A stunning rose and almond sponge in the distinctive checkered pattern, hidden in sweet marizpan icing
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The perfect fit
Use a piece of string to measure across the top and down the sides of the cake, then mark the string with a pen. When you roll out the marzipan to a large circle, use your string to check it is big enough.
Secrets of success
Natural food colourings lose some of their colour during baking, so for the most dazzling results it’s best to use artificial ones. Be brave, work quickly (adding a little at a time) and don’t be afraid if the cake batter appears a rather shocking colour – the end result will be just right.