Nish Whips Up A Dish was featured on Bon Appetite sometime last week! My whimsical post on Lemon and Mint Ice Cubes was featured in a post solely dedicated to unique and creative ice-cubes. This probably counts as one of the prouder moments of my food blogging career.
And so this seems like the perfect opportunity to thank all my readers for supporting this humble blog for the past 18 months. Thank you to each and every one of you for your emails and comments left which both wonderful and touching. I know I don't respond to every comment but trust me, each one brightens my day and genuinely brings a smile to my face. Nish Whips Up A Dish would be nothing without your support, encouragement and love. So a big thank you and here's a hugeee hug for every one of you <3
Mandy of What The Fruitcake?! came to our rescue last minute to present us with the Battenberg Cake challenge! She highlighted Mary Berry’s techniques and recipes to allow us to create this unique little cake with ease.
Battenburg is a traditional British treat, where two layers of different coloured almond flavoured sponges are ‘glued’ together with apricot jam which is then covered in a layer of marzipan. Once sliced, a checkerboard pattern is evident.
My attempt was a semi-successful one. It’s become a recurring theme with these challenges that something is bound to go wrong. I decided to make a traditional Batternburg as it was always my favourite treat when in university. I followed the very helpful step-by-step instructions given by Mandy however when it came down to slicing the cakes evenly, I failed massively. I accidentally sliced off a big chuck of the pink layer, leaving it rather lopsided. In an attempt to salvage the mess, I tried sticking it back using apricot jam as the ‘glue’. In hindsight, I shouldn’t have used jam. The marzipan layer really pulls the cake into shape and I am very sure, it would have held the extra bit of the pink layer without the need of an adhesive.
The marzipan layer was a nightmare to work with. Firstly I didn’t have enough to go around and secondly the weather was far too humid to work with marzipan. Thirdly I ran out of icing sugar which probably explained the difficulty I had rolling out the marzipan. Anyway, I tried and semi-succeeded. I tried to make the cake look as pretty as I could, and that is worth something right?
I would have made a second one, and possibly a third as I have an amazing flavour combination I want to try out, but my job is taking a lot of my time at the moment! I’m hoping things start slowing down because I am fed up with all the imperfect challenge results :(
*Don't let this post put you off from trying the recipe. The cake was delicious and incredibly moreish!