Rose and Lemon Battenberg Cake

Ingredients

Battenberg Cake

  • 175g softened butter
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs beaten
  • 175g Self Raising flour
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 tsp Rose water
  • Red food colouring gel

 Almond Paste

  • 200g ground almonds
  • 200g icing sugar
  • 30g icing sugar (for dusting)
  • 3 drops vanilla extract
  • 80ml water
  • 50ml pasteurised egg white

 Assembly

  • 150g apricot jam
  • Icing Sugar (for dusting)
  • 20cm Square Cake Tin

Method

Preparing the tin.

  1. Grease the sides of a 20cm square cake tin and line the base with a square of baking parchment.
  2. Using parchment paper, make a divider which separates the tin into 2 sides.
  3. Cut out a large square of parchment, fold in half and on the open edges on each side, fold another flap (about 3-4 cm) facing outwards. When you turn it upside down, it should look like a t shape.

 Almond Paste Recipe

  1. In a bowl, sieve the ground almonds and icing sugar together.
  2. Add the egg whites, the water and the vanilla extract.
  3. Mix it slowly until it comes together into a firm dough.  It’ll be quite sticky at the beginning but the more you work with it, the firmer it’ll become.
  4. Wrap it in cling film and leave in the fridge until you need to use it.

Cake recipe

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 170 degrees/ 150 degrees fan.
  2. Using an electric hand whisk, cream the butter until it’s soft and pale. Add the sugar and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy. Gradually add the eggs, beating all the time, then sift in the flour, folding it in to combine.
  3. Divide the mixture between two bowls. Add the food colouring & the rose water to one mixture.
  4. Add the juice and zest of one lemon to the other mixture.
  5. Place the folded piece of parchment paper into the tin, dividing the tin in half. Pour the batters into the tin.
  6. Place in the oven for 25-30 minutes. The cake will be ready if you touch the top of it and it springs back.
  7. Leave in the tin to cool for 10 minutes, then remove the cake from the tin and place on the wire rack to cool down completely.

Assembly

Cutting the Battenberg
  1. Gently heat the jam until it’s runny and then push it through a sieve to get rid of any lumps.
  2. When cake is cooled, cut 2 even rectangle shapes from the rose cake and 2 from the lemon cake. Brush them lightly with jam and stick them together in a Battenberg pattern.
  3. Roll out the marzipan on a work surface lightly dusted with icing sugar.
  4. Spread jam onto the marzipan and onto the outer layers of the cake.
  5. Roll the cake in the marzipan.
  6. Cut off the edges to tidy the ends up.
  7. Score the marzipan gently on top creating a diamond pattern - Although this bit wasn't in our recipe on the day!
Battenberg Finished