Tuesday, 30 July 2013

My birthday cake - Tutorial on how to do a dartboard or checkered cake

Today is my birthday and I feel really special as this year my 5-year-old son helps in baking my birthday cake. Few days ago, he came to me and said, "Mummy, I have no money to buy you a present. Can I bake a cake for you? Ok?" I was very touched by his sweet thoughts and agreed that we shall bake the cake together. So I asked him if he has any cake in mind that he would like to bake and he said, "Let's do something that you have not baked before." So, we looked through my long list of to-do bakes and settled for a 'dartboard' layered cake. Not sure what is the correct name for this type of cake, each layer does resembles a dartboard though.☺

To make this cake, you need a round baking pan preferably with a removable base and two mousse cake rings which are smaller in size than the cake pan.

Plain Sponge Cake Recipe

Ingredients : (makes a 6" round thick cake which can be easily cut into 3 layers.)

3 large eggs
75g cake flour
75g unsalted butter
75g fine sugar


1. Preheat the oven to 160 degree celsius. Grease and line a 6" round pan with baking paper.
2. Melt the butter using double boil method over the stove.
3. Sift the cake flour.
4. Add the fine sugar to the egg and use an electric mixer to beat till almost stiff peak.
5. Fold in the sifted flour and melted butter into the batter.
6. After the cake mixture is done, divide it into three equal portions and add in the colourings. (I used Wilton concentrated gel)
7. Bake each portion in the cake pan for about 15 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
8. Cool the cakes on a wire rack. Meanwhile, prepare the cream cheese frosting.

Here is my simple cream cheese icing recipe without using any lemon, vanilla extract or butter:

500g of Philadelphia cream cheese (room temperature)
160g of icing sugar (no need to reduce as sweetness is just right)

Soften the cream cheese at room temperature before beating it in a mixing bowl using an electric mixer on medium speed. Add in icing sugar gradually and mix till well blended.

Once the cake has cooled down, you can proceed to make the dartboard layers. I did not take the actual photos on how the cake was done as I was doing it together with my son. As we all know, little kids have very limited patience so I try not to delay with any photography which may kill my son's enthusiasm in baking a birthday cake for me. Instead, I have done a mock up using colour papers to show you how to achieve the checkered colours in the cake. Here you go:

When you are done with the three dartboard layers, assemble the cake together with the cream cheese icing you have prepared earlier on and decorate as desired.

Hope you find the above useful and helpful in making a dartboard or checkered cake. Have fun! ☺

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