Recipe of the Week: Battenburg Cake
 Is Battenburg Cake your favourite treat at Biblio's Café? Now you can try it at home by following our step by step recipe. For a printable copy of the recipe please click hereThere are plenty more recipes for you to try on our Recipe of the Week page.

Battenburg Cake 

100g softened butter

100g caster sugar

2 large eggs

50g ground rice

100g self raising flour

1⁄2 level tsp baking powder

a few drops almond essence

red food colouring

To finish:

3­-4 tbsp apricot jam 

225g almond paste or marzipan

  • Pre heat oven to 160 °C/ Fan140 °C/Gas 3. Grease and line 2 x loaf tins (22 x 8cm
  • Beat all the cake ingredients together with a hand whisk for a good 2 minutes
  • Spoon half the mixture into one loaf tin.
  • Tint the other half of the mixture with the colouring to make a deep pink, transfer to the other tin.
  • Bake in the oven for about 25 min, until well risen and springy to the touch (do not let it colour too darkly).
  • Turn out onto a wire rack and allow to completely cool.
  • Cut off any bumps and lumps with a sharp knife to make even, flat surfaces. 
  • Stack cakes one on top of the other and cut equally in half down the longside to make 4 strips of cake.
  • Roll your marzipan to the same length as your cake on one side and enough to wrap around all 4 short sides on the other side (roughly 23 x 32cm )
  • Warm the apricot jam to make it runny and paint the marzipan with a thin layer.
  • Arrange one yellow and one pink cake strip next to each other on the marzipan with a layer of jam painted on the long side between to stick them together.
  • Now paint jam on the whole top surface of the layer of cake.
  • Arrange another pair of cake strips (the opposite way round to the first) ontop of the first layer.
  • Wrap the whole cake with the marzipan, standing it down on the side where the marzipan seam is.
  • Sprinkle your board with either caster sugar or icing sugar and roll the cake in the sugar. 
  • Score the top lightly with a criss cross pattern if desired.

Text and photo L. Harris 2020. Developed for Harbury Seed Share and Earthworms School Gardening Club.
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