The Great Australian Bake Off

https://www.lifestylefood.com.au/recipes/26655/lemon-and-chocolate-battenberg

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A lemon and chocolate Battenberg brought to life with buttercream sunflowers.

Ingredients

  • Lemon sponge cake

  • 400g unsalted butter

  • 400g caster sugar

  • 8 eggs

  • 320g self-raising flour

  • 1 1/3 tsp baking powder

  • 4 tbsp milk

  • 80g freeze dried lemon powder

  • Chocolate sponge cake

  • 400g unsalted butter

  • 400g caster sugar

  • 8 eggs

  • 320g self-raising flour

  • 1 1/3 tsp baking powder

  • 4 tbsp milk

  • 80g unsweetened cocoa powder

  • Italian buttercream

  • 280g egg white

  • 50g caster sugar

  • 200g caster sugar

  • 100g water

  • 900g unsalted butter

  • Food gel colour

  • electric yellow

  • chocolate brown

  • leaf green

  • bright white

  • Modelling chocolate

  • 600g white chocolate

  • 150g light corn syrup

Method

  • For the sponge cakes:

  • 1.

    Make 1 layer of lemon sponge cakes, and 1 layer of chocolate sponge cakes.

  • 2.

    Preheat oven to 180°C. Prepare 2 square cake tins.

  • 3.

    Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs.

  • 4.

    Add in flour and the lemon powder/cocoa powder.

  • 5.

    Divide the mixture between the 4 tins and bake for approximately 25 minutes or until golden brown and firm to the touch. Remove from oven and leave to cool before turning out onto a cooling rack.

  • For the Italian buttercream:

  • 1.

    Beat the egg white with a stand mixer, add sugar in, stop until it reaches stiff peaks.

  • 2.

    Mix sugar and water in a small saucepan, heat to 116°C. Pour the sugar syrup into the egg white. Add butter in, mix until smooth.

  • For the modelling chocolate:

  • 1.

    Mix white chocolate with light corn syrup.

  • To assemble:

  • 1.

    Cut lemon cake and chocolate cake into small cubes.

  • 2.

    Stack the cubes and glue them together with buttercream.

  • 3.

    Cover the cake with a thin layer of modelling chocolate.

  • 4.

    Pipe sunflowers with buttercream and arrange them on the cake.

Notes

This recipe has not been edited or tested by the Bake Off Food Department.

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