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Checkerboard Loaf Pan

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Checkerboard Loaf Pan
Checkerboard cake pans have been around for quite some time. They’re round cake pans that come with a special insert that lets you add different colors or flavors of batter to the cake and keeps those components separate, so that the finished cake has a checkerboard-like appearance when sliced. They’re neat, but as with all layer cakes, sometimes you don’t feel like baking a really big cake. Enter the Chef Basics Checkerboard Loaf Pan. This pan is new to me and allows you to get that same neat checkerboard design in a loaf cake or bread.

Instead of one single loaf pan, this set comes with what looks like a loaf pan that looks like it has been divided up into three  long, flat sections and a divider. You place your divider into one of the pans, pour in your alternating batter colors, remove that divider and repeat the process with the next pan. The cake holds its shape surprisingly well during baking. You still have to stack these cakes up to finish your presentation, but the small cakes take little time to bake and are very easy to handle (compared to larger cakes that can be more fragile). The finished cake has a great look to it and, although I like the look of the classic checkerboard cake, seeing the pattern in a cake that is itself rectangular has a lot of appeal to it, too.

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  • Linda
    August 12, 2010

    That’s very clever. I have one of the layer pans–never used it. Just always seemed like more work than I wanted for a layer cake. Might be fun for a loaf cake. Thanks!

  • Paula
    August 13, 2010

    what a great idea!

    have a nice time!

  • Marly
    August 13, 2010

    What a lovely loaf cake. It looks like it would have taken a lot of work (don’t we all want our guests to think this??), but the cake pan you used makes it look very…what’s the word…do-able. I don’t think that translates into English, but I hope it gets the message across. Love it!

  • the urban baker
    August 15, 2010

    this is fantastic! i have to get one of these. how impressive. looks delish!

  • Tiffany
    August 16, 2010

    Cool! Very creative. It’s so unique. Isn’t it hard to bake a cake like that?

  • Sue
    August 16, 2010

    This cake looks GREAT! I have the checkerboard cake pan, but I really like the look of this loaf cake too! Thanks for passing on the find!

  • You just reminded me! I have one of these (a round one I think) that my sister gave me and I’ve never used. I’m going to have to dig it up!

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