Cherry Bakewell Loaf


If you love McVities Cherry Bakewell Pies then this is the cake for you - all the flavour and taste but so easy to bake! CHERRY BAKEWELL LOAF - so easy no mixer required just a wooden spoon
Course Cake
Cuisine American, european
KEYWORDS CHERRY, easy, fruit, loaf
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12 SLICES
Calories 200 kcal
Author Karyn Ryan -Irish Baking Adventures


  • 175 g plain flour 1 1/4 cups US
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 100 g ground almonds 3/4 cups US
  • 175 g caster sugar 3/4 cups & 1Tbsp US
  • Pinch salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 200 ml sunflower oil/vegetable oil/melted butter 3/4 cup & 1tbsp US
  • 155 g glace cherries cut in to pieces 1 1/2 cups US
  • 1/ tsp almond extract


  • 200 g icing sugar 1 cup US
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp flaked almonds
  • a 1lb loaf tin (normal size) greased and lined with baking aper or use a loaf tin liner.


  1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F and grease and line a  (1lb) loaf tin with baking paper or use a loaf tin liner

  2. Sift the flour and baking powder along with the salt into a bowl .  Next add in the caster sugar and ground almonds

  3. Dredge the cherries in some flour - (to stop them from sinking) and add these to the flour mix
  4. In a separate bowl, or a pyrex jug, whisk together the eggs, veg oil/melted butter and almond extract

  5. Add your wet ingredients to your dry ingredients and with a spatula or wooden spoon stir them together. Go gently you don't need to over-mix or you will get a tough cake

  6. Pour the batter into the loaf tin and bake the cake for about 50 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean
  7. Cool in the tin for 15 minutes then turn out onto a wire rack


  1. In a bowl whisk together the icing sugar and water and pour on top of the loaf. I like it thin enough just to glaze, but you can make it thicker by adding more icing sugar if you prefer

  2. Decorate with some glace cherries and flaked /chopped almonds

  3. Store in an air tight container such as a lunch box.  Will last for about 5 days but in my house 1 day lol

Recipe Notes

Dredge the cherries in some flour - (to stop them from sinking) and add these to the flour mix -  I do this with all fruit fresh or dried & chocolate chips when I'm baking!

I have given AMERICAN CUP MEASUREMENTS - but please not these are approximate as we cook using the metric system in Europe