Orange and Chocolate Checkerboard Cake

Orange and Chocolate Checkerboard Cake

Where it all began – the Checkerboard Cake!

Our journey began watching television!

As a family we sat watching a cooking show on TV, and as we watched contestants on the show struggle with collapsing cakes and failing frostings, our then 10 year old son decided that he too would like to attempt to make a checkerboard cake!


He googled the recipe and I gathered ingredients and that very weekend we managed between us to create a near-perfect replica of the orange and chocolate checkerboard cake we’d seen on the TV show.

Like every proud mother I showed my Facebook world just what my amazing son had achieved and, before we knew it, he was getting orders from friends and family to make this spectacular treat for birthdays and parties all over the neighborhood.

This, coupled with his propensity to wear checked shirts, quickly earned him the title of the “Checkered Chef.”

Fast forward a couple of years and we now have a family business selling top quality kitchen products around the world!

The chocolate orange checkerboard cake is very impressive and actually a lot easier to make than you might think.  It simply involves baking 2 orange cakes and 2 chocolate cakes, cutting them into rings and assembling them with layers of delicious chocolate ganache in between.

There are special kits you can buy to cook your cakes into rings but, quite frankly, we tried one of these and it didn’t work – much better results are achieved by cutting the cake into rings after baking.
Scroll to the bottom of the page to watch a video and see how easy it is.
Here is the recipe we use: