The ever popular Battenberg Cake is a bake that I made yonks ago, in fact, before I was Glutarama. I’ve been meaning to remake some of my old bakes for two reasons, firstly they need re-photographing, some of my photos from the early days are awful to say the least. Secondly, I’m missing making them, my time seems to be taken up creating new recipes and pushing myself to be more creative and more inclusive to everyone’s dietary needs. I’m thinking it’s time I revisit some old posts and inject a bit of life into them.
Making my first ever Battenberg was hilarious in the making and constructing! I didn’t have the baking equipment necessary to bake the different colour sponges so made a make-shift cake tin, as you can see it wasn’t a disaster, but neither was it a huge success! I am now the proud owner of a Silverwood Cake Tin that can be made up to create all sorts of fabulous shapes and sizes, well, squares and rectangles at least. If you do consider buying one, I would also recommend getting the extra inserts you tin will go from many shape options to loads of shape options!
I recall on my first attempt that the sponge wasn’t quite square and I ended up making a bit of a hidden jigsaw puzzle in the centre of the finished cake! Do you know what? It really doesn’t matter too much if that is the case (I just made sure I got the dodgy slice at teatime!)
Vegan Battenberg Cake Option
I’ve made this Battenburg recipe time and time again and am now confident to make it vegan too, in fact the images are my most recent gluten free, dairy free and vegan Battenburg Cake, just to prove it can be done. I simply switch the eggs for flaxseed eggs but to be fair, three substitute eggs is normally chia overload so if making it vegan make two flaxseed eggs as directed below.
How to make a flax egg
to make 1 flax egg you need the following ingredients:
– 1tbsp ground flax seed
– 3tbsp water
– 1tsp psyllium husk (optional but does add elasticity to baking)
Simply add all ingredients to a glass and stir before measuring out the other recipe ingredients, by the time you come to use your ‘egg’ mixture it will have thickened to a frog-spawn consistency (thicker if you added psyllium husk)
Then just add to your baking as you would an egg. For 2 eggs double the ingredients but note that recipes that require more than two eggs may fail due to lack of support in the structure.
In hindsight I may have been a bit heavy-handed with the food colouring this time but hey, what’s a neon Battenberg between friends right? …. ACTUALLY, this seems to be a reoccurring issue because my Gluten Free Angel Cake was’t low colour either (remember Rebecca; less is more, less is more)
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One last thing; Battenberg Cake Disaster
Don’t laugh, this was my first ever attempt at making Battenberg, It can be done without a Silverwood Cake Tin, just expect to be a bit more of a puzzle solver if you choose to do it this way!
This is what it looked like after 35 mins of cooking, as you can see it’s sunken overcooked (or caramelised as I like to say) and the pink won the battle for territory!
I also love the fact that you can see my scrapbook in the background, I used a supermarket magazine recipe originally (I totally forget which) but over time scribbled my own notes and adjustments until I was happy with the gluten free version – that scrapbook is still somewhere in the house…I think?
Easy Gluten Free Battenberg Cake Recipe
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Easy Free From Battenberg Cake
- 200 g caster sugar
- 200 g butter or butter alternative (I use Flora plant butter) I use Flora Plant Butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 200 g gluten free self raising flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 egg(s) for vegan version I used 2 tbsp ground flaxseed mixed with 100ml water
- few drops pink food colouring
- few drops yellow food colouring
- 2 tsp Jam apricot works really well
- 500 g marzipan white or yellow to your preference
- Cream together the butter and sugar
- Change to a whisk and add the vanilla extract and the eggs (or flaxseed egg replacement)
- Fold in sifted flour (try sifting from a height, it adds air to the mixture)
- Take 50% of the mixture (I work it out to be approx 340g) add pink colouring and add to your prepared tin
- The remaining 50% you can colour to your liking with the yellow colouring, then add to the prepared tin.
- Bake at 180°C | 160°C fan | 350°F | Gas 4 for 25-30 mins
- Once cooked remove and allow to cool completely
- Roll out your marzipan to approx 30x40cm, brush this with some of the jam
- Trim your cakes down to size and brush each top with jam.
- Build your chequered Battenburg Cake on top of the rolled marzipan
- Lift the sides of the marzipan and smooth to the edges of the sponge making sure the marzipan sticks firmly, use jam as glue.
- Turn the Battenberg over so the sealed side is now hidden at the bottom of the cake. Trim the edges to achieve that unmistakable Battenberg trademark look.
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