Thursday, March 11, 2010

Green Velvet Checkerboard Cake

Years ago I had a specialized checkerboard cake pan on my wish list, and my kids granted my wish:) I thought that a green checkered cake would be the perfect nod to St. Patty's Day! I don't know if this passes as an authentic (green) velvet cake because I used the cake recipe on the back of the package that the pan came in, and just added 2 tablespoons(should have added more) of green food coloring to half of the batter(instead of cocoa, as called for). I thought this recipe would perhaps be more dense and spotlight the "checks" in the cake better. I LOVE how it turned out! I sent it to work with my hubby(except for one wedge:)) and the cake pan came back empty. The consensus was that the cake was a delicious hit! My husband said that one co-worker even took a photo of the cake.
I splurged and bought this Irish butter, which I have to say is VERY GOOD! It's rich, a tad sweet, creamy and buttery(of course)! I don't know it if it's "all in my head," but I think it made a difference in the checkerboard cake:)
I topped the cake off with a basic cream cheese icing, tinted pale green, and decorated the top with these little chocolate candies that I found at T.J. Maxx. Hmmm, maybe I should have made a mint chocolate cake!

If you want to make your own checkerboard cake you can purchase the pan here.

23 comments:

  1. I love green velvet... :) This cake is adorable. I love the checkerboard design. Also I love Irish butter. It's what I keep in the house all the time....so delicious!

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  2. This cake is awesome! For a moment I thought that you had to cut it all to pieces and reassemble it but I checked the pan and now I want to have it too. The green color looks really natural. I would love to try and make this cake.

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  3. Love-Love-Love it! It's fabulous! Irish butter too, you've outdone yourself.

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  4. Thanks for stopping by my blog. That checkerboard cake is amazing. Everything here is really impressive. Have to try some of your recipes out.

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  5. What a wonderfully festive cake! I love the bright green checkerboard. I have often wondered whether or not I'd use a cake pan like that enough to warrant the space it would take up....I may just have to add it to my want list!

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  6. Wow Sue...that's a stunner for sure!! Now that I work from home I kinda miss taking things to work for people to enjoy. I KNOW your husband's co-workers were so happy!

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  7. hey sue, the cake is beautiful!! I always thought that checkerboard cake meant chocolate and vanila, love your green velvet version.

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  8. Gorgeous! I haven't ever done a checkerboard cake...they look so tricky!

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  9. You're baking skills amaze me! I love the idea of a checkerboard cake for St. Patty's Day. I never would have thought of green and white.

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  10. Checkerboard cake what a great idea and it looks fabulous I love the colours and yes mint and chocolate would be extra special. Wondrous effort and delicious result. Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

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  11. I love checker board cakes! And how fun to have it celebrate St. Patrick's Day. I made a chocolate and vanilla one a while back and can appreciate the effort you went to, it looks fabulous!

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  12. OMG I am SO getting one of those pans!! That's awesome!

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  13. Love the cake and all the goodies. Especially love the rainbow cookies! Great blog.

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  14. I've always wanted to make a checkerboard cake too. Yours looks so fun! I'm sure it was delicious!

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  15. That is one uber cool cake! I've never owned a checkerboard cake pan, but this makes me want to finally get one. Tell me this wouldn't be ideal for St. Paddy's Day? I'm not Irish, but I could please many a friend who is :) Gorgeous!!

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  16. This is one of the funnest cakes I've seen!! (actually, I don't think funnest is a word, but you know what I mean). That checkboard pan is sooo cool, how many fun color combos could you do! I'm glad the cake was gobbled up, too.

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  17. OOooo you used my favorite butter on the planet!! It makes everything taste so much butter, opps better :)

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  18. Hey Sue! Told you I would get those pans :) I linked to you here http://www.amandascookin.com/2010/03/checkerboard-cake-for-easter.html

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  19. I have that cake pan and haven't used it (3 years later) Yours looks good!

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  20. How do we receive the recipe?

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  21. Anonymous, Click on the highlighted words "cake recipe" in the post and it will take you to the recipe:)

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  22. Your recipe is gone!!! :(

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