BATTENBERG CAKE or WINDOW CAKE A light sponge cake covered in marzipan with a checkerboard interior. One layer is dyed pink to contrast with the yellow cake; the layers are cut into uniform logs and joined with apricot jam into one cake. The origin of the name is obscure; one theory claims that the cake was created to celebrate the 1884 marriage of Queen Victoria’s granddaughter, Princess Alice, to Prince Louis of Battenberg. The four squares representing each of the four Battenberg princes: Louis, Alexander, Henry and Francis Joseph. Prince Louis of Battenberg is the father of Admiral of the Fleet Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, grandfather of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, consort of Queen Elizabeth II, and great-grandfather of Prince Charles.
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Esterházy torte: Hungary/Austria: A Hungarian cake (torta) named after Prince Paul III Anton Esterházy de Galántha (1786–1866). It was invented by Budapest confectioners in the late 19th century. It consists of cognac or vanilla buttercream, sandwiched between layers of almond meringue (macaroon) dough. The torte is iced with a fondant glaze and decorated with a characteristic chocolate striped pattern.
A small cake, the financier is light and moist, similar to sponge cake, and usually contains almond flour, crushed or ground almonds, or almond flavoring. The distinctive feature of the recipe is beurre noisette (brown butter). Other ingredients include egg whites, flour, and powdered sugar. They are baked in shaped molds, usually small rectangular loaves similar in size to petits fours. In terms of texture, it is springy with a crisp, eggshell-like exterior.
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