Hello people, do I have the perfect picnic Cupcake for you to make and enjoy this sunny day here in the UK today? I think so. So, let me introduce these delicious Bakewell Cupcakes. All the yumminess of a Bakewell Tart in Cupcake form.
Since I love Bakewell Tart, the raspberry jam layer, enveloped in an almond sponge or frangipane, so I set about turning one of my favourite tarts into a cupcake. Resulting in the creation of these Bakewell Cupcakes.
While you have to admit, these cupcakes even look cheerful. Maybe it’s the bright red cherry on top of the almond glaze? And when you bite into these Bakewell Cupcakes your mouth is filled with an assortment of tastes and textures. Since the hidden raspberry jam and almonds flakes in the centre are a wonderful surprise.
Also, the use of flaked almond in the centre is two-fold, firstly they provided a delightful crunch, secondly they stop the Raspberry jam from sinking to the bottom of the cupcake. So, when you bite through the glorious almond glaze into the moist cupcake sponge, your mouth is then filled with tart raspberry jam and crunchy almond flakes. Resulting in the perfect cupcake flavour and texture balance.
Finally, enough of me telling you how scrummy these are, let’s get on with how to make them!
Recipe : Bakewell Cupcakes makes 18
For the cupcakes:
18 Cupcake Cases
225g/8oz Unsalted Butter – at room temperature
225g/8oz Caster Sugar
1/4tsp Salt – I use Maldon
4 Large Free Range Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2tsp Almond Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey
225g/8oz Self Raising White Flour
1/2 Jar Raspberry Jam
175g/6oz Flaked Almonds
For the topping:
400g/14oz Icing Sugar
1/2tsp Almond Extract
18 Red Glacé Cherries
Making The Cupcake Batter
Preheat Oven to 180C/160C (fan), gas Mark 4, 350F.
First of all line the muffin tins with the cupcake cases.
Add the butter, sugar and salt to a large bowl.
Add the remaining flour and eggs, whisk until combined.
Baking The Cupcakes
Place the Bakewell Cupcakes into a preheated oven and bake for 15-20 mins, until the top is golden brown and springs back when lightly pressed.
Making The Almond Glacé Icing
To make the icing, sift the icing sugar into a bowl, add 1/2tsp of Almond Extract and enough water to make a thick, fluid icing. It should be able to hold a figure of eight.
Decorating The Cupcakes
Bakewell Cupcakes are not only pretty and delicious, they also make perfect, portable, picnic food. Likewise, they are ideal for sharing with friends, family or someone you know, who needs a little pick-me-up!
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Because I adore the combination of flavours found in a traditional Bakewell Tart I am always looking to incorporate them in other bakes. Since creating these cupcakes I have also made Cherry Bakewell Hot Cross Buns which have been featured in The Guardian newspaper! Also, I’ve made these very delicious Cherry Bakewell Rocky Road Bars which are a great no bake treat. So, if you enjoy all things Bakewell, be sure to check out my other recipes.
Whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens, have fun preparing and sharing your feast.
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