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post #1 of 14
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I am planning to make this black and yellow construction cake.

 

I have been reading and figured I would make a checkerboard cake with manilla folder rings and then try to tilt them when removing them.  Has anyone else done this effect? Any ideas on flavors?  I thought chocolate and yellow cake.

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Here'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/
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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! 

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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.

post #5 of 14

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/

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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.

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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.

 

Can't wait to see it!!! I think the slanted lines would be great with any color scheme!!! I think I may try it with my daughter's first birthday cake!

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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.

 

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Turned out great! I'm sure your grandson LOVED it! 

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post #10 of 14

BRAVO!!!

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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.

 

 wow!! great job! ^_^ Im sure your grandson LOVED it! 

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post #12 of 14

Looks terrific! I'll bet he loved it!

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He really did love the cake, thanks everyone :)

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He really did love the cake, thanks everyone :)

You're welcome. :)

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