I did not know what a Battenberg cake was before this challenge. I did, however, know that I had seen fun checker board-like cakes before and kind of wondered how they were assembled. Well, it turns out that those checkered cakes are Battenbergs...! I made two versions of this cake for the challenge. While neither used the recipe Mandy provided, her instructions were invaluable.
Version number one - chocolate and vanilla:
(Ok, chocolate and plain. It is hard to have a vanilla cake when you forget to add the vanilla!)
The cakes, cooling:
Version number two - blackberry and lemon:
The cut cakes, ready to stack:
All stacked and covered with jam:
My first attempt at fondant - homemade butter cream fondant:
Thank you, Mandy, for introducing me to this method and to the Battenberg experience! You definitely inspired some beautiful creations, and your support was appreciated throughout the month.
Take a look here to see what my fellow Daring Bakers created!