Thursday, June 28, 2012

Checkerboard Cake

When i wanted to prepare a marvellous birthday cake to my daughter at home itself, the first cake came to my mind is this checkerboard cake. I know its really worth to try this cake eventhough this cake is super time consuming, i spend almost a day to bake a cake,making a fondant,a ganache and assembling finally the cake. But watelse a mom want to prepare for her lovely sweet gal. I started making earlier in the morning itself a vanilla yogurt cake with a round pan and used the same pan for making the chocolate yogurt cake.

I checked here to make sure before assembling the cake, but since i dont have any specific pan or utensils to cut the cake, i went for a paper cutting. I prepared three thick paper circles and used them for slicing my cake. Prepared a quick chocolate ganache for sealing the cake together and covered the cake completely with a simple and easy breezy fondant prepared with marshmallows and confectioner's sugar. I'll be posting soon how i prepared the fondant, am sure this will be definitely helpful to most of us.  Coming to this checkerboard cake, they came out simply awesome, needless to say more the pictures itself speaks a lot na. You can make this cake easily at home without the specific checkerboard cake pan, just use your usual cake pans and slice them using a simple paper cuttings. Worth to try especially for celebrating a birthday or an anniversary.


Vanilla Yogurt Cake:
1cup Yogurt
2cups Sugar
3cups All purpose flour
3nos Eggs
1cup Oil
1tsp Baking powder
1tsp Vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350F. Sieve both the flour and baking powder and keep aside..

Take the eggs, sugar in a bowl and beat everything until they turns soft, now add the vanilla sugar, oil and yogurt to the sugar-egg mixture and beat again everything for a while.

Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mix gently with a spatula until everything get well mixed.

Pour this batter into a greased baking pan and bake for 20-25minutes in middle rack until a skewer inserted comes out clean.Keep aside let the cool completely.


Chocolate Yogurt Cake:
1cup Yogurt
2cups Sugar
3cups All purpose flour
3nos Eggs
1cup Oil
1tsp Baking powder
1cup Chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350F, sieve the flour and baking powder and keep aside.

Take the eggs and sugar in a bowl,beat everything until the mixture turns smooth, add the oil,yogurt to this mixture and beat again for few more minutes.

Meanwhile take the chocolate chips and a tablespoon of water in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 2-3minutes in a microwave oven and mix it with well to get a silky chocolate sauce

Add the melted chocolate, flour to the wet ingredients and mix gently with a spatula until everything gets well mixed.

Pour this batter into a greased baking pan and bake for 20-25 minutes in middle rack until a skewer inserted comes out clean..


Chocolate Ganache:
1cup Chocolate chips
1/2cup Low fat cream

Take the chocolate chips and cream in a vessel,heat it until the chocolate gets well melted..mix well and let them sit in fridge for an hour.



Assembling the checkerboard Cake:
2 nos Thick paper

Cut the thick paper as large,medium and small sized circles according to the size of your baked cake.Slice the top of the baked cakes to equalize them.Using a sharp knife and the paper cutting, cut the cake as three circles.

Arrange the cake as shown in picture 2 and spread the prepared ganache to seal one over an another slice. I went for two layered checkerboard cake with two cakes.

Frost your cake with a buttercream frosting or simply use a fondant to make them more beautiful.

You can prepare many layers as you wish to make your cake taller as you want.

You can use food colours to make this cake more colourful and catchy.

This cake is my first trial and they came out simply awesome.

65 comments:

Angie's Recipes said... Reply To This Comment

A very beautiful cake!

PriyaVaasu said... Reply To This Comment

Quite a lot of work priya!!!! But definitely Worth it!!!!!!

Sabby DP said... Reply To This Comment

Its spectacular....just loved the idea Priya....you rock...

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Roshni said... Reply To This Comment

hats off Priya... the picture demonstrating how you cut it makes it very clear... great effort...

Saraswathi Iyer said... Reply To This Comment

Perfect you have lots of patience. Wish one day I too make this cake.

Mélange said... Reply To This Comment

Worth an effort Priya..Truly worth.Cheers !

Gayathri NG said... Reply To This Comment

Need lot of patiemce do prepare such wonderful cake, u really made it. Awesome n perfect cake for celebration, birthday wishes to urlittle girl...:)

PJ said... Reply To This Comment

Awesome work Priya.Looks gorgeous.And Belated B'day wishes to your dear girl :)

Valarmathi Sanjeev said... Reply To This Comment

great job...cake looks awesome.

Kalpana Sareesh said... Reply To This Comment

perfectly made..

M in love said... Reply To This Comment

Wonderful recipe! Definitely going to try it :D

Sangeetha Nambi said... Reply To This Comment

Fantabulous cake Priya... Well explained... Hope ur lil one enjoyed at-max..... :)

Curry Leaf said... Reply To This Comment

Exquisite Cake. You r an amazing baker Priya. It looks heavenly. Wish I could bake so perfectly!. Belated B'Day wishes to your daughter. She is lucky to have you. Hope u r alright now. TC

Shabbu said... Reply To This Comment

Beautiful and yummy cake...superb..
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sowmya's creative saga said... Reply To This Comment

beautiful cake..will plan to bake this one when I have lots of time in hand..have to!!

Vimitha Anand said... Reply To This Comment

Gorgeous and yummy looking cake priya

Deeksha said... Reply To This Comment

Awesome cake. Great job.

Mira said... Reply To This Comment

so beautiful! nicely baked and beautiful icing, Priya

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Kalyani said... Reply To This Comment

lovely cake Priya ! and its complete with lots of love from a mom :) :)


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Kaveri Venkatesh said... Reply To This Comment

Great Job Priya...Looks awesome

Leelagovind said... Reply To This Comment

you are rocking priya..
your hardwork was well worth..

Ganga Sreekanth said... Reply To This Comment

great work priya.will try

PT said... Reply To This Comment

mind-blowing cake priya.. superb..

Anu said... Reply To This Comment

Mind blowing cake....... Good try.

PrathibhaSreejith said... Reply To This Comment

wow Priya, beautiful cake dear. So well explained, will def try sometime. Fabulous job, can imagine the wide smile on ur gals face.
Birthday wishes to your daughter!!!!

bhavna said... Reply To This Comment

its really very beautiful and yummy cake.....need lot of Patience..

faseela said... Reply To This Comment

wow...fabulous cake....hats off to your hard work dear...

Sha Jabi said... Reply To This Comment

great job priya....

Vineetha said... Reply To This Comment

wow beautiful cake priya.ur daughter must have been very happy..belated birthday wishes to her !

Spice up the Curry said... Reply To This Comment

very beautiful looking cake. nice one

Usha said... Reply To This Comment

Wow this cake looks just beautiful and perfect :)

Vanamala Hebbar said... Reply To This Comment

Awesome...yummy..i have recipe of this cake..but never tried once somehow iam very scared

Suja Manoj said... Reply To This Comment

Beautiful cake dear,love the texture,perfect one

savitha ramesh said... Reply To This Comment

Very well tried.Execution was perfect.worth for ur daughter's b day.superrrrr.

Raksha said... Reply To This Comment

very nice, thanks for the detailed explanation

Nada said... Reply To This Comment

I have that Witlon checkboard cake mould..Trust me, althought it's a nice double pan but you can come up with the same idea by doing some DIY. Besides, the recipe coming with the mould was sooo bad..So your yoghurt-cake recipe is much better.

ramya anand said... Reply To This Comment

awesome!!The checks have come out perfect!!

Spandana said... Reply To This Comment

Such a perfect cake. Looks great!

Julie said... Reply To This Comment

yummy yum delicious cake,made perfect!!

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Mary said... Reply To This Comment

This is really lovely. I haven't had a checkerboard cake since I was a little girl. I enjoyed it so much then and I know I would enjoy your cake now. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Archana said... Reply To This Comment

Beautiful cake, you are a great mother.
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Mahi said... Reply To This Comment

Belated Birthday Wishes to your Daughter! Beautiful cake...amazing work! :)

Indulge said... Reply To This Comment

Very nice checkerboard you have got dear. Your r an awesome mother!!!
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Jayasri Ravi said... Reply To This Comment

Beautiful cake very well done..,

fajeeda said... Reply To This Comment

Superb cake..........hope ur daugther enjoyed........

Jayanthi said... Reply To This Comment

Superb Priya, the cake looks awesome. The decoration and the fondant ....amazing and I love the colors you chose. Surprisingly I baked a battenberg cake for daring bakers and its somewhat similar. Yours look fantastic.

Shweta in the Kitchen said... Reply To This Comment

Totally Worth the effort, looks beautiful :)
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Pushpa said... Reply To This Comment

Perfect and moist cake.Belated birthday wishes.

Sangeetha said... Reply To This Comment

Perfectly made! cake looks awesome n lovely clicks...hope u had a wonderful celebration!
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Bergamot said... Reply To This Comment

Fantastic, first the fondant, and now the cake. What a beauty and so well crafted.

Amina Khaleel said... Reply To This Comment

beautiful cake... awesome!!

Kanchan said... Reply To This Comment

bookmarked ! this is like a Pro dish ! awesome work! best wishes to your daughter.

Sum said... Reply To This Comment

This cake is awesome!

Jaya said... Reply To This Comment

I am sure your DD must be a happy girl with that beautiful cake..looks very pro ..blessings to your DD ..hugs and smiles

Maayeka said... Reply To This Comment

Awesome!!!cake looks so beautiful and perfect!

Lizy said... Reply To This Comment

very pretty cake..belated Happy Birthday to your little one..

Reshmi Mahesh said... Reply To This Comment

wow...cake looks soft and yummy and is so perfect...Lovely..

Harini-Jaya Rupanagudi said... Reply To This Comment

that is such a beautiful cake, Priya. I bet this would be a memorable birthday for your kid! God bless her!!

Apu said... Reply To This Comment

Very nice and birthday greetings to the lucky girl!!

Turmeric n Spice said... Reply To This Comment

looks lovely !! you shld have participated in the daring bakers challenge!! we just made a similar cake called the battenburg cake.I am sure u wld have loved it.

Elisabeth said... Reply To This Comment

Priya, this is a superb, and elegant cake...fit for 'royalty' for sure!
Bookmarked it! Love the pretty checkerboard pattern,and the fondant!

Elisabeth said... Reply To This Comment

Priya, this is a superb, and elegant cake...fit for 'royalty' for sure!
Bookmarked it! Love the pretty checkerboard pattern,and the fondant!

Sensible Vegetarian said... Reply To This Comment

Priya I am speechless the cake looks superb..... can't find a better word than this.

Chitra said... Reply To This Comment

cake looks damn cute priya...perfect !

Sangeetha Priya said... Reply To This Comment

wow amazing cake, perfectly done, just got time to look :-)