Cherry Bakewell Recipe with Coconut

Bakewell traybake

  • makes 12 slices
  • Easy

Check out our bakewell slices with juicy cherries and crunchy desiccated coconut. This take on the classic bakewell tart is easy to make and perfect with an afternoon cuppa


Make this bakewell traybake for an afternoon tea treat, then check out our bakewell tart and cherry recipes. We’ve also got plenty more sweet coconut recipes to try, including our coconut cakecoconut macaroons and coconut lamingtons.



  • ready-made shortcrust pastry 375g
  • unsalted butter 200g, softened
  • caster sugar 200g
  • eggs 3
  • plain flour 2 tbsp, plus extra for dusting
  • ground almonds 100g
  • desiccated coconut 150g, plus 60g toasted to decorate
  • whole milk 1 tbsp
  • black cherry jam 6 tbsp
  • fresh whole cherries 10-12, pitted and halved


  • Step 1

    Line a 25cm x 20cm rectangular brownie tin with baking paper. Roll the pastry out on a lightly floured worksurface to about 3mm thickness, slightly larger than the tin. Line the base of the tin with the pastry, trimming any excess, then prick with a fork and chill for 30 minutes.

  • Step 2

    Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Line the tin with more baking paper (on top of the pastry) then fill with baking beans and bake for 15 minutes. Take out the tin, remove the beans and the top layer of paper, and cook for another 5 minutes or until the pastry is sandy coloured and cooked through. Take out of the oven and cool.

  • Step 3

    Beat together the butter with the caster sugar until pale and fluffy. Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating between each, then add the flour and mix until fully combined. Finally, fold in the ground almonds and desiccated coconut until just combined, then add the milk to loosen the mixture.

  • Step 4

    Spread a thin layer of jam over the pastry and spoon over the almond mixture, keeping it as level as possible. Gently press the cherries evenly in the cake so that you can still see them. Top with the remaining toasted coconut and bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes or until set. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin completely. Cut into slices and serve.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 524
  • Fat 37.2g
  • Saturates 19.8g
  • Carbs 38.3g
  • Sugars 24.1g
  • Fibre 3.7g
  • Protein 7.2g
  • Salt 0.3g