Despite the name, the battenberg cake is an English recipe. It was invented by one of Queen Victoria's chefs to celebrate the marriage between her daughter Princess Vicky, and Prince Louis of Battenberg in 1884.
My first memory of battenberg cakes are the Mr. Kipling's ones my grandma used to buy for me when I visited her at the weekend. The bright colours were always so appealing. The one thing I was never keen on though was the the marzipan; I found it too sweet. which is why for this recipe, I made almond paste, which is the first part of the process for making marzipan, but uses less sugar and no eggs. As I made it for my mum's birthday, I also added some cherries for decoration. Based on the brands I used, each slice is about 317 calories.