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Gluten Free Battenburg Cake Recipe

INGREDIENTS 

  • 225g Oast to Host Cake Flour Pair 
  • 225g softened butter 
  • 225g caster sugar 
  • 1.5 tsp gluten free baking powder 
  • 1tsp vanilla paste 
  • 5 eggs
  • Red food colouring
  • 6 tabs apricot jam
  • 340g golden marzipan
  • A little icing sugar to roll on

EQUIPMENT

  • 8” sandwich tins
  • 2 cutters approx. 3 & 6”
  • rolling pin
  • food mixer/hand blender
  • cooling rack

METHOD

  1. Preheat oven to 180C.  Grease or line a pair of 8” sandwich cake tins. 
  2. Place flour, softened butter, caster sugar, baking powder, vanilla paste and eggs into bowl or electric mixer.
  3. Beat thoroughly till smooth and light then tip half the mixture into one tin and spread out (you want cakes to be as flat as possible.
  4. Put a few drops of food colouring into the remaining half of mixture and mix till well distributed creating a pink sponge mixture – tip into the 2nd tin, spread to make even before placing in centre of preheated oven for approx. 30 mins.
  5. When cooked remove from oven and turn out of tins onto cooling rack.
  6. Warm up the apricot jam with 4 tabs of water to loosen it a little
  7. Once cake is cool, level off the tops of cakes (if necessary) to make them as flat as possible.  Use cutters on both cakes removing alternate circles – spread plenty of jam round outside of removed circles and inside where appropriate, slotting them back into the alternate cake to create 2 layers of alternate coloured sponges. (The jam ensures the sections stick together so make sure you use enough!)  Jam the top of one layer before placing 2nd layer on top.  Use a knife or pastry brush to spread jam over the whole cake.
  8. Shape marzipan into circle and roll out on lightly dusted surface of icing sugar into larger circle just big enough to cover cake.  Lay marzipan over cake easing it with the palm of your hand to create a smooth finish.  Alternatively cut approx. 200g marzipan to roll out a long rectangular strip long enough to wrap round the cake and just a little wider than the cake height, joining 2 straight ends. Roll the remainder in a disc to place on top of cake and pinch joins together.
  9. You could colour some or all trimmings and decorate as you wish.
  10. Enjoy!

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