Cherry Bakewell Cupcakes

These little beauts have been adapted from the famous Bakewell Tart.  I found this recipe in The Great British Bake Off: How to bake cookbook that I was given as Christmas present,  I couldn’t resist having a go!

Makes 12

For the cup cakes
150g unsalted butter, very soft
150g caster sugar
100g self-raising flour
3 large eggs, at room temperature, beaten
1/2 tsp baking powder
60g ground almonds
1 tbsp milk, at room temperature
4 tbsp raspberry jam
 
For the icing
250g icing sugar
about 3 tbsp strained fresh lemon juice
12 glace cherries, rinsed and dried
 
1 x 12 hole muffin tray, lined with paper muffin cases
 

Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/gas 5.  Beat the butter with an electric mixer until creamy.  Add all the other ingredients for the cup cakes, except the jam, and beat until light and creamy.

Spoon the mixture into the cup cake cases, dividing it evenly.  Level the mixture in each case using you fingertip.  Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown and firm to the touch, and a skewer inserted into the center of a cup cake comes out clean.  Remove each cup cake from the tray and place on a wire rack.  Leave to cool completely.

To make the icing, sift the icing sugar into a mixing bowl and work in enough of the strained lemon juice to make a thick, but spoonable and runny icing.  Set aside.

Using a teaspoon or apple corer, remove the centre from each cup cake, cutting only two-thirds of the way down.  Stir the jam with a teaspoon until it is a little runny, then carefully spoon into the holes in the cup cakes until the jam just reaches the top (don’t over fill).

Beat the icing using a teaspoon, then spoon it over the top of each cup cake to flood the surface until the icing reaches the sides of the paper case.  Take care that the jam doesn’t become mixed into the icing.  Add a cherry to the middle immediately and leave to set.

Especially nice served with a pot of tea.

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7 thoughts on “Cherry Bakewell Cupcakes

  1. These look absolutely great and seeing as I was lucky enough to also receive this book for christmas, I think you have decided what I shall make this week for me! thank you

  2. Almond and cherry! My favorite flavor combination. Definitely on the cupcake “to do” list!

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