30 April 2008

Almost Angel cake

Almost Angel cake

Angel cake, the layered pink and white loaf cake similar to Battenberg is popular with my kids. This is a alternative version, a marbled sponge cake, layered with jam and as I don't 'do' marzipan a almond butter icing.

This cake was so simple to make, it is a rubbed-in cake which saves on washing up the mixer, basically you rub the flour, butter and sugar together then mix in the wet ingredients, split the mixture in half and dye one half with a little food colouring paste. Then get creative marbling your cake mixes. If this was a true Angel cake / Battenberg it would be finished with a layer of marzipan, sticking with the almond flavour marzipan would give I substituted it for a almond butter cream. The cake is filled with plum jam as plum works very well with almonds, a match made in heaven.

Almost Angel cake:

225g S/R Flour

225g caster sugar

125g butter, softened

2 eggs

150ml milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

few drops food colouring paste

4 tbsp plum jam, to sandwiching sponges


100g butter, very soft

100g icing sugar

150g ground almonds

Grease and line two 20cm cake tins,

Preheat oven to 180c.

In a bowl sieve the flour, add caster sugar and butter rub together until it resembles breadcrumbs.

In another bowl whisk together eggs, milk and vanilla extract.

Add to flour mixture and mix together until it is smooth. Remove half the batter to another bowl, add a few drops of food colouring paste to one bowl and mix well.

Place alternate spoonfuls of each mix into the cake tins. To create the marbling affect drag a skewer / cake tester through the cake mix to swirl the colours together. Bake for 25 minutes.

To make the frosting place the butter, icing sugar and ground almonds in a blender and mix until smooth, taste and add more sugar or almonds depending on your tastes. Firm up in the fridge. When the cakes are cooked and cooled sandwich together with the plum jam and cover with the butter cream.

This cake was delicious, the rubbed-in method made it a moist and tender sponge, the plum jam and almond icing work well together and the marbled pink and white cake looked very pretty. Proved very popular with my daughter...but anything pink is popular with her.


Laura @ Hungry and Frozen said...

That cake looks so good, ground almonds in the icing is a great idea. Am craving cake now...

Laura :)

Nickki said...

Wow, that looks gorgeous Erica! Such a pretty cake :)

Maria said...

Erica that looks so delish, love the pink throughout the cake!


Anonymous said...

Looks great Erica, yum.

Anna said...

That looks delicious! :-)

Rosie said...

Hi Erica I just love the pink running through the sponge - it looks really lovely :)

I haven't forgotten my tag but have been ill and will get it done and posted I promise!

Rosie x