A cake I have been waiting so long to try, that makes looking at it an artistic pleasure and the taste of which pure bliss – checkerboard cake – our little chessboard cake..!!
I have been wanting to make this cake for a very long time. I had researched every inch of the net for the recipe and also dashed through every store in Bahrain looking for the checkerboard pan. But sadly it was not available. It was in Rias blog however I found details about how to make this cake for a person who is short of the particular pan. I have always been a follower of her site and she is one lady who makes wonders out of the simplest ingredients. So i followed her method to the dot. And thus we finally had a chance to have our own – very lovingly called – chess board cake.!!
This cake is a virtual gift for my nephew Kevin, who is attending his 10th class today. In India, the 10th class is “THE CLASS”. I am pretty sure he is tensed today. So like the traditional practice, I sent him this cake to start his day with enough sweetness and to make the entire year one of prosperity and excellence.
CHECKERBOARD GATEAU – The Chess Board Cake
Recipe for sponge – Ria’s Collections
For the vanilla sponge:
- Eggs – 3
- Sugar – 1/2c
- Cake flour – 1/2 c all purpose flour minus 1 tbsp + 1tbsp cornstarch/cornflour
- Vanilla extract – 1tsp
For the chocolate sponge
- Eggs – 3
- Sugar – 1/2 cup
- Cake flour – 1/2 c all purpose flour minus 3 tbsp + 1tbsp cornstarch/cornflour +2 tbsp cocoa powder
- Vanilla extract – 1 tsp
- Water – 1/2 cup
- Sugar – 3 Tbsp
- Coffee liqueur – splash (optional)
- Whipping cream – 1 cup
- Jam mixed in 1 Tbsp water – 1/2 cup (optional)
- Semi sweet chocolate chips – 1 cup
- Fresh cream – 1 cup
- Preheat the oven to 180 C.
- Grease and line a 8 inch pans with parchment paper. Keep aside.
- For each cake, sift the respective dry ingredients together and keep aside.
- Beat the eggs and sugar on high speed using an electric beater for about 10 to 15 minutes. This step is highly important because we are not using any leavening agents here. The beating of the mixture will cause air to be incorporated and later give volume to the cake.
- Now fold the dry ingredients into the batter carefully so as not to loose the air incorporated.
- The mixture will deflate a little but that is no cause for concern. Go ahead and make it.
- Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes untill a skewer inserted comes out clean.
- Care be taken that oven temperatures do differ. So keep an eye on the cake after 20 minutes so as not to burn it.
- When the cake is done, it will be springy to touch and will be pulling away from the edges.
- Cool the cake completely.
- We will now have 2 cakes – vanilla and chocolate.
- Using any circular utensils or cutter you might have in the house, cut each cake into 3 circles.
- You will have 3 circle of vanilla and 3 circles of chocolate cake respectively. Exchange the circles between the two cakes in a manner where you have 1 vanilla, 1 chocolate and 1 vanilla together making a whole cake.
- This is better illustrated here..
- When you are placing each circle inside the other, Brush the inner sides of the cake with jam or the whipped cream. Whip the cream with some sugar and vanilla essence if you like.
- Brush the soaking liquid over the cake. The amount of soaking liquid that you brush over determines the moistness of the cake.
- Sandwich both the cakes together with the remaining whipped cream.
- Make the ganache now. Heat the cream in a microwave for about 90 seconds. The cream will be really hot. Add the semisweet chocolate chips and mix till combined.
- Pour this ganache on the cake and spread around the sides.
- Decorate using you imagination. I used grated milk chocolate and some sprinkles.
- Chill till needed.
- Cut and enjoy the pattern for 5 minutes. Now serve .
- Enjoy your yummy slice..!!
This makes for a great celebration cake. Everyone loved it and I am sure I would make it again. I agree the procedure is a bit tedious but hey… its worth every bit of the effort. So roll up your sleeves and go try it..!