Battenberg cake

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

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

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First Known Use of Battenberg cake

1903, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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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“Battenberg cake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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