Chequered Cake and some meaty Gaga

I don’t hate Lady Gaga , on the contrary I think she is one of the most theatrical performers of our age and while I have blogged about her outlandish dress sense in the past , her latest ‘meat bikini’ is taking it a bit too far , don’t you think.Ewwwwwwwww….

To get over the meaty taste that pic has left you with here is a very interesting cake that I made for my son’s 3rd birthday (it was last month).I first saw this gorgeous cake on Sunita’s blog knew I just HAD to try it. However I ended up using her recipe. Its a pretty straightforward recipe and while its a wee bit time consuming , the end result was just lip-smaking good!!!!!!Check out her website for detailed pics…

Chequered / Checkboard Cake( without a special pan)
Ingredients:

For yellow sponge :
3/4 cup All purpose flour
2 Eggs,at room temperature
1/3 cup oil
1/2 cup powdered Sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp baking powder

chocolate sponge:1/2 cup Refined flour/Maida

1/4 cup Cocoa powder
2 Eggs,at room temperature
1/3 cup oil
1/2 cup + 2tsp powdered Sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp baking powder

Filling
2 cups thick cream
1/2 cup powdered Sugar

Sugar Syrup:
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup sugar

Method:

Yellow Sponge:
Line a 9″ round tin with a baking paper and grease it with oil and as well the sides of tin.
Sift flour and baking powder together.
Separate egg whites from the yolks.
Beat egg whites in clean dry bowl till fluffy.
Add Sugar gradually,beating till thick,fluffy and retains shape.
Beat in the yolks and essence till thick and fluffy again.
Add oil gradually,beating till thick again.
Fold in flour gently with a wooden or metal spoon,by sprinking evenly in 2-3 batches.
Pour mixture into tin and level the top.Tap the tin gently to get rid of any large air bubbles.
Bake in preheated oven at 180 deg for 20 mins.
Insert knife or skewer in the center of cake,if it comes out clean ,remove tin from oven.After 5 mins,remove cake from tin onto a wire rack and let it cool.Cool the pan completely before proceeding to make the chocolate sponge.

Chocolate Sponge:Follow the same procedure as the yellow sponge cake just that add cocoa powder and sieve all the ingredients in the second step.

Sugar Syrup
Boil water along with sugar until it forms a nice syrupy liquid.Keep aside.,

Cream Filling
Beat the cream on medium speed till thick.
Only after it turns thick,then add powdered sugar and continue beating on high speed till you get the soft peaks.Chill it for some time.

Assembling the cake:

Level the cake gently using a knife(to cut) to form a uniform surface.
Based on the size of your cake take 2-3 cutters which form similar symmetric hollow circles gives 1″ width for each circle.You can use anything from the lid of steel containers to large cookie cutters to obtain similar results.

Gently press the cake with the cutters to get different symmetric circles and place them aside .
Place a chocolate sponge on the serving platter.Apply plain cream to the inner circles of the cake and apply cream again.Do the same with the remaining 1-2 circles to form first layer of the cake.Follow the same procedure to make the second layer and keep it aside.
Pour the sugar syrup mixture all over the cake to make it enough moist.
Apply a thin layer of cream and place the second layer of the cake.
Pour the sugar syrup mixture all over the cake to make it enough moist.
Apply the plain cream all over the cake and make sure that it is uniformly applied all over and on the sides.
Unleash your creativity and decorate(unlike me).
Chill it in the refrigerator and slice it gently and serve chilled.

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34 Comments

  1. I’m in cake heaven now, looks fantastic!

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    • Thanks so much all of you who have taken the time to post such wonderful comments. Im thrilled.

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  2. Checkered cake looks great! Never attempted so far,but yours is tempting a lot!

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  3. i put a comment… did it reach? confused

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  4. hi sheba! i thought she was cool in her own bizzarre way… to me it looked like a her sartorial take on women being looked at like meat/commodity… although she did mention it being a protest on the way US army treats gays. anyhow, suits her.

    nice nice cake :)

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    • hey..rajani how are u? U know i like Lady G a lot..and while i didnt know what her point was until i read ur comment…i still think she could have found a better way to voice her protest….:)

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  5. Gorgeous looking cake..wish to have a piece..:)

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  6. The less said about Ms Gaga’s sense of dress, the better ;-)

    Glad you liked the cake though; belated happy birthday to your little guy :-)

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  7. Jagruti

     /  September 14, 2010

    Forget lady gaga..just have this droolworthy cake !

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  8. In order of importance -
    1. Happy Birthday to your little man.
    2. I had bookmarked Sunita’s same recipe aeons ago. Thank you for resurrecting it from the blurry past. Not only am I behind on everyone’s posts, I am also knee deep in bookmarked links =(
    3. The second link on your post to the cake recipe doesn’t work for me ?
    4. Lady Gaga – I can tolerate her music, but she is pushing the envelope wayyyy too far. Her videos are even more blasphemous.

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    • 1.thank you
      2. you r welcome..
      3. I have corrected it..and thank YOU for bringing it to my notice
      4. Ya i LOVE her music…but this is *raised eyebrows*!!

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  9. I have heard of lady Gaga , all because of some gossip columns but frankly never heard her songs..I am still in my retro mood ..Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams and Celion Dions,,have never moved up from them :-) ..time to move up I guess..And certainly that was put in a very bad taste ..a horror in real I must say..
    love the checker board cake, it’s amazing how things can be done without the checker pan..Cake looks gorgeous S ..
    hugs and smiles

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  10. Gorgeous cake it is … must have been fun making it too…your kiddo must have been on seventh cloud i am sure.

    lady Gaga apparently has a fine fashion sense as i read that she is a fash grad from some prestigious inst.

    but such strong ( apparently ) statements through such an outrageous dress material is nonsense for me….

    but then we all have different taste..

    so many buts for the meat…:)

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  11. kitchen flavours

     /  September 13, 2010

    Lady Gaga …urrrgh….! Definitely not a fan of hers! The chequered cake looks amazing! Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe. You have a fabulous site here. Will be back to read your other posts. Have a nice day.

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  12. The cake looks super yummy, and the photo of Gaga…???=)

    Also, I’m helping promote my brothers band, The Great Flood Catastrophe, new music video.
    Here’s the link!!

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  13. And I forget to mention (I dun no why I have so much to mention always :) ) about my love hate relationship with Ms Gaga.Some of her things and music I adore but here such sense of fashion sometimes get pukish!
    Sinfully Spicy

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  14. Thanks Sheba for the lovely comments on my blog!
    I am really grounded by people who are such perfect bakers…you join my growing list.Loved all the recipes on your page.
    My most adventurous baking deed till date has been the marbled cake, else I do normal stuff! Would love tp push myself and venture out into this therapuetic world! :)
    Keep in touch!
    Sinfully Spicy

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  15. i agree with u about gaga..as much as i like her bizarreness this was a tad too much.
    Ah chequered cake…have had it quite a few times but don think il ever ahve the patience 2 make one..couldnt even manage a marble cake where you dont even have 2 follow a pattern.. :)

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  16. All interesting stuff here. :D Didn’t know much abt this Lady Gaga and all. It turns out some songs I like are hers. Catchy! Your cake looks great. Nice trick without the special pan!

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  17. looks lovely delicious

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  18. The checkerboard cake looks fabulous.

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  19. Wow..the slice looks awesome..I’ve been meaning to make this cake since forever..btw,the link to the original recipe does not seem to work!!

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  20. I also have got Sunita’s recipe bookmarked but here I have to for a special occasion to bake cakes. the cake looks perfect and very neat.

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  21. Ha, the association of meat and cake makes me think of that horrible armadillo grooms cake in Steel Magnolias – have you seen that? Your cake looks delicious though.

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  22. i think why your mum says you a lazy bum is coz you make all these time-consuming recipes and then you don’t have time for our thorans and roti sabzee :( i’ll sure try it out but only months later after getting hold of the chequered cake tin. i heard crawford market here has it all.
    i watched the documentary The September Issue about top-notch crew in Vogue. really liked it. that’s like the actual Devil Wears Prada. then we know the hathway-streep Prada is ONLY a movie in the real sense.
    travelling monday early morn…phew life is tough.

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  23. It’s been a while I visited here. :)

    Lady GaGa…uffff!!! but this world can’t neglect her anyway.

    Anyway, your chequered cake looks so good. Even I tried it from Sunita’s blog long time ago but didn’t turn out good as yours. Yours piece of cake is really nice. Belated b’day wishes to your son! :)

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  24. I agree with you…her meat bikni is actually…well, forget it!

    The chequered cake looks gorgeous though and belated birthday wishes to your son :-)

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  25. Irresistible and gorgeous chequered cake.

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  26. Its really Ewwwwwwwwwwwww……

    LOved the cake….I have the checkerboard cake pan and make out of that…..But oneday while surfing thru few baking book I got a very easy way to make checkerboard cake….Pour the two batter in to two pastry bags with a round big mouth tip…..Then pipe each batter alternatively in the first two pans making one inch circle ..Like first the white ,next the brown then again white…till you reach the center…then do the opposite design in the last pan….then bake and assemble….this a very easy way to make this cake…I will post soon…your version is very nice without the mold…

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    • wow kamalika that sounds so much easier than this method. Looking fwd to seeing ur post about it…

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  27. wow Sheba! This is the first time I am seeing a chequered cake without the special tin. This sure is a fun cake kids would love to eat and me would have fun making this:-)) Bookmarking this right away!!

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