Very tasty and very popular English tea cake. The name was given when such kind of cake was served at the Princess Victoria’s wedding party to honour her husband Prince Battenberg. Usually it is a light almond sponge shaped as bicolour check covered with thin layer of marzipan. My version is red – green check with tastes of pistachio and cranberry. The sponge is delicate but tastes could be detected. Sweet marzipan completes them perfectly. I like this cake very much. Enjoy too!
square pan 8 x 8 inch
- 125 g (½ cup + 1 tablespoon) butter , softened
- 125 g (½ cup + 2 tablespoons) sugar
- 2 eggs
- 100 g (½ cup + 2 tablespoons) all purpose flour
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- 50 g finely ground almonds (almond flour)
- 2 tablespoons powdered freeze-dried canberry
- 7 tablespoons finely ground unsalted pistachios
- few drops food colouring – red and green
- 250 g raw marzipan mass (store bought or homemade – recipe here)
- 3-4 tablespoons apricots jam
Prepare the pan: grease with melted butter. Cut the parchment paper into a 8 x 14 inch rectangular. Fold the paper in half widthways then open out and push up the centre fold to make a pleat as tall as the pan. Line the base of greased pan with the paper so the pleat is placed exactly in the middle (creating a wall between two halves of the pan and dividing it to two separated containers – see last picture). Preheat oven to the 350°F.
In a bowl of a stand mixer beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add flour and baking powder, mix well. Divide the mixture in half. Add almond flour and powdered cranberry to one portion, mix until combined. Add pistachios to the second portion, mix until combined. If both mixtures are to pale and you wish more intensive colour add few drops of food colouring – red to the cranberry one and green to the pistachio one. Spoon prepared mixtures into the pan – one to each separated part. Bake for 20-25 minutes (until the wooden skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean). Leave in the pan for few minutes then transfer onto a wire rack to cool completely.
Roll out the marzipan thinly. Heat gently the jam until it spreads easily. Cut both sponges in half lengthways to make four strips – two red and two green. Brush one long side of each cake with heated jam. Place onto the marzipan one red sponge and one green sponge in that way they touch together with brushed sides. Brush with jam the upper surface of sponges and place onto the remaining sponges touching their brushed sides. Alternate colours. Brush all outer sides of built cake with jam. Wrap the marzipan neatly around the cake and seal it on the bottom edge. Cut off the excess of marzipan. Serve in slices.
Category: Tea- and bundtcakes.
Tags: almonds, cranberry, marzipan, pistachio.