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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    • ½ tsp almond extract or essence


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

    • 4 large eggs



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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, questions and tips

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    15th May, 2013
    Have made this cake many times.not soon vanishes. As I am allergic to Cherries, I swapped them for Raspberry or strawberry jam. Works well.
    11th May, 2013
    Really easy cake to make
    29th Apr, 2013
    14th Apr, 2013
    This cake is to die for! Very easy to make, fabulous flavour, will definitely make again, a family favourite!!!!!
    12th Apr, 2013
    My 6 year old daughter made this cake and it was fantastic, the only comment I would make is either use less lemon juice or none at all in the icing, was a little over powering. All in all a great cake!!
    7th Apr, 2013
    Followed the recipe exactly and the cake was perfect, one of the tastiest cakes I've ever made. If you are thinking about making this JUST DO IT because it looks and tastes amazing!
    5th Mar, 2013
    The first cake I have baked for over 20 years, it was spectacular! so moist, the almond flavour was to die for, unfortunately my iceing got a bit carried away with itself but that will teach me not to stick to the recipe. This will now be my favourite cake.
    10th Feb, 2013
    Made this many times now and it always goes down well! Delicious and easy to make.
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    3rd Feb, 2013
    I made this cake last week and it went down very well. Liked by everyone. Used low sugar cherry jam instead. Very tasty.
    19th Jan, 2013
    Really yummy and completely captures the flavours of a bakewell tart!


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