Recipe by Carol
"This fancy almond-flavored tea cake, also called 'Battenberg/Battenburg Cake' or 'Battenberg/Battenburg Square' features a homemade marzipan."
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red food coloring
egg, room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons
GREAT recipe - easy to make. Coming from England, now in Canada, this is very authentic - however, you must spread the apricot jam on the marzipan with a pastry brush before you wrap the cake in it - this helps it to stick to the cake and it also tastes delicious! Try it with raspberry jam too for an alternative. Also, the cake mix looks too stiff even with a little milk - but you need the cake to be firm and hold it's shape - so don't be fooled !!! The recipe is "spot on". Excellent ******
I am only 14 but my Mum was a successful cook and I have entered many shows and cook at least 3 new things a week, cooking is definitely my passion and takes a lot of my time. This cake was luscios to eat and positively made my mouth water at the first bite. It was extremely light and fluffy, it is probably the nicest Battanburg I have ever made. The downside is I would recommend it only to fairly experienced as it is quite difficult to make nicely. Although it is fairly easy to make it taste nice the presentation is quite hard to get to look good. It is quite fiddley to make the different colours nice and even. If you've never made a Battenburg beforre don't be crestfallen if your first try looks a flop (mine was), it comes with practise.
Have made this cake three times now, each time it was a great success. I found
it easier to roll the marzipan out between two sheets of glad wrap, which also helped
when covering the sponge. I also added almond essence instead of vanilla. Will definately make again.
okay this is absolutely biased because this is the only battenburg i'd ever tried. All my English friends loved it and it was really easy to make! Variation: Try flavouring the pink parts with strawberry essence and using strawberry jam! The result is amazing! YOu get a vanilla strawberry battenburg with delicious strawberry jame. Simply divine!
My husband always looks forward to Irish relatives bringing him one of these cakes when they visit, so I made this for him for his birthday. The cake was a little denser than he was used to and the marzipan coating was not the same bright, uniform yellow that the Irish bakers seem to be able to get, but all in all the cake was a success. It tasted quite good! It is not, however, something you just whip up in a couple of minutes. Set aside an evening.
The cake itself is very tasty, however the icing is too sweet, beware. We took the icing off and ate the cake.
Nyum nyum nyum - absolutely delicious! Battenburg cake is my favourite. Virgilio Anderson
i made this with my sister today. the cake itself was nice but it doesn't taste the same as Mr Kipling's battenburg! I was a bit scared to attempt the marzipan so i just bought some. I would do it again though.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Serving Size: 1/12 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 12
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 285
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