So, last weekend I was flicking through my favourite cake recipe book (The Clandestine Cake Club book) and noticed the recipe for Battenberg or Battenburg, depending on what book/ website you go for. I love almond cake, and marzipan, but have never made one before. Well, no time like the present!
You can get special tins, but the book had instructions for how to divide a normal tin in half using folded baking paper.
Also, I don’t have pink food colouring, but I had red. The plan was to use only a little, but as you will see, it is rather more shocking pink than pastel! Anyway, what I would do next time is weigh the bowl so I could work out the weight of the final mixture, as I did it by eye and ended up with more pink mixture.
After the cake cooled, I cut it into the four slices and trimmed the ends. Again, I might trim the ends after assembling next time, as the marzipan needed neatening too. Although the offcuts were a good bonus! I did this while the Grand Prix was on- I quite like having a project like this that I can get on with in the living room.
Stuck together with warmed apricot jam, and then rolled in marzipan.
I bought some new plates this week, and they were the perfect size and shape- amazing!
We took it to Andy’s parents for tea, but we didn’t eat it all so we left them a few slices and we had some to take home too.
We enjoyed a slice each on Wednesday (good post run pudding).
I am really glad I had a go- it was a bit time consuming to assemble, but it looked really pretty and tasted good too.
Battenburg- yay or nay?