Vegan Bakewell Tart in a mug recipe

The best vegan Bakewell you’ve ever tasted. In a mug. Ready in 5 minutes? Yep, it’s true.

While I’ve been going through my tried and tested recipes to see which I want to video, it occurred to me that I don’t always want to make a cake that’ll serve 16. I know, I know, it was a bit of a shocker to me too!

Obviously it’s a bit different at the Café, but not at home where I am a single parent of 1. A 16 slice cake would mean 8 slices each and although that’s a slice a day for a week  – it’s a slice a day of THE SAME CAKE. And as much as I know that cake is perfectly freezable, our freezer is not a bottomless pit. 

So I have created mug sized recipes for you!

And not only mug sized recipes, but MICROWAVEABLE mug cake recipes too, for when you want a cake and you want that cake right now. So what could be better than Cake in 5 minutes? Well, Dairy Free Cake in 5 minutes….

So here it is, the game changing, bakewell slice cake making  video…. (recipe is below)

And here’s the recipe,

 1//  Coat your mug with cherry jam – this bit is optional. Using the jam adds an extra layer of flavour but if you really need that cake NOW, this bit just adds an extra minute or two to your wait time

2// In a different mug (or the same one if you’re not using the jam), add the dry stuff first so,

3 Tablespoons Self Raising Flour

2 Tablespoons Caster Sugar

1/4 teaspoon Baking Powder (not completely absolutely necessary)

4 Tablespoons Ground Almonds and 2 Tablespoons Flaked or Chopped Almonds

3// And stir…. Then add,

3 Tablespoons Soya ( or any plant based) milk

3 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil

1/3 teaspoon Almond Essence

4// Stir until combined

5// Add a few frozen cherries, stir then pour into your jam smothered mug (if you didn’t do that bit, just carry on!). Place in the centre of your microwave, cover and cook for

1 1/2 – 2 minutes  on Medium High.

Stand for 30 seconds

Another 1 – 2 1/2 minutes at Medium High. Depending on your microwave. Mine’s 700W, so if yours is higher powered use less time.

6// Leave to stand for a minute or so. I’d advise leaving for about 5 or 10 minutes before eating mostly to avoid burning your mouth with volcanically hot cake but also to let the cake ‘bake’ in its own heat.

7// Add a bit more cherry jam, a few flaked almonds and a sprinkling of icing sugar. Or you could add a bit of Swedish Glace Vanilla Ice cream to the top of the mug

…And Enjoy

For more microwaveable mug cakes check out the vegan lemon cupcake and the chocolate and banana mug cake 

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The best ever vegan Bakewell tart recipe. Ever.

These Cherry and Almond Bakewells are one of the biggest sellers at the cafe. They always have been and continue to be, even when there are more exciting cakes available. And that kind of sums up their popularity – people like being blanketed in comfort.

Comfort makes people happy. Especially in these confusing pre-general election, post Trump times. After all, a cup of tea seems to make everything OK again. If you add cake to the scenario, well……it could even erase away any thoughts on Brexit. But it would have to be very, very good cake.

And this could be it. Especially when it’s still warm from the oven and you take that first forkful. There’s something incredibly satisfying about hitting the pastry layer after the gooey soft sponge, followed by the tang of the cherries and flavour of the almonds…..are you dribbling yet?


This recipe makes 16 really good sized Bakewell slices. Keep your eyes out for my next post – Bakewell mug cake. For when you need Bakewell cake. Right now. This recipe here takes a bit longer than a mug cake for 1 but is very worth it. So here goes


The Best Ever Bakewell Slice Recipe. Vegan, too!

I know it’s boring and you want to get on with the good stuff but preheat your oven. Gas Mark 4 or 180c. Go on, switch it on now. You’ll thank me for it later.

1/ Dry Ingredients – Mix together the following in a bowl and set aside

200g Self Raising Flour

200g Caster Sugar

200g Ground Almonds

1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder

2/ Wet ingredients – in a jug, mix together the following and set aside

230ml Soya milk (or any plant milk)

180ml vegetable oil

1 1/2 teaspoons of almond essence

3/ Now before any wet/dry mixing goes on, fit a sheet of ready rolled pastry to your 11×13” tin.

Put that pastry in its place. Show it who’s boss….

As busy as I am, I use supermarket’s own or Jus Rol Shortcrust pastry sheet. It’s approximately 375g. And I leave it on its baking sheet too. cause that’s how I roll. Or un-roll.


If you are a domestic god or goddess then I’m sure that home made pastry would be as heavenly as you are. But remember to line the tin with baking paper.

4/ Then smother that pastry in half a jar of black cherry jam. And put to one side for a minute while you do the other important stuff….

Are you ready for some mixing now?

5/ Pour your wet ingredients into your dry ingredients and stir until just combined. 

 Then add about 175g Frozen Cherries

                                            …..and stir until mixed through

You need to be as quick as possible (without flicking cake batter all over your kitchen) in stirring the mixture until combined, pouring into the pastry & jam covered pan and getting it into the oven. The speed is an important part of making vegan cakes rise. So no taking a nap between mixing the batter and getting it into the oven. You need to do it straight away. Like, now. Pour that batter into the pan and get it even.

Quick, Quick….

6/ Into a preheated oven at Gas Mark 4, 180C for about 45mins – 1 hour. Until golden brown and cooked through.

Now you can sit back and relax and admire your awesomeness with the smell of blissful baking wafting through your house

7/ When your Bakewell is cooked and cooling, spread some warm cherry jam over the top and coat with either chopped or flaked almonds.

Now make your Drizzle icing

8/ I do this by eye, so hard to talk measurements. Basically, throw some icing sugar into a jug….I really don’t know how much, but lets say 100g. Then add a splash (and I really mean a splash) of water. And stir with a fork.

If the drizzle is too thick add just a drop more water. If too thin, you’re going to need to add a lot more icing sugar. You’re aiming for an average custard consistency.

Drizzle that icing over your Bakewell. Get creative. Own your cake…

                     ….and eat it 

If 16 slices is too much cake, you can always freeze it. These cakes freeze and defrost really well if they make it that far.

Good luck!

Let me know how yours turn out 🙂