Red/White Check? La Course!
I love a wonderful checkerboard design! And I’m nearly like a moth to a flame when it comes to red/white checks…. or black/white shoes. Seriously. Send/Don’t send help.
We returned from attending the final stage of Le Tour de France a week ago. And this year, professional women cyclists participated La Course, a one-day stage on the Champs Elysees!! It was so exciting to watch the women race and battle it out; many in the crowd near where we established our little beach head came to Paris specifically to watch the women.
|Note, the podium girls are dudes in suits for the women racers!
BikePortland.com (Photo: Luc Revel)
A few hours after the women finished, the men came flying through! I really love attending the end of a stage of Le Tour. The excitement and crowds and athletes all make for a good times. And, my life partner and I get to hang out together.
Which leads me up to this cake… while the black/white checkered flag signals the end of many races, the map for La Course indicated the finish line with a red/check. Oh yeah. That’s a cake!
Anyway, about a year ago I tried this checkerboard design with orange and yellow – and I loved how it turned out. This time wasn’t quite as successful, for this reason… I poured a few cupcakes thinking the layers would be tall enough, but trimming them down level would have made the layers simply too thin! Gah. Hot tip: Don’t skimp on layers when making a checkerboard cake – trimming down is exponentially more successful than having uneven layers that produce a wonky checkerboard.
I used my fav White Cake, divided it in two, and tinted only one half of the batter (I used liquid red and barely a half-drop of blue). The almond flavor of this White Cake is amazing; I don’t know I rarely bake this cake…it’s really delicious. Pairing this cake with Almond Buttercream is a super combination.