Cherry Bakewell Cupcakes

A super cute twist on the traditional English dessert, these Cherry Bakewell Cupcakes are as delicious as they are adorable. A fluffy sponge flavoured with almond is filled with a tart cherry jam and topped with an almond butter cream, even more cherry jam; and as if that wasn’t enough, a hunk of Cherry Bakewell.

Cherry Bakewell Cupcakes

Did you even grow up in the UK if you didn’t crack open your Postman Pat lunchbox to glimpse the glorious sight of a Mr Kipling Cherry Bakewell? And no, no other brand will do (not sponsored but also not lying), it’s Mr Kipling or GTFO. Harsh but fair. For those not in the know, a Cherry Bakewell is a mass produced variation of the traditional English confection, a Bakewell Tart. A small, shortcrust pastry case is layered with a sweet jam, almond frangipane, white fondant icing and topped off with a glace cherry. They’re delicious, trust me.

Cherry Bakewell Cupcakes

These Cherry Bakewell Cupcakes are a variation of the variation of a Bakewell Tart. Cupcake Inception, if you will. A fluffy sponge cake flavoured with ground almonds is filled with a tart cherry jam and topped off with a swirl of almond buttercream frosting, even more cherry jam and a wee hunk of Cherry Bakewell. So cute! If you happen to live in a Cherry Bakewell free region just top your cupcakes with the cherry jam and a drizzle of water icing to finish it off.

Cherry Bakewell Cupcakes

Not into cherries, no problem. You can replace the jam with whatever flavour you like. Raspberry is a good option which will pair perfectly with the almond flavour, or if you really want to buck with tradition, apricot would work well too.

These uniced cupcakes will freeze perfectly, just wrap them in a double layer of cling film and pop in the freezer for up to three months. To defrost simply leave them on the counter for a few hours and boom, your cupcakes are ready to be filled and iced.

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Cherry Bakewell Cupcakes

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Units Scale
  • 200g unsalted butter, softened
  • 150g self raising flour
  • 200g golden caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2tsp almond extract
  • 70g ground almonds
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • 150g cherry jam

For the Frosting:

  • 125g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 300g icing sugar
  • 1/2tsp almond extract
  • 2tbsp whole milk
  • 2tbsp cherry jam
  • 3 Cherry Bakewell tarts, quartered


  1. Heat your oven to 170C and line a 12 hole cupcake tray with cupcake liners. Set aside.
  2. In the the bowl of an electric mixer mix the butter and sugar together until light and creamy, around 3-5 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time scraping the bowl down between each addition.
  3. Add half the flour and mix until just combined, add the almond extract followed by the remaining flour, the ground almonds and the lemon zest. Mix until everything is just combined.
  4. Using an ice cream scoop fill each cupcake liner to 2/3 full and bake for 20 minutes until risen and springy when touched. Allow to cool in the tin for 5 minutes before removing to a baking rack to finish cooling.
  5. Once the cupcakes are cool make a hollow the the centre of each cake using an apple corer or a small, sharp knife.  Fill each hollow with a teaspoon of cherry jam.
  6. To make the frosting mix the butter in the bowl of an electric mixer until pale and soft. Add the icing sugar, almond extract and 1tbsp of the milk.  Turn the mixer on low and gradually increase the speed. Whip for 5 minutes, if the frosting looks too stiff add another tablespoon of milk until you reach a nice piping consistency.
  7. Once the cupcakes have cooled fill a piping bag, fitted with an open star nozzle with the vanilla frosting and pipe a cute swirl on top of each cake. Top with a teaspoon of cherry jam, a sprinkle of flaked almonds and quarter of a Cherry Bakewell tart.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Baking
  • Cuisine: British


  1. August 27, 2020 / 1:49 pm

    Those look heavenly! Have some cherries in the fridge so definitely making this during the weekend!!

  2. Lesli Schwartz
    August 27, 2020 / 3:59 pm

    Oh, my! These cupcakes are so pretty and clever! I used to make a ton of cupcakes but lost inspiration. You have given cupcakes new life in my book!

  3. August 27, 2020 / 6:32 pm

    These cupcakes are almost too pretty to eat! I can’t wait to try this recipe, I’ve never attempted cherry cupcakes before.

  4. August 28, 2020 / 12:48 pm

    These cupcakes look amazing and I love the combination of the cherries and almonds. Your presentation is beautiful!

  5. August 28, 2020 / 7:15 pm

    The contrast of the cherries on the icing is just so tempting. These look and sound incredible.

  6. August 28, 2020 / 9:16 pm

    Your recipe came out perfectly and everyone loved the cupcakes!! This recipe is a keeper

  7. August 29, 2020 / 2:56 am

    I KNOW I’m supposed to share my cupcakes with my family, but I don’t know that I can. I mean, c’mon! Cherry cupcakes?!? I’ve given them everything so why these?

  8. August 29, 2020 / 10:41 am

    I have never tried to make a cherry cupcakes but this one looks really amazing, I am going to make this recipe for sure. Love it!

  9. August 29, 2020 / 5:48 pm

    There’s just soo much I love about this post. Your photos are just incredible! I love the jam filling and the almond flavor just brings this whole recipe together! DELISH!

  10. August 30, 2020 / 2:07 am

    Wow. what an epic dessert you have created! I have some cherry lovers that are going to be thrilled with this one!

  11. August 30, 2020 / 6:47 pm

    This recipe is perfection! THe cherry flavor pair perfectly with the cake and everyone wanted a second one. Will make again.

  12. August 31, 2020 / 7:22 am

    I love cupcakes that have rich surprise flavors in the middle. I hope I can find the Bakewell tarts or something that looks that good!

  13. Kushigalu
    August 31, 2020 / 9:51 am

    What a creative cupcake recipe this is. Drooling over pics. I cNt wait to try this recipe. My son loves cherry

  14. August 31, 2020 / 12:03 pm

    These cherry cupcakes look divine and just heavenly! I love the rich flavours you made it with that just ooze out from the middle! I am in love with this recipe and I need to make them ASAP. Thank you for sharing this recipe, I cannot wait to try it!

  15. August 31, 2020 / 2:18 pm

    These cupcakes look absolutely scrumptious! Love the extra yummy topping on top of the frosting —- I want some now!

  16. August 31, 2020 / 3:07 pm

    I remember Bakewell tarts in my lunchbox! These cupcakes are fabulous. Love the cherry almond flavour combo!

  17. sapana
    August 31, 2020 / 4:19 pm

    Omg those cupcakes look so so tempting. I am in love with these stunning cupcakes. Bookmarking the recipe to try soon.

  18. Sophia
    September 1, 2020 / 2:42 am

    Delicious, the almond extracts pairs so well with the cherries, so tasty!

  19. November 11, 2020 / 6:08 pm

    I really love the recipe, and the cherry topping on the top is the best my mouth is already watery. I must try this.

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