With the 4th of July just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to make a practice cake with my new Wilton Checkerboard Cake Pan Set. While it’s meant to be used with two cake colors I decided to press my luck and go with three. After all, it just wouldn’t be very patriotic of me not to include red, white and blue! Let me tell you though, red cake batter is not easy to make. I ended up using almost an entire container of concentrated gel color and it still looked like a night club neon pink before baking.
I was a bit nervous using the plastic divider that came with the set … I always get a little messy when it comes to moving cake batter from the bowl to whatever baking pan I’m using. Once I got the hang of it, I found that I was wishing the set included 3 plastic dividers so I didn’t waste time washing it each time I went to fill each of the 3 cake pans.
The idea here was to make sure each layer had a block of red, white and blue so I did the pattern differently with each pan.
I have to say, they baked up absolutely beautifully and the neon pink batter even calmed down a bit and turned more of a cardinal red.
I stacked each layer in a red, white and blue scheme and decided to leave out the buttercream between each layer.
Add a thick coating of white buttercream and some patriotic sprinkles. I also took a shortcut here with the cake border and found some Wilton Ready-to-Decorate Icing in red and blue. These each come with 4 free tips.
With one big slice out of the way I revealed a really beautiful checkerboard pattern of red, white and blue! I wish they had lined up a little better but I suppose this is something I’ll master with more practice.
Got leftover cake batter? Why not make some red, white and blue cupcakes … they come out so cute when topped with white frosting and some patriotic sprinkles.
Disclosure – All products demonstrated were purchased by me.