Chessboard Cake [Checkerboard Cake]

My brother calls it the make-shift Battenberg and I guess you can call it that. It has no marzipan on it. It is simply a deliciously moist chessboard cake covered in luscious chocolate icing. So easy to make and what a delight for the eyes.

Looks complicated? It’s as easy as the Victoria Sponge. Here’s what you’ll need:

1 cup or 223 gm of butter
2 & 1/3 cups of super-fine sugar
2 tsp vanilla essence or vanilla extract
5 large egg whites
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
3-4 drops of black food coloring (optional)
1 cup milk

three 9-inch round cake tins, buttered and dusted with flour
9-inch 3 circle batter-divider or alternatively, checkerboard cake set

ready-made chocolate icing

1. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
2. Beat together butter and sugar till light in color and creamy.
3. In the creamed butter, mix vanilla essence and then the egg whites, one at a time. The batter is double in size.
4. Alternating with the milk, mix the flour mixture into the batter. (Divide flour mixture in three parts and milk in two parts and mix with the following pattern: first the flours mixture, then milk, then flour mixture, milk and the final third of the flour mixture.)
5. Divide the batter in two parts. In one of the parts, mix the cocoa powder and optionally, the black food coloring for a darker denser color.
6. Divide the two colored batters into three tins with the three circle batter divider such that two tins have circles, from outward to inward, white, black and white (I will be calling them WBW) while one of the tins has circles, from outward to inward, black, white and black (I will be calling this one BWB, see pictures below). Make sure the cake tins are not filled more than 3/4 of the way.

7. Bake these for 20 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
8. Once baked and cool, I flip the cakes, one over another. First the WBW, then BWB and finally, WBW. Cover the cake in Icing and refrigerate till the icing is set.

That’s it, if you have done everything right, when you cut through you should see a checkerboard surprise inside.

How easy is that? Let me know what you think in the comments below. Thank you for reading!

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