Here it is! The cake that I promised all of you!
My boyfriend's return cake. I have got to say, this cake was pretty time consuming. For some reason, I thought it would just be cake: boom, frosting: boom, chocolate pieces, boom, boom, done. But boy was I wrong.
I needed to redo those chocolate pieces so many times. And leveling cakes? Not my forte. I angled the camera so you could see the least amount of tilt, but I think you can still see how some of the pieces are almost falling off. (next time I will use this cake leveler )
Also, I needed to buy a lot of new stuff just to make this cake! There was the Chess Board Chocolate Candy Mold , the Chess Pieces Chocolate Candy Mold and the 12x12 inch square pan . You absolutely need to cake pan. Otherwise, the chess pieces won't fit on the cake!
But it was so worth it! Seriously, the end product looked amazing if I do say so myself. My boyfriend's mom even took a picture and put it on her Facebook.
You hear that? May cake is worthy of Facebook! So you know it's good.
And even though my boyfriend didn't get any of the double decker oreo fudge that I originally planned to make for him, he got this beauty.
This was a sort of tribute to when he was in Russia for 5 months, where we would play online chess together almost every week. Now how is that for a (late) Valentines day surprise.
So if you want to wow someone with a novelty cake, I would definitely recommend making this. This, or the burger cake with sugar cookie fries I made a while back. Because who doesn't like to play with their food?
Chess Board Cake
What you'll need:
- Chess Board Chocolate Candy Mold
- Chess Pieces Chocolate Candy Mold
- 12x12 square cake pan
- 2 1/2-3 cups dark chocolate candy melts
- 2 1/2-3 cups white chocolate candy melts
- Your favorite cake recipe, doubled. I used my moist chocolate cake recipe
- 2 3/4 cup icing sugar
- 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 6 tablespoons butter, softened
- 5 tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Melt the chocolate and place in the chess board molds. Place in the freezer for 5 minutes, and repeat until you have 32 black squares, 32 white squares and all of your chess pieces.
- Place the chocolate in the chess pieces molds. Place in the freezer for 5 minutes and repeat. To connect the chess pieces, place some melted chocolate in between the flat sides and press together.
- Mix together the ingredients for your cake, and bake in the oven at 350˚F for 40 minutes.
- Let the cake cool. When the cake is cool, take a serrated knife and level the cake.
- In a large bowl, mix together the chocolate frosting ingredients until fully combined. Frost the cake, and arrange the chocolate chess board pieces on the cake, and place the chocolate chess pieces on top. Enjoy!