Checkerboard Cake

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  • 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


    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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    1. k

      This is a beautiful dish!

    2. N

      This was simple and delicious

    3. K

      Perfect and simple to make. My husband loved it!

    4. k

      Love everything about this recipe. It is easy and super tasty. Thank you

    5. W

      This stuff is seriously amazing!

    6. j

      I have lost track of all the times I have used this recipe. Always great!

    7. M

      Love it! Simple yet delicious. Thank you.

    8. L

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

    9. T

      Love it and thanks.

    10. s

      You are a culinary genius! We loved the recipe.

    11. J

      Made this today for my family - they loved it!

    12. C

      Made this last night for my family and we love it.

    13. C

      Hi there -- just wanted to say thanks for the recipe.

    14. J

      I loved it,I made it for a very dear friend and she was impressed

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