Cherry Bakewell cake

Cherry Bakewell cake

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(186 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 30 mins Plus cooling

Easy

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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Ingredients

    For the cake

    • 200g butter, well softened, plus extra for greasing
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    • 200g golden caster sugar
    • 100g ground almond
    • 100g self-raising flour
    • 1 tsp baking powder
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    • ½ tsp almond extract or essence
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    • 4 large eggs
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    For the filling and top

    • ½ a 340g jar morello cherry conserve
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    • 175g icing sugar
    • 5-6 tsp water or lemon juice
    • 1 tbsp ready-toasted flaked almonds

    Method

    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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    ali92
    16th Aug, 2017
    This cake was delicious and easy to make, would definitely recommend! I made it Saturday afternoon, it was gone by Sunday lunch and I've been asked to make it again for a birthday on Thursday. I didn't read the comments before making it so didn't increase the quantity and it made the perfect amount for my two 9inch tins. I did double the almond essence to my taste and when making the icing ended up using 5 tbsps of lemon juice with 300g of icing sugar to get the right consistency. Other than that a great recipe.
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    kenniceangle
    30th Jun, 2017
    5.05
    Wow, your recipe is great and looks yummy! Thanks to add this recipe.I will make after my home.
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    cowsandclouds
    21st Apr, 2017
    3.8
    Really delicious cake. After reading the other comments, I increased the measurements by 50% and I got a lovely size cake. It would have been quite shallow otherwise. Very moist and almondy. Easy crowd pleaser.
    Foodinleeds
    5th Apr, 2017
    5.05
    Made this one evening after work, absolutely delicious. I added another 50% to the ingredients as other reviews stated that it was a little shallow and this worked well, I ended up with a nice thick sponge. I used 2.5tsp of almond extract! This might be because I was using a Tesco one and so not too strong, or because I made more mixture. Either way, just add it gradually and taste as you go. The icing was a little runny with all of the lemon and most of it ended up on the baking tray when if flowed over the sides. Id use a thicker mixture next time. The lemon works perfectly with the almond and cherry cake.
    fridaygirl86
    8th Mar, 2017
    5.05
    This cake is delicious and such a crowd-pleaser! I've made it a few times now and the recipe works every time, I love it. I followed earlier posters' advice and doubled the almond extract and for me it was perfect.
    Jude15
    30th Aug, 2016
    3.8
    Just made this and followed instructions but not enough mixture for 2 X 20cm tins
    crmzchan
    22nd Jun, 2016
    5.05
    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
    19th Jun, 2016
    5.05
    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
    2nd May, 2016
    5.05
    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
    16th Nov, 2015
    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 ++ !

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    licklewiganer
    25th May, 2014
    5.05
    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
    1st May, 2014
    Can the cake be frozen?
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    goodfoodteam
    13th May, 2014
    Hi there,you could freeze the sponges once baked before icing, then defrost at room temperature and ice and decorate the cake, thanks.
    Princessbower
    11th Aug, 2013
    5.05
    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?
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    goodfoodteam
    7th Feb, 2014
    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
    29th Jan, 2014
    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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