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Checkerboard Pastel Easter Basket Cake

Checkerboard Pastel Easter Basket Cake showcases three colors in one cake for colorful slices that will delight family and friends. Checkerboard Cake Pan Set, with three cake pans and a ringed insert, makes it easy to get perfect results every time.
Makes: Cake serves 20.
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Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Prepare each package white cake mix following package instructions using water, oil and egg whites; keep batters separate.

Step 2

Gently stir violet icing color to desired shade into 1 bowl of batter (use clean toothpicks to transfer color from jar to batter); repeat with rose and yellow icing colors and remaining bowls of batter.

Step 3

Place batter dividing ring into first pan; spray pan and ring with vegetable pan spray.

Step 4

Fill each section two-thirds full as follows: violet colored batter in center, yellow colored batter in middle section, rose colored batter in outside section. Gently tap pan on counter; remove ring and wash well.

Step 5

Repeat in second pan, filling center with yellow, middle section with rose and outside section with violet colored batters.

Step 6

Repeat in third pan, filling center with rose, middle section with violet and outside section with yellow colored batters.

Step 7

Bake 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely.

Step 8

To decorate: Tint half-cup icing green. Assemble cake layers on foil-wrapped cake board, spreading thin layer of icing between layers. Spatula ice cake with icing.

Step 9

Pipe tip 48 basketweave on sides of cake.

Step 10

Add tip 18 rope border on top cake edge.

Step 11

Pipe green pullout tip 233 grass bottom border; add several "tufts" of green pullout grass on top of cake (optional).

Step 12

Arrange icing decorations randomly in grass at bottom.

Convenient decorating tip: Spatula ice cake top and sides. Add green pullout star tip 18 "grass" to top and bottom borders. Place icing decorations randomly into "grass."

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Violet Icing Color

Violet Icing Color

Rose Icing Color

Rose Icing Color

Golden Yellow Icing Color

Golden Yellow Icing Color

Kelly Green Icing Color

Kelly Green Icing Color

Ready-To-Use Decorator Icing

2 Ready-To-Use Decorator Icing

white cake mix

3 pkgs white cake mix (divided, 18.25 oz. each)


4 cups water (divided)

vegetable oil

6 tablespoons vegetable oil (divided)

egg whites

9 egg whites (divided)




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This technique turns any treat into beautiful baskets. Perfect for Easter, Mother's Day, bridal or any Spring and summertime theme. This technique creates a two-dimensional woven-look design. Use for baskets, fences, or to completely cover the side of a cake.

The grass tip creates the most celebrated, easily accomplished decorations! The serrated edges of the grass tip makes ridges in the icing as you squeeze it out. Our step-by-step video shows you how!

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Checkerboard Pastel Easter Basket Cake is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 67.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This was my first cake that I baked and decorated. The checkerboard cake pan was simple to use and I had no issues during or after the baking process. Decorating was easy however being the first time trying the basketweave it was a bit difficult in the beginning but then I got the hang of it. The final cake was fantastic!! I brought it over to Easter dinner at my Aunt's and everyone was amazed by the cake. They actually couldn't believe I baked it. The best part was when they cut into it and took a slice out and were in aaaawwww because of the pastel checkerboard pattern. I give this cake two thumbs up and I will definately bake it again.
Date published: 2011-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My family loved this Easter Checkerboard Basket Cake. I even took it a step further for the kids and made mini-cupcakes in six different colors for Easter. I used a star tip to decorate in the matching color. My dessert table was beautiful with the cake and cupcake tree. Not only did the kids love them but the adults gobbled them up. I didn't have a crumb leftover. This cake is time consuming because of the different colors and working with one cake form. The checkerboard cake set comes with three pans and one form, Wilton needs to have three forms included in the set. This would speed up the process because you would not have to wash the form each time.
Date published: 2011-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My daughter and I made this cake for our extended family's Easter celebration. Everyone loved the beautiful basket weave and external presentation.Then, they were so surprised when we cut the cake anad they saw the gorgeous pastel checkerboard inside. The special checkerboard pans from Wilton are easy to use (just be sure to wash them between layers so the colors don't mix). Probably the toughest part was doing the basket weave, but if you practice that beforehand, you are guaranteed to make a cale that is a show-stopper! PS- you need 3 boxes of cake mix for this cake- it is quite big!
Date published: 2010-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My daughter and I created this cake together. We had a cake decorating challenge for Easter and we chose the checkboard cake. We had never done the basketweave so we had to watch a Wilton video and then we just went for it. My daughter used the grass tip and decorated with that. We added some easter eggs with grass to the top just to give it a more easter look. The family enjoyed it and loved when we cut into it and revealed the checkerboard look. I would definately recommend this cake to anyone who likes a challenge. We had fun making it and we look forward to making more.
Date published: 2011-05-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I made this cake for easter & my family enjoyed it! Instructions are very good. When coloring batter, be sure to put enough color to your batter - - I thought I had enough, but it could have been a little brighter. I added candy to bottom border - - Wilton mold w/flower & flower pot & I also added some small jelly beans as well (my grandkids love sneeking up to cake & picking off the candies! - - plus it keeps their little fingers from digging into the icing for some licks before the cake is served!) I also molded a candy basket to place on top & added butter cream vines. I then made some small royal flowers to place around vines, & piped some BC small leaves & piped Easter Msg on top. A very pretty cake
Date published: 2011-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I made this cake last year for our Holiday party at work and it was a big hit! I used pastel colors on the inside and decorated the outside with the weave tip making it look like a basket. I even used white fondant to make a handle and decorated the top with green chocolate shavings and a peep to make it look even more like a basket. This cake is easy to make as long as you have the right tools and enough time. Another plus about the weave tip on this cake is that if you mess up or get lost, you can scrap it off and start again to make it look perfect.
Date published: 2010-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I made this cake for Easter. It is so cute, everyone loved it. I rated the difficulty level as medium, not really because it was hard to make. Just the extra steps involved with the checkerboard pattern. Measuring out the cake mix an making the different colors. Once you get it in the oven, the hard part is over and then the fun beins with the decorating. I love the basket weave. Simple to do but looks so hard! It impresses everyone. Someone usually askes, "How did you do that!??" My husband usually responds with, "Oh, she needs help with that, I have to lift the strips up while she weaves the frosting bag over and under." The funny part is that we've had a few people believe him! But seriously, beautiful cake and fun to make!
Date published: 2011-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I absolutely loved making this for Easter! It was a hit! I took the Wilton Cake decorating classes a while ago. But I was so excited that once reviewing the books and practicing for just a little bit, I was able to remember how to do the basketweave! I use the rope technique on every cake I bake just to give it a finished look, but what fun to make and decorate this cake. I even went out and bought the cake turntable, that made decorating so much easier! I am going to try it out for Christmas with the green and red! Looks beautiful!
Date published: 2010-12-06
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