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 threeÂ 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.
LindaAugust 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!
PaulaAugust 13, 2010
what a great idea!
have a nice time!
MarlyAugust 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 bakerAugust 15, 2010
this is fantastic! i have to get one of these. how impressive. looks delish!
TiffanyAugust 16, 2010
Cool! Very creative. It’s so unique. Isn’t it hard to bake a cake like that?
SueAugust 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!
Sarah from 20somethingcupcakesAugust 16, 2010
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!