Any ideas on how to make this construction checkerboard?

Decorating By Lindasicings Updated 30 Oct 2013 , 5:57am by Sweety Grane

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Smckinney07 Posted 5 Oct 2013 , 11:51pm
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AHere's a tutorial, you'd need to make an extra circle if you want the look above.

http://www.cookiemadness.net/2011/02/checkerboard-cake/

mfeagan Posted 5 Oct 2013 , 11:51pm
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I have never done that effect in a cake before. There are some bakers who underbake cakes to made designs like hearts and flowers inside their cakes. I would think that part would be dry by the time the rest of the cake was done. 

 

I think you're on the right track for your idea of how to do it! Let us know how it turns out! I would love to know! 

IowaBaker Posted 6 Oct 2013 , 3:20am
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I think the one pictured was done by baking a yellow cake and a dark chocolate cake, cutting the baked cake, and reassembling it. Look at the point of the wedge of cake and how it looks like there are a couple slanted pieces missing. With the method Smckinney07 posted above or Wilton's checkerboard pan, the wet batter comes in contact with the other colors and bake together. I think it was done cutting and reassembling like the demo here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4cVehJsMNU . Note at the end of the video that when the cake was cut, the center ring did not come out with the rest of the slice, it stayed in the middle of the cake. Since the batter rings don't bake into each other, I think the rings should have had frosting between them in addition to between the layers.

 

The cake pictured is a great idea. If I were making it for a relative who was flexible in design, I would probably try making it from baked pound cakes and assemble the layers in a loaf pan with frosting between layers. I think it would be easier for me than wrangling wet batter.

 

Disclaimer: I am a total newbie who has never made a checkerboard cake.

FlourPots Posted 6 Oct 2013 , 3:27am
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Here's a similar cake, and right below her photo is a link to a great tutorial for the slanted lines: http://fredellicious.blogspot.com/2011/09/my-baby-turns-2.html

 

 

Her's another awesome tutorial for the regular checkerboard pattern: http://www.mycakeschool.com/blog/lets-play-checkers/

Lindasicings Posted 6 Oct 2013 , 6:57pm
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Thanks for the slanted checkerboard tutorial.  I think I will try baking it now and cutting the slanted lines.  Thanks to all who posted and I will post a picture when it's done. It is for my grandson's 2nd birthday and will have a backhoe digging into the cake.

Lindasicings Posted 27 Oct 2013 , 11:19pm
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I used the suggestion of baking a chocolate cake and a yellow cake (tinted yellow) and cut the circles on a slant.  I made sure to lightly frost each ring so it would stay together when cut.  It turned out great, thanks for the tutorial.

 

mfeagan Posted 28 Oct 2013 , 12:18am
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Turned out great! I'm sure your grandson LOVED it! 

FlourPots Posted 28 Oct 2013 , 1:12am
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BRAVO!!!

IowaBaker Posted 28 Oct 2013 , 3:01pm
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Looks terrific! I'll bet he loved it!

Lindasicings Posted 30 Oct 2013 , 12:31am
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He really did love the cake, thanks everyone :)

Sweety Grane Posted 30 Oct 2013 , 5:57am
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