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Batten Bites

These Battenberg Bites are a perfect teatime treat and are a great way to be creative with Marzipan!

20 pieces

Difficult 60 Minutes



For the recipe  Batten Bites

For the Cakes:

115 g Margarine (4 oz)
115 g Caster Sugar (4 oz)
7.5 g Dr. Oetker Baking Powder (1 ½ tsp)
115 g Plain Flour (4 oz)
Dr. Oetker Red Extra Strong Food Colour Gel
2 Medium Eggs (beaten)

To Decorate:

75 g Unsalted butter
125 g Icing Sugar (4 ½ oz) and extra for dusting
2 ml Dr. Oetker Moroccan Almond Extract (2-3 drops)
454 g Dr. Oetker Ready to Roll Marzipan
454 g Dr. Oetker Ready to Roll White Icing (16 oz)




Batten Bites

Preheat the oven to 190°C (170°C Fan, 375°F, Gas Mark 5). Grease two, 18cm (7inch) square cake tins. In a mixing bowl, beat the margarine with the sugar until pale, and creamy in texture. Gradually whisk in the eggs then sift the flour and Baking Powder on top. Carefully mix the ingredients together.


Divide the mixture in half and add a few drops of Bright Red Gel Food Colour to one half and carefully mix in until well blended. Spoon into separate tins, smooth the tops and bake for 10-12 minutes until risen and firm to the touch. Turn on to a wire rack to cool.


Meanwhile, put the butter in a mixing bowl and beat until soft. Gradually sieve in the icing sugar, beating well after each addition, to make a smooth, spreadable icing. Mix in the Natural Almond Extract to taste. Set aside.


Trim the crusts from both cakes and sandwich together with a thin layer of the buttercream. Cut into 10 thin strips. Spread 5 strips thinly with buttercream and sandwich together with the remaining strips to create 5 chequerboard rectangular bars.


Divide the marzipan into 5 equal pieces. Lightly dust the work surface with icing sugar and roll each piece out thinly to make approx. 15cm (6inch) squares. Trim the edges to neaten, spread thinly with buttercream and lay a sponge bar in the centre of each, edge to edge with the marzipan. Fold the marzipan around, and press neatly to maintain the bar-like appearance.


Repeat using the Regal-Ice Ready to Roll Icing, brushing the marzipan lightly with water to help to secure the icing. Cut each bar into 4 equal pieces.


To serve, gently press small, petal heart shaped pastry cutters into the icing to make a pattern, or score the top of the icing with a knife in a criss-cross design.

Nutritional Information for the recipe Batten Bites

Per Serving Per 100 g / ml
Energy 1373 kJ
328 kcal
1738 kJ
415 kcal
Fat 11.78 g 14.91 g
Carbohydrate 52.62 g 66.61 g
Protein 2.62 g 3.32 g