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Pastel Pastures Checkerboard Cake


What a lovely dessert to set on your Easter table. Egg cookies decorated with complementary spring colors set atop a checkerboard cake trimmed with pull-out grass.
Makes: Cake serves 20.
Skill Level: Somewhat Easy

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Step 1

Step 1 One day in advance: Make cookies. Prepare cookie dough and roll out 1/8 in. thick. Cut five small eggs using egg cutter from 18-piece set. Bake and cool.

Step 2

Prepare Color Flow icing. Tint portions violet, rose, green, blue and yellow.

Step 3

For egg cookies, use tip 3 and full-strength Color Flow icing to outline cookies. Use a cut parchment bag and thinned Color Flow icing to fill in cookies. Let set. Attach lollipop sticks to backs of cookies with full-strength Color Flow icing. Set aside.

Step 4

Individually prepare three boxes white cake mix following package instructions. Divide in thirds. In one portion of batter, gently stir in violet icing color to desired shade. (Use clean toothpicks to transfer color from jar to batter.) Repeat with rose icing color for second portion and yellow icing color in third portion.

Step 5

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

Step 6

For top layer, place clean ring in second prepared pan. Pour violet-colored batter in outer section, yellow-colored batter in middle section and rose-colored batter in center. Fill sections 2/3 full. Remove ring from pan by carefully lifting straight up on handles. Rinse and completely dry ring.

Step 7

For middle layer, place clean ring in third prepared pan. Pour rose-colored batter in outer section, violet-colored batter in middle section and yellow-colored batter in center. Fill sections 2/3 full. Remove ring from pan by carefully lifting straight up on handles.

Step 8

Individually bake and cool cakes following recipe directions. Prepare buttercream icing. Tint portions blue and green. Stack and position cake on foil-wrapped cake circle. Ice cake smooth with blue buttercream icing and spatula.

Step 9

Divide cake into eights with cake dividing chart. Impress large egg cookies on sides of cake at division points. Outline with tip 3 and pipe-in desired egg design.

Step 10

Use tip 233 and green buttercream icing to pipe pull-out grass bottom border and to pipe pull-outgrass on top of cake. Insert small cookies on cake top.

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Violet Icing Color

Violet Icing Color

Rose Icing Color

Rose Icing Color ((Combine Violet with Rose for violet shown))

Leaf Green Icing Color

Leaf Green Icing Color

Sky Blue Icing Color

Sky Blue Icing Color

Lemon Yellow Icing Color

Lemon Yellow Icing Color

Golden Yellow Icing Color

Golden Yellow Icing Color ((Combine Lemon Yellow with Golden Yellow for yellow shown))

white cake mix

3 boxes (15.25-18.25 oz. each) white cake mix

water, oil, eggs

water, oil, eggs

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Non-Stick Cookie Sheet

Non-Stick Cookie Sheet

4 in. Lollipop Sticks

4 in. Lollipop Sticks

Toothpicks

Toothpicks

10 in. Cake Circles

10 in. Cake Circles

Scissors

Scissors

Tape

Tape

12 in. Disposable Decorating Bags

12 in. Disposable Decorating Bags

Pipe dots for flower centers, faces, figure piping and border effects. When making large dots, lift the tip as you squeeze to allow icing to fill out completely.

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!

Characters or designs are often outlined first, then piped in with stars or zigzags. Outlines can also be used for facial features.

The star tip creates the most popular, easily accomplished decorations! The serrated edges of the star tip makes ridges in the icing as you squeeze it out. Use for borders, details such as buttons and facial features, flower centers, filling in cakes baked in shaped pans.

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Pastel Pastures Checkerboard Cake is rated 4.529411764705882 out of 5 by 17.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I make the Pastel Checkerboard Cake pictured. This was a fun but time-consuming project. As mentioned in another comment, the colors slid into one another, even though I was very careful while lifting out the Batter Dividing Ring. The end result was the "blocks" were not evenly lined up. Also, the baked cakes had separations (cracks) between some of the colors, which I put back together with a little icing. It took 3 cake mixes to get the required amount of batter, with left over batter to make a dozen cupcakes. I will try this again only using only 2 colors the next time to see if it works better for me.
Date published: 2013-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a wonderful cake to make not only does it give festive colors for any cake you can combine different flavor of cake to impress those eating the cake if you can bake a cake you can make this design Wilton is just a wonderful place to visit for all your baking ideas there is always something new to learn
Date published: 2013-03-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from This was an easy cake to make, The only problem I have is with the pan. The plastic insert is warped a little. Which allows it to slide a little when filling the pans with batter. As a result of this, the colors do not line up like they do in the picture. They seem to bleed into each other a little.
Date published: 2013-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It was ultra fun to make I did a tester for Easter so I could do it perfect them! And it was really fun to make its very time on consuming if your ultra picky about being perfect! It's so adorable I'm sure my little cousin is gonna love it at Easter and my co-workers just loved my practice cake!
Date published: 2013-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I used this recipe to make a cake for my brother?s granddaughter. It turned out so well with the Checkerboard Pan set. That pan set is amazing I made a butter cake so the colors did out overrun as the batter was thicker. I will be using this recipe for Easter this year
Date published: 2013-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The checkerboard pan is easy to use and it produces beautiful cakes! I love the festive colors that exist in the "Pastel Pastures." Without a doubt, it is the ideal cake for spring. Easter dessert would not be the same without this beauty!
Date published: 2013-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have made the chocolate and vanilla checkerboard cake for my husband Birthday. It came out perfect and delicious. I have made it with my fried for her daughter birthday also. It was strawberry and vanilla, I love it.
Date published: 2013-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a great cake to make for an intermediate cake decorator. I think it would be a great cake for Easter. It would be a showstopper on the dinner table and the kids would love it (so would the adults!)
Date published: 2013-03-11
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