of all-purpose flour and the baking powder.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat together the softened butter and the softened cream cheese.
  4. Add in the eggs one at a time and beat.
  5. Mix in the granulated sugar, vanilla, and lemon extract.
  6. Slowly beat in the flour mixture into the wet mixture and then slowly stir in the chopped cherries.
  7. Pour the batter evenly into 4 greased and floured mini loaf pans.
  8. Place in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes. Check the center of the loaves with a toothpick to check if they are done.
  9. Allow the mini loaves to cool completely before glazing.

Vanilla Glaze

  1. In a small bowl, mix together the confectioner's sugar, vanilla, and milk until it is creamy.
  2. Drizzle over the cooled cakes and serve.

Instant Pot Vortex Plus Directions

  1. Prepare the mini loaves as directed above.
  2. Set the Vortex Plus to BAKE, 300° and set the timer to 20 minutes.
  3. Check the center of the loaves with a toothpick, if needed bake for an additional 3-5 minutes.
  4. Allow the loaves to cool completely before glazing.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 Mini Loaf

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 732Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 21gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 184mgSodium: 411mgCarbohydrates: 100gFiber: 1gSugar: 93gProtein: 7g

Nutrition calculation is a rough estimate and can vary depending on the cooking technique and the exact ingredients used. For informational purposes only.

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Friday 26th of July 2019

Want to try your pizza loaf and hope the sour cream coffee cake is good as you say. I’ll be back to let you know how yummy.

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