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5 from 18 votes

Checkerboard Cake

Prep time
20 mins
Cook time
18 mins
Total time
38 mins


  • 1 or 2 boxes of yellow cake mix depending on how many layers you want to make (or use cupcake recipe)
  • 1-2 containers of chocolate frosting (or use chocolate frosting recipe)
  • food dye
  • eggs
  • butter or vegetable oil
  • water


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Follow the directions on the box or according to the recipe.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the cake ingredients to make cake batter. Divide evenly into 2 small bowls.
  4. Dye the cake batter with 2 different food dye colors such as blue and green or leave one as the yellow mix and dye the second one.
  5. Pour contents of small bowls into their respective cake pans and bake for 18-20 minutes or until cake is cooked.
  6. I recommend doing a smaller cake pan like 6 inch pan so the layers are thicker but you can do 8-9 inch pans.
  7. When the cakes cool, you may either use two cakes as is or cut the two cakes in half horizontally so you have 4 layers.
  8. Then use a bowl (smaller than cake) and cup (smaller than bowl) to carefully cut the cake into 3 circular portions.
  9. Stack cake layers so outside colors of cake alternate.
  10. Place cake on a serving plate and frost side & top of cake with frosting.
  11. Add sprinkles & other decorations as desired!
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Dish Type:
Dessert, Cakes
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