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.