It is no secret my hubbie is rather good when it comes to baking. I guess it is in part one reason I put up addiction to computer games, if kept topped up with cake I am naturally happy in character!
We were sent the ingredients to make Mini Battenburg (thank you Baking Mad), which we choose from a selection of Street Party Recipes. It was difficult picking, just see for yourself the selection of mouth-watering treats on the website.
I was pleased that we were involved with Silver Spoon as they are the only sugar grown in Britain. I am all for supporting British produced ingredients to make great cakes (so great you will be fighting the urge to lick your computer screen!). Also with Silver Spoon working with 1,200 farmers goes to show how important sugar is for creation of jobs.
Now over to the making:
Preparation Time: 30 Minutes
Baking Time: 25 Minutes
Eating Time: Considerably less!
Portions: 4 (unless you increase all the ingredients like we did! why make cake, when you can just as easily make MORE cake!).
Mini Battenburg Ingredients
150 grams Unsalted Butter softened, plus a little for greasing
150 grams Caster Sugar (Silver Spoon Homegrown)
3 Free Range Eggs (Happy Eggs)
150 grams Self Raising Flour (Allinson Nature Friendly)
30ml Just Milk
0.50 tsp Pink Food Colour (Silver Spoon Create)
50 grams Apricot Jam
200 grams Ready to Roll Marzipan (Silver Spoon Create)
How to make Mini Battenburg
Preheat the oven to 200°C, Fan180°C, 400°F/Gas 6
Beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs a little at a time, adding a little of the flour if the mixture looks a little curdled.
Fold in the flour. Add a little milk to the mixture, to make the mixture dropping consistency.
Pour half of the cake mixture into another bowl. Add a drop of pink food colouring to one of the bowls and stir well.
Grease and base line a 15cm square cake tin. Fold a 15cm square of foil into a thick strip and place down the middle of the tin so to divide the tin into two equal parts. Spoon the pink cake mix into one side and the plain mix into the other side.
Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes, or until springy to the touch. Leave to cool on a wire rack.
Lightly dust a surface with icing sugar and roll the marzipan into a 23cm x 23cm rectangle.
Trim the cakes to the same size, and then cut both halves into quarters lengthways.
In a pan, heat the apricot jam until it becomes runny.
Place one of the pink pieces of cake onto a work surface and brush one side with jam. Lay a yellow piece next to it on the jam side and push together.
Brush the top with more jam. Top the yellow piece of cake with a pink piece and vice versa. Brush the outside edges of the cake with more jam.
Cut the rolled marzipan so that it's just slightly longer than the cake. Wrap it around the cake, brushing the edges with a little jam to seal them together. Trim off the excess marzipan at the ends. Repeat until all the cake and marzipan is used.
Then enjoy eating…