Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Rose Battenburg Cake

Tomorrow is my parent's 23rd anniversary. They've been together 23 wonderful years! (20 of which were awesome, I'm guessing :P !)
Photo Credit: Diana Loutfy
Well, yes: you guessed it: I baked a cake! =D

I wanted to do something romantic but fun at the same time, so I finally decided on this new type of cake I came across while reading one of my favorite blogs : Sprinklebakes 
It's called: Battenburg, basically it's a looong sponge cake that when cut would show a yummy two-by-two check pattern of 2 colors. 

I covered mine with rose-imprinted fondant and placed a bright red delicious flower I made (also from fondant) a couple of days ago. What do you think?

For the history lovers: It's called Battenburg since it was created in honor of the marriage of Queen Victoria's granddaughter to Prince Louis of Battenburg in 1884. The four resulting squares represent the 4 Battenbourg princes: LouisAlexanderHenry and Francis Joseph.

Now back to the yummy-ness:

Photo Credit: Diana Loutfy
It's a pretty easy cake to bake, you just have to have a large pan with some parchment paper. You fold the paper in half and place in the pan - crease side up. Here's a picture to explain what I mean. The cake batter is already in as you can see :P

Photo Credit: Diana Loutfy

For the cake I used the same recipe from Sprinklebakes.

What you need: 
  • 1 cup softened butter 
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1-2 tsp milk (if  too thick)
  • 1 drop deep pink gel food coloring 
  • 1 drop green gel food coloring
  • 1/2 cup apricot jam 
  • Marzipan 

Photo Credit: Diana Loutfy
What to do:
  1. Cream together the butter and the sugar.
  2. Add the eggs one at a time.
  3. Sift all the dry ingredients in another bowl and add them gradually to the mix. Mix until incorporated.
  4. Add some milk if the batter is too thick.
  5. Split the batter in half and add the food coloring to each bowl. 
  6. Using a spoon, place the batters into each side of the pan.
  7. Bake for 40 min at 175 degrees. Take out once a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake turns out clean. Leave to cool.

How to assemble the cake:
  1.  After the cakes cool, place them on top of each other.
  2. Trim the edges as you see fit and cut the cakes in half.
  3. You should now have 4 long 'cakes': 2 pink and 2 green.
  4. Place one green and one pink cake next to each other and smother them with some jam. 
  5. Place the other two cakes and glue them with the jam.
  6. If you have some marzipan on hand, roll it long enough to cover the entire cake.
  7. Then roll it over the cakes and make sure the whole thing is tight enough not crumble when cut.
  8. Roll out your white fondant. I used this Wilton flower imprinting mat I have and made this pretty flower imprint on my fondant. Then I wrapped it around the cake and placed a flower I made a while ago on top.

Cut and be dazzled! =D 

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!!! I love you both so much! 

Photo Credit: Diana Loutfy
Photo Credit: Diana Loutfy

And I hope I'll be making all your anniversary cakes from now on :P 
Pin It now!


  1. It made my mouth water ya Deeeee!! AMAZING! I love the colors inside!! Really very very nice idea!!
    And congrats to Mr& Mrs Loutfy ;) <3

  2. mona!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thank you =D i love the colors too :P i have a feeling i'll be trying this cake again :P w some other colors!!!!

    thank uuuu

  3. YESS rainbow colors :D :D :D
    such an elegant cake!
    oh and 7abbet el nekte btw :P '20 of which were awesome' hahahaha

    (forgot to mention the last 2 thngs in my first comment:P)

  4. hahaha yes yes ofcourse :P exactly! and and im planning a rainbow cake soon :P layers and layers of colors =D ahh

  5. ahhh u make dreams come true! HEY! that should be ur marketing statement :P
    Deezert... makes your dreams come true
    one of my lame moments, just disregard :P

  6. hahah no no i like that :P you're going to help me once i start khalas i decided :P

  7. omg im so.... *sniff* honored!! :D :D :D <3 hahaha MWA

  8. myam myam myam! always creative! thumbs up!

  9. Sarine!!!!! thanks =D appreciate the support xx

  10. Diana the Cake looks amazing, so fresh so simple and just beautiful. I am sure the taste should be as good! :) as for Hassan and Lina please Convey to them my best wishes on their anniversary with lots of lov n kisses

  11. Worked =) Thank you so very much! I've wanted to make a simple pretty cake since I first started, so finally :D I'll pass your wishes to mom and dad :D thank uu!

  12. rawa3a 3anjad but i want to say that u forget one ingredient and a very important ingredient that what make it being delicious its ur feeling that i think what make every cake u do special u put ur feeling and ur feeling so sweet like ur cake....

  13. Thanks habibte . I am happy because you and your sisters (My three princesses) and my charming prince (Hassoun) are in my life.
    Love u all

    Your loving Mom Lina

  14. anonymous person: THANK YOU, you're comment made me smile :) this is why I like to bake, i can put everything in the cake :) what you said is just perfect! thank u

    and Mom!!!!! we love u too, you're our queen! without you it just won't work :P happy anniversary again! i wish u and dad all the best!! love youuuu

  15. Very nice D.
    Very Professional :)

  16. Prince Louis of Battenburg was from Germany :P enno 7atta hay :P
    Back to the cake, with every cake you make I get more convinced by the great poet's saying of all time :P Very nice cake! and happy anniversary :)

  17. amazingg !!!! yumm yumm

  18. Rania!!! eh till here sheyfe :P and thankk uu!!!! the great poet is always right :P

    Tamaraaa thank u :) xx

  19. nicee! I tried to make this and it was a dissapointment :(
    if this is your first time doing this then your a natural! :)

  20. thank u!!! =) yes this is my first time so =D and practice makes perfect! just keep trying and im sure it will work out =D


Thank you for leaving a comment!!! It's what gets me excited to go into the kitchen and bake again! =D