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Chocolate Checkerboard Cake

It’s a chocolate-lovers dream: a chocolate-and-vanilla checkerboard cake iced in chocolate buttercream icing. It’s topped with candy accents molded with delicious Candy Melts candy.

4.3 Average of 24 ratings

Difficulty: Somewhat Easy
Average of 5 reviews




Instructions:

Step 1

In advance, make 24 candy swirls. Melt light cocoa Candy Melts candy according to package directions. Using cut parchment bag, fill in mold. Chill until set.

Step 2

Prepare cake mixes according to package directions. (You can use any remaining cake batter for cupcakes.)

Step 3

For bottom layer, place Batter Dividing Ring in the first prepared pan. Pour chocolate batter in outer and center sections and yellow batter in the middle section. Fill sections 2/3 full. Remove ring from pan carefully lifting straight up on handles. Rinse and completely dry ring.

Step 4

For top layer repeat step 3 in second prepared pan. Remove ring from pan by carefully lifting straight up on handles. Rinse and completely dry ring.

Step 5

For middle layer, place clean and dry ring in third prepared pan. Pour yellow batter in outer and center sections and chocolate batter in middle section. Fill sections 2/3 full. Remove ring from pan by carefully lifting straight up on handles. DO NOT PUT RING IN OVEN.

Step 6

Bake and cool cake according to package directions. Prepare icing. Stack and position cake on foil-wrapped circle . Ice cake smooth with icing and spatula. Comb sides of cake with decorating comb.

Step 7

Using tip 18 and icing, pipe seven rosettes on top center of cake as a base for candy swirls; position one swirl on each rosette. Position remainder of swirls around top edge of cake.

Step 8

Using tip 20 and icing, pipe rosette bottom border.