cherry bakewell cupcakes

Growing up, cherry bakewell was always my favourite flavoured dessert. I’ve enjoyed this flavour in cake form, tart form and even in the form of fudge. No matter which form it came in, it was this beautiful dessert that enabled me to discover the magical combination of almonds and cherries.

Usually, this dessert is made using a combination of ground almonds, almond extract, cherries and cherry jam, which give the cherry bakewell a uniquely sweet and fruity flavour. Out of these, it’s the almond extract that’s my favourite. It creates such a lovely, aromatic smell and a light sugary taste in the dessert that I simply cannot resist.

For my own re-creation on the classic, I decided to transform the cherry bakewell into a batch of cupcakes. I’ve really been enjoying making cupcake recipes recently, and I definitely feel like I’m on a roll with them at the moment! Firstly, I love their cute miniature size. Decorating individual desserts in pretty cupcake wrappers and designing a dainty look for them is probably the element of cooking I enjoy most. Then of course, I also love the taste – because who doesn’t love cupcakes!? Moist, fluffy, delicate deliciousness all rolled in to one small cake is my idea of heaven.

To make these, I used ground almonds and almond extract for the almond flavour. Then, for the cherry element, I added a spoonful of cherry jam inside of each cupcake. As they baked, the jam seeped through the mixture, creating a burst of colour on top of each one. Seeing them when they were finished, I was filled with a sense of childhood nostalgia, and after one bite I was transported back to all of the joyous memories I have surrounding this classic dessert. Mmmm. I hope you enjoy them!

cherry bakewell cupcakes

makes 6


1/4 cup (30g) tapioca flour

1/3 cup (55g) buckwheat flour

1/4 cup (35g) brown rice flour

1/3 cup (40g) ground almonds

1 tsp baking powder

2 tbsp xylitol

1/4 tsp pure stevia

3/4 cup (185ml) rice milk

1 tsp almond extract

6 tsp cherry jam (I used St. Dalfour)



1. Firstly, add the tapioca flour, buckwheat flour, brown rice flour, ground almonds, baking powder, xylitol and stevia into a large mixing bowl. Stir together until well mixed. Then, add in the almond extract and rice milk, and mix together using a hand whisk until smooth.

2. When this is done, line a muffin tray with 6 large cupcake cases. Then, add 2 tbsp of the cake mixture into each case. Next, spoon 1 tsp of the cherry jam into the centre of each case. Then, top each cupcake with the remaining cake mixture, to cover the jam. Add the cupcakes into the oven and bake for about 30 minutes, until golden.

3. When the cupcakes have baked, remove them from the oven and set them aside to cool completely. Then, serve when they have cooled.

cherry bakewell cupcakes

cherry bakewell cupcakes

cherry bakewell cupcakes

50 thoughts on “cherry bakewell cupcakes

  1. Well I’ve never had Cherry Bakewell, but these little cups of love look so good! Cherry anything (as you know)! and I love the light sweet crumb the cupcakes have!

    1. They must be a British thing! Thank you so much Rebecca!

  2. You have been making just the cutest cupcakes lately! These are adorable, I’ve never actually had Cherry Bakewell but it’s on my to-try list now!

    1. They’re the best! Thank you so much Sam!

  3. I so love your cupcakes recipes, Harriet! And this one is a winner for sure! These look so adorable and yummy! Lovely share! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Anu! I’m so glad you like them 😀

  4. Wow! These look absolutely amazing! These are just the cutest cupcakes!! You are so creative Harriet! Thanks for sharing this tasty cupcakes recipes. Makes me want to grab one.:)

    1. Thank you so much Deepa!!!

  5. I’ve never heard of cherry bakewell until this post!!! but if that’s just cherries + almonds. . I LOVE these!!! Beautiful cupcakes!!! I’m loving your baked treats lately!

    1. They’re sooo tasty, you’ll have to try one – they might only be available in the UK though. If you visit you’ll have to try! Thank you so much Alice!

  6. Have I been living under a rock? I mean, I know I NOW live in the boonies, but previously…. is Orlando located in a barn?? Because, I have never heard of cherry bakewell before! Like WHA??? It has almonds, cherries and cherry jam AND I have never had it?? This makes me sad. But, super happy because I TOTALLY plan on fixing that by making these delicious cupcakes- aka baby cakes of heaven! These look almost TOO good! So, I appreciate you making the cherry bakewell into small cupcakes… because then at least I can eat a dozen and hide the wrapper evidence 🙂 So much easier than explaining why there is only a slice of cake or pie left. Thanks for sharing the deliciousness, Harriet! And for introducing me to something new! <3 Cheers! oh, and Pinned!

    1. They must be a British thing! 😮 They are soooo good! If you ever come to the UK, you’ll have to try one! I’m so glad you like the look of these Cheyanne, I hope you enjoy them! Thank you so much + for pinning! 😀

  7. Oh Harriet – these are gorgeous, AND they are GLUTEN FREE!!! Love the texture and love the jam that seeped out. I just recently started experimenting with tapioca flour, and love the texture it ads.

    1. Thank you so much Shashi! I loooove tapioca flour, it’s definitely one of my favourite GF flours to use, it has one of my favourite textures! 😀

  8. I have never heard of cherry bakewell but the cupcakes look so cute! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Manali! 🙂

  9. I’ve never had Cherry Bakewell anything, the combination of cherries and almonds sounds delightful. Thanks for sharing this recipe Harriet.

    1. It’s the best! Thank you so much Mary, I hope you like them 🙂

  10. Oh Yum! I bet these cupcakes are so light and moist! I totally love how guilt free they are! 😀 Thanks for sharing! 😉

    1. Thank you so much!!! I’m so glad you like them 🙂

  11. These cupcakes are beautiful, Harriet! I’ve never heard of cherry bakewell before but the flavors sound incredible! I could definitely go for a few with my tea right now. Love the jam swirl and ground almonds!

    1. Thank you so much Kelly! I’m so glad you like them!

  12. What are you doing to me with all these cake recipes 😉
    I love cherry bakewells, and they remind me of when I was little. My Nan would always make them.

    1. Hehehe! They’re the best – I always loved the Mr Kipling ones! Thank you Dannii 🙂

  13. I love these skinny cupcakes! They are so beautiful too.

    1. Thank you so much Angie 😀

  14. Oooh these look divine! I love cherry anything 🙂

    1. Same here Liz! Thank you so much!

  15. I’ve been missing out on this lovely flavor called Cherry Bakewell that I never even knew existed!!! Among + cherry, heck yeah! Almond extract is so wonderful, I could smell the bottle of it all day long 🙂 Your cupcakes always look so temptingly delicious <3

    1. It’s such a great combo! Thank you so much Natalie 😀

  16. Cherry bakewell in cupcake form? Its sheer brilliance I tell you!!!

    1. Thank you so much Jessica!! 🙂

  17. Your recipes always look so drool-worthy! I’ve never heard of cherry bakewell but I’m a cupcake kind of gal so I’ll definitely have to try this 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Steph! I hope you enjoy them 🙂

  18. These look divine!! I love that they are a healthy alternative too! Yum!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

    1. Thank you so much Shannon!

  19. More beautiful cupcakes! Love these ! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Mira 😀

  20. I’ve never heard of cherry bakewell before, but I do love the looks of them! What a fantastic cupcake, Harriet! I’m sure the flavor is just amazing!

    1. Thank you so much Gayle! 😀

  21. Saving this to try! Looks so yummy!
    xo, Jane

    1. Thank you so much Jane!!

  22. Boy, did I miss out on Bakewell. I’ve heard of it, of course. But no experience firsthand, unfortunately. This looks great!

    1. They’re so good! You’ll have to try one if you ever visit the UK! Thank you so much Mir!

  23. These look so lovely, Harriet. I love using almond extract in my baked goods too – it has such fragrance and really adds a wonderful flavor dimension to the food. I have a jar of sour cherry jam, and while it’s got a bit of tartness, it’s mostly sweet. I think it would be a lovely choice for making these cupcakes – I’ll have to give it a go! Thanks for sharing the recipe! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Beeta! It’s one of my favourite extracts to use. It smells so amazing! Mmm, that sounds delicious. I hope you enjoy them! 🙂

  24. Never had cherry bakewell but these look lovely Harriet! I love cupcakes, one of my all-time favorite desserts! I love that cherry jam center….looks so pretty! I love all the desserts you are posting…always gets me drooling, haha! I tried xylitol once before and it gave me major side effects. Have you used it much? I don’t recall seeing it before listed in your recipes so was just curious if you just started using it. Anyways, these are gorgeous and so easy to make too!

    1. Thank you so much Brandi! I’ve only used it a few times before, but I found it was fine in these cupcakes as I only use a small amount because of pairing it with stevia! I’m still testing it out in other things at the moment – but I will let you know how it goes! 🙂

  25. I absolutely adore cherries and almonds together, but I never knew the combination was called bakewell! Learn something new every day, I guess 🙂 These cute little cupcakes look delicious!

  26. I’ve never heard of a cherry bakewell {is it a British dessert?} but cherries and almonds are so good and I love almond extract. These sound delicious!

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