Checkerboard Cake

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INGREDIENTS:

  • Cake:
  • 1 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 6 eggs
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons + 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cup milk
  • Food coloring
  • Buttercream:
  • 2 cups unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 cups confectioner's sugar
  • Round candies


  • METHOD:

    Bake the cakes: Cream the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy.
    Add the vanilla extract and eggs and beat until combined.
    In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt.
    Add this to the butter mixture in 2 additions, alternating with the buttermilk.
    Divide the mixture into 4 non-stick cake pans and dye them 4 colors.
    Bake at 350F for 30-40 minutes, or until fully cooked.
    Cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.
    Place the cakes in the freezer until firm (this will make them much easier to slice!).

    Make the buttercream: Cream the butter with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy.
    Add the vanilla extract and beat until combined.
    Add the confectioner's sugar one cup at a time, then beat for 3-5 minutes, until fluffy.

    Assembly: Flatten the cakes and remove the brown sides and bottom.
    Slice each cake into 4 rings.
    Swap out the rings between each cake, so that each layer of cake contains one ring of each color.
    Stack the layers on a cake stand, spreading some buttercream in between each layer.
    Coat the entire cake in a layer of buttercream and decorate the base of the cake with candies.
    Slice to reveal the checkerboard pattern inside!

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    COMMENTS / REVIEWS

    1. S

      Thank you for a delicious recipe

    2. L

      I love making this!

    3. B

      OMG. Thank you for this recipe, it is wonderful!

    4. R

      Excellent! I was testing a new stuffing recipe for Thanksgiving

    5. S

      This recipe is delicious! 5th recipe I've tried.

    6. A

      I love this! So easy to throw together.

    7. k

      I used your recipe as a starting point and then added a few of my own things.

    8. C

      Tried this for the first time as a party appetiser. Everyone was seriously impressed. So tasty, healthy and easy!

    9. C

      I work all day every day M-S. On my way home from work, I read this article, got home followed all the instructions they all taste good. Thank you for the recipe!!

    10. M

      I loved this. I don't have words to explain how delicious and amazing this dish is.

    11. L

      Made this today for my family - they loved it!

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