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. 

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!
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