Jun 11, 2015

Checkerboard Cake Recipe / Vanilla & Chocolate Checkerboard Cake Recipe

This is one cake which i wanted to bake for quite a long time. Finally i achieved it last week and i wanted to share it as soon as possible..This is one cake which you can bake on any special occasions, it makes the occasion even more special...

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I made this cake from scratch, even the template. But you can take a shortcut and use this ready template, print it and use it. The cake pan which you have to use is a 18 cm standard round cake pans.

Hopw you will try this and let me know how it turns out for you..

Preparation Time :  1 hour
Baking Time : 1.30 hours
Makes : 10 to 12 slices
Source: Bakers Corner


For Cake:
All Purpose Flour / Maida - 4 cup / 480 grams
Granulated Regular Sugar - 2 3/4 cup / 550 grams
Oil or Melted Butter - 1 1/4 cup / 300 ml
Milk - 1 3/4 cup / 420 ml
Eggs - 6
Baking Powder - 4 1/2 tsp
Salt - 1 tsp
Vanilla Essence - 1 tblspn
Cocoa Powder - 1/2 cup / 60 grams 
Chocolate Butter Cream Frosting as needed (Recipe here)

Other Stuffs:
Two 18 cm Round Baking Pan
Plain paper - 1
Measuring Scale


Preheat oven to 160 degree C. Grease two 18 cm cake pan very well with oil and dust it with flour. Coat flour on all sides, tap off the excess and set aside.

Take flour, salt, baking powder in a sifter. Sieve well. Take it in a bowl.Add in sugar, eggs, milk, oil and mix well.Divide the batter into two bowls. 

In one bowl add vanilla and mix well. Pour this into the prepared pan and bake for 40 to 45 mins untill the toothpick inserted comes out clean.Remove it and let it cool a little, now invert it in a cooling rack and let it cool.

Now in the other bowl, add in sifted cocoa and mix well. Pour this into the prepared pan and bake for 40 to 45 mins untill the toothpick inserted comes out clean.Remove it and let it cool a little, now invert it in a cooling rack and let it cool.

Now make butter cream icing and set aside.

Prepare template as mentioned in the pictures or print here from here.

Cut the dome from the cake, place the template over it and secure with toothpick. Now cut the cake through that. Do this for all 4 cakes.

Now start with chocolate cake, spread icing over the sides, place a vanilla layer in it and spread icing in the side and place a chocolate layer in the middle.

Do this for all 4 cakes.

Now take a chocolate cake in a plate, spread icing over it, place vanilla cake over it and spread icing over it. DO this for all cake layers.

Spread icing all over it and spread on the sides as well.

Chill the cake for 2 to 4 hours before slicing. Serve.

Check out this quick video:

First lets make the cake..

Oil two baking pan and dust it with flour and coat on all 
sides, tap off the excess and set aside..

Take flour in a sifter

add in baking powder

add in some salt

sieve and set aside

take it in a bowl

add in sugar

add in oil

add in eggs

add in milk

mix well

now the batter is done
divide the batter between two bowls
now take a bowl

add in vanilla essence in this
mix well

Pour it into the prepared pans

bake them..

remove it and set aside to cool down

now sieve cocoa powder

add this to another batter

mix well 

Pour this into the pans and bake

remove it and set aside to cool


now lets make the template to cut the cake..first place the cake pan over the paper

draw over the pan

like this

now use a scale and mark the middle point,

divide each side in to three portions

use a compass to draw round

now you have to cut it

cut the center again

now you will get something like this

now cut the dome off the cakes

take a vanilla cake

place the template over it

secure it with toothpicks

cut the center

cut off the other side as well

now both cakes are done

take chocolate cake

do the same

i made batch of buttercream..Recipe here

take a slice of chocolate cake

spread cream in the sides

place a vanilla cake 

spread icing in the center

place a chocolate cake in the middle

now take a vanilla cake, spread with icing

place a chocolate cake in them

spread with icing

place a vanilla cake in the middle

now take the chocolate one in a plate and spread icing over it

spread evenly

place vanilla cake over it

repeat with all cake layers

no spread some more icing over it

spread around the sides

spread evenly


Chill for 2 hours

slice and serve


  1. Soooooo nice and very hard working thanks for the post.....

  2. Oh!!! That looks really complicated, you made it look simple.... Can I know how much time you took to complete the cake, right from assembling your ingredients... Thanx in advance

  3. Hats off arathi madam great job u have done. Its looking awesome wow

  4. Excellent. You made it look so damn easy..... Hats off 2 u

  5. Excellent. You made it look so damn easy..... Hats off 2 u

  6. Amazing creativity...wud luv to try it vry soon thnx :)

  7. Amazing creativity...wud luv to try it vry soon thnx :)

  8. Perfectly layered ....lukng osm :-)

  9. You are awesome aarthi...
    I didnt saw this type of cake anywhere..

  10. Excellent Demonstration!! Great Culinary and Engineering Skills!

  11. Wow superb and creative too.

  12. How to make butter cream?

  13. Fantastic checker board cake arthi... Great job... Very clearly explained too...

  14. Arthi,

    usually i dont comment in ur blog. just use to read & leave. but can't move for this post as like before! what a patience & dedication towards the process! awesome..

  15. Wowwwwwww superb aarti to surprise anyone. Can u plz suggest substitute for eggs

  16. I was always terrified of trying this cake, since the entire process felt complicated. Hats off to you.....i still am aware it's hard work but am feeling more confident pulling it off successfully this time around.

    Fantastic job Aarthi!!!

  17. Hi Arthi, this is awesome, needs lots of patience. Can you please let me know the time you took to complete the cake.
    - Preethi

  18. Amazing, You are active, talented and dedication towards your blog.
    Thanks for all your lovely recipes. Tried many of your recipes. Great Job

  19. Such an awesome and dedicated effort...great work...

  20. U nailed it..!!! Excellent patience and dedication. ..keep up the awesome work going. ..

  21. Aarthi I love this cake my husband ordered this cake for my bday when we are in love I really love it thanks aarthi

  22. Hi aarthi, it is simply great. I admire ur creativity, hardwork and dedication. Keep up the good work.

  23. Substitute for eggs?? And how much

  24. Awesome cake...I really don't have words to praise ur creativity,patience and ur interest in trying out new recipes... Keep up ur good job...

  25. Extraordinary cake and awesome effort!

  26. Awesome... really superb... fantastic. Clearly u have explained. Perfect..

  27. Super very nicr

  28. Really awesome superb have no words ... Amazing creativity

  29. Great work.. That shows your love for the work you do..

  30. Super u did a very hard work well done

  31. Great job aarthi...i am a beginner in cooking and mostly follow your recipes....this recipe is wonder for me.

  32. Nice arti good job

  33. a big pat on your back. Salute to your patience skill and attitude to share.
    am a big fan of yours.

  34. a big pat on your back. Salute to your patience skill and attitude to share.
    am a big fan of yours.

  35. Excellent work... superb creativity ......
    Substitute of eggs n in this recipe ...

  36. Excellent creativity ...

  37. Excellent creativity ...

  38. wow Aarthi.... there is no limit for your awesomeness.... keep up your good work. hats off to you

  39. Excellent job done.. The cake luk awesome..Great job aarthi. U always tries diffrent recipies which evryone thinks it is difficult to prepare at home. Hats of to ur effort.

  40. Wow ,superb Aarthy.Proceed as u r.V r der to support u

  41. Great work...salute for ur patience...:-)

  42. Appreciate your efforts Aarathi....Good Job..

  43. @Anonymousfrom start to finish it took around 2 to 3 hours, except the cooling time of the cake

  44. @Anonymoushere is the link for buttercream

  45. Ur measuring cup measures 200 grm or 250 grm?

  46. @Anonymousmy 1 cup measuring cup weighs 240 ml

  47. Wow ... The day i buy an oven .... I will start with this cake...m absolutely tempted to make it now.. But making in pressure cooker will be way too time consuming ...love love love... It... Your rainbow cake is very tempting too ..

  48. dear arthi

    can we make the checker cake with recpie of pineapple cream cake. i mean the sponge we use for pineapple cream cake(butter/oil less) can we use that sponge for this cake.

  49. @Anonymousno i dont think it will work. you can use my eggless sponge cake or vanilla cake recipe

  50. Your pictures are so clear and easy to follow Aarthi! Will surely try this. Has been on my list! Thanks for sharing the recipe and method!

  51. Aarthi, can I
    prepare the batter keep it in fridge n bake it later?

  52. @hafsa imdadi am not sure keeping the batter in fridge and baking later..u can infact bake the cake and keep in fridge

  53. Hi Arthi finally made the checkerboard cake inspired from your blog...IT turned out good and I used wheat flour..so healthy too.

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  55. Hi aarthi
    I tried this cake for my sons birthday. It was my first time and I have to admit I had some issues. My cakesnwere too crumbly for some reason due to which my outer rings broke. I ended up with a crooked cake. Thankfully the checkerboard effect was good and tasted better than it looked from outside.
    Inspite of refrigerating the cakes i dont know why my sponges were crumble and sticky. But thankyou for making this complicated saga so much easier. The theme for my sons bithday was checks and this was perfect.

    If you could tell me my error I would be gratrfull.

    1. i think there must be something wrong with the measurements

  56. Hi Aarti, can we make the measurements to half ? Whether we will get the same checkboard effect???with two cakes instead of 4 cakes?

    1. Yes u can make two cakes. it will be a two layered checkerboard

  57. Hi Aarti, can we make the measurement half and make two cakes instead of 4? Whether it gives a checkboard effect with two cakes???

  58. Can I use black magic cake recipe here instead of the chocolate cake recipe

  59. Hi Aarthi,
    Baked this cake and everyone had a surprise when the first piece was cut (including me ;) ) thank you very much...


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