Red, White and True Blue Checkerboard Cake Zoom

Red, White and True Blue Checkerboard Cake

This firecracker of a cake will put smiles on the faces of friends and family during your patriotic celebrations. It?s easy to make using the Wilton Checkerboard Cake Pan!
Makes: Cake serves 20.
Skill Level: Somewhat Easy

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Step 1

In advance: Roll out fondant 1/18 in. thick. Cut out 13 stars using second smallest star from cutter set. Lay on waxed paper and let dry overnight.

Step 2

Brush piping gel on front of stars and sprinkle with white sparkling sugar. Let dry. Attach lollipop sticks with fondant adhesive. Let dry.

Step 3

Preheat oven to 350°F.

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

Step 4

Gently stir Red-Red and Christmas Red Icing Color to desired shade into 1 bowl of batter (use clean toothpicks to transfer color from jar to batter); repeat with Royal Blue Icing Color and 1 bowl of batter. Reserve 1 bowl of batter white.

Step 5

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

Fill each section two-thirds full as follows: red-tinted batter in center, white batter in middle section, blue-tinted batter in outside section. Gently tap pan on counter; remove ring and wash well.

Step 6

Repeat in second pan, filling center with white, middle section with blue and outside section with red batter. Gently tap pan on counter; remove ring and wash well.

Step 7

Repeat in third pan, filling center with blue, middle section with red and outside section with white batters. Gently tap pan on counter; remove ring and wash well.

Step 8

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 9

Make buttercream icing. Tint a portion blue and a portion red; reserve some white.

Stack cake layers on a foil-wrapped cake board with thin layer of white buttercream icing between layers. Ice sides with thin layer of white buttercream icing. Ice top of cake smooth with blue buttercream icing.

Step 10

Prepare two decorating bags with tip 21. Fill one bag with red buttercream icing and the other with white buttercream icing. Starting from the bottom, pipe red stars in a single row.

Then, pipe stars with white buttercream icing in a single row. Repeat until you reach top of cake, ending with a red row.

Step 11

Insert stars into cake top.

*Combine Red-Red with Christmas Red for red icing used.

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3 boxes (18.25 ounces each) Favorite White Cake Recipe or Mix

Red-Red Icing Color

Christmas Red Icing Color

Royal Blue Icing Color




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Tip: 21 ((2))


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8 in. Lollipop Sticks


Cake Boards

Fanci-Foil Wrap

Disposable Decorating Bags


The star tip creates the most celebrated, easily accomplished decorations! The serrated edges of the star tip make ridges in the icing as you squeeze it out. Because fill in requires so much piping from the same bag, keep replenishing icing in bag.

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Red, White and True Blue Checkerboard Cake is rated 4.375 out of 5 by 8.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I made the Easter version of this cake and had so much batter left over - made a tube pan cake from it - that I tried this one with only two cake mixes. Others have questioned whether this was a good idea. I used the Betty Crocker white cake mix, which I would not recommend. The mix is very very thin. I normally use Duncan Hines, which is a very thick batter. Based on the batter consistency of Betty Crocker, I barely had enough batter to fill the three pans. It is in the oven now, so hopefully it will look okay. The batter ran under the ring, so I am concerned the colors will be mixed on the bottom of the layers. Stick with three mixes and use a thicker batter. Happy Fourth.
Date published: 2011-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I made this cake for a church picnic. I copied closely the picture on this website. It was a huge hit! Everyone thinks Im so talented, but I just copy others talents! I planned ahead on what I would need to make it look the way I wanted. I made fondant stars a few days before. I stuck them to tooth picks so they would stand up on the cake. I used 3 cake mixes. I would rather have leftover batter or cut some cake off, then to have a wimpy looking cake. I am planning to make another checkerboard cake this week for my step daughter's birthday. Im thinking pink and white...or yellow and chocolate. Decisions...decisions. i thought it was a fun and beautiful cake. Take your time decorating!
Date published: 2012-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I haven't tired this Patriotic checkerboard cake but I have make the Checkerboard Cake several times. People absolutely love this cake! I go by the cake recipe that comes with the pan and it's so easy and is very moist. Not to mention it a fun cake for me to make. Absolutely up there with my favorite cakes to make. I have only done the White and Chocolate flavors for the cakes. But I'm wanting to try other flavors as well. Highly recommend this cake pan to any baker out there.
Date published: 2011-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a great cake to make for the 4th of July holiday. As another reviewer said, once it was cut into, everyone wanted a piece. I also did not make the fondant stars. Instead, I sprinkled white pearl nonpareils on top. The recipe calls for 3 cake recipes or mixes. This leaves a lot of excess. I think with a bit of proper judgment, you could use just one recipe or mix. If you use a mix and decide to use one mix, have a second one on hand just in case. Also, the recipe says to fill the pan 2/3 full. Definitely do this! I filled my pan 3/4 full and it puffed up so much I had to cut a lot off. Also, during transport by car the top layer cracked at the color seam. This may have been due to me trimming the cake too much or perhaps it is just the nature of the checkerboard cake. I would definitely make it again!
Date published: 2011-07-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I made this cake last year, didn't do the stars, but I will this year. I iced the sides plain, and did a partial flag design in stars on top. No one had a clue until they cut into the cake!! It was amazing how many people suddenly wanted a piece of cake ! This cake is amazingly beautitul and only takes a little more time than just a plain ole cake, so do it, and you will definitely love the ooh's and aww's when it's cut, people will think you are truly amazing.
Date published: 2011-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I made this the other day and it turned out great! I had previously made a checkerboard cake with just 2 cake mixes, and I ended up with enough batter left over to make several cupcakes. Using three mixes is way too much, in my opinion. I did the same thing for my 4th of July cake and just used 2 mixes, and still had leftover batter. It is a bit time consuming but worth the effort!!
Date published: 2011-07-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I tried the checkerboard cake for Easter and it fell apart while icing. This time around I made a lemon cake and decorated for 4th of July as per directions. It came out great with fandant stars a hit with the kids. Thanks Wilton for another great idea.
Date published: 2011-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from im going to make a canada version of this cause im canadian with the same sides white icing on to and maple leafs sticking out
Date published: 2011-07-04
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