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 but although closely associated with the town of Bakewell in Derbyshire, there is no evidence that it originated there.
The Bakewell tart developed as a variant of the Bakewell pudding in the 20th century. Although the terms Bakewell tart and Bakewell pudding have been used interchangeably, each name refers to a specific dessert recipe. The tart is closely associated with the town of Bakewell in Derbyshire, but there is no evidence that it originated there.
In Gloucester, a similar tart was made using ground rice, raspberry jam and almond essence. In 2013, council leader Paul James discovered a recipe for "Gloucester tart" in a Gloucester history book. Subsequently, Gloucester museums revived the recipe, serving complimentary Gloucester tarts to museum patrons.