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.

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ecosopher 30th-Jun-2012 03:37 am (UTC)
What a fantastic job you've done with that! My husband is from Yorkshire and told me about Battenburg cakes years ago... I have never tried to make it myself, although we've eaten some bought ones since. Not sure my skills (or patience!) are up to trying something like this but it's certainly lovely to look at :)
cakecrumbs 30th-Jun-2012 03:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I could be biased because spending 2-3 days making a cake is not unusual for me, but this was really quick and simple to make, I baked it before the footy started and worked at assembling decorating it between quarters, so I wasn't even paying the much attention. I reckon you could nail it easily!
reina_ursa 30th-Jun-2012 07:16 am (UTC)
This looks absolutely delicious and so pretty too! You did an amazing job! <3
cakecrumbs 30th-Jun-2012 03:28 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you so much. ♥
cakecrumbs 30th-Jun-2012 03:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you for such a lovely comment. It's interesting how this seems to be such a staple in the UK, but everyone over here was like, "You're baking a WHAT?" Glad to have finally learned all about this part of your culture.

I've at least heard of Bakewell Tarts but never had one -- something else I should try soon.
vriginsuicides 30th-Jun-2012 08:11 pm (UTC)
how pretty!
cakecrumbs 1st-Jul-2012 04:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you. ♥
jacq22 1st-Jul-2012 12:30 am (UTC)
Oh the memories. Battenburg was a Sunday tea treat, Bakewell Mum made, and does anyone remember Welsh cakes, pastry cake cherries? icing...almond flavour?
Licitatii Juridice very well1st-Jul-2012 05:35 am (UTC)
Best article
deborahkla 1st-Jul-2012 11:44 am (UTC)
I imagine you're speaking of the Australian Master Chef, since we haven't had anything so interesting (yet) in the USA version--in the last episodes the chefs had to make either Tiramisu, Trifle or Strawberry Shortcake--nothing so delicious and elaborate as a Battenburg cake!

I wish more US bakeries used Marzipan, which I absolutely love. The closest you get to it is in the Swedish princess cake.
cakecrumbs 1st-Jul-2012 04:49 pm (UTC)
Yes, the Aussie one, I'd have no idea what was on the US MasterChef. We had Peter Gilmore bring on his gorgeous 8-texture chocolate cake, and then last weekend there was an elimination challenge where the contestants had to choose one of a number of cakes, taste and name it, and the first two who got it wrong had to bake a layered cake to fight to stay in the comp. During the taste-test portion, when they were showing the cakes I even glimpsed a Battenburg - no one guessed it, but I was so excited that I knew what it was haha.
ranger_girl0301 1st-Jul-2012 08:55 pm (UTC)
Amazing job!! The material look worked perfectly.
cakecrumbs 2nd-Jul-2012 03:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much. ♥
aishizuki 2nd-Jul-2012 01:48 am (UTC)
I am not a member of the community, but as this community is always featured on the LJ homepage, I get to see posts from here.

Your cake looks really beautiful! Simple yet splendid. I'm from the Philippines, and I've never heard of a Battenburg, but looking at the pretty photos and reading those descriptions... Man, I wish they sold some here too.

Thanks for sharing your wonderful concoction! :)
cakecrumbs 2nd-Jul-2012 03:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you for stopping by to leave such a lovely comment. :]
antique_faery 2nd-Jul-2012 02:24 am (UTC)
That is beautiful and is making me so hungry omg!!!! Great work! :)
cakecrumbs 2nd-Jul-2012 03:11 pm (UTC)
Naw, thanks! You might have to bake one to alleviate the hunger. ;)
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!
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