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.

I joined the layers with apricot jam and added a crumb coat of vanilla buttercream before wrapping the Battenburg in marzipan. I topped it with flowers for something a little different.

I folded the ends of the marzipan to give it a material type look. I wanted to make it look like a neat little package. As well as cooking this cake for the first time, this was my first time working with marzipan. I assumed it was similar to fondant and dived right in. I wasn't sure how well it would work for moulding and thought the flowers might sag, but they were fine. I used mini dragees for the centre bud.

Time to cut it open. It wasn't perfect, but I was glad it at least looked chequered. 

Have to remember to cut off the crusts next time to make it pretty.

If you'd like to see more pictures of this cake, check out the original post at my blog. 

arrietty 29th-Jun-2012 07:07 am (UTC)
Oh I haven't eaten Batternburg cake since I was 10 years old. I emigrated to New Zealand at 10 from the UK and while living in the UK every so often my mum would buy a Batternburg cake from the local bakery. I used to always ask for the end pieces as it seemed to have more marzipan.

Never seen it for sale here in New Zealand. I should make it some time.

Thank you for sharing your masterpiece and for bringing up happy memories for me. :)
cakecrumbs 30th-Jun-2012 03:03 am (UTC)
Oh that's so lovely. Thank you for sharing that story with me.
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