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Daring Bakers Challenge June

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.

When I saw this cake first I wasn't really sure what to make of it. It looks a tad too old school for my taste but then curiosity got the better of me, and I am glad I made it. I used marzipan to wrap around and it's delicious.
The Battenberg cake is based on German-style of cake making and traditionally includes marzipan (love marzipan)
and apricot jam. The cake was first made to celebrate the wedding of Queen Victoria’s granddaughter,
Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine and was named after her husband, Prince Louis of Battenberg.

The cake itself is like a pound cake with extra almond in it and that gives it its beautiful nutty flavour.
I blended almonds in their skin as that brings out more flavour but also means the cake will not
be as light as with blanched almonds.

Instead of pink/red food colouring I used 50g mashed raspberries to enhance flavour and texture.
The batter was quite dry and therefore I added a bit more milk which worked fine.
Since I had still vanilla buttercream left from the Bratz cake I made a day earlier I cheated and used this.
It was just enough and I was happy not to waste any leftovers.

I would also recommend to beat the butter and sugar together until pale and creamy. I think that will give
a much better texture.

Such a cute little cake which is more like a petit fours than a cake really.

Traditional Battenberg:
Servings: +- 8
¾ cup (1½ sticks) 175gm / 6 oz Unsalted Butter, softened; cut in cubes
¾ cup / 175gm / 6 oz Caster Sugar
1¼ cups / 175gm / 6 oz Self-Raising Flour
3 Large Eggs, room temp
½ cup / 65gm/ 2 1/3 oz Ground Almonds (Can be substituted with ground rice) I used 75g of ground almonds
3/4 tsp / 3½ gm Baking Powder
½ tsp / 2½ ml Vanilla Extract
I also added 6 tablespoons milk
1/4 tsp (1¼ ml) Almond Extract - didn't use
Red Food Colouring, paste, liquid or gel - I used 50g mashed raspberries instead
To Finish
1/3 cup (80 ml) 100gm /3 ½ oz Apricot Jam - I used leftover vanilla buttercream
1 cup / 225gm / 8 oz Marzipan, natural or yellow
1. Preheat oven to moderate 350°F/180°C/160°C Fan Assisted/Gas Mark 4
2. Grease an 8”/20cm square baking tin with butter
3. Line the tin with parchment paper, creating a divide in the middle with the parchment (or foil)
- Tip: See photos or watch video above for detailed instructions
4. OR Prepare Battenberg tin by brushing the tin with melted butter and flouring
5. Whisk together the dry ingredients then combine with the wet ingredients in a large bowl and beat together just until the ingredients are combined and the batter is smooth
6. Spoon half the mixture into the one side of the prepared baking tin
7. Add a few drops of red food liquid/gel/paste to the remaining batter, stir until the colour is thoroughly distributed, add more colour if needed
8. Spoon the pink batter into the other half of the prepared baking tin
9. Smooth the surface of the batter with a spatula, making sure batter is in each corner
10. Bake for 25-30mins until the cake is well risen, springs back when lightly touched and a toothpick comes out clean (it should shrink away from the sides of the pan)
11. Leave to cool in the tin for a few minutes before turning out to cool thoroughly on a wire rack
12. Once completely cool, trim the edges of the cake with a long serrated knife
13. Cut each coloured sponge in half lengthways so that you are left with four long strips of sponge
14. Neaten the strips and trim as necessary so that your checkered pattern is as neat and even as possible
15. Gently heat the apricot jam and pass through a small sieve
16. Brush warmed jam onto the strips of cake to stick the cake together in a checkered pattern (one yellow next to one pink. On top of that, one pink next to one yellow)
- Tip: See photos for detailed instructions
17. Dust a large flat surface with icing sugar then roll the marzipan in an oblong shape that is wide enough to cover the length of the cake and long enough to completely wrap the cake
18. Brush the top of the cake with apricot jam
19. Place the cake on the marzipan, jam side down
- Tip: Either in the middle or to the one side of the marzipan
20. Brush the remaining three sides with jam
21. Press the marzipan around the cake, making sure the join is either neatly in the one corner, or will be underneath the cake once turned over
- Tip: If you put the sponge to the one side of the marzipan, I found it easiest to "roll" the sponge over and over onto the marzipan instead of lifting the marzipan up onto the sponge
22. Carefully flip the cake over so that the seam is under the cake and score the top of the cake with a knife, you can also crimp the top corners with your fingers to decorate
23. Neaten the ends of the cake and remove excess marzipan by trimming off a small bit of cake on both ends to reveal the pattern.


chef_d said...

I agree this cake would be gorgeous petit fours, love how you used mashed berries instead of red food coloring. Great job!

Kristin said...

Thank you for your lovely comment. Will go and check out your post as well.

Nichole said...

Your cake looks wonderful! I love the idea of using raspberries rather than food coloring. Well done!

Within the Kitchen said...

Love your Battenberg! Loved the challenge.

Ruth Ellis said...

This looks fantastic - delicious flavours and so pretty!

Kristin said...

Thank you Ruth, that's very kind.

Kristin said...

Thank you Nicole. I love the raspberries in the cake. Such a great challenge.

shelley c. said...

I love that you used raspberries in your sponge - I try not to use food colorings, and I bet that added a delicious freshness to the cake. Your Battenberg looks beautiful!!

Korena said...

I like the texture that the natural blended almonds give to your cake - almost a rustic look in something so dainty and pretty. The raspberries are a nice addition too! Great job :)

MyFudo™ said...

Nice of you to use berries instead of red coloring...They are more vibrant, after all. Looks really delish!

Kristin said...

Thank you, I quite like the muted colour.

The Cookie Fairy said...

Your Battenberg cake version looks so tasty!

The Cookie Fairy said...

Your Battenberg cake version looks so tasty!
I just love the flavors and colors combination

Vicky said...

Your battenberg looks great! Great idea to add mashed raspberries!

Kristin said...

Thank you, Cookie Fairy, for stopping by.

Kristin said...

Thank you Vicky, for your lovely comment. Can't wait to see your challenge.

MandyM said...

It is rather old fashioned, but I have a soft spot for certain "retro recipes" and this one is quite fun and whimsical :)

You Battenberg looks tasty, and nice job on getting the squares even, that seemed to be a challenge for a lot of DBers.

Thanks for taking part in the June challenge, I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Kristin said...

Thank you Mandy for stopping by and for hosting the challenge. I am so glad I took part and learned a bit about the history as well.

David Crichton said...

This is perfection. I tried this myself but it turned out a little lop sided. Delicious though.

Kristin said...

Hi David,
thank you for the nice comment. To get the long squares into a nice shape without having the right moulds was a bit tricky. But you're right, in the end what really matters is that it tastes good.