Several days in advance, make 50 holly leaves and 36 berries. Mix 6 oz. of fondant with 1/4 teaspoon of gum-tex. Tint 4 oz. green and 2 oz. red. Cut holly leaves from green fondant with cutter from set. Place leaves on thin foam and vein with small veining tool. Place on cornstarch-dusted flower former to dry. Dust leaves with green pearl dust. Roll 1/2 in. red fondant balls for berries. Let dry.
Bake and cool checkerboard cake.
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Prepare 3 boxes white cake mix following package instructions; divide in thirds
In one portion of batter, gently stir in Kelly Green Icing Color to desired shade (use clean toothpicks to transfer color from jar to batter). Repeat with Red-Red Icing Color to color second portion. Reserve 1 portion batter white.
Place Batter Dividing Ring in the first prepared 9 x 1 1/2 in. pan. Pour green-colored batter in outer section and red-colored batter in the middle section and white in center section. Fill sections halfway.
Remove ring from pan by carefully lifting straight up on handles. Rinse and completely dry ring.
Place ring in 2nd prepared pan and in the first prepared 9 x 1 1/2 in. pan. Pour white batter in outer section and green-colored batter in the middle section and red-colored batter in center section. Fill sections halfway.
Place clean and dry ring in 3rd prepared pan. Pour red-colored batter in outer and white colored batter in the middle section and green-colored batter in the center section. Fill sections halfway.
Remove ring from pan as before. Bake and cool cakes following recipe directions. Remove and stack cakes.
DO NOT PUT DIVIDING RING IN OVEN.
Spatula ice cake with buttercream. Divide cake into 8ths. Attach leaves and berries in garlands formation around cake with dots of icing. Place leaves and berries on top of cake center.
Rated 4 out of
I made this cake for a raffle and it turned out great! Making the checkerboard pattern was kind of tricky, but worth it for how it turned out. I covered my cake with fondant for a smoother look, then decorated with the holly leaves and berries. I'll definitely make another checkerboard cake - I just have to decide which idea to try next!
Date published: 2011-05-15
Rated 4 out of
I made this cake for my family get over Christmas and it was the talk of the dessert table! I wasn't able to order the cutters this design specified for, so I used the cutter dorm my Wilton gum paste flower set instead. I'm definitely making this one again next Christmas.
Date published: 2011-05-14
Rated 5 out of
Made this cake for Christmas, and it was a big hit with everyone! It took patience and a little time to make it perfect, as the batter has to be poured in slowly. But the cake turned out amazing! The frosting was really good, and I made hollies out of marzipan instead of fondant. I used white, green and red batter, and everyone kept asking how I had managed to make a checkboard cake. It took me an afternoon/evening to make the cake, but it was worth it as it tasted and looked fantastic!!!! Will recommend the cake to everyone, and it was not too difficult to make :)