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An Educaketion: An Oscar-inspired Battenberg Cake for Serious Eats

Really, Battenberg Cake is a perfect food analogy for the film An Education.

It starts out with an unlikely pairing—only instead of May-December lovers, it's two cakes, one a light, girly pink; the other a rich, refined Madagascar vanilla (which in my version includes worldly splash of amaretto).

And like the film's main characters, both flavors breathe new life when put together. You get a delicious shot of sweetness from the pink cake paired with the intensity of the amaretto-infused cake. It's beautifully rounded out by a thick slather of preserves (and, if you're feeling decadent, a smear of buttercream frosting), all blanketed in a rich layer of marzipan.

Of course, unlike the film, you don't have to take the bitter with this sweetness. Dramatic, layered with sweet subtleties, and ever-so-British: consider this An Educaketion.

For the full writeup and recipe, visit Serious Eats!

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excellent!! the secrets of the checkerboard, shared!!!

also, heelarious post. i saw "an education", man what a sad burn for the very precocious 16 year old british chick. her parents were MENTAL for letting her go to paris!!

have you seen "happy go lucky" by mike leigh? the wife at the end of an education is the main character in happy go lucky... i recommend that movie if you haven't seen it yet...! oh, and also career girls by mike leigh... er...

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August 24 | Unregistered Commenterwasai
Dear Sirs,
In the year 1982 I lived for about half a year together with my parents in Wisbech (Cambs.).
There was a place, called Walsoken, nearby my parent's house.
When I arrived in England, I always immedeately went to the bakery to buy a Batenberg cake.
Now I am going to try and make one myself. I saw the pictures of the Battenberg cake.
I will try to make one. This cake was always on my mind.

Margret Boot, Neede.
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