I haven't had Battenberg in ages but brought one of these Lyons ones when they was on special offer in Morrisons and only cost 79p.
It's a rectangle cake that is made of pink and yellow sponge cake, they're joined together with jam and then the cake is wrapped in marzipan.
It's a bit of a boring cake but it's fun to eat and the marzipan makes it taste loads more special than a plain sponge cake. The pink and yellow sponge both taste the same and are coloured just to look pretty when the cake is put together. You've got a bit of a fruity taste and that's the jam, I think it's apricot jam because it's got that sort of taste and isn't the same sort of fruitness as strawberry and them sort of flavours.
The marzipan is the best bit about the Battenberg cake because it's mega sweet and has got a gorgeous soft texture. It tastes of brill quality marzipan and you can either peel it off or eat it together with the sponge. I peeled some of mine off but ate the rest properly because if you take the marzipan off the sponge is a bit too dry and boring.
The over all flavour of a Battenberg cake isn't all that sweet even though the marzipan is so sugary. I reckon this is because the sponge isn't majorly sweet, the jam has got a sweeter flavour but there isn't that much jam on the cake anyway.
I wouldn't eat this cake very often because I think it's quite boring, it was nice to eat the couple of slices I had because I haven't eaten it for such a long time but I won't buy it again for a bit. It's a yummy cake but there are loads in the supermarket that are more interesting with a nicer flavour.
I do love how light the sponge feels as I eat it and how good it melts in my mouth, the sponge is very nice to eat but I reckon it would be even better if it had got a bit of a stronger flavour.
I was going to have my cake with custard but my dad reckons it's no good like that because the hot custard makes the marzipan go too soggy, I'm still going to try it one day though because he's a more fussy eater than me! lol
Recommended..... but there are nicer cakes out there!!!
Battenberg is a fantastic looking cake product by Lyons as well as being a great tasting cake product as well. It is made up by several different parts of sponge and then an outer casing of marzipan as well.
The middle of the cake is the sponge layers, and this is a really nice part of the cake, there are four different kind of layers of sponge, two yellow, or normal coloured sponge square shapes and then two pink and as these go diagonal to each other it kind of makes up a chess board look, except with pink and yellow rather than black and white, and of course with cake as well but you get the idea.
The sponge is very soft and tastes fantastic, and in the middle of the layers of sponge there is a thing layer of a kind of gooey mixture that holds them together, I cant really tell what this is but it doesn't really taste like much and doesn't overpower the taste of the sponge layers.
Then the whole thing is topped off with a thin layer of marzipan, I do quite like marzipan, obviously its very sweet and very sickly so I wouldn't eat this on its own but as a thing layer that goes with the rest of the cake it works well, however the whole thing may be just a little too sweet for some people.
Battenburg is one of my (and many others) favourite cakes. Admittedly I am quite a cake person in general but this is my number one cake. These also come in mini versions where you get five in a box but they just don't last long enough around me.
Battenburg cakes are very recognisable. Normally they come in a cardboard sleeve, in this case blue, and are wrapped in cellophane. The sponge in each slice is divided into quarters like a check pattern and is coloured yellow and pink so the yellow square is diagonally opposite to the other yellow square and the same for the pink. There is a thin layer of apricot jam in between all the squares to hold them together. Surrouding the sponge is a thick layer of yellow marzipan. In a way this sectioned cake reminds me a bit of an angel cake. Health-wise, unsurprisingly, this cake is quite bad for you at 175 calories for 40g, which is about an eight of the cake. It costs roughly £2 to £2.50.
Probably my best bit of Battenburg is the marzipan. It is rich, incredibly sweet and very moreish. In fact I could eat this on its own. The sponge is very good too however and I love the fact that it is multi coloured. It is light and sweet with a very slight fruity taste coming through which gives a little zing to the cake but the overwhelming taste of the cake is sugar undoubtedly. My only complaint would be that when you cut a piece it rarely all stays in one place and often bits of the marziapn fall off or one of the sqaures of sponge separate from the rest. This is a small niggle however and I still very much rate this cake.
I really love cake! I love sweet cakes as well which means in my house (I live with my parents at the moment) I have to buy it because no one else is a fan of this type of thing which isn't so bad really because at least it means I get to stuff myself silly with these types of products lol.
I saw this on offer yesterday in my local Asda store at the special offer price of 99p a cake however it is usually round the £1.49 price mark and widely available in all sorts of places.
The Bright yellow cake sits on a cardboard tray at the bottom of it and that contains all the information on it you may possible need. The rest of the covering is see-through and cellophane. On the cardboard base there is a picture of a couple of slices of the tempting 'Batternberg' and in white and gold writing I'm told it is Lyons '100 Years Of Cake' Battenberg and there is an at a glance nutritional information chart on there there and basically that information can be seen identical on the front and back of the base. on the base of the cardboard holder I'm told in white, blue and gold writing a bit about the cake, size is stated (230g), the recycle symbol is displayed, full nutritional information is listed as are the ingredients, I'm given extra dietry advice, the best before date is stamped on, contact details for Lyons are given and finally there is a bar-code on there. Nice enough packaging.....this is and it is informative enough.
A Bite About The Cake According To The Packaging:
A chequerboard of genoese sponge wrapped in almond paste (44%).
For over 100 years Lyons have been baking cakes, in the days when life was less rushed, people always found time to relax with a good cup of tea and a slice of cake. Today Lyons invite you to do the same...so pop the kettle on and enjoy some cake and a cuppa.
The Cake Itself:
Well it's bright yellow in colour and the almond paste on the outside of it is set like marzipan, smells of it and appears smooth and thick and evenly distributed all over. Before it's cut (this gives 6 servings according to the labeling by the way lol) you can see both ends are not covered by the marzipan and therefore you can see 4 squares of 2 pink and 2 light yellow sponges that travel in 'lines' throughout the cake and a little of what appears like syrupy mixture which I assume is used to 'glue' the sponges together and get the marzipan casing to stay put and hold on tight!
So... the sponge. well it's light and airy and doesn't really in my view taste too much it just gives some consistency to the cake more than anything. What does gives this cake the flavour is the beautifully blended, slightly gritty textured, melt in the mouth (eventually) marzipan. It's sweet, gloopy and gives me personally a massive sugar rush! It isn't really messy to eat, is easy to slice (again with minimal mess if you use a sharp knife) and stores well for a couple of days... though me, I can eat a whole cake in one day to be honest lol.
A sweet, soft and fluffy cake. The nutty taste of almonds is really nice against the light and delicate soft sponge but only buy it if you like sweet things!... Me I love it!!!!!!!!!!
Contains : Gluten, Wheat, Egg, Milk And Soya
No Artificial Colours
No Artificial Flavours
Nutritional Information.... Per 1/6 Cake....
Widely available in all good supermarkets etc.
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I love everything about battenburgs. I love the marzipan (I have been known to chop chunks of marzipan off the block and eat them), I love the pink-and-yellow checkerboard design, I love the taste, I love the smell, and I think that the combination of overwhelming sweet mazipan and lovely soft spongy cake is wonderful. I think its great that you can choose how much to have, as it isn't already portioned out (which is the only bad thing i have to say about mr kiplings lemon slices). I generally have to have at least two slices, so that I can eat them in different ways - one to be wolfed down, the other to be disected and eaten in this precise order - yellow quarters, then pink quarters, then the marzipan, the bit with the join at the very end (it has apricot jam on it). Thus I try not to buy battenburgs too often, as I would just end up as big as a house - they're among those items that you can't keep in the house because they just don't last - pop-tarts, or really nice bread, for example. They are never very expensive either, which for such a quality cake is excellent - morrisons often have them on a two-for-one offer, and I once picked one up at my local "cheap things" shop for about a quid. There's roughly about 1000 calories in each cake, so I certainly don't advise eating it all in one (as i shamefully have done on many occasions), which breaks up into about 200 calories in a fifth of the cake, which isn't too bad.
This is, without doubt or exception, the finest confectionery item I have ever had the orgasmic pleasure to consume. Its colour scheme reflects the fine diversity of its taste-gamut: it ranges from poppin' pink to yummy yellow, and many many more. The taste excels all comparison, even to the Seven Wonders of the World (but they are made of rock, so it's not a fair fight).
The sponginess far exceeds any other known sponginess, including that of the common bathroom and the world famous squarepants. The contrasting texture of the marzipan combined with the stick-to-your-teeth texture of the sponge means this cake will hang around for a long time.
A perfect afternoon cake with tea, it's made for eating in summer afternoons on the lawn. The taste embodies the Italian mantra of living 'la dolce vita', and stuff. It is sweet and airy and melts in your mouth. This cake also provides entertainment in that you can take it apart and eat all the separate bits. This makes it last longer - that can't be a bad thing. The aftertaste is soft and delicate, and it leaves you wanting more.
I was going to say something about calories, but it's too good to miss. And it's cake, so you probably don't care. Even writing this is making me hungry.
In conclusion, if I was a morbidly obese person, and eating this cake meant certain death, I would say 'hand me that frickin cake' and die a happy person.
This is a cake full of lovely memories for me since my Granny always served it up with a cup of tea when I went to visit as a child.
Made by Lyons this currently costs £1.69 in Tesco for what they suggest will provide 6 servings.
It is a very distinctive genoese sponge cake - squares of pink and yellow are alternated to give a chequered effect with a red jam sticking the segments together. The cake is completely covered in an almond paste which tastes like hard marzipan.
This is not a cake for dieters - it is a dieters nightmare as a sixth of the cake contains 166 calories, 22.8g sugar and 4.8g fat.
This is not suitable for many people with dietary allergies as it contains eggs, milk, gluten and nuts but on the plus side it doesn't have any artificial colours or flavourings!!
You first bite through the hard almond paste - this is fairly crumbly and there is a definate almond flavour to it - then the cake - nice and moist it tastes like a very sweet victoria sponge with jammy bits. I personally could not eat a large slice as it is extremely sweet but also very satisfying and filling - my son however, has no problems in consuming half a battenburg at a time!!
For anyone with a sweet tooth this must be sampled but don't bite off more than you can chew!!
I take it its not just be whose a massive battenburg fan then, seeing all the reviews. All i can say is battenburg is amazing. I can have slice after slice after slice anytime in the day and never get bored of it. The combination of flavoured sponges wrapped in that irresitable marsipan coating makes me mouth water. In major supermarkets eg. Asda, Tesco etc, its under a pound for a 'loaf' which is unbelivable value, i buy like 3 at a time. I didnt actually know there was this much to write about battenburg, but i guess ill have to continue. I once made a battenburg cake on a larger scale for a friends birthday, but then gave him candles as id scoffed nearly all of it before i arrived. Anywho, overall battenburg is a tasty delicious snack that can be consumed any time in the day. Thankyou and good night
The story of how the cake got its name isn't quite clear, but it was thought that the Battenburg cake was created to honour the marriage of Queen Victoria`s Granddaughter to Prince Louis of Battenburg in 1884.
Lyons was best known for their chain of Tea shops which were founded in 1894 and then finally closed in 1981. During the 1950`s Lyons began selling cakes through grocery retailers and in 1976 Lyons built the biggest cake bakery in the World, which still runs to this day. Lyons is now part of the RHM Food Group.
The Battenburg cake has to be one of our favourite fancy cakes and I have recently bought a 230g Battenburg cake from Tesco for £1, which is a highly competitive price.
The 230g cake is by no means large and it really only cuts into four decent slices, so it works out at around 25p a portion.
The cake sits neatly in a recyclable cardboard sleeve and then is tucked into a plastic covering, the packaging is the classic Lyons blue and white.
First lets talk about the almond paste coating, or marzipan as most of us would know it. The marzipan is rolled thinly and coats the body of the cake, leaving both ends open.
Although the marzipan is thin it still manages to taste delectable, it has a slightly gritty texture and as you chew you can feel the sugar that is contained within the almond paste. Sometimes when you cut the cake the marzipan will break away from the sponge, so be warned to cut the cake gently using a sharp knife.
Inside of the marzipan you find the lightest of Genoese sponge cake, in pink and white. The pink and white cake is placed to display a two by two check pattern.
The cake has been brushed with apricot jam to sandwich it together. As well as being gorgeous to eat it is attractive too.
The Genoese sponge is very light and melts in your mouth and you get the merest hint of apricot jam as you chew it.
Lyons say this size cake can be cut into six portions, but I would feel a bit mean if I cut the cake that thinly.
Genoese sponge is so light because the eggs and sugar are beaten thoroughly to inject more air before adding the flour and fat.
The Battenburg cake is as you would expect quite calorific, in the region of 166 calories for a sixth slice of the 100g cake and also has a high sugar content.
The ingredients include wheat, gluten, wheat flour, egg whites, milk, lactose, milk proteins, nuts, Almond and soya flour.
So a host of ingredients that aren't going to be suitable for some allergy sufferers.
Once we have opened the cake there is no need to find a suitable storage method, there's never anything left to store.
The Battenburg cake looks charming and tastes heavenly so 10 out of 10 for Lyons.
This lovely Battenburg cake is made by the well known company Lyons.. I can remember the Battenberg cake slices that we had for Sunday tea when I was a child. I used to love seeing the pretty slice of cake on my plate.
They are packaged in pretty wrapper mainly pink in blue. There is a nice picture of how the Battenberg look on the front of the wrapper. The cake weighs 230g.
The Battenberg cake is very pretty. It has a chequered sponge which is pink and light yellow in colour. The whole Battenberg is than wrapped in a soft almond paste. The slices of cake look very nice arranged on a plate for a party.
The cake taste as good as it looks. The sponge is very soft and moist. It tastes lovely and not to sweet. The sponge then has a jam around it which is a lovely rich apricot jam. The almond paste is like marzipan but it is very soft. It is a lovely consistency and the most delicious part of the cake (for me!) All the flavours work very well together and make a nice cake.
They do not contain any artificial colours or flavours and no hydrogenated Fat. One sixth of the cake (38.3g) contains 166 calories. It also contains 22% sugar and 7% fat. So not good news if you are watching your weight. The Battenberg contains: Nuts, milk, Soya, Egg, wheat and gluten.
Ingredients: Sugar ,Egg White , Wheat Flour ,Soya Flour ,Vegetable Oil ,Glucose Syrup ,Milk Protein ,Ground Almond ,Rice Flour ,Raising Agents ,Whey Powder ,Salt ,Gelling Agent ,Flavouring
The cakes are available from the supermarket and cost £1.25.
What Is Battenburg...
Battenburg is a delicious light sponge cake which is basically a cross - cut cake shaped like a window and can also be called a window cake , where one part of the bottom half of the window is pink and the other part of the window on the lower half is yellow.
On the top half of the window , there is exactly the opposite way of the colours bieng presented. So the yellow and pink makes a neat patern. The covering on the outside of the cake is a almond flavoured delicious icing.
The energy and fat measurements are all split into one eighth of he cake. The cake is easily cut into several peices and it extremly tasty with a hot cup of tea.
Some facts that i found quite interesting was Battenburg cake that battenburg had another original name , as it came from Queen Victoria's grandaughters wedding to Prince Lois Of battenburg in honour for the marrige which took place in the year of 1884!!!...
So Battenburg has been around for many years and has became very popular over the years...
It is also a well known fact that in early 2009 , Battenburg along with other foods with high artificial colourings and flavouring measurments will be permanantly banned!!!...
Battenburg cake has a beautiful sweet taste. When i first took a bite into this delicous delight , i tasted what seemed to me as an almond taste which was stuck together with a nice thin layer of sweet jam. On the outside there was marzipan which also tasted of almonds. At first i thought that the cake was quite sickly and when i heard about the almond taste , i thought that my tastebuds wouldn't like it one bit!!!...
I was actualy very surprised at how lovely the cake tasted , I got used to the flavour and how it was a little bit sickly , but i do love a peiceof battenburg now and again!!!...
When I picked up a battenburg cake from my local Asda , I
noticed that it was carefully wrapped in a plastic wrapper with a cardboard logo with a picture of battenburg cake being cut up. The ingredients and the measurments were mainly set out on the peice of cardboard which i didn't keep as I was too busy unwrapping the cake to munch down when i got home!!!...
Why Buy Battenburg Cake..
Well, if you are a fan of Mr Kipplings cakes or like a treat now and again , then you may find battenburg a very nice treat with it's sweet taste and such wondeful patterns. Mr Kipplings cakes have also made small battenburg cake slices which may be ideal for snacks or for packed lunches for children. I feel that Mr Kiplings battenburg slices are much tastier and I dp prefer these.
On other hand , battenburg isn't at all the most healthiest of baked foods by far. With the ban coming in early 2009 , It shows you how bad the food agency feels that battenburg is for you after all of these years originating from 1884!!!...
I found the news about the ban a little bit dissapointing as Battenburg is quite a favourite. On the other hand , i also thought that it is a very good idea as there will be less to trigger energy hyperactivity for children who love this cake. It will also be a good idea as it will not tempt me if i am on a diet which is a good help because you may know how much i love battenburg!!!...
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-LYONS BATTENBERG -
Lyons has been making cakes for over 100 years now. With varieties such as: The French Sandwich - Lemon Curd Tarts - Trifle Sponges - Carrot Cakes and Treacle Lattice Tart we certainly are spoilt for choice. My favourite however, has to be their scrumptious Battenberg cake. I absolutely adore marzipan. I could eat tons of the stuff; I have a real passion for it. When I was pregnant with my middle daughter, it was my 'craving' and I hate to think how much of it I ate then. Anyway, anything which contains marzipan is a firm favourite with me. -
Battenberg cake or 'Window cake', is quite an original concept for this little slab of cake and history has it that the chequered squares of sponge were made to honour the four Battenberg princes; Alexander, Prince of Bulgaria, Prince Francis Joseph of Battenberg, Prince Henry of Battenberg and Prince Louis of Battenberg. The four alternate chequered Genoese sponge squares honouring each Prince; I myself really like the sunny appearance of the Battenberg cake. It's fun, colourful, it looks completely appetising and it seems to be saying "Eat Me!", it almost looks like something that you would see in 'Alice in Wonderland', upon the table, when Alice attended the very odd tea-party with the giant tea-pot and the Mad Hatter. The Battenberg has the look of the 'Bizarre' about it. -
I like the way that this product is wrapped with the yellow marzipanned cake revealing itself through the cellophane covering. The Lyons Battenberg comes half protected by a cardboard cover which shows a picture of a couple of sample slices of the succulent Battenberg. There is also a picture of a pink mug suggesting that Battenberg is ideal with a nice cup of tea. There is also a pair of floating hearts displayed upon the pack. Well that must mean that everyone loves Battenberg, well everyone who likes marzipan that is. The weight of this fabulous little cake is 230g and each one sixth of the cake (38.3g) contains a multitude of calories, standing at 166. It also contains 22% sugar and 7% fat, so this cake is not for the faint of heart. This is seriously high in the fattening stakes. But I don't care. I love it :) -
--THE BATTENBERG EXPERIENCE--
As I open the packaging to the Battenberg, the aroma of the sweet almond paste is very apparent and this delectable scent really gets my mouth salivating. The smell of marzipan is just too much for me and I slice this perfect oblong into wafer thin slices. I like to eat it this way. It is very soft in composition and it crumbles as I slice the knife through the light Genoese pink and yellow sponge squares. The thin, yellow marzipan which is wrapped around the sponge immediately wants to separate itself from the light moist sponge which is, in effect, glued together by the delicious apricot jam, which also holds the four squares of sponge together.
My first taste of the Battenberg brings me together with the marzipan and what a beautiful pasty taste and soft texture this is. It quite simply melts upon contact with my mouth and forms a delicious almond paste around my palate. The sponge is light and moist with the rich taste of the apricot jam, blending and complimenting with the other flavours and textures. A perfect taste experience As far as I am concerned. Indulgent and very naughty indeed;) All those fat inducing calories playing havoc with my system; oh well, I enjoyed it immensely is all I have to say. -
Sugar -Egg White - Wheat Flour - Soya Flour - Vegetable Oil - Glucose Syrup - Milk Protein - Ground Almond - Rice Flour - Raising Agents - Whey Powder - Salt - Gelling Agent - Flavouring -
The Battenberg contains: NUTS, milk, Soya, Egg, wheat and gluten.-
Lyons Battenberg is a delightful and scrumptious cake that is perfect to serve up with a cup of tea. It is full of sugar, fat and calories, but one every now and then is a really nice treat. I love cakes. I am always buying different ones, from a full blown Pavlova gateau right down to a simple Swiss roll. There are no artificial colours or flavours in the Battenberg and this cake purports to give five servings; some chance;) The Battenberg cake is a colourful treat and I purchased mine at Ice-land for the price of £2.00 for 2 cakes a couple of weeks ago. Usually about £1.25 each I think. Lyons Battenberg, an excellent buy for a cake so full of delicious flavour. -
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I do not eat very much cake and when I do my tastes are simple. Lyons Battenberg is a simple cake even though it looks complicated at first glance.
The prettiness of Battenberg appeals to me because it is four squares of cake which alternate pink and yellow, this is then covered with a bright yellow marzipan layer and the whole cake looks very bright and summery. I cannot think how better to describe the layout of the pink and yellow squares so have a look at the picture above and you will see what I mean.
Battenberg tastes lovely. Even though the pieces of cake are different colours they taste the same, it is a light and fluffy sponge cake that has a surprising melt in the mouth consistency for a cake with such a long shelf life. The sponge has a lovely vanilla flavour and is a nice sweet cake but the sponge itself doesn't taste too sugary.
Of course there is plenty of sugar in the marzipan which has a lovely fresh flavour. I can taste that this marzipan has a good concentration of almonds and I like the sugary almost gritty texture of it. It is wound tightly around the sponge so you are guaranteed a decent mouthful of marzipan with each bite and it is a lovely change in texture from the fluffiness of the cake.
All of this is held together with a layer of apricot jam, which again adds to the sweetness of Battenberg as a whole. The apricot jam is rich and sweet and is obviously a good quality preserve. I have eaten Sainsbury's and Morrisons own brand Battenberg before and it is this small but very significant layer of jam that makes all the difference. In this Lyons version the jam is spread quite thickly in comparison to the barely there smudge of jam found in the supermarkets cake. Here the jam is spread thickly enough that I can taste it is actually apricot jam and not some nameless mixed fruit spread.
I love Battenberg, especially with a nice cup of tea in the afternoon. If I could change anything about it I would wish for the ends of the cake to be covered in marzipan so that it's like a big marzipan box with the cake inside but I suppose then Lyons would lose their advertising point and the cake would look quite dull in the wrapper.
Battenberg is very good for sharing because each cake will give you 6 - 8 slices depending on how thick you want them. When I am serving it with a cuppa for me and my sister or friends I give us each 2 slim slices to nibble on, but if I am having Battenberg for pudding with custard then I just hack off a quarter of the cake and put it in my bowl.
Battenberg doesn't keep terribly well once opened because the marzipan goes dry quickly and once that happens the cake inside with start to harden. It can help to wrap it tightly in foil and store it at the back of your cupboard well away from heat and light, but even then try to make sure the cake is eaten within say 24 hours for optimum freshness.
It costs about £1.30 but is very often seen on BOGOF in the supermarkets, the date is long enough away that you could stock up when you see them on offer but I don't dare do this as I would eat them all too quickly. Each 26g slice of Battenberg contains 112 calories and 3.4g of fat so that isn't really too bad considering how sweet it is and it can easily be worked into most diets. A whole cake is 275g so by my reckoning Lyons think you can get 10 slices out of a cake but they would be very thin so be careful how you slice it if you are seriously counting calories.
Ps - Did you know that Battenberg was named in 1884 in honour of the marriage of Prince Louis of Battenberg to one of Queen Victoria's granddaughters?
Battenburg Cake has always struck me as quite an odd concept. I mean, who thought up the idea of using the different colours and different ingredients with their individual, very unsimilar tastes? But that aside, fortunately for us consumers whoever it was got lucky and the combination works.
The Battenburg Cake, of German descent, is essentially 4 thin rectangles of sponge cake, 2 yellow and 2 pink with the colours arranged diagonally, stuck together with apricot job then coated with a thin layer of marzipan to created a cuboidal shaped cake that can be easily sliced into square shaped pieces for eating.
[NB Not suitable for nut allergy suffers due to the marzipan]
It is like a strange hybrid of traditional fruit cake and sponge cake but with colours to appeal to children.
The taste is very nice. It is a light sponge that is perfectly set off by the almondy marzipan and tangy apricot jam. Lyons is much nicer to supermarket own brands which can I find can tend to have an almost sickly taste due to inferior quality ingredients.
A perfect cake for serving at afternoon tea.
I was just taking a look around reading and rating when I happened upon the food section, and more specifically the cakes. Now I do like a nice piece of cake and I tend not to be too fussy if its got lots of calories its OK by me! By the way I do know that, as a diabetic, I have to be careful so I do make cakes a treat not a daily indulgence!
There is, however, one cake I cant stand and thats Battenberg I cant be doing with marzipan you see. It was one of my late dads favourites so I used to buy it for him even though I didnt personally indulge. I have even had a go at making it for him too, and it wasnt a bad effort even if I do say so myself.
Most of the supermarkets do their versions of Battenberg, but I do tend to go for the Lyons version, Lyons being a name that I know and trust. Well they have been making cakes since 1908, so they should have got it right by now!
For those of you who dont know what a Battenberg cake looks like I will try and describe it to you.
It is an oblong cake made of two pink and two yellow oblongs of sponge. The sponge pieces are arranged in a square so that if you look at the end of the cake you will see four squares, the two squares of the same colour being diagonally opposite to one another. So as you look at the end of the cake you will see a pink square lower left and top right and a yellow square lower right and top left. Think of a chessboard and youll get the idea!
I feel like Im on one of those game shows where you have to describe an object to someone wearing a blindfold!
Anyway back to the cake. Once the four oblongs of sponge have been placed in the way that I have just attempted to describe the whole thing is wrapped in a layer of marzipan, leaving the ends of the block showing.
Im afraid this is the bit that means I am not a Battenberg fan! I just dont like marzipan at all, even though I love almonds, strange eh? If you ever have a slice of my Christmas cake youll find that the marzipan layer is as thin as I can get away with whilst still making a base for the icing! Blast Im digressing again arent I?
Just whilst I am on the subject of the marzipan, remember that this is essentially almond paste so if you are allergic to nuts this is not the cake for you!
The packaging of the Lyons Battenberg is simple but very clever. The cake itself rests on a piece of thin cardboard, which is wrapped around the two long sides of the cake. The whole thing is then wrapped in a layer of cellophane, which is airtight. So, when you look at the cake on the shelf you can see the top, which is marzipan, and you can see the pink and yellow squared ends of the cake.
When you pick the cake up to put it in your basket the cardboard protects it from getting squashed. When I say this, it is only a bit of protection; it is only thin cardboard after all its not galvanised steel!
The cake itself comes in just one size weighing 275g and costs somewhere in the region of £1.20. I would cut each block into 6 or 8 slices, but that depends on how much you want to eat at a time doesnt it really?
I will now try and describe the taste without being biased.
The sponge bit is lovely. It is very moist, light and fluffy, in fact everything a sponge should be. The marzipan is sweet and complements the sponge perfectly (if you like marzipan of course!)
So there you are then a, hopefully, not too biased description of one of dads favourite cakes.
Its been quite strange writing about something that I actually dislike as I usually write about my favourite stuff, but its been interesting so I hope you enjoyed reading!
By the way I have filled in the boxes below thinking of the value and taste of the cake to someone who does like marzipan. It would be unfair to down grade it because of personal taste!