Sunday 23rd April 2006St. George's Day Battenberg Cake
Battenberg Cake is!!
When Becks and Posh and Jamfaced invited us to celebrate St George's Day by making a traditional English pudding, dessert or sweet, I couldn’t resist.
However, then Sam proceeded to list ALL the English Puddings and baked sweets that are known to mankind, and with me being me, that meant I couldn’t use any of them! I had to go one better, and since I don't like being prompted, I HAD to think up one she hadn’t listed … not an easy task with her very extensive list!
However, in the end I managed it!
Battenberg cake is a popular commercially produced cake in England. It consists of four square lengths of a butter cake or sponge cake. Two lengths are coloured pink and two left plain yellow, they are stuck together with apricot jam, so when you slice into it there is a checker board cross-section. The two tones are believed to mimic the marbled effect of many German breads and cakes. Finally a sheet of almond paste is wrapped around the outside.
Battenberg cake is originally thought to have been created in the late 19th century, although the first recorded mention of the cake was in 1903. It has been suggested that it was perhaps named to commemorate the marriage between Princess Victoria of Hessee-Darmstadt, granddaughter of Queen Victoria to Prince Louis of Battenberg in 1884. Prince Louis later took British nationality and Anglicized his name to Mountbatten.
In honour of St. George’s Day celebration, I also played around with the two colours to create a cross-section of the English flag - the St. George cross!
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