It's now been well documented that I don't like marzipan. This could be the reason I'm not keen on fruit cake either as it quite often comes encased in the stuff.
So, is Battenburg worth the effort when you consider the marzipan factor. I've tried too alternatives, Coffee & Walnut with Walnut Marzipan and Chocolate & Pistachio with Chocolate Fondant. I have to say the walnut marzipan was a good alternative but although they were both enjoyed greatly by all who ate them, I've come to the conclusion that no, they're not. I'd much rather use the time and effort on a cake that looks just as nice but not necessarily like a chess board....sorry Dot!