How to make a Checkerboard Cake
A Checkerboard Cake can be a fun and surprisingly easy cake to make for any occasion; especially kids birthday celebrations. Weather you make it just black and white or in rainbow colors the is one cake that's bound to get every one talking.
Have you tried making a Checker Board Cake yet? My daughter is crazy about checkerboard cake and the whole year she kept saying . Mama for birthday you have to make me this box cakes.. That's what she calls them.
Checkerboard cakes do look really intimidating but in truth they are quite easy. In fact so easy you will laugh. I was fascinated the first time mom made them but once she showed me how.. I actually did laugh out loud cause it was so clever.
They do take a few extra minutes because while the usual where you would just stack the layers here you do a tad more than that.
Do you know you get special Checkerboard Cake Pans? Like these? If you plan to make these often then it's worth buying them. Personally I still love the old fashion way of cutting them out.
The endless possibilities
Today I'm using the classic Vanilla and Chocolate layers but you can do this with the Rainbow colored layers too! Just make extra layers!! and do exactly the same process and guess what you'll have a Rainbow checkerboard cake. How cool is that?
The perfect squares - A few tips.
- Make sure that your cake layers are all the same height. I recommend measuring your cake batter and putting the same quantity when baking so you do not have to do too much trimming of your layers.
- Use ring /cake circles/ disc that are spaced equally apart - so if you have an 8 inch cake - the second circle should be cut at 6 inch then 4 inch and last 2 inch apart. That would give you proper squares not rectangles.
This one below was made as a demo at the end of my class to show how to make checkerboard cakes. We gave it a rough ganache coating not bothering to decorate it any further.... before we cut the cake and served it at the end of class.