A Baked Treat for my Sweet

Ian loves battenberg, so after flicking through a baking book I borrowed from my sister-in-law; I decided to attempt it myself. This was mainly because the recipe called for shop bought marzipan. 

The cake itself is just a basic sponge cake mix
175g butter
175g caster sugar
3 large eggs
175g Self-raising flour

the twist was getting the colour and flavour 
1/2 tsp red food colouring
1/2 tsp rosewater
1/2 tsp yellow food colouring
1/2 tsp orange flower water or almond extract (I used almond)

I greased my swiss roll tin and lined it with parchment paper. I cut some cardboard from a cereal box and covered it with tin foil, in order to make the division for the two different coloured sponges.

I creamed the sugar and softened butter. I always beat for a minimum of 6 six but try to beat for longer.

One by one I mix in the eggs, adding a small bit of flour to prevent them from curdling.

I sieved the flour first into a bowl and then into the mixture. I truly believe in creaming the sugar and butter and double sieving the flour in order to get a light, fluffy sponge.

I divided the mixture in two and added the flavouring and the colouring.

Then emptied the sponge into the tin and baked in a preheated oven of 190° for 20 mins.

I let it stand in the tin for about 5 mins and then turned it onto a wire rack to cool.

I trimmed the rough edges of the cake and gave the cuttings to my birds who visit my balcony.

To make the apricot glaze I mixed 6 tbsp of apricot jam with 2 tbsp of sugar in a small saucepan and brought to the boil for 30-60 seconds, stirring continuously.

I rolled out 450g of shop bought marzipan, ready to assemble the cake.

I brushed the top of each yellow strip with the glaze and placed the pink strip on top. I then glazed one side of each stack and stuck the pieces together to get the battenberg effect - one pink one yellow on bottom and one yellow one pink on top.

I brushed the whole cake with the apricot glaze and placed on the rolled out marzipan and covered as best I could.

Lopsided and patched together marzipan but not bad for my first attempt.

Ian thoroughly enjoyed it so really that's all that matters. Substance and taste over appearance - that's my motto when it comes to baking.

Thanks for stopping by.

Merry Christmas everyone!!

With love,

Gem xx


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