Daring Bakers June / Battenburg Cake!

I’m loving that my daring baker challenge falls on a Wednesday this month…. Happy Cake Wednesday everyone! This month with Daring Bakers 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……well relative ease….how exciting right? Oh… you don’t know what a Battenburg cake looks like? Well it looks like this………

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Battenburg cakes are very popular in Great Britain, where they are often served with tea. Although thought to be a German style of cake in origin, it became famous when it was baked as a wedding cake for Queen Victoria’s granddaughter, Princess Victoria when she married Prince Louis of Battenburg. They are many rumors as to it’s official origin and creation. Traditionally a Battenburg Cake is oblong and must have at least four squares with at least two colors. Jam or heated preserves are the most common type of “glue”, however curd, frostings, etc. may be used. Finally, it should be rolled in an edible covering (fondant, marzipan, modeling chocolate) and finished with the checkerboard patterning on top.

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Originally, I wanted to do a strawberry chocolate Battenburg. However, one day I was having a snack of toast and nutella. As I was spreading my toast I thought man this stuff sticks like glue….light bulb moment! gluuuuueeeee you say hmmmmm……well that was that, nutella was to be the glue in my Battenburg cake…..So here is….Nutella kissed Strawberry Almond Battenburg Cake…….

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    Nutella kissed Strawberry Almond Battenburg Cake


* slightly adapted from Baking Mad
350g butter
350g castor sugar
280g self rising flour
100g ground almonds
6 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons strawberry extract
2 teaspoons almond extract
pink and blue food coloring
nutella
white fondant

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare cake tins. (I decided I absolutely needed wanted very badly to own a Battenburg cake tin, but have no fear Mary has instructions on how you can get by without one HERE! on the challenge site)

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time, stopping to scrape the sides of your bowl down between additions. Add flour and almonds all at once and stir until combined throughout.

Divide batter evenly ( heck since you have the scale out that should be pretty easy 😉 )into two bowls.

In one bowl add pink coloring and strawberry extract. Mix to combine. Repeat with blue and almond extract in second bowl. Pour into desired baking devices and bake around 30 minutes. If you own a Battenburg tin, the amount of batter then recipes provides may give an another one or two logs of each color depending on how full you fill it.

Once cake has cooled you non-battenburg-tin guys have some trimming to do . The rest of you brush off the crumbs from your logs and prepare to adhere your pieces together making sure you alternate your colors. :). Spread a thin layer of nutella on three outward facing sides of your finished rectangle ( the long sides! not the short!). Place your Battenburg log into the fridge to chill while you roll fondant. Once fondant is desired shape and thickness carefully roll your cake log onto the fondant. This should leave a naked cake on one side (the horror!). Make sure you dress it with a thin coating of nutella. Tightly roll fondant and cake log together ending seam down. Trim the edges of your fondant. With the dull side of a chefs knife carefully indent the fondant on the top of your cake in an angled checkerboard fashion!…… Tah dah!

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I truly had so much fun with this and I can’t believe the end result is actually something I made!
Dream. Bake. Believe!!!
Love always, Steffie

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Oana
    Jun 28, 2012 @ 06:45:33

    Looks amazing! Great idea to glue everything together with Nutella 😉
    And the pearls make it look quite chic…suited for a queen 😉
    Congrats!!

    Reply

  2. bakeaholicmama
    Jun 29, 2012 @ 07:46:18

    This is gorgeous!! Great Job! I love your color choices!

    Reply

  3. Crumbs of Love
    Jun 30, 2012 @ 20:53:21

    What a pretty cake! the pearls look awesome with this

    Reply

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