Bakewell tart
A slice of Bakewell tart
Place of originEngland, UK
Region or stateDerbyshire Dales
Serving temperatureWarm (freshly baked) or cold
Main ingredientsGround almond, jam, shortcrust pastry, frangipane
VariationsGloucester tart
A commercially produced Cherry Bakewell

A Bakewell tart is an English confection consisting of a shortcrust pastry shell beneath layers of jam, frangipane, and a topping of flaked almonds. It is a variant of the Bakewell pudding, closely associated with the town of Bakewell in Derbyshire.


The Bakewell tart developed as a variant of the Bakewell pudding in the 20th century.[1][2] Although the terms Bakewell tart and Bakewell pudding have been used interchangeably, each name refers to a specific dessert recipe.[1] The tart is closely associated with the town of Bakewell in Derbyshire.[1][2]


Cherry Bakewell

A Cherry Bakewell, also known as a Bakewell cake, is a version of the tart where the frangipane is covered with a top layer of almond-flavoured fondant and a single half glacé cherry.[1]

Gloucester tart

In Gloucester, a similar tart was made using ground rice, raspberry jam and almond essence.[3] In May 2013, council leader Paul James discovered a recipe for "Gloucester tart" in a Gloucester history book.[4] Subsequently, Gloucester museums revived the recipe, serving complimentary Gloucester tarts to museum patrons.[5]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d "The Bakewell Pudding". Bakewell Online. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b Davidson, Alan (2014). The Oxford Companion to Food. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 54. ISBN 978-0199677337. Retrieved 22 December 2015.
  3. ^ Enfield, Laura (17 May 2013). "Have you tried the Gloucester Tart yet?". Gloucestershire Live. Retrieved 28 February 2017.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Enfield, Laura (18 May 2013). "Does tasty tart live up to city's name?". Weekend Citizen. p. 17.
  5. ^ "Gloucester's 'mystery tart'". Gloucestershire Live. 9 May 2013. Retrieved 28 February 2017.[permanent dead link]