Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Daring Bakers' Challenge June 2012: Battenberg Cake

This month's Daring Bakers' Challenge was brought to us by Mandy from What the Fruitcake?!.  Thank you so much Mandy for a fantastic challenge! I had a ton of fun with this one.  Our challenge was to create a Battenberg Cake. Mandy highlighted Mary Berry's techniques and recipes to allow us to create this unique little cake with ease.

I decided to have a ton of fun with this one.  As the guidelines required the typical shape and design of the Traditional Battenberg I had to stick with that.  But, we were encouraged to use whatever flavors and colors we wanted! I decided to dedicate this cake to my little brother.

My brother, Zack, is going off to college for the first time in the fall.  I am a hard-core Badger and I love Wisconsin so I was a little sad to see him choose University of Illinois.  However, the engineering program is going to be perfect for him and he is even trying out for the marching band! I know that he made a great choice and I am sure he is going to have an amazing time.  I made my Battenberg Cake blue and orange in honor of his new school! Good luck in the fall, Zack! I know you will do great!

Traditional Battenberg Cake (adapted from Mary Berry's Battenberg Cake)

3/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into cubes
3/4 cup sugar
3 large eggs, room temperature
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp almond extract
1 1/4 cups self-rising flour
1/2 cup ground almonds
3/4 tsp baking powder
food coloring
1/3 cup apricot preserves
7 oz plain marzipan
powdered sugar (just a little)

1. Preheat oven to 350, grease an 8 by 8 inch baking pan, and create a divider along the middle of the pan using foil and parchment paper.  Grease the divider as well.
2. Whisk the flour, ground almonds, and baking powder together in a medium bowl.
3. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in eggs one at a time until well combined and then beat in the vanilla and almond extract.  Slowly incorporate the dry ingredients until just combined.
4. Place half of the batter into a small bowl and the other half into a different small bowl.  Mix in blue food coloring into one of the bowls and red/yellow into the other until you have your desired coloring.  Or, use your own colors!
5. Place each color on each side of the divider and bake for about 30 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.  Remove from oven and let cool on a cooling rack.
6. Once cool, trim the sides of the cake and make sure that each side is even.  Cut each color into half and place in the Battenberg design.  Heat up the apricot preserves and brush the strips of cake with them so that they stick together.
7.  Roll out the marzipan on a clean surface sprinkled with powdered sugar into an oblong shape so that the width is the length of the cake and the length can wrap all the way around the cake. Brush the top of the cake with apricot and place on the marzipan.  Brush the other sides and wrap the marzipan around.  Make the traditional markings with a knife and trip off the ends to reveal the Battenberg pattern!
Enjoy :)


  1. This looks so cool great job! Bet it tastes good too

  2. Awesome! This is something I really want to try myself

    1. Give it a try! It really wasn't that tough!

  3. Impressive to look at and delicious sounding!

  4. Let's go UW!!! (I got my PhD from there!) I totally forgot about the DB challenge this month and I really wanted to do it! Your cake turned out really cute, love the blue :)

    1. Yay!!! I love it there :) I think you should still give it a shot! Good luck :)

  5. I love the look of this cake; it's so impressive and I bet it tastes awesome :D great job with taking on the challenge!

    1. Thank you! It was really fun...and tasty!

  6. I haven't heard of this cake before but I have seen it. I didn't know it was called Battenberg cake. I love the reasons for the color though!

    1. It was fun challenge! I love learning about new foods :)