Battenberg cake

noun Bat·ten·berg cake \ ˈba-tᵊn-ˌbərg- \
variants: or Battenburg cake play \ˈba-tᵊn-ˌbərg-\

Definition of Battenberg cake

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 Star18 May 2005
  • … the retro pink and yellow checker board Battenberg cake is delightfully finger sized.
  • Marketwire29 June 2010

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Origin and Etymology of battenberg cake

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)


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