Birthday Battenberg Cake

Birthday Battenberg Cake

Serves: 4-6 people
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 45 minutes
Birthday Battenberg Cake


  • 2 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup (240g) heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup (60g) sour cream
  • 3/4 cup (169g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 6 tablespoons (75g) refined coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 cup (300g) sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons rosewater
  • 3 tablespoons (36g) rainbow sprinkles
  • Pink food coloring
  • 14 oz marzipan, plus more for decorations as desired
  • Food coloring
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting
  • 6 tablespoons (120g) jam


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Battenberg Cake is a perfect way to jazz up a traditional birthday party! This checkered masterpiece is created by baking two cakes - in this recipe, you will be using red food coloring in one cake and sprinkles in the other to create this fun pattern.

If you enjoy different flavors, you could switch the recipe—for example, one vanilla cake and one chocolate cake. Once the cakes are baked, you will slice each cake in half (be sure that each piece is a perfect rectangle, so they will fit together and create the checkered pattern). Roll out the marzipan (directions for creating this is in the recipe) and use jam to seal the cakes together on top of the marzipan.

Then, you will roll the checkered cake up in the marzipan, and finish it with colorful shapes cut out of excess marzipan. Enjoy!

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºf. Turn an 8” square baking pan into a battenberg pan: first, fold a long piece of foil onto itself a couple of times to a create a foil barrier to divide the pan in half.
  2. Then spray the pan and each side of the foil with cooking spray and line each half of the pan with two overlapping pieces of parchment paper. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour and baking powder. Then lightly stir in the salt and set aside. In a large measuring cup, whisk together the heavy cream and sour cream and set aside.
  4. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle, cream together the butter, coconut oil, and sugar on medium high for 3-4 minutes, until light and fluffy.
  5. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each and periodically scraping the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. add the vanilla and rosewater and mix to combine.
  6. Reduce the mixer to medium low and add the dry mixture and cream mixture in 3 alternating additions, mixing until 80% combined. Divide the mixture in half.
  7. In the first half, fold in the sprinkles as mix until the batter is combined. Pour into one side of the pan and use a small offset spatula or a spoon to carefully spread it out evenly. In the second half of the batter, add a few drops of pink food coloring and fold it in as mix until the batter is combined.
  8. Pour into the other side of the pan and use a small offset spatula or a spoon to carefully spread it out evenly. bake until the tops of the cakes are browned and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few crumbs on it; begin checking for doneness at 45 minutes.
  9. Let cool in the pans for 10 minutes and then use the parchment wings to left them out of the pans and onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. Once the cakes are cooled, level them and trim off the sides if they're uneven. cut into 4 equal rectangles that are as wide as they are thick. Enjoy a bite of cake scraps and set these aside.
  11. Knead the marzipan with food coloring to get the desired color, dusting with powdered sugar if it gets too sticky. On a silicone mat or a big piece of parchment, roll the marzipan out into a rectangle that's about 7 1/2” wide by about 13” long, dusting the top with powdered sugar as needed to prevent sticking.
  12. Trim the edges so they’re straight. Brush all over with a thin layer of jam and place a rectangle of pink cake at one end. Brush the exposed surfaces with a thin layer of jam.
  13. Squish a rectangle of sprinkle cake right next to it and brush the exposed surfaces with a layer of jam. Stack the other two rectangles of cake on top, brushing with jam, to form a checkerboard pattern.
  14. Carefully roll it onto its side, pressing the marzipan all over so that it sticks, and then continue to roll until the cake is covered. Wrap in firmly plastic wrap and let set in the fridge for a couple of hours.
  15. Decorated with additional marzipan decorations and sprinkles as desired. let come to room temperature and enjoy!