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Day 12 ❄︎ Christmas Checkboard Cake

For the last day of The 12 Baking Days of Christmas, I thought we should end with cake. And since we’re fully immersed in the hectic holiday season, I’m going to show you how to save time by turning store-bought, boxed cake mixes into a magical Christmas checkerboard cake!

For the last day of The 12 Baking Days of Christmas, I'm showing you how to save time by turning box cake mixes into a magical Christmas checkerboard cake!

Like the marbled cupcakes, my kids helped make these cakes, too. They love to bake and ready-made mixes are perfect for them. We used a box of red velvet and a box of classic white, which we dyed green with food coloring. We made both cakes according to the directions on the box in 8″ round cake pans.

For the last day of The 12 Baking Days of Christmas, I'm showing you how to save time by turning box cake mixes into a magical Christmas checkerboard cake!

Here’s how to assemble them into a checkerboard pattern:

For the last day of The 12 Baking Days of Christmas, I'm showing you how to save time by turning box cake mixes into a magical Christmas checkerboard cake!

(1)  Our cakes had domes after baking, so I first had to level them. Using a bread knife or cake leveler, carefully cut across the tops until the cakes are flat and about the same height.

(2)  Print out paper templates for 6″, 4″ and 2″ circles. Center templates on the cake and carefully cut around with a sharp knife. To avoid lifting the template for each circle, you can (a) cut each template and keep them in place with a couple toothpicks, or (b) cut the template into a spiral so it’s one piece with a groove for the knife to follow. I’ve tried both ways with equal success.

(3)  Repeat with the other cake. The cakes should now have 8″, 6″, 4″ and 2″ rings.

(4)  Switch the 6″ and 2″ rings from cake-to-cake to create an alternating color pattern. Transfer one of the patterned cakes to a cake board, securing it with a glob of frosting. Add frosting between layers and place the other patterned cake on top — upside down so the bottom provides a perfectly flat top. Frost and decorate.

 

Speaking of frosting, I used my signature vanilla cream cheese frosting for this cake, too. I feel like a one-trick pony, but it really is that good! It’s not sickening sweet or overly buttery; just rich, creamy and delicious. And it goes with just about any cake. I wish shoes were so easy.

For the last day of The 12 Baking Days of Christmas, I'm showing you how to save time by turning box cake mixes into a magical Christmas checkerboard cake!

Even if your cake frosting skills need improvement (like mine), a ton of well-placed sprinkles can hide fix the flaws. Sprinkles are your friend!

For the last day of The 12 Baking Days of Christmas, I'm showing you how to save time by turning box cake mixes into a magical Christmas checkerboard cake!

Ok, let’s cut this cake and see what’s inside!

For the last day of The 12 Baking Days of Christmas, I'm showing you how to save time by turning box cake mixes into a magical Christmas checkerboard cake!

Now, if that doesn’t say, “Merry Christmas!”

It has truly been my pleasure sharing my love of baking with you this holiday season. To recap The 12 Baking Days of Christmas 2017:

Day 12 ❄︎ Christmas Checkerboard Cake
Day 11 ❄︎ Make-Ahead Breakfast Casserole
Day 10 ❄︎ Mini Caramel Apple Pies
Day 9 ❄︎ Red & White Marbled Cupcakes
Day 8 ❄︎ Red Velvet Cookies
Day 7 ❄︎ Homemade Cornbread Stuffing
Day 6 ❄︎ Homemade Cornbread
Day 5 ❄︎ Rudy’s Gingerbread Loaf
Day 4 ❄︎ White Chocolate Bark: Two Ways
Day 3 ❄︎ Cranberry Orange Scones
Day 2 ❄︎ Skillet Sugar Cookies
Day 1 ❄︎ Gingerbread Whoopie Pies

I hope you were inspired to try a few new recipes, and if you did, I’d love to hear about your experiences in the comments section below. Wishing you a merry everything and a happy always!  — v.

For a black and white checkerboard cake,
please visit A Nightmare Before Christmas Birthday.

Checkboard Cake // Check out this frightfully fun birthday party inspired by Tim Burton's movie, The Nightmare Before Christmas.

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2 Responses to Day 12 ❄︎ Christmas Checkboard Cake

  1. Kathleen Conery December 19, 2017 at 4:49 PM #

    Circles? So simple… and not what I was expecting…

    What a fun series! I’m inspired to try a few of your recipes, and I’ll definitely report back on my successes! (Notice I do not mention the real possibility of non-success?)

    • v. December 27, 2017 at 12:17 PM #

      Thanks so much for following and commenting on the series, Kathleen! I’m very much looking forward to hearing about your baking successes and sharing more with you in the new year! Happy holidays!

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