Saturday, February 19, 2011

Mardi Gras Cake!

Hey everyone! I wanted to share a fun Mardi Gras cake today. A while ago our friends at CSN offered me a chance to do a review and one of the things I ordered was a Checkerboard Cake Pan.
Since I've never tried to make one before I thought I'd use cake mixes, it takes two. Use a mix with pudding in it, and use whole eggs (makes a thicker batter). Each mix makes approx 4 1/2 cups of batter, so I separated them into three bowls with three cups of batter in each and died them green, purple and yellow using Wilton Icing Colors Gel.
Next you pour the different colors into each section of the pan, one pan at a time. You wash the insert between pans. I'll have to spend some time on-line to see if anyone came up with how much batter each section holds. I was just pouring and hoping for the best...

After they cooled I leveled the top and stacked them on top of each other. 
Added a funky icing and then came the moment of truth...
Not perfect, but...
Not Bad!
This cake is a bit of a labor of love, but the end result is worth it! For a $10 investment in the pan
the possibilities are endless, holidays, baby showers, team colors, etc.
I think I made it crooked when I tried to unclip the insert from the sides of the pan. I'll work on that.
Anyone have any tips for using this pan?

52 comments:

  1. Very nifty! I've always wondered how those worked. I think your first attempt came out really well. Mardi Gras colors are the perfect choice for this pan.

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  2. lovely cake! mmmm I have made King cakes, more like bread, but not a pretty Mardi Gras cake

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  3. Such a beautiful cake! Blessings, CAtherine

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  4. What a fun cake! This looks great, Lynn! ~ sarah

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  5. How fun is that! There are all kinds of occasions to make great cakes with these..great find.

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  6. You are such a Martha Stewart in the kitchen! I love the Madri Gras cake! Yummy! HPS too!

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  7. Wow, that is Quite a cake! I was SO Surprised at the fun colors you used...
    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Hugs, Donna

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  8. That is a beautiful cake. Very festive.

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  9. Those pans are alot of fun. For my sister's shower, she knew she was having a boy. I did this cake in blue and white so when she cut the cake everyone saw what she was having. I decorated the top of the cake with a pregnant lady and wrote "What's Loretta Having?" on it. Lots of fun!

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  10. Lynn, that looks so cool. I'd love to make a cake like that!

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  11. I saw this and said out loud, "Pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty!" I guess that means I thought it was very pretty. I love the colors and I love the checkerboard effect. What a fun cake. I am sure it was delish, delish, delish, delish too! (Wow, that was hard to type!)

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  12. Wow! Very festive, and I love the icing! Confetti!!

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  13. oh wow, when i scrolled down to see the photo of the sliced cake, i didnt expect the checkered pattern !

    very pretttyyyy (:

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  14. I love those colors....I got the same pan .( I bought it during my last travel in USA)...but never used....I have to !!!

    Have a GREAT Sunday, hugs, Flavia

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  15. Love your cake! Perfect for Mardi Gras :-)

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  16. I had to do a bit of catching up on your blog. I've bookmarked the wonderful Blueberry Scone recipe. Can't wait to try it. The newest little pig is so adorable. F F things are so well done -- such bright, clear colors. The Mardi Gras cakes looks divine. Is that what they call a King Cake? Would you believe I lived my first 12 years of life in LA & never went to Mardi Gras? Heck, we never went even close to New Orleans! My parents were strange about that kind of thing. Anyway, the cake looks delicious & it's getting bookmarked, too.
    CAS

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  17. I think it looks fabulous....and delicious. I'm planning on making Mardi Gras cupcakes today....cause I'm lazy.

    Next weekend we will celebrate Mardi Gras with jambalaya and king cake.

    I hope you had a wonderful weekend. La

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  18. Cool cake, Lynn...bet it tastes as good as it looks, too!

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  19. Whoa!!! I love that cake and your funky frosting. I bought that pan but haven't used it yet. Now I can't wait.

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  20. Lyn - Thanks for stopping by to comment. I love the smiling pig symbol you left behind! Guinea hens are wonderful if you can take the noise. I bet they would love your multi-colored cake. I could never make anything like it but it sure looks delicious.

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  21. That turned out great. I have never used one of these pans so, no tips from me.

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  22. Hi Lynn,
    that looks really happy and so perfect for Mardi gras.
    Greetings, Johanna

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  23. What a cute Mardi Gras cake and so creative.

    Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

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  24. Wow! I, too, have often wondered whether or not those dividers work. I love gadgets (Thanks for the gadget party, by the way.), so I guess this is moving to the top of my list. The decorating on the outside is great as well. Sets the tone.

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  25. LOVE this cake! I also love the cake pan...I have always wondered about those and thought they would be cute and after reading your post, I see they are! Thanks for stopping by my little farm!
    xo,
    Caroline

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  26. HI Lynn! How fun is that! Love the Mardi Gras colors! As the Cajuns say...Laissez les bons temps rouler!...hugs...Debbie

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  27. Beautiful cake! I think you did a wonderful job on it. I'll be thinking about doing one of these for the grands...I know they'd love the colors.

    xo
    Pat

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  28. oh I love the checkerboard cake.. what pretty colors too..

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  29. I've always wanted a pan like this...
    So cool with all your pretty Mardi Gras colors.
    Jane (artfully graced)

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  30. What a cool looking cake! I love the Mardi Gras colors!

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  31. It looks beautiful, Lynn! I have a checkerboard pan from years ago and I had the same problem with the checks coming out a little wavy unless the batter was very thick. I love the Mardi Gras colors of your cake ...wonderful idea!

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  32. Wow-that is too cool. I love this. That is a festive cake. I can imagine all the fun colors you could do for holidays and special events. :)

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  33. That is one awesome cake! I love the surprise when you cut into it :o) BTW Thanks for visiting my blog. Aubrie @ http://amamab.blogspot.com

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  34. Oh my goodness that is absolutely fabulous. I could jump right in and grab a piece!!! ~~Sherry~~

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  35. Oh so love the cake pan, askew or not!! What a lovely cake this turned out to be. You have certainly made me want it. Thanks for dropping by and leaving your very kind comments. Have a happy week!

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  36. Good morning Lynn, Yes I am finally feeling much better. Thank you for your faithful visits that I appreciate so much. I thought I was able to do more than I could but I am truly on the mend now. It will be two weeks tomorrow and the stitches come out tomorrow. Oh happy day.

    Your beautiful cake is amazing. I am so proud of you. I have never seen a checkerboard pan so no help from me. I don't think anyone could have done a better job. I love the colors you used. The dripping icing just topped it off.

    I just caught a glimpse of your previous post and I am taking a look now.
    Warm hugs, Jeanne

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  37. Omigosh, that is so cool! I'm thinking I should have a Mardi GRAS party just to give it a try. Now that my mind is working I can think of so many colic combinations that would work for a number of occasions. I'm going to look for a checkerboard pan today. Suggestions?

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  38. I've always wondered how hard those checkerboard cakes were. Yours looks great to me.

    I'm so lame in the kitchen...

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  39. I think it came out great!!! I have one of those pans that was my mom's. Never out of the box, must be 40 years old! You did a great job!

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  40. Are you kidding me? It's about perfect. I think you did a great job on it.
    Aren't our friends at CSN amazing and generous.!
    I have a nice giveaway coming soon.:))
    xoxo bj

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  41. Well, how cute is that! Love that cake and the pan is a must have Ÿ

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  42. THat is super cool! You are right - you could use that for all kinds of things.

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  43. That is a cool cake pan, lot of great ways to use the pan. New follower.

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  44. What fun! And, I know it tastes as good as it looks. I live in the land of Mardi Gras and this sounds much yummier than our traditional King cake.

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  45. That is the cutest cake I have ever seen! How fun!!~

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  46. This cake looks GORGEOUS!! Bravo to all the hardwork and detail your put into this cake- it's just so lovely!

    xx,
    Tammy

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  47. Your cake looks lovely, Lynn! I plan to make a King Cake but I think yours is more creative and probably tastier too!
    Blessings, Beth

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  48. WOW! That is so cool and not to mention delicous!

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