Battenburg Cake- DB Challenge

Jun 28, 2012
I can't believe I am doing my first daring bakers challenge..its funny how things grow into you, I have started to find baking almost therapeutic in a way or may be i little more patience now..For this month's challenge, Mandy from Whats the Fruitcake? wanted us to make a traditional, whimsical English Tea cake- Battenburg Cake- which I have never eaten, seen, or heard of. Oh well, whats internet for right?

Here is a little history :
The first Battenberg cake was made to celebrate the marriage of Queen Victoria’s granddaughter, Princess Victoria, to husband Prince Louis of Battenberg. It’s traditionally flavored with almond and has the signature Battenberg markings, that is, the yellow and pink squares (said to represent the four princes of Battenberg).


Mandy had provided us two recipes- one with traditional battenberg or coffee & walnut kind. On my first attempt I tried with coffee & walnut kind but something was not right about my batter & had to toss the whole thing.. oh well, I tell you again- baking is not my thing..

but on my second attempt, I did the traditional battenburg which turned out little better

Ingredients
¾ cup (1½ sticks) Unsalted Butter, softened & cut in cubes
¾ cup Sugar
1¼ cups self raising flour ( make your own at home)
3 Large Eggs, room temp
½ cup Ground Almonds (I substituted with ground rice)
3/4 tsp Baking Powder
½ tsp Vanilla Extract
1/4 tsp Almond Extract ( I skipped it)
Blue & Green food coloring gel (may choose any other color)

To Finish
~1/2 honey
1 cup chocolate plastic (home-made recipe)

Directions
 -Preheat oven to 350°F.
-Grease an 8 square baking tin lined with parchment paper creating a divide in the middle with the parchment (or foil)
- 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
-Spoon half the mixture into the another bowl and add few drops of green food color, mix them well and pour it one side of the prepared baking tin
-Add a few drops of blue food color to the remaining batter, stir until well combined. and pour into the other half of the tin. Smooth the surface of the batter with a spatula, making sure batter is in each corner
-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)
-Leave to cool in the tin for a few minutes before turning out to cool thoroughly on a wire rack
-Once completely cool, trim the edges of the cake with a long serrated knife
-Cut each colored sponge in half lengthways so that you are left with four long strips of sponge
-Neaten the strips and trim as necessary so that your checkered pattern is as neat and even as possible
-Using a pastry brush, gently rub honey on the sponge cake so it sticks together
-Dust a large flat surface with cocoa powder then roll the chocolate plastic in an oblong shape that is wide enough to cover the length of the cake and long enough to completely wrap the cake
-Brush the top of the cake with honey
-Place the cake on chocolate plastic with jam side down
-Brush the remaining three sides with jam
-Press the chocolate plastic around the cake, making sure the join is either neatly in the one corner, or will be underneath the cake once turned over
-Carefully flip the cake over so that the seam is under the cake and score the top of the cake with a knife
-Neaten the ends of the cake and remove excess chocolate plastic by trimming off a small bit of cake on both ends to reveal the pattern

pppphew..it was a very detailed oriented task but the end result was very pretty. I had difficulty putting the chocolate plastic around the sponge cake (you can notice the gaps in between). Also, I may have over trimmed the cake resulting in a shorter cake :(


...but the sad part- I did not taste batty, that is actually a  lie..I had leftover from trimmings and pieces of chocolate plastic but not the cake as a whole. I took batty for my director's wedding anniversary at our office but he demanded to take it home for the party later & he told me everyone loved it :)


6 comments:

  1. Lovely colours! Love the contrast of the blue and green with the chocolate plastique!

    You'll have to make one again just so you can try batty ;)

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    1. thanks Nish. it was a fun challenge.

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  2. Its come out so well....this is why I love the blog land so much, you get to know/learn so many new things :-)

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    1. Thanks suchi. I learn so much and meet wonderful people through blogs :)

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  3. This is looks so good!!! I'm definitely going to try this recipe.

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