I was really excited to try out this checkerboard cake. I love Wilton cakes! Like I said before, I took the cake decorating classes a while back and ever since then I’ve been on a real cake kick heh. I browsed through their site the other day and found this one which looked fun … and easy! Especially if you use a boxed cake mix :) So because I was having family over for dinner I decided it was the perfect time to try out my cake set. Otherwise Stephen and I would be eating, not to mention; piling on, cake for a week!
The cake set comes with three 9x2 inch nonstick pans and one batter-dividing ring.
Since I was only making a one layer cake, I used only one of the pans. You place the divider thingy in the pan and fill each of it's rings with different colors. If you were using the other pans to make a two or three layer cake, you simply take it out of the first (carefully), wash it and then place it in the other pans to fill up. Before baking, make sure the ring is out of all the pans.
My cake baked up nice, if a little lop-sided (a fault of mine, not the cake pan, I’m sure). Once I leveled it off, it was unnoticeable. When the kiddies were napping, I whipped up some buttercream (Wilton recipe of course!) and decorated the cake in little stars of yellow, orange and white, which did take a bit of time even using a bigger star tip than suggested having predicted that my hand might be aching.
I excitedly cut into the cake (before even asking if anyone wanted a piece) just so I could see the stripy colors. I thought it looked pretty cool. Not exactly straight and I’m guessing that is due to the dividing ring sliding on the non-stick pan a little, but the colors were pretty! Imagine how cool it would look with three layers! I have a feeling this pan is going to get a lot of use with me! The outside of the cake is decorated with little candy corns. How cute is that!