Checkerboard Cake

So I am just going to start this off by letting you know that over the next 6 weeks or so my posting ability is going to be quite limited. Or I should say, I think it might be.

I may have mentioned before that my grandparents own a produce-store-that-actually-sells-everything store. And because they sell everything, of course they have a bit of a home baking operation going on. There is a great lady who has been doing the baking (in my grandmas certified kitchen) for 14 years!
14! FYI that is a long time.
Anyways, she broke something in her hand about a week ago and will be wearing a cast for 6 weeks. Obviously somebody has to step in a bake the pies and the bread and the sweet loafs and the cinnamon buns and the muffins and the cookies. Naturally, I offered. So last week I spent 2 days in the kitchen with the broken hand baker and she taught me the ropes. Basically, she doesn’t use recipes…and is super woman and can work harder and faster then anyone I know.

I think the whole time she was probably shaking her head at me as my pie dough ripped or my loafs got stuck in the pan or I spill flour/sugar/raspberries/etc. on the floor.
Anyways, I think I can do it, and I think it could be fun. I look forward to when I can do it by myself and crank up the radio and just get in to my baking world ( my favorite place to be! ).
I do have to mention that when her hand is healed, I will not be sad to give her her job back. I am sure it is going to be very tiring.

Especially becauseeeee ( changing the subject completely) Gary and I have to move. Well we don’t have to move, but we are moving. We get to start milking cows in May ( wohoo! this is Gary’s life long dream) on our own little dairy farm. Only it wont be our own cause we can only afford to rent a barn with a milking parlour etc. In BC it costs a lot to get started milking cows. Most people are either born into a dairy farm one way o another or start with the help of a program in place by the milk board. The problem with the milk board program is that if we put our name on the list…we could easily not get to start milking cows for 20 years!

So I need to stop rambling…but to summarize everything into point form:

a) In may we get to start milking cows ( ahem….12-15 cows…YES I am going to name them!)
b) On april 15th we are moving to a house much closer to the farm we will be renting then the house we live in now
c) I will get to milk cows too ( Sorry I shouldn’t say get…like its a pleasure to get up at 5:30 to go milk the cows…but hey..I will get an early start to my day!)
d) I am baking for the next 6 weeks 3 days a week for the Yellow Barn.
e) I am currently baking 2 9×13 cakes to attempt to make a checkerboard cake. Ok I didn’t talk about that before but I am now 🙂

Has anyone ever made a checkerboard cake? Do you even know what it is? Basically you make a chocolate and a vanilla/white cake. and then you cut it in a special way and put the pieces back together to make a checkerboard look when you cut into it.

With that great description I am sure you are all saying OHHHH I get it. or probably not..

This is what the top of mine looked like:

Next time I would have much more yellow icing and not run out so I could do more decorations 🙂
I did the words by printing a page off the computer in writing that I liked and then placing wax paper on top and basically copying the writing with my melted white chocolate (with a touch of yellow food colouring) 
and THIS was the inside! Surprisingly enough, this is the only actual picture I have of the inside of the cake..
I know, I know, way to be a good blogger. 
But I was cutting and serving and admiring my cake! 
Ok I am sorry this is taking me forever to post! I have been super busy baking for the yellow barn and starting packing our house! 🙂 
Ps. can I just say, I am sorry I talk so much!
I think its because my husband talks sooo much too that I don’t always get to say the millions of things I want to say and so then I end up saying them all on here and I could just write for ages and ages
I am sorry 
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5 thoughts on “Checkerboard Cake

  1. Wow! That's a lot going on. How much awesome baking experience are you going gain during the next little while??!! Sweet! And I'm sure while she's shaking her head at a young'in like yourself, it probably reminds her a bit of herself when she was just starting out too.Milking cows – you'll have to take pictures :)And the cake looks great!

  2. Thanks for the comment on my blog! I'll join you in the baking! My husband and a bunch of guys from his work all think I should try my hand at professional baking. Though your "predecessor" and her no recipes and superwoman-ness would be a hefty standard to meet…

  3. Thanks!! I feel like things are going good…. I have had 2 huge lemon loaf failures but todays batch turned out good enough to sell…so that was encouraging! I def. feel like I am learning a ton really fast. Practice makes perfect. 🙂 Though I have to say…it is a LOT of work! I will not be terribly sad when her arm is better!I am going to try and take some pictures really soon!

  4. Veronica – ok so I just tried to write out all the instructions… I think I should just make it again and then take pictures because my words dont really make sense. I found a tutorial online for round cakes and I used that as a guideline. Here is a link to a different recipe that has a bit of instruction in the beginning. http://seitanbeatsyourmeat.wordpress.com/2009/08/11/checkerboard-cake-and-tutorial-and-some-brownies/

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