Checkerboard Cake

4 Feb


1 box yellow cake mix
1 cup milk
1 package (3 oz) cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 eggs
1/2 box (4-serving size) strawberry or orange-flavored gelatin

1 container Whipped fluffy white frosting
Yellow food color

Easy Flow white decorating icing (from 6.4-oz can), if desired
Candy flowers, if desired


Heat oven to 350°F.
Grease and lightly flour bottoms and sides of three 9-inch round pans of checkerboard cake set.
Place divider ring in one of the pans, following manufacturer’s directions.
In medium bowl, beat cake mix, milk, cream cheese, vanilla and eggs with electric mixer on low speed 1 minute, scraping bowl constantly.
Beat 2 minutes longer.
Divide batter in half; stir gelatin into half of the batter.
Spoon batter into each pan and using divider ring, following manufacturer’s directions.
Bake 23 to 29 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool 10 minutes.
Loosen side of each cake from pan with metal spatula; turn upside down onto cooling rack.
Cool completely, about 1 hour.
Tint frosting with yellow food color until deep yellow color.
Using a thin layer of frosting between layers, stack cake layers so outside colors of cake alternate.
Place cake on serving plate; frost side and top of cake with frosting.
Decorate with decorating icing; garnish with candy flowers.
Store loosely covered.


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