coffee battenberg

Remember how much my family loved the mocha marble cake? This cake has the same, milky coffee flavor and is frosted with my famous coffee buttercream.

Battenberg is a traditional English sponge cake with a gorgeous checkered pattern on the inside. The cake was originally created to celebrate the marriage of Princess Victoria and Prince Louis of Battenberg — the four cake panels panels symbolize the four princes of Battenberg. I thought this irresistibly festive cake would be the perfect way to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee across the pond.

Traditionally this cake is filled with jam or fruit preserves, and coated with marzipan; but since Nutella is awesome and my family is quite opposed to marzipan, I filled mine with Nutella and frosted it with my famous coffee buttercream. 
What’s your favorite traditional British dessert?
With love,

3/4 cup butter
2/3 cup sugar
3 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups cake flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tsp instant coffee (I used one pack of Starbucks’ VIA)
2 tbsp  milk (divided)
1/2 cup Nutella

Spray an 8 inch square cake tin. Divide the tin in half by making a crease, the height of the tin, in the center of a piece of foil. Use the foil to base-line the tin, sliding a piece of cardboard inside the crease to support it. Whisk the butter and sugar together in a bowl and gradually beat in the eggs. Lightly beat in the flour, baking powder and salt. Divide the mixture in half and fold the instant coffee and and a tablespoon of milk into one portion and the remaining tablespoon of milk into the other.
Spoon one flavor into each side of the tin and bake in the oven at 375°F  for about 30 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
Trim each piece of cake and divide in half lengthwise. Sandwich together alternately with the Nutella.
Frost with coffee buttercream and decorate as desired.
Adapted from Cook it Simply 

14 thoughts on “coffee battenberg

    1. Erica

      Thank you! It was a huge hit with my family who loves coffee flavored anything! Also it was super fun and easy to make!

  1. Nina

    I came across your blog from foodiepix website. You have a great site. This months Daring Bakes Challenge was Battenberg and its so nice to see a different version of it. Your looks great:)


  2. Pattie T.

    This is beautiful! I happen to like marzipan and am a bit ambivalent about Nutella (I realize I'm in the minority here, but what can I say). I have a can of almond pastry filling that might work nicely here. One of my favorite English desserts is the Eccles Cake that I blog about here:

    1. Erica

      That would be perfect! If you end up making it, send me an email, I would LOVE to see how it turns out! The Eccles Cake looks delicious too — I will try making it soon! Oh how I love English sweets!

  3. artvialens

    This looks delicious ! I really want to try making this but am no good with coffee lol. Do you mean make the instant coffee and then add it in? Or just add in as the powder itself? Thanks !

  4. Leah

    This looks really good, but the link to the coffee buttercream does not work. I'd love to see that recipe, as I love coffee flavored things, but don't have a good coffee buttercream recipe.

  5. Sandy from Scribing Shadows

    This is what they serve you outside the gates of Heaven while you wait patiently in line :o. My mouth is drooling.


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