Batten... WHAT?



Another awesome reason for being a pastry chef... Battenberg Cake!

Battenberg cake: a popular commercially produced cake in England, consisting 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. Finally a sheet of almond paste is wrapped around the outside.

Some History: 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 named to commemorate the marriage between Princess Victoria of Hessee-Darmstadt, granddaughter of Queen Victoria to Prince Louis of Battenberg in 1884.

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