A Cherry on Top

As promised, here is the recipe for the Cherry Bakewell cupcakes I made as my entry to the IronCupcake:Leeds.
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The theme was desserts and after a little poll of my friends I was going to do a fruit crumble, a cheesecake or a bakewell. I decided on the bakewell idea as I had a load of ground almonds left over from making some christmas bits. So for the cakes I used a tried and tested recipe from the Waitrose site that I usually use to make my cherry almond loaf but at the suggestion of the boy I used less sugar and more milk to make a lighter consistency. 
The frosting {and the styling} are taken from a recipe at Love and Olive Oil. I totally fell for these cakes when I saw them last year and so I knew that this was the look that I wanted to go for the cake. I did think about making the whole cake recipe but as I had the ingredients for the loaf, and didn’t have things like coconut milk I decided to mix and match the two recipes.

I was pretty pleased with the results. Quite a few people remarked how much like a bakewell the sponge tasted, which I guess was the plan, wasn’t it! The cakes came out quite a bit lighter than the loaf, and the frosting is amazing {I think the  addition of the cream makes it that little bit more special} And the cherry on top, well – it just looks cute,  right? 


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