After dinner our family gravitates to the television. The majority of what we view is either cooking or food programs. We watch the food channel so much that dad has been saying, “Can we watch something different besides food?” Recently we have been enjoying ‘The Great Australian Bake Off ‘ and were amazed at the episode featuring the Chocolate and Orange Checkerboard Cake, the contestants had to make under the technical challenge. The cake is four layers high covered with chocolate frosting and as you cut a slice the inside reveals a checkerboard pattern. My birthday was this week, which I share with my nanna so I decided to bake this cake for our big day.
On your marks, get set…BAKE!
The cake itself is very simple to make. It consists of one chocolate and an orange butter cake that you both divide to form 4 small cakes. The recipe says to bake all the cakes together on two levels and swap each batch half way through the cooking process. Since I only had two tins I cooked each batch separately. The only tricky part about this recipe is knowing how to create the checkerboard design. The template they provide for you on the website is not fitted to the actual size of the cake. After getting help from dad who measured the right size circles for me I was set to go! Once you understand the structure of the cake it is a lot of fun putting all the pieces together! To decorate I shaved chocolate and orange peel on top and also tried to make a flower out of the peel. I am still practicing how to make long chocolate swirls just like Jamie Oliver!
Once taken out of the fridge to set to room temperature, the cake is perfect to serve. The chocolate frosting makes this cake very moreish! Although the squares of my checkerboard pattern were not as even as I would have liked, I think judge Kerry Vincent would be proud. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it especially my uncle who said it was the best cake ever! I will definitely add this one to my repertoire!