Checker Board Easter Cake

A few weeks back Bryn sent me a link to a video tutorial for the coolest rainbow cake I've ever seen. He told me I needed to learn how to make it, but I couldn't justify making one on a whim.  See, the thing is I love baking things, but I really only want to eat a bite or two - the rest usually ends up in the garbage after sitting on the kitchen counter for a week.  When mom and I decided to throw a Pinterest-inspired Easter lunch for the family, I decided it was the perfect time to test out the cake!

(I got over excited and completely forgot to take pictures of mixing up the batter!)

(We bought our cookie cutter rings from Hobby Lobby.)

We adapted the recipe a little bit...ours was only three layers/colors and we used larger cake pans than the video recommends, so our checkers were a bit more rectangular than square.  We also cheated and used boxed cake mix and frosting...once I find a from scratch recipe that you actually want to eat, I'll be happy to use it, but until then box mixes just taste better.  We also skipped some steps, like trimming off the brown bits and evening out the cake layers...again, those are things I'll save until I'm a cake baking expert!

Mom and I were SO happy with the results!  The colors were bright and it definitely looked like a checker board when we cut into it.  Everyone agreed that it looked really cool.  

Even though it took a little bit of time to put together, it was actually really easy to make and would be ideal for a kid's birthday party.  We all agreed you could even use Mardi Gras colors for your Mardi Gras celebration, Christmas colors, your favorite sports team colors...the possibilities are endless!  Give it a go...if I can make one you can, too!

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