October 20, 2020

Cherry bakewell’s (gluten & dairy free)

My gluten and dairy free homemade cherry bakewell’s have a pastry bottom, a cherry jam and frangipane sponge middle and an iced top. They honestly taste so much better than the real thing, and are much easier to make than you might think! It’s taken me a little while to perfect a gluten and dairy free pastry recipe, but now I have there will definitely be more pastry based recipes on my website! If you don’t fancy making your own pastry, you could always use a shop brought one (Genius and Jus Rol do a gluten & dairy free version).

If you do make my cherry bakewell’s I’d love to see! Don’t forget to tag me in your photos over on social media.

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5 from 3 votes

Cherry Bakewell’s (gluten & dairy free)

Prep Time1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Servings: 12


  • 12 hole cupcake tin
  • Rolling Pin
  • Baking beans


For the pastry

  • 300 g plain gluten free flour
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 175 g dairy free butter (cold & cubed, I use the Stork 'Perfect for baking' gold packet)
  • 1 medium egg
  • 3-4 tbsp cold water

For the Frangipane sponge

  • 110 g dairy free butter
  • 110 g caster sugar
  • 1 medium egg
  • 1 tbsp gluten free plain flour
  • 100 g ground almonds

Other ingredients

  • 80 g cherry jam
  • 100 g icing sugar
  • 12 glace cherries


Make your pastry

  • To a large mixing bowl add plain gluten free flour, xanthan gum, sugar and salt. Mix well.
  • Add your cold cubed butter and rub in with a fork until it starts to look like breadcrumbs.
  • Add your egg and mix in using a table knife.
  • Add water 1tbsp at a time and mix well until it starts to form a dough (you will need around 3-4 tbsp water).
  • Turn out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth. Wrap in clingfilm and leave in the fridge for atleast an hour.
  • After an hour preheat your oven to 180°C and remove the pastry from the fridge. Roll out on a floured surface until it's about 1cm thick.
  • Cut out 12 circles (larger than your cupcake tin) and press the circles into your cupcake tin, ensuring that you press the pastry up the side of the tin.
  • Add baking paper and baking beans to each of the pastry cups. Blind bake for 10 minutes. Remove the baking paper and beans and bake for an additional 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and leave to cool whilst you make your frangipane mix.

Make your Frangipane mix

  • Whisk together your butter and caster sugar until light and flufy.
  • Add the egg and continue to whisk until combined. Stir in your 1tbsp flour (to stop the mixture curdling) and ground almonds.

Combine all the elements!

  • Add around 1tsp of cherry jam to the bottom of each of the pastry cases, followed by 1tsbp of the frangipane mixture.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, until golden brown and cooked through. Leave to cool whilst you make your icing by combining your icing sugar with water (add 1tsp of water at a time until your get the desired consistency).
  • Pour the icing on the bakewell's and top with a glace cherry.


Leftover pastry can be kept in the fridge for up to 48 hours. 
Bakewell’s will keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days. 

I absolutely love seeing what you’ve created, so if you do make this recipe (or any other recipe from my website) don’t forget to tag me over on my social media pages @glutenfreealice and use the hashtag #glutenfreealice

2 responses to “Cherry bakewell’s (gluten & dairy free)”

  1. Louise Hallsworth says:

    My pastry is super crumbly when trying to roll it out and put it in the tins. Any tips?!

    • glutenfreealice@yahoo.com says:

      Hi Louise, it shouldn’t be too crumbly if you are following the recipe but with shortcrust pastry it doesn’t matter if it does crumble a little as you can patch it back together when you put it inside the cupcake tins. Sometimes it depends on the butter you use, I use the Stork perfect for baking dairy free block which always works great for me x

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