Black Cherry Bakewell Cake

Me again. Baking alot? I think so. I’m been waiting with excitement for this bake to land on my sideboard. Literally cannot contain myself. Bakewell tarts are amongst my favourite, EVER! So here we have a twist on the tart, it’s a cake!! The idea comes from the BBC good food site, once I saw it in all it’s glory it got added to my baking queue (yes, I have a one!)

Black Cherry Bakewell Cake

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A gorgeous almond cake, filled with black cherry conserve, topped with a thick smooth icing and toasted almonds. Could you ask for anything more? I couldn’t! I love almond, they bring childhood memories right back, even just the taste. Come on, try it, you know you want to.

You will need;

Electric mixer.
Sturdy mixing bowl.
2 – 20cm round cake tins.
Baking paper.
200g of softened butter.
200g of golden caster sugar, I use half white half brown.
4 eggs.
100g ground almond.
100g self raising flour.
1tsp baking powder.
1tsp of natural almond extract.
For the icing;
100g of icing sugar.
6-8 tbsp of water.
Half a jar of black cherry conserve (for the filling).

Preheat oven to gas mark 4/180 degrees. Cream your butter and sugar until light. Add 2 of your eggs with half of your flour and beat until incorporated, then repeat with remaining flour and eggs. Mix in your ground almonds, extract and baking powder followed by a pinch of salt. Line your baking tins and spoon mixture evenly between each tin. Put in middle of oven for 25-30 minutes, until a skewer comes out clean. Leave to cool in tins for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack. While waiting for the cake to cool mixing you icing sugar and water until you form a thick paste, but that will run slightly. When cakes are completely cool, put one cake top side down and spread with a generous amount of jam (I use half a jar) and position next cake on top, do this whichever side is going to give you a nice level top. Spread the icing to the sides of the cake and allow to drip down the sides as it wants to before sprinkling with toasted almonds. Your done! Voila!

Enjoy mid afternoon with a cup of strong tea. Just a suggestion. This would make the perfect occasion cake to enjoy with family, or by yourself. It’s just that nice. Enjoy and check back soon for more bakes. Thanks for looking. Please follow, and tell your friends.

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