1 Feb 2023

No Fondant Chess Board Cake | Easy and Simple Chess Cake | Checkerboard Cake

No Fondant Chess Board Cake | Easy and Simple Chess Cake | How to make a Chess Board Cake - In this post, we will see how to make a simple chess board cake without fondant. I made this cake for my husband's birthday, he is a chess freak and so is my son so they both were super excited with this cake!

  • Cakes - 9 inches cake, vanilla and chocolate
  • Melted dark chocolate - 100 gms
  • Melted white chocolate - 100 gms
  • Sugar syrup

  • Dark chocolate - 800 gms
  • Cream - 400 gms
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1. Ganache - to make the ganache, heat the dark chocolate and cream in a microwave, stir till it's smooth and homogeneous.
2. Leave this aside to set well. (preferably make it the previous day)
3. Melt dark and white chocolate separately and pour into the square and chess chocolate moulds, leave it in the freezer for 5 mins. Remove gently and set aside. (check pic below)
4. Fix two pieces of the chess piece together with a little chocolate to make a single chess piece.
5. Take 3 different square moulds to make the checkerboard cake.
6. Place the large square on the chocolate cake and cut the corners. Do the same with the vanilla cake too.
7. Repeat with the next two squares.
8. Now do a crisscross. Take the chocolate cake and place it in the vanilla cake and then take the vanilla cake and place it in the chocolate cake.
9. Soak one layer of the cake and spread ganache. Place the next layer of cake on the ganache and frost the entire cake. Leave in fridge for 30 mins.
10. Now place the squares and set the chess pieces.

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1. Melt the chocolate and cream in the microwave and mix till it's smooth and creamy.

2. Melt white chocolate and pour about 1/2 tbsp in each square to make the squares for the chess board. Leave it in freezer for 5 mins and then demould.

3. Add the melted chocolate in the chess piece chocolate mould too. 

4. Repeat the same with dark chocolate.

5. Add a little chocolate to each piece and stick together to make 1 chess piece.

6. Take two 9 inches cake, vanilla and chocolate.

7. Take 3 sizes of squares to make the checkerboard cake. If you don't have cake tins like this, you can make cardboard cutouts.

8. Place the largest tin on the cake on cut the corners.

9. Do the same with the vanilla cake too.

10. Repeat the same with the next 2 sizes.

11. Now take the smallest vanilla cake and place it in the chocolate cake and vice versa.

12. Do the same with the next layer of cake too.

12. Soak the cake with sugar syrup.

13. Fill the cake with ganache.

14. Lift the second layer gently and place it over the ganache.

15. Soak this layer too with sugar syrup.

16. Frost the entire cake with ganache and leave it refrigerator for 30 mins.

17. Now place the chocolate squares

18. Place the chocolate chess pieces

19. That's it an easy and simple, no fondant chess board cake is done!

1. I made the ganache and the chocolate pieces the previous day.
2. Watch the video for better clarity.

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  1. Hello! What size is the square mold, or the size of the square that comes out of it? Thank you!

  2. Hello again! What is the purpose of the sugar syrup?

    1. Just to keep the cake moist, you can leave it out :)


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