Cherry Bakewell Cake

I love almonds in both sweet and savoury dishes and often use ground almonds in baking as I find it adds a nice texture to cakes. This time I decided to use almonds for flavour as well as texture, and opted to make a cake with inspired by cherry bakewells. Loaded with lots of delicious morello cherry in the middle, it was really very tasty indeed. In fact I am off for another slice just as soon as I finish writing up the recipe!


cherry bakewell cake


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Cherry Bakewell Cake
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A delicious cake inspired by the flavours of a cherry bakewell tart.
Serves: 12
  • 200g softened, unsalted butter
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 100g ground almonds
  • 100g self-raising flour, sieved.
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • ½ a jar of morello cherry jam
  • 175g icing sugar
  • a few teaspoons of water to make up the icing
  • glace cherries for decorating
  1. Heat oven to 180 degrees C
  2. Cream the butter and the sugar.
  3. Beat in the eggs, oil and almond extract.
  4. Fold through the flour, ground almonds and baking powder until the mix is smooth.
  5. Divide the mix between two greased and lined sandwich tins.
  6. Bake for approx 25-30 minutes until a skewer comes out clean.
  7. Allow to cool completely, then pop one layer onto a serving plate and top with the jam.
  8. Sandwich the second cake layer on top.
  9. Make up your icing adding a teaspoon or two of water at a time until you have a thick, smooth icing.
  10. Ice the top of the cake.
  11. Decorate with halved glace cherries.

cherry bakewell cake


As you can see, I don’t worry about pristine icing on this cake, in fact I rather like the way the icing oozes down the sides a bit – though you could do a nice clean job of it if that is your preference. You could use toasted, flaked almonds to decorate instead of the cherries (or as well as), but I rather like the kitsch look of the little red orbs!


slice of cherry bakewell cake


Yum. And now I am done sharing the recipe, I have earned the right to enjoy a slice!

Love Miss Cisco XXX



  1. April 14, 2016 / 1:13 pm

    Oooh this brings back memories of my Nanna, she was always a fabulous baker 🙂

  2. April 14, 2016 / 1:19 pm

    mmmmm this just looks so good. all that white oozing icing and red cherry spots for decoration. plus it tastes like a bakewell tart – genius x

  3. April 14, 2016 / 5:42 pm

    oh my this looks good. I’m a big fan of almonds in sweet and savoury dishes as well, with ‘bakewell style’ being a firm favourite childhood hang on

  4. April 14, 2016 / 8:11 pm

    That sounds delicious! I love anything almondy, so this is right up my street! 🙂

  5. April 14, 2016 / 8:35 pm

    I’m a Bakewell girl and this looks so appealing to me! I got sick of them growing up. Bakewell puddings, Bakewell tarts… used to drive me crazy but I really appreciate them now and this looks amazing x

  6. April 14, 2016 / 10:51 pm

    Ohh yum, this looks so good I buy this at my local coffee shop, so I should stop being lazy and make it instead. Mich x

  7. April 15, 2016 / 12:41 am

    Oh good grief, that looks AMAZING! Bookmarking this for later yumminess!

  8. April 15, 2016 / 11:27 am

    YES! YES! YES! YES!!
    I think I’ve come over all funny.
    I am SO making this. Thanks for the recipe. It looks delicious!

  9. April 15, 2016 / 12:16 pm

    Wow! Right now I need a sugar kick and reading this has made me want cake x

  10. April 15, 2016 / 1:53 pm

    I love cherry bakewell and this looks devine! Oh dear, I’m near a shop, I think I’ll be popping in for the ingredients! YUMMA! X

  11. April 15, 2016 / 2:12 pm

    We would love this minis the cherries! I love Cherry Bakewell, but not glace cherries (I am so odd). This is a great retro cake.

  12. April 16, 2016 / 6:56 am

    My husband would like this – he does love a cherry bakewell.

  13. April 16, 2016 / 10:50 am

    Another amazing recipe from you. I love cherry bakewell – if you have some left I am in your home town tomorrow ;0)

  14. April 18, 2016 / 2:19 pm

    Oooh this looks delicious! I hope you saved us all a slice x

  15. April 19, 2016 / 9:49 am

    Wow, that looks amazing!!! I love cake!

  16. May 9, 2016 / 1:54 am

    Oh my! A huge fan of cake here but bake wells just win every time along with lemon cakes

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