Cherry Bakewell cupcakes recipe

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Cherry Bakewell cupcakes
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  • healthy
Preparation Time40 mins
Cooking Time20 mins
Total Time1 hours
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories447 Kcal22%
Sugar45.7 g51%
Fat23 g33%
Saturated Fat12.3 g62%
Protein3 g6%
Carbohydrates55.8 g21%

An almond-infused sponge and almond flavoured buttercream make these cherry Bakewell cupcakes irresistible.

Bake these mouth-watering cherry Bakewell cupcakes in just 20 minutes. This cupcake recipe has a surprise - a strawberry jam centre in each cupcake. Top with a glace cherry or why not sprinkle with flaked almonds, just like classic Bakewell tarts.


For the Bakewell cupcakes:

  • 150g unsalted butter
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 1tsp almond flavouring
  • 150g self-raising flour
  • 1/2tsp per cake of strawberry jam

For the white buttercream:

  • 75g unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 75g vegetable fat, like TREX
  • 300g icing sugar
  • 1tsp almond flavouring
  • 1tbsp milk
  • Tiny touch of violet food colouring paste
  • 12 Glace cherries




  1. Preheat oven to 140°C/325°F/gas mark 3. Place 12 cupcake cases into a muffin pan.
  2. For the Bakewell cupcakes: In a large, clean bowl, cream the butter until pale, then add the sugar and cream. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well between each addition. Add the almond flavouring. Fold in the flour, being careful not to over mix your batter.
  3. Spoon the mixture into 12 cupcake cases and bake for approx 20 mins until light golden.
  4. Transfer to a wire cooling rack and whilst the cupcakes are cooling, cut a hole in the centre of each cake and fill with 1/2tsp strawberry jam, patting it down with the back of the spoon.
  5. For the icing: In a large, clean bowl cream the butter and vegetable fat together until pale and creamy, then add the almond flavouring, milk and icing sugar and stir to combine, then beat well. Add the tiniest amount possible of violet food colouring paste and stir to combine.
  6. When the cupcakes are cool, pipe on the buttercream starting at the centre and working outwards in a swirl. Finish with a Glace cherry.

Top tips for making cherry Bakewell cupcakes

To make white buttercream, add the tiniest amount possible of violet food colouring paste and stir to combine. This neutralises the yellow of the butter.

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Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 11 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies