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Chequerboard Cake Recipe

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Baking ingredients

  • 340 g unsalted butter - softened
  • 340 g caster sugar
  • 6 medium eggs - lightly beaten
  • 340 g self raising flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Black food paste

Decorating ingredients

  • 125 g unsalted butter - softened
  • 125 g icing sugar - sifted
  • Few drops vanilla extract
  • 750 g Renshaw Jet Black Ready to Roll Icing

Instructions

Baking Instructions:

Step 1

Pre-heat the oven to 170°C/340°F/gas mark 3.

Step 2

Grease and base line with baking paper 2 x 20cm sandwich tins.

Step 3

Cream the unsalted butter and caster sugar until light and fluffy.

Step 4

Add the lightly beaten egg gradually to the mixture, reducing the speed when adding and increasing in between each addition to combine the egg.

Step 5

Fold in the flour.

Step 6

Divide the plain cake mixture into two equal halves. Colour one half with black food colour.

Step 7

Divide the plain cake mixture between the two prepared sandwich tins.

Step 8

Bake these two cakes in the pre-heated oven for about 25 minutes.

Step 9

When baked, turn out onto a cooling wire.

Step 10

Wash, dry and re-line the sandwich tins and divide the black cake mixture between the two. Bake in the same way, and allow to cool.

Decorating Instructions:

Step 11

Place the softened unsalted butter and vanilla extract into a bowl and begin to beat.

Step 12

Beat in the sifted icing sugar gradually to ensure a light smooth buttercream.

Step 13

Add a splash of boiling water if necessary - this will lighten the buttercream and make it easier to spread.

Step 14

Find three round objects 15cm, 10cm and 5cm in diameter. Use these to cut out ever decreasing circles in the cakes and separate from one another.

Step 15

Take a cake board or plate and place a large white circle of sponge on top, inside fit a black circle followed by a white circle and finally the smallest black circle in the middle. Spread a thin layer of buttercream over the top.

Step 16

Repeat the process on the top of this starting with a black outer circle, then white, black and white in the middle. Cover with a thin layer of buttercream.

Step 17

Cover the whole cake with a thin layer of buttercream and place in the fridge to chill.

Step 18

Knead the Renshaw Jet Black Ready to Roll Icing until pliable. Lightly dust your work surface with icing sugar and roll out icing to desired thickness.

Step 19

Lift the icing over the cake, smoothing down the sides with the palm of your hand. Trim excess any icing from the base. To give a sheen to the surface, smooth with the palm of your hand.