Pirate Dreams
Posted on 06/29/2012 by cakecrumbs
  I'm not sure if it's just because of the theme that I'm noticing it, but this month seems to be all about layers. So many challenges on MasterChef this month involved layer cakes/desserts, our layers theme, and even this month's Daring Bakers Challenge was all about the layers.  

I'd never heard of a Battenburg Cake before this challenge. So much the better. I love exploring something foreign to me.

Normally I would try a unique variation of a classic recipe given, but Mandy's classic Battenburg looked so lovely. Besides I love almond buttercake, and loved the symbolism behind the pink and white squares said to represent the four princes of Battenburg. Classic it is.

Plenty more under the cut...Collapse )
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Nguyen Loi Nguyen Loi2nd-Jul-2012 07:07 am (UTC)
my goodness what a beautiful cake!!! and i love the flowers on top too
cakecrumbs Re: Nguyen Loi3rd-Jul-2012 06:55 am (UTC)
Thank you. ♥
kelemvor 2nd-Jul-2012 09:13 am (UTC)
Not perfect? I beg to differ! Mary Berry would be happy with that, I'm sure!
cakecrumbs 3rd-Jul-2012 06:56 am (UTC)
Aw, thanks so much.
feliciakw 2nd-Jul-2012 05:45 pm (UTC)
Saw this on the home page, and I had to comment.

I just recently discovered a recipe for this cake, and I've been dying to give it a go. This is gorgeous! And your photos give me a much better idea of how to wrap it.
cakecrumbs 3rd-Jul-2012 06:56 am (UTC)
Oh that's so awesome. Glad this could help you somewhat. You should swing by and show us your cake when it's done!
breakdanceboo 3rd-Jul-2012 03:35 pm (UTC)
I can't wait to show this to my daughter. It's beautiful! My wee one wants to make wedding cakes for a living. Poor kid was born to a mother who can't bake her way out of an oven.
cakecrumbs 4th-Jul-2012 01:18 pm (UTC)
Hahaha, aw. If it helps any, you can tell her that my mum couldn't cook to save herself, and baking was either never done or produced something inedible. I've taught myself everything I know
martinrosem 3rd-Jul-2012 06:49 pm (UTC)
The lovely teaser on the homepage brought me here. :) You know those checkerboard cookies? I think I just learned (and saw a picture) of their queen! So pretty!
I'm still at chocolate chip cookies-level baking but this definitely goes on my someday-I-can-brag-about-making-this! list. Thanks for sharing! :D
cakecrumbs 4th-Jul-2012 01:19 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks for stopping by! I've always wanted to bake those checkerboard cookies! One day...

Thanks for such a lovely comment. If you get a Battenburg tin, making this cake is effortless - you don't even heave to measure or trim it!
toilandblood 16th-Jul-2012 08:12 am (UTC)
it looks so beautiful!
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