Lemon glazed raspberry bread

Raspberry bread topped with a lemon glaze

Lemon glazed raspberry bread is a so-much-better-than-your -coffee-shop little slice of heaven packed with juicy raspberries and bright lemon flavor. This easy lemony loaf cake is an absolute must make!

lemon glazed raspberry bread, sliced

Raspberry bread tastes like summer baked up in a loaf pan!

Raspberries reign supreme among berries for their incredible aroma (blueberries might win for healthiest fruit, but raspberries take the prize for most ethereally delicious, hands down.) And baking bumps up their flavor like crazy. This light fluffy raspberry quick bread marries those berries with bright lemon for one of my favorite combos.

I love to pair berries with lemon

raspberry bread with lemon glaze, with a jar of raspberries

what goes into raspberry bread?

  • raspberries ~ I use fresh but you can use frozen.
  • buttermilk ~ I love to bake with it so it’s a staple in my fridge. If you ever end up with extra you can freeze it.
  • sugar ~ both granulated for the bread and confectioner’s for the glaze.
  • oil ~ a neutral oil creates a soft moist texture in the bread. You can use melted butter if you prefer.
  • egg ~ room temperature helps, check out my tips for getting it there, here!
  • vanilla ~ I’m a believer in more is more when it comes to vanilla. A little extra really brings out the best in this bread. And I always buy a premium brand, it really does make a difference.
  • all purpose flour
  • baking powder and salt
  • lemon juice and zest
raspberry bread batter and baked bread

the lemon glaze is the icing on the (raspberry) loaf cake

Don’t skip it, please! And it’s so easy, just stir together some confectioner’s sugar (no need to sift) and lemon juice. Here are the most important tips to keep in mind when making glazes:

  • Don’t be impatient ~ let your loaf cake cool completely! This is the number one mistake people make with glaze. If you try to glaze a warm cake or bread the glaze will melt into the top. If this happens to you, do a second glaze once it has cooled completely.
  • Don’t over-thin your glaze. It takes a little practice to get to know the right consistency. For a glaze that will thickly coat the top of the bread and just run down the sides a bit, it needs to be fairly thick. Spreadable but not runny. I like to do a little test on a corner of the bread to check the consistency. That way you can adjust as needed. A little more sugar to thicken, or lemon juice to thin, but make your adjustments in SMALL amounts.
lemon glazed raspberry bread dripping with glaze

what about loaf pans?

Aren’t they all alike? No! When it comes to baking, your pan can make a huge difference in the outcome of this raspberry bread and all your quick breads and loaf cakes. You may have noticed that loaf pans are all over the place in terms of size, shape, and material. I recommend getting a couple of classic 9×5 loaf pans in light colored aluminum like these from Nordic Ware. And I always take the extra minute to line mine with a strip of parchment paper so I can easily lift my bread out after baking.

a stack of slices of strawberry bread

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Raspberry bread topped with a lemon glaze
5 from 5 votes

Lemon Glazed Raspberry Bread

Lemon glazed raspberry bread is a so-much-better-than-your-coffee-shop little slice of heaven packed with juicy raspberries and bright lemon flavor. This easy lemony loaf cake is an absolute must make!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Yield 10 servings
Calories 301kcal
Author Sue Moran


  • standard 9×5 loaf pan


  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries, plus extra for popping on top before baking, if desired.

lemon glaze

  • 1 cup plus one tablespoon confectioner's sugar
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice, or more if necessary
  • lemon zest for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 350F. Spray and line your 9×5 loaf pan with a sheet of parchment paper with long ends so you can lift the bread out easily after baking.
  • In a large mixing bowl whisk together the oil, buttermilk, sugar, egg, and vanilla until smooth.
  • Whisk in the baking powder and salt. Then whisk in the flour and mix just until everything is fairly smooth, but don't over beat your batter.
  • Gently fold in the raspberries and turn the batter into your prepared pan. Add a few extra berries into the top of the batter if you care about that sort of thing 🙂
  • Bake for 55-60 minutes or until the bread is risen, golden, and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out without wet batter on it. Moist crumbs are fine. Note: keep an eye on the bread through your oven window but don't be tempted to open the oven door during baking. If toward the end of baking the bread seems to be browning too much you can (quickly!) add a piece of foil loosely over the top.
  • Cool the bread in the pan for 15 minutes, then loosen and remove it using the parchment paper 'sling'. Finish cooling completely on the rack before glazing.
  • To make the glaze stir together the lemon juice and sugar until smooth. If you want to make it thicker add a bit more sugar, and to make it thinner add more lemon juice. But do so in small increments, stirring completely in between additions. Spoon the glaze over the cooled bread and top with some lemon zest. Let the glaze set up before slicing.


Calories: 301kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 151mg | Potassium: 225mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 75IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 2mg
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.
raspberry bread pin

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  • Reply
    July 31, 2022 at 3:47 pm

    Hi Sue,
    I was wondering if I could substitute cranberries for the raspberries?

    Thank you,


    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      July 31, 2022 at 4:06 pm

      I think that should work fine Susan.

  • Reply
    July 28, 2022 at 9:12 am

    5 stars
    I had leftover frozen raspberries from another recipe and an abundance of lemons, so this recipe arrived in my inbox at the perfect time! I made exactly as written except for the addition of some lemon zest to the batter — using up those lemons! My loaf took about 68 minutes to fully bake and I did tent it with foil at about the 50 minute mark. The cake had delicious flavor and the texture was super light and perfect for summer.

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      July 28, 2022 at 11:25 am

      Thanks so much Kirsten. One thing I find interesting about this bread is that it stays so soft even though it bakes for a fairly long time.

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