Blueberry Bakewell clouds recipe

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makes: 12
Skill: medium
Prep: 1 hr
Cooking: 20 min
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  • A little bit like bakewell tarts, these blueberry cupcakes have a biscuit base and moist vanilla sponge topped with cream cheese icing with blueberry jam in the middle


    • For the base:
    • 12 digestive biscuits
    • 110g / 4oz melted butter
    • 1 dsrtsp demerara sugar
    • For the cake:
    • 200g / 7oz cream cheese
    • 2dstspn icing sugar
    • 1dstspn lemon juice
    • 110g / 4oz unsalted butter, room temperature
    • 110g / 4oz caster sugar
    • 2 large eggs
    • 110g / 4oz self-raising flour
    • 1tsp baking powder
    • 1tsp vanilla
    • For the filling:
    • 3tbsp blueberry jam
    • For the icing:
    • 170g / 6oz unsalted butter
    • 170g / 6oz cream cheese
    • 500g / 1lb, 2oz icing sugar
    • Dot of purple food colouring paste


    • Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4. Line a 12-hole nonstick muffin tray with paper muffin cases.

    • First make the base: Place the digestives in a plastic bag and bash them with a rolling pin until they resemble fine breadcrumbs. Put them in a bowl, stir in the demerara sugar, then the melted butter and mix well. Press firmly into the base of each paper case.

    • Whisk the cream cheese in a bowl with the lemon juice and sifted icing sugar until combined. Set aside.

    • To make the cake: Whisk the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs, followed by the vanilla, flour and baking powder. When thoroughly combined, stir in the cream cheese.

    • Add a generous dessertspoon of cake mixture onto the crumb base in each paper case and bake in the oven for 20 mins. Cool on a wire rack.

    • Remove the centre of each cake with an apple corer and fill with about a tsp of jam.

    • Cream together the butter and cheese for the icing and beat in the icing sugar. Add a dot of food colouring to make the icing a lilac colour. Spread a thin layer of icing over the top of each cake.

    Top tip for making Blueberry Bakewell clouds

    Xanthe Milton says: 'When my niece first saw these she named them blueberry clouds and they have been called this ever since

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