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kittyville, , United States
2009
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Rainbow Checkerboard Cake Homemade Cake

I have wanted to do this for awhile. It turned out great! for the first time I have ever made this.

It's a homemade cake (not a box mix), I have found that helps with the food colorings cook time - being as homemade cake is dryer. I think the colors should be mixed up more, because it's hard to tell indigo from violet. I did Roygbiv, but for the 1st and 9th color I made Chocolate. The squares could be more square, but thats a batter amount per color thing...I think? It was my 1st attempt. lol

The cake itself I made vanilla, but should have flavored it more because after food coloring it had no real vanilla taste of its own. So I made butter rum butter cream frosting :) It smelled and tasted great! :)

Thanks for looking :)


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  1. How to bake a rainbow cake. Rainbow Checkerboard Cake - Step 1 1

    Checkerboard cake recipe is a Wiltons' scratch cake. This is also where you can get a cake form (see link for cooking instructions):

    http://www.wilton.com/recipe/Checkerboard-Cake-1

    "Ingredients:

    2 sticks butter or margarine softened
    2 2/3 cups granulated sugar
    3 eggs
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    4 cups all-purpose flour
    1 tablespoon baking powder
    1 teaspoon salt
    2 cups milk
    4 ounces( 4 squares) semi-sweet chocolate melted" ~Wilton

    If not I was thinking maybe the form can be made by cookie cutters (size 2 1/2 inch for centre and 5 3/4 inch for middle ring) , by this process:

    DIY Cookie Cutters, Threadbanger Contest Entry
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bap4Favn4kU

  2. How to bake a rainbow cake. Rainbow Checkerboard Cake - Step 2 2

    you will need 9 colours of dye.

    I used 6 and for the 1st and 9th I made cocoa powder (taste &) colour.

    Use gel or pigment and touch up any colours with liquid dyes.

  3. How to bake a rainbow cake. Rainbow Checkerboard Cake - Step 3 3

    Touch up dyes

  4. How to bake a rainbow cake. Rainbow Checkerboard Cake - Step 4 4

    Don't bother washing your measuring cups yet.

    1)Leave ALL the batter un-coloured, Until you portion it out.

    [Approximately]

    Centre ring = 3 TBPs
    Middle ring = 3/4 cup
    Outer rint = 1 1/3 cup
    ...of the batter

    2)"Portion" - Then Dye to tint wanted, Always remember batter cooks to a darker shade.

  5. How to bake a rainbow cake. Rainbow Checkerboard Cake - Step 5 5

    1)Spray oil the pan and all sides of the form Very Very well.

    2)Dab off any running oil

    3)
    Fill ONE (1) pan at a time, Outside ring 1st.

    4)
    You will need to wash and dry the form for each pan - total 3.

  6. How to bake a rainbow cake. Rainbow Checkerboard Cake - Step 6 6

    Then fill Centre ring next.

    [Sorry the photos aren't in colour order :'( ]




  7. How to bake a rainbow cake. Rainbow Checkerboard Cake - Step 7 7

    Then fill the middle ring Last.

    Then Remove the ring form (and wash it).

    NOTE: To lift out form -- Turn the ring form like the steering wheel of a car -- left to right and back slightly while shaking like you have a cold and lifting straight upward...it sounds funny but the batter will stay in colour place better.

    I ..ahhh ...forgot to picture it before putting it in the oven but you get the idea from this shot.

  8. How to bake a rainbow cake. Rainbow Checkerboard Cake - Step 8 8

    Moments later Cake 1

  9. How to bake a rainbow cake. Rainbow Checkerboard Cake - Step 9 9

    Cake 2 (and a left overs cake)

  10. How to bake a rainbow cake. Rainbow Checkerboard Cake - Step 10 10

    Cake 3 and Cake 1 again - cooling 8)

  11. How to bake a rainbow cake. Rainbow Checkerboard Cake - Step 11 11

    1) Make your favorite white frosting, flavor with any clear coloured extract.

    2)Be-careful of crumbs, while spreading a thin layer of frosting between each cake layer. (layer 1,2,3 Cake)

    3)Frost the whole cake and decorate if you like.

    Thats it! :) hope my directions are good enough lol

    Thank you for reading :)

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