Bake In Black Review & Giveaway & Chocolate Raspberry Battenberg

Chocolate and raspberry battenberg and Bake In Black ReviewWhen I was given the opportunity to review Bake In Black, the new music inspired cookbook by Eve O’Sullivan, the well-known food writer, and David O’ Sullivan, I jumped at the chance; I had heard quite a lot about the book already (it was reviewed in Metal Hammer after all) and I was intrigued. The premise of the book is to take the title of a song or album from the world of rock and heavy metal and bake something inspired by it, resulting in recipes such as “God Save The Cream” angel cake (Sex Pistols), “Sweet Tooth O’ Mine” honey, molasses and maple cake (Guns N’ Roses), “Them Buns” white chocolate, apricot and orange swirl buns (Alice In Chains) and “Killer Queen Of Puddings” (Queen). There are a lot of recipes packed into Bake In Black, all of them delicious looking; the photos are all inspired by the band the bake is based on, making the book visually interesting as well as humorous.

bake in black reviewBake In Black is not just for fans of heavy metal however, as all of the recipes are well written and easy to follow, with some great flavour combinations and interesting twists on classics. I found it really difficult to pick one recipe to try, as there were so many that took my fancy, in the end though I went for “Battenberg Out Of Hell”, the Meatloaf inspired battenberg cake (picked purely based on the name!). It is a chocolate and raspberry flavoured battenberg, the one in the book had an impressive nine sections, though I had to adapt it a little as I didn’t have the right sized tins so had to make a slightly less impressive four sectioned one. It still looked (and tasted) really good though and the recipe was really easy to follow.

Chocolate raspberry battenberg and Bake In Black reviewI did have to make one minor change, I found the chocolate half of the mixture to be too dry, so I added a little milk, other than that the recipe worked well and the finished cake disappeared very quickly. I will definitely be baking from Bake In Black again, and I thoroughly recommend it to anyone with an interest in baking, heavy metal or puns. Bake In Black is available to buy here, but you can also enter my competition to win a copy, simply fill out the Gleam competition widget at the bottom of the post. You can also read another review of it (and find another recipe from the book) on Patisserie Makes Perfect.

Chocolate & raspberry battenberg cake and Bake In Black review

Chocolate Raspberry Battenberg
  • 175g butter, softened
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 175g self-raising flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 50g cocoa powder, divided
  • 4 tbsp Chambord liqueur
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp red gel food colouring
  • 250g marzipan
  • about 150g raspberry jam
  1. Heat the oven to 180C/375F/gas mark 4. Butter and line two 400g loaf tins (I used two 8x4in loaf tins to make a four section cake).
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar then whisk in the flour and eggs, divide the mixture in half and mix the Chambord and red food colouring into one half, and 35g (4tbsp) of the cocoa and the milk into the other. Spoon the chocolate mix into one tin and the raspberry into the other, level the surface and bake for 25-35 minutes until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  3. Leave the cakes to cool in the tins for about 10 minutes then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. Knead the remaining cocoa powder into the marzipan until it is well combined then roll it out into a rough rectangle, wide enough to wrap around the cakes when stacked.
  5. Trim the tops of the cakes if necessary so that they are flat and the same height (I had to trim the chocolate one but not the raspberry). Lay one loaf on top of the other and trim all of the edges so that they are straight and the cakes are the same size.
  6. If you used the 400g tins, cut each cake into quarters lengthways, turn each on its side and cut in half lengthways again, so you end up with 8 long strips of each cake. Lay a chocolate cake strip in the centre of the marzipan and trim the marzipan in a straight line at each end so it matches the length of the cake. Brush the cake all over with jam, lay a raspberry strip next to it and brush with jam, then another chocolate strip, then another raspberry. Push together tightly, brushing with more jam if needed; repeat until the cake is 3 squares high by 3 squares wide, then fold the marzipan over the cake, brushing the overlap with jam to seal. Turn the cake over so that the seam is on the bottom then serve (there will be leftover cake strips).
  7. If you used the larger tins as I did, measure the height of the cakes, then cut two strips lengthways from each cake the same width as the height, lay one chocolate strip on the marzipan, trim the marzipan to the same length as the cake, brush the strip of cake all over with jam and lay a raspberry strip next to it, brush with jam then lay the other chocolate strip on top of the raspberry one, brush with jam, lay the other raspberry strip on top of the chocolate one, brush with jam then fold the marzipan over the cake, brush the overlap with jam and turn the cake over so that the seam is underneath then serve.
Adapted from Bake In Black by Eve & David O' Sullivan

 Chocolate and raspberry battenberg cake and Bake In Black review
Bake In Black Giveaway

Bake in Black Giveaway

– One winner will receive the following: A copy of Bake in Black

– The giveaway open to UK residents over the age of 18 only. 

– The giveaway ends on the 25th of September at 11:59:59 PM.

– Entries using an automated process or software to create bulk entries will be disqualified.

– The winner will be randomly selected, announced in the Gleam giveaway box and contacted via their provided e-mail address shortly afterwards. Please claim your prize within 4 days of being notified.

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130 Comments on Bake In Black Review & Giveaway & Chocolate Raspberry Battenberg

  1. vikalinkafood
    September 11, 2015 at 2:15 pm (1 year ago)

    That cake looks incredible, Hannah! You set a perfect mood for it in your photos. Now I really want some of that battenberg!

    • hannahhossack
      September 18, 2015 at 12:50 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks Julia, I had some velvet left over from my trad goth phase which came in handy! x

  2. crazyaimz
    September 11, 2015 at 4:33 pm (1 year ago)

    I listen to whatever’s on the radio at the time 🙂

  3. Kirsty Webb
    September 11, 2015 at 4:46 pm (1 year ago)

    I listen to Avenged Sevenfold while i bake and pretty much all the time

  4. Yvonne Wilkinson
    September 11, 2015 at 4:48 pm (1 year ago)

    It is so hard to find cake recipes that are different these days. I thought everything had been done. I was wrong! Chocolate Raspberry Battenberg! Genius!

  5. laura stewart
    September 11, 2015 at 4:58 pm (1 year ago)

    i listen to the radio xx

  6. traceypeach
    September 11, 2015 at 5:33 pm (1 year ago)

    Amy easy going pop music 🙂

  7. KATHY D
    September 11, 2015 at 6:19 pm (1 year ago)

    a little bit of Rod Stewart

  8. Julie is Hostess At Heart
    September 11, 2015 at 6:33 pm (1 year ago)

    I’m not eligible for the giveaway, but wanted to comment about the beauty of your cake, and I love the cover of the book! I’ll have to look it up.

    • hannahhossack
      September 18, 2015 at 12:51 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks Julie 🙂 it is a really great book, I’ll be using it a lot I think

  9. kellyjo walters
    September 11, 2015 at 6:46 pm (1 year ago)

    I just have the radio on and we have magic fm on

  10. laura banks
    September 11, 2015 at 6:49 pm (1 year ago)

    i like my rock so its kerrang for me

  11. pete c
    September 11, 2015 at 7:15 pm (1 year ago)

    upbeat Motown

  12. Natalie Charman
    September 11, 2015 at 10:29 pm (1 year ago)

    Whatever’s on the radio

  13. lucyparissi
    September 12, 2015 at 7:46 am (1 year ago)

    This looks very gothic Hannah! Perfect Halloween cake (although I have no patience for battenbergs!).

    • hannahhossack
      September 18, 2015 at 12:52 pm (1 year ago)

      Considering my blog name I really should do some more gothic bakes! I quite like making batterbergs 🙂

  14. Carol Emmett
    September 12, 2015 at 8:53 am (1 year ago)

    None – I’m more likely to make mistakes in my baking if I have music playing.

  15. Paula Readings
    September 12, 2015 at 10:40 am (1 year ago)

    I have easy listening music on.

  16. Claire D
    September 12, 2015 at 2:58 pm (1 year ago)

    I dont listen to music when I bake

  17. Paula Bateman
    September 12, 2015 at 3:29 pm (1 year ago)

    Wow. That cakes looks awesome. I wounder if it could be adapted to white chocolate and raspberry?

    • hannahhossack
      September 18, 2015 at 12:53 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks Paula 🙂 It probably could, but the recipe would take quite a lot of tinkering!

  18. Angela McDonald
    September 12, 2015 at 4:28 pm (1 year ago)

    I love to listen to 60s music when baking!

  19. Lyn Bosomworth
    September 12, 2015 at 9:34 pm (1 year ago)

    I listen to rock music

  20. Thalia @ butter and brioche
    September 13, 2015 at 3:32 am (1 year ago)

    I love listening to jazz when I’m baking! Incredible looking battenberg too – I’ve always wanted to try making a battenberg but haven’t had the opportunity yet. Definitely inspired now.

    • hannahhossack
      September 18, 2015 at 12:55 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks Thalia, I really like battenberg and have made it quite a few times before, this is the first one that wasn’t just the standard pink and white cake though x

  21. hayley r
    September 13, 2015 at 8:04 am (1 year ago)

    I don’t listen to music when baking, I like to hear the birds singing outside as live in a very rural area

  22. Grant R
    September 13, 2015 at 9:33 am (1 year ago)

    From about November onwards, I like Christmas music. Yup. Annoyingly early. Can’t help it.

  23. The Hungry Mum
    September 13, 2015 at 12:28 pm (1 year ago)

    what an epic cake! Such a work of art – you’re v clever.

  24. Louise | Cygnet Kitchen
    September 13, 2015 at 4:04 pm (1 year ago)

    Just gorgeous Hannah! I have had a special battenburg tin sitting in my cupboard for nearly a year now. It is still in its wrapping! I love this version, raspberry and chocolate are a marriage made in heaven. I have no excuse now, you’ve inspired me! I have to admit I listen to BB2 – does that make me old 🙁 ? x

    • hannahhossack
      September 18, 2015 at 12:58 pm (1 year ago)

      You have an actual battenberg tin?! that would make things so much easier! None of my loaf tins are the same size so I have to do extra cake trimming to get both colours equal… I have no idea who BB2 are so…maybe? :p x

  25. Angel
    September 13, 2015 at 8:57 pm (1 year ago)

    Cake Bush

  26. patisseriemakesperfect
    September 13, 2015 at 10:09 pm (1 year ago)

    Hannah this looks absolutely amazing! I loved the look of the battenburg, but like you, I didn’t have a suitable tin to make it with. Top points for ingenuity! x

    • hannahhossack
      September 18, 2015 at 1:00 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks Angela, I’d made battenbergs several times before with the tins I had so knew it was doable x

    • hannahhossack
      September 18, 2015 at 1:01 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank you! I like dramatic 😛 it was delicious

  27. Corinne Peat
    September 14, 2015 at 12:49 pm (1 year ago)

    I live to listen to a bit of everything so the radio is good when baking!

  28. Lyla
    September 14, 2015 at 6:20 pm (1 year ago)

    Sing a long music

  29. Sarah
    September 14, 2015 at 10:32 pm (1 year ago)

    The Cake looks amazing! #TastyTuesdays

  30. Emily K (@EmilyK1983)
    September 15, 2015 at 7:02 am (1 year ago)

    I listen to Muse – always guaranteed to get me fired up!

  31. Ruth Harwood
    September 15, 2015 at 7:06 am (1 year ago)

    I have a habit of listening to country music 🙂

  32. caroline walliss
    September 15, 2015 at 7:12 am (1 year ago)

    I listen to Radio 1.x

  33. Fionnuala
    September 15, 2015 at 7:15 am (1 year ago)

    Battenberg was my absolute favourite cake as a child. My sons adore raaspberry and they are big into chess at the moment so I think this version would be a massive hit in our family.
    At the moment I am flitting between Van Morrison and Florence and The Machine when in the kitchen.

  34. Kat Lucas
    September 15, 2015 at 8:30 am (1 year ago)

    I listen to Country music while baking

  35. Rebecca @ AAUBlog
    September 15, 2015 at 8:43 am (1 year ago)

    This looks amazing!! I like listening to the radio #tastytuesday

  36. Damien
    September 15, 2015 at 10:02 am (1 year ago)

    I like smooth chillout music 🙂

  37. Anne-marie MadMaz Wigley
    September 15, 2015 at 12:02 pm (1 year ago)

    i listen to rock music while i’m cooking,especially alice cooper 😀

  38. The Free From Fairy
    September 15, 2015 at 12:21 pm (1 year ago)

    Wow! That looks absolutely incredible! I love batternburg cake but this one looks very special indeed!

  39. Samantha
    September 15, 2015 at 1:45 pm (1 year ago)

    Listen to radio 2, so whatever programme is on

  40. Christine Lockley
    September 15, 2015 at 3:45 pm (1 year ago)

    I like listening to the radio or sometimes a story CD/tape

  41. midwifeandlife
    September 15, 2015 at 6:58 pm (1 year ago)

    I love the colours on this cake and I know it would be a winning recipe in my house! #tastytuesdays

  42. Andrea @ Made With Pink
    September 15, 2015 at 11:04 pm (1 year ago)

    What a gorgeous cake! Simply stunning, and perfect for Halloween too!

  43. helen tovell
    September 16, 2015 at 9:12 am (1 year ago)

    I have capital radio on in the background

  44. carole n
    September 16, 2015 at 9:41 am (1 year ago)

    I like to listen to a good phone-in programme

  45. spanner15
    September 16, 2015 at 2:20 pm (1 year ago)

    I like listening to Taylor Swift! 🙂

  46. spuddy11
    September 16, 2015 at 3:47 pm (1 year ago)

    listen to heart radio

  47. Honest Mum (@HonestMummy)
    September 17, 2015 at 8:28 am (1 year ago)

    Epic, magnificent, post awesome battenburg. Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays

  48. Amy
    September 18, 2015 at 12:51 am (1 year ago)

    What a great premise for a book! And what an amazing cake you made! I’ve always thought Battenberg cakes looked super intimidating, but the flavours here are tempting me to give it a go! While listening to some Meatloaf, of course 😉

    • hannahhossack
      September 18, 2015 at 1:03 pm (1 year ago)

      They are much easier to make than they look, and totally worth the effort!

  49. bakeplaysmile
    September 18, 2015 at 6:20 am (1 year ago)

    This is SO pretty! Wow what a beautiful cake. I always love coming to your website and seeing your gorgeous creations! Thanks for linking up with Fabulous Foodie Fridays!

    • hannahhossack
      September 18, 2015 at 1:04 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank you Lucy 🙂 x

  50. Emma
    September 18, 2015 at 10:43 am (1 year ago)

    This cake looks great. Do you have any suggestions on what the liquor could be replaced with – perhaps some sort of raspberry essence/flavour?

    • hannahhossack
      September 18, 2015 at 10:50 am (1 year ago)

      Hi Emma, Thank you! I would use the same quantity of good quality raspberry cordial, or a teaspoon or two of raspberry extract and a tablespoon or so of milk.

    September 18, 2015 at 1:20 pm (1 year ago)

    What’s not to like about chocolate and raspberry! I thought a battenberg cake only had 4 sections? Very pretty and made to the sound of music – thanks for bringing this lovely cake to Fiesta Friday!

  52. Maxine G
    September 19, 2015 at 7:33 am (1 year ago)

    Wow! Fab looking cake! I love to listen to lots of different music when I’m baking, as long as it is turned up loud!!!

  53. soozybee
    September 19, 2015 at 5:55 pm (1 year ago)

    I just have my music on shuffle

  54. Cynthia
    September 19, 2015 at 7:21 pm (1 year ago)

    I truly admire your patience to make such a glorious and perfect looking cake! Cakes are one of the things that I have yet to master let alone one with a pattern in the middle! I’m truly envious right now! Thanks for sharing and happy FF! 😛

  55. joanne phillips
    September 19, 2015 at 8:14 pm (1 year ago)

    I listen to whatever is on the radio when I am baking (general pop)

  56. rebecca y
    September 19, 2015 at 8:57 pm (1 year ago)

    Wow this looks awesome!

  57. Amandeep Sibia
    September 19, 2015 at 10:36 pm (1 year ago)

    Capital FM

  58. moanymike
    September 20, 2015 at 10:26 am (1 year ago)

    On my playlist at the moment are The Pretty Reckless, Shawn Mendes, Icon for Hire & Alice Kristiansen, bit of a genre mix 🙂

  59. GoodEggFoodie
    September 20, 2015 at 9:34 pm (1 year ago)

    I may pop my battenburg cherry with this cake – what a flavour combo. And your pics too- swoon!

  60. Vasun
    September 21, 2015 at 3:53 am (1 year ago)

    Love the striking colours of the cake! Very appropriate for halloween, I think. I’ve always wanted to make a battenberg cake and now I’m more inspired to make one soon.

  61. Allan Wilson
    September 21, 2015 at 8:15 am (1 year ago)

    I don’t I tend to put on Radio 4 Extra and listen to comedy

  62. MichelleD
    September 21, 2015 at 11:12 am (1 year ago)

    Radio 6 usually!

  63. Michelle @ Giraffes Can Bake
    September 21, 2015 at 12:25 pm (1 year ago)

    This looks sooooo good! And the book sounds awesome, I think I might need to get a copy! I don’t really have any type of music in particular that I listen to, usually something I can sing and dance to – Say Anything and Taylor Swift are big features in my kitchen usually (I know, I have slightly odd taste in music). I used to listen to audiobooks when I baked celebration cakes, it helped me time how long it took to decorate!

  64. Cheryl Kean
    September 21, 2015 at 12:30 pm (1 year ago)

    i listed to 70s music

  65. martinaevansdesigns
    September 22, 2015 at 2:23 am (1 year ago)

    I love to listen to classical music when I bake. It relaxes me!

  66. Chris Andrews
    September 22, 2015 at 9:04 am (1 year ago)

    What music do you like to listen to when you bake? . . . . . . . classical – it’s soothing

  67. Suzie W
    September 22, 2015 at 11:02 am (1 year ago)

    Classic FM usually

  68. jemma dwyer
    September 22, 2015 at 5:11 pm (1 year ago)

    Mostly guns n roses 🙂 x

  69. Michelle Jenkins
    September 22, 2015 at 6:23 pm (1 year ago)

    Nickelback followed by Guns and Roses then Bryan Adams….I’m usually in the kitchen baking for hours once I start!

  70. Kay Foster
    September 23, 2015 at 8:12 am (1 year ago)

    My cheesy 80’s collection. x

  71. Georgina Winney
    September 23, 2015 at 2:02 pm (1 year ago)

    Looks like an excellent book and those Battenburg photos are stunning.

  72. Kathleen Bywaters
    September 23, 2015 at 2:55 pm (1 year ago)

    Usually bhangra! I love Punjabi music! 🙂

  73. Eileen Tingle
    September 23, 2015 at 8:58 pm (1 year ago)

    I like to listen to Reggae music when I bake

  74. barbara clarke
    September 24, 2015 at 8:04 am (1 year ago)

    don’t really listen to music when i bake because as soon as i start the rest of the family suddenly appear so a lot of chatting goes on

  75. Tim Woolfenden
    September 24, 2015 at 8:17 am (1 year ago)

    Murder Ballads by Nick Cave

  76. Diana
    September 24, 2015 at 9:23 am (1 year ago)

    I usually just listen to the radio 🙂

  77. ray becker
    September 24, 2015 at 9:50 am (1 year ago)

    country & western

  78. Karen Laing
    September 24, 2015 at 11:24 am (1 year ago)

    I love Alfie Boe and I also love the Jersey Boys,these are good for jigging about in the kitchen,however if we’re having friends round and I need to concentrate then I’ll put on some classical music.If anyone had said to me that in 30 years I’d be listening to classical music I would have laughed but I love it.Oops!,sorry for going on a bit,I got a bit carried away !

  79. Lucy Wilson
    September 24, 2015 at 1:53 pm (1 year ago)

    I listen to bluegrass. I love this cake it looks very regal – like a heraldic coat of arms!

  80. EJ Dunn
    September 24, 2015 at 5:14 pm (1 year ago)

    The sweet sound of silence! I don’t listen to music whilst I bake

  81. Lyndsey Beckford
    September 24, 2015 at 5:58 pm (1 year ago)

    I like to listen to Capital radio

  82. Donna Caldwell
    September 24, 2015 at 6:19 pm (1 year ago)

    Listen to some dace music

  83. Louise Lumsden
    September 24, 2015 at 6:48 pm (1 year ago)

    I love to listen to Train, Maroon 5 or Erasure

  84. Nancy Bradford
    September 24, 2015 at 7:09 pm (1 year ago)

    80s pop music. Gives me lots of energy to dance around the kitchen 🙂

  85. sandra ralph
    September 24, 2015 at 7:50 pm (1 year ago)

    i like to listen to some female country such as patsy cline or tammy wynette

  86. Janine Atkin
    September 24, 2015 at 8:05 pm (1 year ago)

    i like listening to Maroon 5

  87. chris miller
    September 24, 2015 at 8:14 pm (1 year ago)

    Lindsey sterling or anything that pops my fancy

  88. Chris Fletcher
    September 24, 2015 at 8:42 pm (1 year ago)

    This week the Buzzcocks!

  89. Megan Davies
    September 24, 2015 at 8:54 pm (1 year ago)

    I listen to johnny cash

  90. adorabelle13
    September 24, 2015 at 9:42 pm (1 year ago)

    That cake looks amazing – it wouldn’t last long in this house! I love listening to the UK Top 40 when I am baking.

  91. Angi Turley
    September 25, 2015 at 5:31 am (1 year ago)

    I’m a rasputina and dresy bessy fan – tho wen my daughter gets in on the action it has to be frozen!!!!!

  92. Zoe (@Manikally_Kaos)
    September 25, 2015 at 7:03 am (1 year ago)

    I usually listen to rock/metal but not when I’m baking and decorating cakes, I like to concentrate with no distractions. Love the look of this book.

  93. trevor linvell
    September 25, 2015 at 7:59 am (1 year ago)

    80s rock

  94. Victoria Prince
    September 25, 2015 at 8:00 am (1 year ago)

    Queen for me 🙂 I vary which CD depending on what mood I’m in!

    That cake looks fantastic, and I love the sound of this book – really appeals to me!

    September 25, 2015 at 8:58 am (1 year ago)

    Anything on the radio

  96. Sarah Cocker
    September 25, 2015 at 9:46 am (1 year ago)

    That battenburg looks divine

  97. Pam Francis Gregory
    September 25, 2015 at 11:24 am (1 year ago)

    Planet Rock

  98. Catherine Eatwell
    September 25, 2015 at 1:25 pm (1 year ago)

    Anything I can sing along to

  99. lisa tebbutt
    September 25, 2015 at 2:48 pm (1 year ago)

    omg i love this bake in black cookbook it looks fun

  100. Annmarie Nutt
    September 25, 2015 at 5:24 pm (1 year ago)

    I listen to the radio, the cake looks amazing

  101. Colette Sheeran
    September 25, 2015 at 6:53 pm (1 year ago)

    Magic or Smooth F.M.

  102. Kate Phillips
    September 25, 2015 at 7:27 pm (1 year ago)

    I listen to Planet Rock, nice and loud.

  103. Natalie Crossan
    September 25, 2015 at 8:02 pm (1 year ago)

    I like dance music

  104. Emma
    September 25, 2015 at 8:02 pm (1 year ago)

    Anything on the radio

  105. Laura Barratt
    September 25, 2015 at 8:08 pm (1 year ago)

    Rock music for me!

  106. Kamila
    September 25, 2015 at 8:40 pm (1 year ago)

    I need silence when I bake so no music is playing

  107. Heather Crowe
    September 25, 2015 at 9:12 pm (1 year ago)

    I am aching to own this book. Those cakes look.. so yummy!

  108. Helen at Casa Costello
    September 30, 2015 at 7:40 pm (1 year ago)

    I keep seeing almighty recipes from this book – I need to invest! I tend to go all day without putting the radio on – I just forget and get lost in my baking. I think I must sing! Just love this batten burg – you have done such a neat job. Thanks so much for keeping going with #bakeoftheweek – you are this week’s featured bake. x

  109. heatherchubb
    October 2, 2015 at 12:23 pm (1 year ago)

    Wow! Your cake look amazing, i’m really craving a battenburg now.


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