Jill and Jonny

Jill and Jonny

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

A small triumph

Where there's a will, there's a way! What better way to spend yesterday's public holiday than by attempting to create the classic British treat, the Battenburg cake. After overcoming the usual Cambodian problems of poor quality oven settings, power cuts, etc., I was very pleased with the final product (below). We shared it, accompanied by British tea, along with friends from the UK.

A fellow ex-pat, seeing the photo, asked what this cake is like. I explained that Battenberg cake is a true classic for afternoon tea. As I waxed lyrical about this quintessential British treat, I pondered its distinctly un-British name. And this prompted me to some serious research (Wikipedia!!)...

The chefs of the British Royal Family were introduced to the German style of cake making during Queen Victoria's reign. This included the use of bright colours and marzipan. The first Battenberg cake was made in that German style to celebrate the wedding of Queen Victoria's granddaughter, Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine, and was named after her husband to be, Prince Louis of Battenberg.

So there you go...