Cherry Bakewell cake

Cherry Bakewell cake

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 30 mins Plus cooling


Serves 8
If you know someone who likes Bakewell tart, then they will just love this cake – it’s full of almond flavour and sandwiched with cherry jam

Nutrition and extra info

  • Only sponges can be frozen

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal600
  • fat32g
  • saturates15g
  • carbs75g
  • sugars65g
  • fibre1g
  • protein8g
  • salt0.83g
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    For the cake

    • 200g butter, well softened, plus extra for greasing



      Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

    • 200g golden caster sugar
    • 100g ground almond
    • 100g self-raising flour
    • 1 tsp baking powder
      Baking powder

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      Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

    • ½ tsp almond extract or essence


      arr-mund or al-mund

      Sweet almonds have a subtle fragrance that lends itself well to baking and also works well with…

    • 4 large egg



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    For the filling and top

    • ½ a 340g jar morello cherry conserve



      One of the delights of the summer, cherries are much loved for their succulent texture, flavour…

    • 175g icing sugar
    • 5-6 tsp water or lemon juice
    • 1 tbsp ready-toasted flaked almonds


    1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4 and make sure there’s a shelf ready in the middle. Butter and line the bases of 2 x 20cm round sandwich tins with baking paper.

    2. Using electric beaters, beat together all the cake ingredients with a pinch of salt until smooth, then spoon into the tins and level the tops. Bake for 30 mins or until golden and springy. Don’t open the oven before 25 mins cooking time has passed.

    3. When they’re ready, cool the sponges for a few mins, then tip out of the tins and cool completely on a wire rack. Make sure the top of one of the cakes is facing up as you’ll want a smooth surface for the icing later on.

    4. When cool, put one sponge on a serving plate, then spread with jam. Sandwich the second sponge on top. Sieve the icing sugar into a large bowl. Add the water or lemon juice, then stir until smooth and thick. Spread evenly over the top and let it dribble over the sides. Scatter with the nuts and leave to set for a few mins before cutting.

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    Comments (228)

    Jude15's picture

    Just made this and followed instructions but not enough mixture for 2 X 20cm tins

    crmzchan's picture

    Beautiful cake, made twice in two different ovens, and twice it has come out perfectly! Lovely and moist, very tasty, and looks fantastic, despite being very simple. Will be joining my list of go-to fail safe recipes :)

    rainbow_tink's picture

    Great recipe - this cake came out perfectly. The only change I made was to double up on the almond extract (though i think the strength of these differ between brands so taste your mix). The cake turned out tasting delicious and was lovely and moist. Disappeared very quickly....always a good sign!

    Kdottwalsh's picture

    Made this recipe as a bank holiday treat and was delicious. Increased the amounts to produce a thicker sponge and also increased the amount of almond extract to make it even more bakewell-y! Delish

    Mpily's picture

    I'm not a great baker but decided this cake might make a useful addition to my (very) limited repertoire ... and oh, I was deliciously right! Followed the recipe almost exactly and cake turned out just like it's photo - YUM was the response of friends and family! Only change I made was the addition of some Amarena cherries (accidentally found in cupboard) to toasted almonds on top - YUM ++ !

    Brad's the lad's picture

    Absolutely delicious!!
    I made it in a DT food lesson under a limited amount of time but it still went well.
    Only one problem: it took 45 mins to bake instead of 30 :S
    Very, very tasty :P

    julieigg1962's picture

    Love this cake. So very easy to make and everyone seems to love it.

    Mama Bookworm's picture

    Simply and quick cake to make. Have tried it with 1 tsp of almond extract and found that a little strong - prefer the more subtle flavour with 1/2. I also prefer it with raspberry jam.

    mrsaldn's picture

    I baked this cake last night. I added more almond essence than the recipe suggested as others had suggested (1tsp instead of 1/2tsp) and it tasted lovely. One of the tastiest cakes I have made, will definitely be baking this again soon!

    eanwar's picture

    I made this in my food lesson in school and it was loved by my mum, dad and my food teacher. Plz send more baking recipes like this!

    gogosurrey's picture

    So easy to make and tastes delicious, would highly recommend

    CLT1982's picture

    I made this for a Macmillan coffee morning at work today and it has been a huge success! I followed the recipe to the letter, except for adding more almond essence like a couple of earlier reviewers suggested as I wanted it to be really flavourful (went with 2tsp), and adding a tiny bit more water to the icing to make it runny enough to spread. The recipe was quick and easy to follow, the cake ended up looking exactly like the picture (win!) and was absolutely delicious. Has gone down an absolute storm in the office and I'll definitely be making it again at home soon. A new fave recipe for me!

    CLT1982's picture

    Just made this for a Macmillan coffee morning I organised at work - followed the recipe to the letter, except for adding more almond essence like a few earlier reviewers suggested as I wanted to make sure it was really flavoursome, and I did have to add a tiny bit more water to the icing to make it runny enough to spread. The cake ended up looking exactly like the picture (win!) and tasted amazing. Very quick and easy to make, and has gone down an absolute storm in the office today. Really tasty, love this recipe!

    temiyebu's picture


    I'm baking the cake for Coffee Morning, I just want to know the size of the pan.

    Thank you

    Wildeve's picture

    Lovely cake and so easy to make, all eaten in one day.
    I give it 10 out of 10.

    Ann Louise's picture

    Love this cake. As did everyone else in family!

    Char's picture

    I made this cake twice in one week for two separate birthdays and on both occasions it received great praise it really was tasty and so simple to make. As mentioned in previous posts I added more almond essence than is stated giving it a stronger flavour. This is a recipe to keep.

    raydim01's picture

    Love this cake - easy to make and gone very quickly! Only change was to use 1tsp of almond essence rather than as shown to give a stronger flavour.

    kc84's picture

    Really easy cake to make and tastes exactly like bakewell tart (except without the pastry) - total winner!!

    FamilyH's picture

    I have made this several times now and it has always been delicious! Once when I didn't have any almond essence I made it without, but it didn't turn out as well as normal. I would advise anyone to make this as it is a five star cake.


    Questions (6)

    licklewiganer's picture

    I find that mine tend to not rise as much as I'd like, it doesn't look bad, it just looks normal, but I'm wondering how I can make it rise more (and stay risen), or should I just make a 3 layer one instead? I'm guessing it's due to the ground almonds in it?!

    susanmccallum's picture

    Can the cake be frozen?

    goodfoodteam's picture

    Hi there,you could freeze the sponges once baked before icing, then defrost at room temperature and ice and decorate the cake, thanks.

    Princessbower's picture

    This is a great tasting cake, however I can't get the sides to come away from the baking sheets without ripping - the cake then looks untidy round the sides. What am i doing wrong?

    goodfoodteam's picture

    Hi there, thanks for your question. We absolutely agree with the comment left by Lo_89. This advice is spot on - try lining the base only. Good luck!

    BBC Good Food team

    Lo_89's picture

    I tend to line only the bottom of the cake tins. The sponge may stick a tiny bit to the sides of the tins this way (not a big problem in my experience as it will barely stick) but I just run a knife all the way around the edge to ensure the sponge is separated from the tin before tipping out. The bottom baking sheet should just peel off. If it doesn't, the problem could be condensation causing the paper to 'glue' to the sponge. To tackle this, take the cake out of the tin a few minutes after it's out of the oven and peel the paper off straight away before allowing it to cool. You can leave the paper on whilst it cools, as long as you place it on a cooling rack and not anything flat, but it's generally easier to remove it straight away. Hope this helps!

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