Bakewell Cupcakes

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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.

Bakewell Cupcakes topped with white icing and a red glacé cherry.
Bakewell Cupcakes

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.

A cooling rack packed with red cherry topped Bakewell Cupcakes.
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.

A Bakewell Cupcake with a bite taken out of it.
Bakewell Cupcakes layers of flavour.

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.

Whisk together until light and fluffy. Then add the Vanilla and Almond Extract. Whisk to combine.
Whisk together until light and fluffy. Then add the Vanilla and Almond Extract. Whisk to combine.
Add half the flour and 2 eggs, whisk together to combine.
Add half the flour and 2 eggs, whisk together to combine.

Add the remaining flour and eggs, whisk until combined.

Light, fluffy, Almond flavoured cake batter.
Light, fluffy, Almond flavoured cake batter.
Place approx 1 teaspoonful of the batter into the bottom of each cupcake case.
Place approx 1 teaspoonful of the batter into the bottom of each cupcake case.
I used the end of a desert spoon as it was easier! Continue until each case has cake batter in the bottom.
I used the end of a desert spoon as it was easier! Continue until each case has cake batter in the bottom.
Add a good pinch of flaked Almonds to each case, pressing the cake batter flat as you add them.
Add a good pinch of flaked Almonds to each case, pressing the cake batter flat as you add them.
Place 1/2 a teaspoon of raspberry jam on top of the Almonds.
Place 1/2 a teaspoon of raspberry jam on top of the Almonds.
When the jam has been added then place a heaped teaspoon of cake better on top.
When the jam has been added then place a heaped teaspoon of cake better on top.
The batter will naturally spread out during the cooking process, sealing in the hidden jam centre!
The batter will naturally spread out during the cooking process, sealing in the hidden jam centre!

 

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.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes in the tin before transferring them to a cooling rack.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes in the tin before transferring them to a cooling rack.
Allow to cool completely before icing.
Allow to cool completely before icing.

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.

Almond flavour glaze that's just the right consistency.
Almond flavour glaze that’s just the right consistency.

Decorating The Cupcakes

Use a teaspoon to cover the top of the cupcakes with the icing.
Use a teaspoon to cover the top of the cupcakes with the icing.
Now pop a cherry on top and leave to set for a couple of hours - if you can wait that long??
Now pop a cherry on top and leave to set for a couple of hours – if you can wait that long??

 

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!

If you have enjoyed this recipe for Bakewell Cupcakes you may also like these:

Iced Bakewell Tart

FF Bakewell Cupcakes
Iced Bakewell Tart

Bakewell Shortbread Bars 

FF Bakewell Cupcakes
Bakewell Shortbread Bars

Cherry Bakewell Cookies 

FF Bakewell Cupcakes
Cherry Bakewell Cookies

 

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.

Sammie xx

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Sammie

Hi, I'm Sammie and I’m passionate about creating tasty recipes, both sweet and savoury that you can make at home. Every recipe is easy and fun to make and should taste like a feast without the fuss!

8 thoughts on “Bakewell Cupcakes”

  1. These were delicious: all the flavours of a Bakewell Tart in a cupcake. Ended up doing a slight variation with almond buttercream on the top.

    1. Thank you David, your cupcakes looked amazing on Twitter. I loved the icing and am going to try that next time I bake these. Sammie.

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