Battenberg cake

noun (1)
Bat·​ten·​berg cake | \ ˈba-tᵊn-ˌbərg- How to pronounce Battenberg cake (audio) \
variants: or Battenburg cake \ ˈba-​tᵊn-​ˌbərg-​ How to pronounce Battenburg cake (audio) \

Definition of Battenberg cake

 (Entry 1 of 2)

chiefly British
: a rectangular cake that is usually covered with marzipan and that is assembled from two differently colored sponge cakes so that a slice of the cake has a checkered pattern … checkerboard Battenburg cakes coated with marzipan …Toronto Star, 18 May 2005 … the retro pink and yellow checker board Battenberg cake is delightfully finger sized.Marketwire, 29 June 2010

Battenberg lace

noun (2)
variants: or Battenburg lace

Definition of Battenberg lace (Entry 2 of 2)

: renaissance lace

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First Known Use of Battenberg cake

Noun (1)

1903, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Battenberg cake

Noun (1)

probably after the Battenberg family, a morganatic branch of the ducal house of Hesse-Darmstadt, members of whom established careers in Britain or married into the British royal family (after Battenberg, a town in Hesse, Germany)

Noun (2)

probably after the Battenberg family, a morganatic branch of the ducal house of Hesse-Darmstadt, members of whom established careers in Britain or married into the British royal family (after Battenberg, a town in Hesse, Germany)

Note: In early occurrences as “Royal Battenberg lace” (e.g., Good Housekeeping, vol. 11, no. 13, October 25, 1890, p. 301; Atlantic Monthly, vol. 68, no. 405, July, 1891, p. 85). Evidence that the lace has any real connection with the Battenberg family is lacking, suggesting that the word was chosen solely for its connotations.

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