My purchase of that checkerboard cake pan set last week meant I had to try baking this cake over the weekend, and I have to say I was pleased with my inaugural attempt!
I won't be sharing this recipe until I tweak it a little, but the flavors I chose were jasmine tea for the yellow part and matcha for the green. I got ready to bake and found I didn't have enough milk, so I substituted some Greek yogurt, which I absolutely adore. The end result was a cake that tasted good but a little too much like a nice poundcake, and I'm aiming for lighter, fluffier layers.
Also, next time I will use the tip recommended by the ever-thoughtful Mary Jane and pipe the batter into the pans using a pastry bag, but I happened to be out of bags and was too impatient to wait until I could go get some. (Anyone else that way?) So I spooned the batter into the rings of the pan (shown here in last week's post), and it was like magic to me that the colored batters do not run together. (I noticed my squares on the cake didn't line up perfectly, so I will be working on that, too.)
Since the cake wasn't super sweet to start with, I decided to splurge a bit with buttercream frosting, which pretty much makes anything taste great. So while it's not perfect, yet, I was pretty happy with my first checkerboard cake and can't wait to try it again. Stay tuned!