Sunday, 13 March 2011
Number 10: making a Battenburg
A quick hunt around the BBC recipe sites brought me to this recipe from Simon Rimmer, in which he has the genius idea of adapting a square cake tin by using a barrier of tin foil down the model. Cake tin problem, solved :-)
So, I mixed the lot together, split the mix, coloured half pink (red in truth, but with an expiry date of 2006 I figured it would have faded to a suitable colour), and piled it into my newly adapted cake tin.
Problem 1 - my portion control is outstandingly poor. FAR more pink than white. No going back with that one, so I piled it in anyway
Problem 2 - tin foil can't withstand the greater weight of pink cake...
Problem 3 - cake removal from tin needs a delicate hand. The white survived my efforts, the pink came out in about 15 pieces (note to self - should have adapted my 'first' to a trifle at this stage)
Struggling ladyfully on, the cake cooled while I rolled out the marzipan and melted the jam to stick it all together. Looking at the mess of the pink cake, I did extra jam. At this stage, I almost fooled myself that things might actually get back on track.
The assembly began. I cut the white cake into batons and made an approximate effort at fashioning batons out of the pink one. Then I liberally applied the jam and, with a hand made unsteady by my own (now uncontrollable) giggling, I starting piling the bits together.
By the time I had finished, the pile of unused cake was huge and the Battenburg was almost small enough for Mr Kipling to individually wrap. If you look closely you can see that I tried to dress it up with a dusting (lumping?) of icing sugar. The main achievement of this was to make myself laugh even more.
And just look at all that mess!
All in all, a very funny way to spend a Sunday afternoon, and against all the odds, it even tastes good :-)
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