Monday, October 4, 2010


Does that sound scary...experimentation?  It is definitely messy.  I decided to try making a checkerboard cake like my sister made, but without the pan set.
You're probably wondering why I'm trying to make a cake like this without the proper tools.  There's two reasons.  The first is that I don't want to spend the money....yes, I'm frugal that way.  I was going to say cheap, but frugal sounds nicer.  The second is that I don't have storage space in my cabinets for more pans.  
I started by making waxed paper rings to divide my pan up into three concentric circles.

Fill the rings with alternating batter.  Carefully remove the waxed paper rings, pulling straight up.

I made two like this.

And one like this.

Bake and stack with the two similar cakes on the top and bottom of the stack.  Sounds promising, right?

It didn't work.  I think I have a few ideas why.  Most importantly, the two batters were not the same viscosity.  The heavier batter pushed the lighter batter around.  And the waxed paper was difficult to keep in it's proper place.  The good news is that it was very tasty and my family approved of eating my flop.

I'm not giving up.  I plan to try this again.  To solve my first problem I plan to use all the same batter with some tinted a different color.  No more white and chocolate since they are different weight batters.  I also plan to use parchment paper for the rings next time.  It is a little stiffer than the waxed paper and should be easier to work with.

Let me know if you have any other ideas that might make this work. When I try this again, I'll keep you posted on the results.  In the mean time, if you are in need of a checkerboard cake, I'll have a listing below where you can find the pan set for it.