This Gluten-Free Vegan Cherry Bakewell Cake is easy to make, tastes every bit as delicious as the traditional version, and is surprisingly healthy!
Cherry Bakewell tart has always been a firm favourite of mine, but I do find it a little too sweet - the layers of jam, frangipane, icing, the glacé cherries, it's all a bit much.
And, since having finally mastered a vegan and gluten-free sponge recipe, I tried using the batter to make a plain vanilla sponge cake, which ended up tasting surprisingly delicious. This was especially thanks to the sweet, nutty flavour of the ground almonds, which are used to make the sponge moist and fluffy.
This got me thinking about what cakes taste of almonds, and I immediately thought of cherry Bakewells!
Whilst I made a round cake the first time I made these, I then decided it might be fun to cut them into squares and make them into brownies...or blondies? But you can either bake these into brownies or a round cake, your choice!
Instead of jam and glacé cherries, I went for dried sour cherries - their tart-sweet flavour is so delicious paired with the nutty sweetness of the almonds.
You can of course use glacé cherries instead, or other dried fruits such as dried strawberries or dried cranberries. Or fresh cherries or fresh raspberries would also work well I think!
I then topped them off with some flaked almonds. I love the contrasting textures of the tender sponge and chewy dried cherries with the crunchy, toasty flaked almonds.
What's great about this recipe is how easy it is to make, requiring just one bowl and easily accessible ingredients. Leftovers are particularly nice heated up in the microwave, on top of the toaster or in a frying pan.
I hope you'll love this Gluten-Free Vegan Cherry Bakewell Cake! Looking for more fruity cakes? You might like my:
- Raspberry Dark Chocolate Blondies
- Lemon Blueberry Cake
- Strawberry Sponge Layer Cake
- Black Forest Cake
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Helpful tools to make this Gluten-Free Vegan Cherry Bakewell Cake:
Gluten-Free Vegan Cherry Bakewell Cake
- 60 g (¼ cup) coconut oil (or sub olive or vegetable oil)
- 200 ml (⅘ cup) unsweetened almond milk (or sub any other plant-based milk)
- Juice of 1 lemon*
- 8 tablespoons maple syrup (or sub any other sweetener)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- 150 g (1 ¼ cup) ground almonds** (almond meal)
- 150 g (1 ¼ cup) gluten-free flour blend (or sub plain flour if not gluten-free)
- 2 heaped teaspoons baking power (ensure gluten-free if necessary)
- ¼ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
- 60 g (½ cup) dried sour cherries*** (or sub dried cranberries or dried strawberries)
- Few tablespoons flaked almonds
- 1 tablespoon coconut sugar (optional)
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (350 degrees Fahrenheit)
- Place the coconut oil in a large bowl and melt over a saucepan of boiling water or in the microwave (skip this step if using any other oil)
- Once melted, add the milk to the same bowl along with the lemon juice, maple syrup, vanilla, salt and ground almonds
- Sift in the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda
- Add the dried cherries and mix well, adding a tiny splash more milk if it's looking too dry
- Transfer mixture to a greased baking tin lined with baking paper - I used a 23cm/9inch square baking tin
- Scatter over flaked almonds (and coconut sugar if using)
- Bake in oven for 15-20 minutes until golden brown on top and an inserted skewer comes out clean
- Leave to cool before cutting into squares
- Keeps well covered in the fridge for up to a few days. Best reheated in the microwave, on top of the toaster or in a frying pan
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