Cherry Bakewell Cupcakes

Cherry Bakewell Cupcakes

Because I bake so much, I always favour home made treats over shop bought. However, cherry bakewells are one of the few shop bought treats that I will buy, as I absolutely love them! I created these Cherry Bakewell Cupcakes in honour of them. They are a yummy cupcake sponge filled with cherry jam, topped with an almond buttercream, a drizzle of icing, flaked almonds and half a glace cherry. They are one of my favourite cupcakes recipes that I’ve ever made! If you are a cherry bakewell fan, you’re going to love them!

Step by step…

To make the sponge I started by creaming together the butter and sugar, then I whisked in the eggs and vanilla extract.

Then I added the self raising flour and whisked until smooth. I divided the mixture between the cupcake cases, and baked them for 25 minutes until golden. Once the cupcakes were fully cooled I used a cupcake corer to make a hole in the centre.

I filled each hole with cherry jam. Then I mixed up a buttercream using butter, icing sugar and vanilla extract and I piped it onto the cupcakes.

Cherry Bakewell Cupcakes

I drizzled icing over the buttercream and added the glace cherries and flaked almonds. Every bite of these Cherry Bakewell Cupcakes was absolute heaven!!

Cherry Bakewell Cupcakes

Tips for making the Cherry Bakewell Cupcakes:

  • If you are making the hole in the cupcake with a knife, don’t cut all the way to the bottom, go about two thirds down. If you can get hold of a cupcake corer, it makes the process much easier and quicker and they’re very cheap.
  • For better flavour, use almond extract, not essence.
  • I bought pre-toasted flaked almonds for the top, to toast them yourself put them in a frying pan for 1-2 minutes and stir/toss halfway through. Keep a very close eye on them as they go from toasted to burnt very quickly!
  • Technically, the traditional jam in a Bakewell Tart is raspberry. I used cherry, but you can easily swap it for raspberry if you prefer.

Recommended equipment & ingredients*

Cupcake tin Electric hand mixer Piping bags
Cupcake corer Red cupcake cases Ateco 829 piping nozzle
Glace cherries Almond extract

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5 from 3 votes

Cherry Bakewell Cupcakes

Light sponge filled with cherry jam, topped with almond buttercream, a drizzle of icing, glace cherry and flaked almonds

Course Dessert
Cuisine British
Keyword Cupcake
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12
Author thebakingexplorer


For the sponge

  • 175 g Butter or baking spread
  • 175 g Caster sugar
  • 3 Eggs large
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 175 g Self raising flour

For the filling

  • 185 g Cherry jam

For buttercream

  • 200 g Butter or baking spread
  • 400 g Icing sugar
  • 1 tsp Almond extract

For the decoration

  • 75 g Icing extract
  • 6 Glace cherries cut in half
  • 2 tbsp Flaked almonds


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 160C Fan/180C/350F/Gas Mark 4, and line a cupcake tin with cupcake cases

  2. To make the sponge, mix together the butter and sugar, using a silicone or wooden spoon, until smooth

  3. Add the eggs and vanila extract and whisk well

  4. Then whisk in the self raising flour

  5. Divide the mixture between the 12 cupcake cases

  6. Bake them for 20-25 minutes or until they are golden brown and a skewer inserted in the centre of the cupcakes comes out clean. Leave to cool completely

  7. Use a cupcake corer or a knife to make a hole in the middle of each cupcake

  8. Fill the holes with the cherry jam. You can do this using a spoon or put the jam into a small piping bag, snip the end off and pipe it in

  9. Make the buttercream by mixing together the butter and icing sugar, then add the almond extract, and mix until smooth. You can do this by hand or with an electric whisk. If it's too stiff, add a splash of milk and whisk in

  10. Pipe the buttercream onto each cupcake using a piping bag fitted with your chosen nozzle. Or spread on with a spoon

  11. Mix the icing sugar with a little water until a thick pipeable paste forms, drizzle it over the buttercream

  12. Add half a glace cherry to the middle of each cupcake, then sprinkle some flaked almonds around it

  13. Store in an airtight container in a cool place, eat leftovers within 3 days

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