This was my second month partcipating in the Daring Bakers challenge and it didn't disappoint. Mandy of What The Fruitcake?! came to our rescue last minute to present us with the Battenberg Cake challenge! She highlighted Mary Berry’s techniques and recipes to allow us to create this unique little cake with ease.
As with the challah, I'd never herd of a Battenburg Cake before, much less eaten one. I love being able to learn about something completely new.
Normally I would try a unique variation of a classic recipe given, but Mandy's classic Battenburg looked so lovely. Besides I love almond buttercake, and loved the symbolism behind the pink and white squares said to represent the four princes of Battenburg. Classic it is.
I obviously didn't have a Battenburg tin, so I made do with some aluminium foil.
I joined the layers with apricot jam and added a crumb coat of vanilla buttercream before wrapping the Battenburg in marzipan. I topped it with flowers for something a little different.
I folded the ends of the marzipan to give it a material type look. I wanted to make it look like a neat little package. As well as cooking this cake for the first time, this was my first time working with marzipan. I assumed it was similar to fondant and dived right in. I wasn't sure how well it would work for moulding and thought the flowers might sag, but they were fine. I used mini dragees for the centre bud.
Time to cut it open. It wasn't perfect, but I was glad it at least looked chequered.
Have to remember to cut off the crusts next time to make it pretty.
The cake itself was delicious. But, yeah, almond. So many noms.
Check out Daring Kitchen for the recipe Mandy provided us.