Pyrex National Baking Week

Homemade Family Time
14th - 20th
October 2019

Gluten-free cherry bakewell cake

Cooking time: 
15-30 minutes
Preparation time: 
10-15 minutes
  • For the cake
  • 200g marzipan, grated
  • A few drops of almond extract
  • 200g golden caster sugar
  • 200g soft unsalted butter
  • 6 large free range eggs
  • 200g cornflour
  • 2tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • For the filling
  • 100g butter
  • 225g icing sugar
  • 1tbsp amaretto, or a few drops of almond extract
  • Half a 340g jar of good quality cherry jam
  • To decorate
  • Icing sugar and Glace cherries
  • x2 Pyrex Asimetria cake pans (20cm)
  • Non-stick baking parchment
  • Spatula
  • Palette knife
  • Sieve
  • Pyrex 1 litre mixing bowl
  • Electric hand whisk or wooden spoon
  • Cooling rack
  1. Preheat the oven to: electric 180°C / electric (fan) 160°C / gas mark 4.
  2. Grease and line your cake tins.
  3. Put the sugar and grated marzipan into a bowl.
  4. Add the soft butter and mix with an electric hand whisk, or wooden spoon, until you have a smooth paste.
  5. Add the eggs one at a time to combine, each without the mixture curdling. If the mixture does curdle, add a teaspoon of cornflour.
  6. In a bowl, sieve together the cornflour, baking powder and salt.
  7. Add to the egg mixture and fold in gently until all just combined.
  8. Pour the mixture into the two tins, smooth the top gently with a spatula.
  9. Bake for 25-30mins, until a skewer comes out clean and the cake is golden and springy to touch.
  10. Whilst the cakes bake, make the icing by beating together the icing sugar, amaretto/extract and butter together for at least 5mins until light and fluffy.
  11. When the cakes have baked, turn them out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  12. Once cooled, place a small blob of icing onto your serving plate and put one half of the cake on top, spread the icing over, then the jam (stir the jam to make it easier to spread and stop it from dragging the icing).
  13. Top with the other half of the cake, then dust generously with icing sugar and scatter on some glace cherries.

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