St. George's Day Battenberg Cake

St. George's Day Battenberg Cake

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Happy St. George's Day, Bron!

You have outdone yourself. I'd never heard of nor seen Battenberg cake and it sounds intriguing. I love how so many desserts were first created to please national figures like Kings and Queens! It looks beautiful. As always your photos are stunning!

Ivonne — Monday 24th April 2006 2:51 am

Ha ha ha . Well - I couldn't list them all - I had to keep some for myself! Actually I am the same as you and i dont like being prompted either, so I was trying to think of somethings not on my own list. I absolutely LOVE Battenburg cake because I am a marzipan freak. This was on the possibilities for my teaparty today but at the last minute I dropped it off the list, because as you might imagine my list ws rather ambitious. I would never have thought of something so brilliant as you did though. That is the best idea ever - to put the flag in the cake. Sheer and Utter Brilliance beyond the call of duty. You have done my country proud. Now, I ah better get baking...

Bron You a a Genius!

sam — Monday 24th April 2006 3:14 am

Wow! Very impressive, and pretty too! I love the thought of almond paste, melting in my mouth... Delicious.

faith — Monday 24th April 2006 6:44 am

Bron, I love the touch with the St. George cross -- very well done.

I'd never heard of this cake before this post, but it looks very good (I have to admit, I'm not a huge marzipan fan), especially the apricot jam.

rob — Monday 24th April 2006 10:51 am

Awesome - my mum loves this cake and now I have a recipe! Love the special St. George's Day version.

Catherine — Monday 24th April 2006 11:09 am

Wow Bron, you are brilliant! This looks so playful and so nice! I want to try this now!!!!

Bea at La Tartine Gourmande — Monday 24th April 2006 12:19 pm

Thanks heaps Ivonne, it is a beautiful cake, although I'm generally not very keen to use food colouring, unfortunately there seems little way around it in this recipe.

Hehe Sam, your teaparty looks divine, so many tempting treats there.
This is only my second time making Battenberg cake, I made it the first time last year for a traditional afternoon tea for my English born mother-in-law, who sadly passed away from Alzheimer's disease recently.

Thank you Faith, it's a very pretty feminine looking cake for sure.

Yes Rob, must say I got quite excited when I thought up the St. George Cross idea and did a little happy dance when it worked out.

Thanks Catherine, my Mum loves Battenberg cake too, it sure is a real "Mums cake", would be a perfect Mother's Day gift!

bron — Monday 24th April 2006 12:40 pm

Thank you so much Bea!
Come on over, and I'll cut you a slice!

bron — Monday 24th April 2006 12:49 pm

Well, I have only made it once in my life - and that was probably over 20 years ago, but next time I make it for sure it is going to get the flag treatment and YOU, Bron, are going to get all the credit!

sam — Monday 24th April 2006 4:29 pm

Beautiful! You have a wonderful site. Just discovered it.

Fran — Tuesday 25th April 2006 2:07 am


Well done!

kevin — Wednesday 26th April 2006 10:18 am

Totally Brilliant! I LOVE Battenburg cake. And to make it al a St. George is beyond brilliant! You are so clever.

Aunti P from Sylvie's — Friday 28th April 2006 1:44 pm

OOOHHH I love this cake, but it costs so much to have someone ship it over from england--- now I will learn to make it!

Megan — Saturday 29th April 2006 7:18 pm

I love this cake and so does my daughter and when i decided to make one i couldn't find the marzipan anywhere any suggestions?

Anita — Thursday 27th July 2006 8:54 am

Can't get this cake in Michigan (USA). My wife and I had it at my Mothers in Cardiff,UK and my wife loved it.
But now we can make it at home, Thanks and keep up the good work.

Paul — Sunday 24th September 2006 8:50 am

I first heard of battenberg cake from my friend Ken from Wales. I thank him for introducing me. It is a delicious dessert. My wife and son also love it. We like the colors in it and the almond paste. Hope to keep on finding things like this through you.

Jorge — Wednesday 25th October 2006 3:36 am

I, too, love this cake and have eaten it for many years. Used to buy it in Marks & Spencer when they had a place in Montreal, which, sadly, is long gone.
I came across this site whilst doing research for the recipe. My mother, being Scottish-born (along with the rest of us!)and having emigrated to Canada in 1957, collected British recipes for years from various magazines sent to us, and I can remember from when I was a child seeing a particular recipe for it along with a photo...I can no longer find it, and my mother having Alzheimer is now in a nursing home. My father and I are also Marzipan crazy and I cannot wait to try it out! Great site, too!

june — Wednesday 3rd January 2007 5:49 am

I like to know you have short time cake courses. If you have I like to join it.
Thank you.

Renuka Udawattha — Tuesday 13th March 2007 3:56 pm

Thank you for this reminder of my English childhood. My husband and I were just having a little argument about the colours - he was sure he'd seen it in brown,pink and yellow, in the same cake, I was sure it was always pink and yellow, so we were delighted to find that you didn't feel yourself bound by tradition!

Nancy Hanson, Canberra — Monday 19th March 2007 5:52 pm

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This Time Last Year - St George’s Day Battenberg Cake — Monday 23rd April 2007 9:25 pm

I live in the U.S. but was born in England and grew up eating this cake. I'm happy to have a recipe for it, and plan to to make it for my Mum and Dad. It will also be a great addition to a "Cultural Extravaganza" lunch we are having at work!

If you are having trouble getting the marzipan, try the service deli section of your local grocery store (the Stop & Shop chain in New England carries it). It is sold under the name "almond paste" and comes to the store in giant cans. Usually, store personnel cut off one-pound chunks, bag and pre-price it for your convenience. The easiest time to find almond paste is at Christmas and Easter, when a lot of recipes demand it and people are looking for it. Another good place to try to buy it is at small, independent Italian grocery/deli stores, where it also comes in bulk. Good luck everyone!

Karen — Friday 4th April 2008 6:41 am

This cake is very beautiful. I like it and children's too. Thank you for sharing. I wish you always happy.

Nguyen Huyen — Monday 15th June 2009 1:47 am

Oh lala!Like 4 petits fours together..I just printed it up..So pretty! Thank You!

Monique — Saturday 27th June 2009 12:03 pm

I'd never heard of this cake but I love the looks of it. What a surprise cutting into it.

ciaochowlinda — Saturday 27th June 2009 12:52 pm

Very pretty cake, and so nicely done--both versions! It looks delicious too.

lisaiscooking — Sunday 28th June 2009 10:37 am

Nyum nyum nyum - absolutely delicious! Battenburg cake is my favourite.

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Virgilio Anderson — Monday 29th June 2009 1:30 am

Hi - I made this last night and it was great! I replaced the vanilla extract with some almond extract, as almonds really capture the essence of Battenburg cake for me. Great website, thanks!

Kayvie — Tuesday 7th July 2009 11:53 pm

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