Violet And Chocolate Battenberg Cake

Violet and Chocolate Battenberg Cake
Gluten Free and Vegan

Oh My what have I done !!!!!

This bake and recipe has been a labour of love and a nightmare to get it down on paper ….well print !!!

But hold on give me a chance , not only is this recipe based on a traditional chocolate ….A Violet Cream !! Its also a very regal looking cake that will go down fantastically over the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

Also an Homage to my Granddaughter Violet who happens to be 2 this week , no this isn’t her birthday cake that a Pig …… The Pig who is unfortunately still known as Peppa πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Now you want a show stopper then this is it !!

Im not going to mess about folding paper and tin foil life is to short

My answer is to invest in a Battenberg Tin you wont regret it and if you by a Silverwood one you done even need to line it ….. just butter it well !!

Heres the link !!!!

Now the recipe may seem to be extensive , but if you watch the video it will seem far less intimidating

Read the instructions through and take your time and once you have made one you will be up for making Battenberg’s regularly

Its the type of cake that just makes tea time so so special !!

In fact I feel I’ve made this one worthy of royalty !!

Now I will let you read the recipe before I give the video to you ….then it will all click into place …..I do hope πŸ™ŠπŸ™ŠπŸ™Š

And as I always say ……IF I CAN DO IT YOU CAN TOO

In All Its Splendour !!!!

Recipe

Violet and Chocolate Battenberg Cake GF, DF V

Violet and Chocolate flavours taste terrific in this variation of a classic favourite, covered with chocolate-flavoured marzipan.


It’s made in the Silverwood Battenberg Tin, with its clever dividers to make four even strips of cake, which are then assembled into a chequerboard pattern…. A Tala Battenberg pan could also be used they are 8′ x 6′

To make sure that your cakes are exactly the same you should weigh the batter with a scale when you divide it in half. To do this I weigh the bowl before I add any of the ingredients and make a note of this number. Once you have finished making the batter, weigh the bowl again (this time with the batter in it). Take the weight of the full bowl and subtract the weight of the empty one, this gives you the weight of your batter. Divide that number in half and that tells you how much batter to weigh out into a separate bowl.


Ingredients

  • 110 g Gluten Free Plain Flour Blend, ( if not using your own blend I recommend Doves Farm Freee Plain GF Flour blend or Pillsbury US )
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Xanthan Gum ( omit if you blend contains it )
  • 50 g Ground Almonds
  • 115 g Caster / Superfine Sugar
  • 115 g Vegan Block Butter Melted ( I used Flora Plant based unsalted )
  • 120 ml Plant based Milk ( I used Mighty Pea M!lk )
  • 10 g Cocoa Powder ( Check it is Gluten Free and Vegan I used Dr Oekter )
  • 10 drops of Violet Extract ( I used Foodie Flavours )
  • Purple Food Colouring ( I used Rainbow Dust by Progel )
  • 30ml Tap Water
  • FOR THE GANACHE
  • 150 g Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate ( I used Plamil Foods Oat M!lk Choc Drops )
  • 85 ml Plant Based Milk
  • FOR THE MARZIPAN
  • 200 g Ground Almonds
  • 200 g Icing / Confectioners Sugar
  • 25 g Cocoa Powder
  • 65 g Liquid Glycerine
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tbsp Aquafaba ( Chickpea juice …. I used Ogg Eggs )
  • 6 Violet Creams ( I used Whittakers Chocolates )
  • Sprinkles ( I used Baking Time Club Sprinkles )

Directions

  1. Pre heat your oven to 180 C / 160 C Fan / 350 F
  2. In a large bowl add your Flour Blend , Xanthan if using , and Baking Powder and whisk until combined
  3. Add Your ground almonds and caster sugar to the bowl and whisk it all together until well combined
  4. Melt your vegan butter in the microwave or hob until just melted and leave to cool for 5 minutes
  5. Measure out you milk in a medium bowl then add the melted butter and vanilla extract and whisk together
  6. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until you have a smooth batter
  7. In a small Bowl add the add the 10 g Cocoa Powder and the 30 mls of water and mix into a paste
  8. Using a scale for accuracy, pour half of the batter into a separate bowl add the cocoa paste and stir til combined
  9. Add the Violet Extract and purple colouring to the other and mix until well combined
  10. Evenly dived the bowls into two dividers each and spread and level the mixture
  11. And place in the oven on the middle shelf and bake for 23/ 25 until a cake tester or cocktail stick comes out clean on a test
  12. Leave the cakes to cool in the tin for 20 minutes then carefully flick them out onto a wire rack
  13. Make the marzipan whilst the cakes are baking
  14. In stand mixer or by hand – add ground almonds , icing sugar, and cocoa powder. and mix until combined
  15. Add the and glycerine and vanilla extract. and mix for1 minutes
  16. Add the 2 tbsps Aquafaba and mix for a further minute
  17. Once a ball starts to form take it out and gently need it until it is smooth
  18. Wrap in cling film and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour
  19. Make the Ganache
  20. Warm the Plant Based Milk in a pan on the hob until just before the boil
  21. Add the milk to the chocolate , leave to stand and then after 5 minutes whisk until smooth
  22. Leave to stand 10 minutes until it starts to thicken
  23. Trim the sponges with a sharp serrated knife (a bread knife is ideal) so that they are all the same size.
  24. On a piece of parchment place the marzipan and place a piece of cling film over the top
  25. With a rolling pin roll the marzipan to 20 x 30 cm ….. cut to size using a pastry or pizza cutter
  26. for exact measurements
  27. Cover the marzipan in a thin layer of ganache
  28. Add two alternating coloured cake strips to the middle of the marzipan along the short length
  29. adding a thin layer of ganache in-between the cakes
  30. Cover the top of the two strips with another thin layer of ganache and in a checker board pattern place the further two on the top
  31. Carefully roll the cake up in the marzipan so that it is fully encased. Trim the excess so that it overlaps about halfway across the cake. Brush it with a little bit of water and gently press it down to seal.
  32. Turn the cake so the seal is at the bottom
  33. Use a sharp knife to slice a piece off either end to neaten the cake and reveal the pattern.
  34. Decorate as desired using left over ganache, sprinkles , Violet Creams , or leave it plain

So there you go ….. A treat like no other !!

In fact I have not seen a Violet Cream Battenberg anywhere on the world Wide Web ….so this maybe a first

So I best give you some more pictures to savour and hopefully to inspire you to try

All Naked
Just A Classy Battenberg

Which Colour Would You Eat First ?
Fancy Pants Battenberg

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Easy Raspberry and Almond Bakewell Cake

Easy Raspberry and Almond Bakewell Cake
Gluten Free and Vegan

Well we have a Platinum Jubilee coming up from the 2nd of July of our Beloved Queen

So I thought I best get an Iconic Bake in before we all start to bake up a storm for out street parties and afternoon teas in celebration

To mark the event … I decided on nothing to whacky but something traditional with a twist

So I’ve chosen a Bakewell Tart and taken out the equation of pastry πŸ™Š

I know for some that will just make your heart sing πŸ˜‚

But we do want to spend time celebrating and not fussing over elaborate decorated cakes ( But you can if you want ) πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

So we have all the flavour of almonds and lovely juice raspberries just waiting to be savoured !!! And even though this looks a rustic bake I want to tell you I would be more than happy to be served this at an afternoon tea

And Im sure Liz would be happy with this fayre too ……

We all know its her Majesty that decrees that its jam before cream on a scone , so if she delights in scones she will delight in a pastry-less Bakewell Cake 😍

So without further ado…. lets bake because you wont believe how simple this is

Just The ticket !!!

recipe

Raspberry and Almond Bakewell Cake GF, DF V

The Iconic Almond Tart less the Pastry made into a easy but gorgeous moist fruity cake


20 cm , 8in Spring Form Cake is required


Ingredients

  • 140g ground almond
  • 140g dairy free block butter butter, softened to room temperature
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 140g Gluten Free Plain Flour blend ( If not using your own I recommend Doves Farm Freee UK or Pilsbury US )
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Xathan Gum
  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • 3 tbsp of luke warm tap water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 250g Fresh Raspberries NOT FROZEN
  • 2 tbsp flaked almond
  • icing sugar, to serve

Directions

  1. Pre heat your oven to 180C/160C fan/320 F
  2. In a small bowl , add the water to the chia seeds and set aside until they become swollen and gloopy ……about 10 minutes
  3. Grease and fully line a 20 cm / 8in spring formed cake tin
  4. Place the ground almonds, dairy free butter, sugar, gluten free flour, baking powder and xanthan gum , chia seed gloop and vanilla extract in a food processor and blitz until well combined.
  5. Spread half the mix over the cake tin and smooth over the top you may want to press it in with your hands
  6. Scatter the raspberries over the top of the batter
  7. Spoon in blobs the remaining cake mixture on top and roughly spread – you might find this easier to do with your fingers.
  8. Scatter with flaked almonds
  9. Bake for 50 mins until golden.
  10. Cool in tin , remove from the tin and dust with icing sugar to serve.
  11. Enjoy

Well I’m not going to waffle any longer than necessary !!

I know you all hate it and we just want too see cake and lick the screen

If you don’t make this cake I would tend to think you may be a tad wreck less πŸ˜‚

At a missed opportunity !!

So I will give you some more pictures so you rush out to get the ingredients even if a lot of you may have theses in already !!!

Well The slice is on the move πŸ˜‚
Right on to my plate !!!
Just look at that deliciousness !!!

The Perfect Bakewell Slice without the Pastry πŸ™Š

Right Time for A Coffee

Hope you enjoyed this quick and easy recipe post !!

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Until next week……..Bye for now πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

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