Rubik's Battenburg Cake

Picture of Rubik's Battenburg Cake
Why make this cake?
The Rubik’s cube is close to my heart as I am a child of the eighties and the Rubik’s cube always brings me back to a time of joy and wonder. It’s hard to imagine kids today being as fascinated as I was by such a simple but clever toy. I wanted to make a cake that epitomizes this ingenious and timeless invention. I knew it would have to be a clever cake that would make you question how it was made. Thankfully I had the help of my other half and his engineering brain to assist with the planning and general maths of this cake. It took an entire day to make but was definitely worthwhile, especially when we cut the first slice.

Materials List
One Basic Battenberg – White coloured and Yellow coloured cake
- 6 oz. of butter
- 6 oz. of castor sugar
- 3 eggs
- 6oz of self-rising flour
- 2 drops of almond essence (optional for the white)
- Zest of half an unwaxed lemon (optional for the yellow)
- few drops of yellow food colouring

One Basic Battenberg – Red coloured and Orange coloured cake
- 6 oz. of butter
- 6 oz. of castor sugar
- 3 eggs
- 6oz of self-rising flour
- few drops of red food colouring
- Zest of half an orange (optional for the orange)
- few drops of orange food colouring

One Basic Battenberg – Blue coloured and Green coloured cake
- 6 oz. of butter
- 6 oz. of castor sugar
- 3 eggs
- 6oz of self-rising flour
- few drops of blue food colouring
- few drops of green food colouring

To finish
- 14oz of blackcurrant jam sieved
- 14oz. of plain white marzipan to cover the entire cake
- 2oz of icing sugar for rolliing out the marzipan

- Weighing scales
- Electric beaters
- Large mixing bowl
- Battenberg Tin
- Wire rack for cooling
- Large Serrated knife
- Saucepan
- Sieve
- Rolling pin
- Pastry brush
- Ruler

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jfix made it!11 months ago

Made this cake today, we used icing instead of marzipan, which makes it slightly easier to find the right places to cut the cake but it's still tricky! :-)

We had a lot of fun making it, thanks!

Lily-y1 year ago
magic cube! really love this,
lunakid2 years ago
Jesus, such beautifully vivid colors! Fantastic! :)
HollyMann2 years ago
I love this!!! My son and I used to use the rubiks cube all the little addiction...the cake looks fabulous!
doodle9612 years ago
my son decided he wants one of these for his birthday cake, got 3 months to practice :) thanks for the instructable
dgoodwin43 years ago
have you thought of making it w. ricecripy treat and food coloring?
Aegian24243 years ago
have you considered making every color taste differently?
stasty (author)  Aegian24243 years ago
I did, I thought of making the Green cake mint flavoured but I thought it might make all other pieces minty too (even with the jam insulation). Maybe blueberry for the Blue and Raspberry for the Red?
blue would be blueberry, white vanilla, red stravberry or cherry or raspberry, green could be lime, yellow pineapple or lemon, and do I have to say what flavour would orange be? :D
My friend is obsessed with Rubik's cubes. (He's solved a 7x7 and can finish a 3x3 in under a minute. He even mentioned Rubik's cubes in his graduation speech.) Anyway, I'm making this cake for his birthday, but instead of using the battenburg recipe I used boxed white cake mix and jello to flavor and color the cakes.
For red I used strawberry, orange orange, yellow lemon, green lime, blue blueberry, and the white is plain. I also colored my cream cheese frosting (homemade) black :D
WUVIE3 years ago
Oh. My. Gosh.

This is fabulous! I've seen checkerboard before, but
this 'takes the cake', pardon the pun.

So much fun, so colorful! Bravo!
canida3 years ago
Best cake idea EVER! I love the attention to detail - making sure each piece is different goes above and beyond the call of duty.
AmyLuthien3 years ago
Wicked cool!!  :D
bubbaclaw3 years ago
Cool cake. I need to remember that one for my next party.
Mrballeng3 years ago
I saw this as an article on the MSN home page. Good work.
ooda553 years ago
I had a go at making battenberg cake the other day and that was too stressful for my liking.
You must have a lot of patience!
sitearm3 years ago
@ Stasty; Hi! This is the triumphant birth of a new discipline: Technocookology :)

When I saw the first picture, I thought, nah, she couldn't REALLY make every slice different, could she? Then I looked and read, looked and read some more, and, OMG you did!

I am sending this to my sister-in-law and daughter, who both cook. I don't promise they'll attempt this, but they WILL be impressed.

Cheers! :)
stasty (author)  sitearm3 years ago
"Technocookology" ... love it!
szdonick3 years ago
Best Instructable I've seen in a while!
LSDC3 years ago
ascott53 years ago
This is awesome! Going along with the citrus theme for the yellow n orange, how bout a bit of lime zest for the green? And I like the idea of rasberry n blueberry for red n blue. Maybe a bit of vanilla for the white?

Wish I had the patience to make this! I'm going to pass it along to my niece, she's the cook in the family.
Love it!
HollyHarken3 years ago
Fascinating concept! Only problem is that here in the USA we don't have access to marzipan to cover the cake, nor the cake pan. We have to use frosting or fondant. That would be the only drawback in making the cake for those of us across the pond.

For those of us here in the states I did find a source for the cake pan here: There are many great recipes for marshmallow fondant on instructables along with some very fantastic cakes.
I have seen Marzipan in Wal-Mart and small grocery stores in Oklahoma so it is available in the USA. You could look online at the Walmart site and you might be amazed.
xNateManx3 years ago
Great! I saw this just in time for my birthday!
Lindie3 years ago
AngelBunny3 years ago
That is too amazing! Great job!!!! I can't wait to show this to my sis-in-law so she can attempt it for my Rubik's loving brother!
stasty (author)  AngelBunny3 years ago
Please ask her to send me a photo, I'd love to see how she gets on.
His birthday in later in the year and they have 18 month old twins, but I know she will practice ahead of time, so I will pass on anything she sends me! =)
stasty (author)  AngelBunny3 years ago
That would be great :)
You're a doll, I'm sure she will send pics!
ChrysN3 years ago
Awesome, that looks great!
Biggsy3 years ago
Oh my WOW this is awesome!

One of my High Fives for you!
stasty (author)  Biggsy3 years ago
Cool! Thanks :)
S1893 years ago
That looks colorfully delicious!
mary candy3 years ago
Beautiful !
that is really cool
dkale13 years ago
I think this is the first cake I have seen where you need a spreadsheet to make it...
mikeasaurus3 years ago
Looks delicious, yet puzzling..