Chocolate orange battenburg cake makes such a great change from the classic recipe. Batternburg cake has become a British institution – with it’s famous pink and yellow checkerboard pattern, but the marsipan flavours aren’t for everyone. So if you’re more of a chocolate lover then you have to try this chocolate orange version – featuring everyone’s favourite flavour combination – orange and chocolate! The neat squares are a real treat to eat and you’ll be surprised to learn just how easy it is to make battenburg, even though it might look a little bit fiddly.
- 225g (8oz) self-raising flour
- 5ml (1tsp) baking powder
- 225g (8oz) golden caster sugar
- 225g (8oz) soft margarine or softened butter
- 4 medium eggs, beaten
- 10ml (2tsp) finely grated orange rind
- 15ml (1tbsp) orange juice
- 15ml (1tbsp) cocoa powder blended with 15ml (1tbsp) hot water
- 60ml (4tbsp) apricot jam, warmed
- 450g (1lb) marzipan
Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4.
Sift the flour and baking powder into a large bowl and add the sugar, margarine or butter and eggs.
Beat until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Divide equally into 2 bowls and fold the orange rind and juice into one bowl and the blended cocoa powder into the other.
Spoon each mixture into a greased and base-lined 18cm (7in) square tin and level the surface.
Bake for 25-30 mins until the cakes are well risen and just firm to the touch. Cool for 5 mins, then turn out on to a cooling rack to cool completely.
Trim the edges from each cake and cut each cake into 4 even-sized strips.
Using some of the jam, sandwich two chocolate strips with 2 orange-flavoured strips to create the chequered effect.
Roll out half the marzipan on a surface dusted lightly with icing sugar to an 18 x 30cm (7 x 12in) rectangle.
Brush the top of the assembled cake with a little more jam and press on to the marzipan. Brush the remaining sides of the cake with jam and carefully wrap the marzipan all around the cake.
Use your fingers to crimp along the top edges of the cake. Repeat with the remaining cake strips and marzipan to make a second cake.