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Wilton Checkerboard Cake Review and Giveaway!- Closed

PhotobucketI was so excited to be able to do a Wilton Review. I LOVE Wilton products. I took all four Wilton cake decorating courses over a year ago and actually started teaching classes at Hobby Lobby. I think due to the economy, people were just not signing up for courses. Due to no interest and my husband’s schedule I gave it up. Anyway, back to the review 🙂 I was able to review Wilton’s Checkerboard Cake Pan Set, Wilton 25 pc. Basic Cake Decorating Set and two sets of pre-made flowers. I’d love to say I tried out a new recipe and made my cakes from scratch, but unfortunately I’m in the midst of packing to move and just didn’t have time. I ended up using a box of white and a box of strawberry cake mix to make this cake. I did make the frosting from scratch using Wilton’s buttercream icing recipe. This was a different recipe than I am used to. It’s different than the one published in the Wilton class books. This was the first time I used actual butter in a buttercream recipe! Instead of using clear vanilla this time I used some Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla. I’ll be doing a review of that and The Food Allergy Mama’s Baking Book soon. I love the way this buttecream frosting tasted. It was not as sweet as when I normally make frosting from scratch.

Checkerboard Set

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The pan set was very easy to use. You just alternate filling in the different sections of the dividing ring with each flavor of cake. You then lift the ring out, wash, dry and insert into the next cake pan. NOTE: be sure to only fill to the halfway point of the ring. I got to my last cake pan and did not have enough strawberry cake left. I had to dig cake out of my first pan in order to try to even it out. By doing that I screwed up the prettiness of the divisions. I was surprised that I ran out of cake. Going in to it I would have sworn I’d have leftover batter. (I guess I probably should have read directions somewhere, first!)

To be honest, this cake turned out to be one mistake after another. (
Definitely not a Wilton issue, but mine.) First I had the cake issue, not filling correctly, then while making my frosting I realized I didn’t have enough Crisco to make my normal frosting or enough butter to make the new recipe! Next I FINALLY figured out how to make my frosting smooth and then screwed it up after already coloring the remainder of my white frosting green for the leaves. I made my frosting too soft so it just melted. I didn’t center my pretty ring of flowers in the center and then rand my hand right into the top border and had no way of fixing it because I was out of white frosting.

Decorating Set

The set comes with: metal decorating tips 3, 16, 32, 104 and 352; 12 disposable 12 in. decorating bags; two tip couplers; 4 icing colors (.5 oz. each): Lemon Yellow, Pink, Sky Blue, Leaf Green; 1 1/4 in. flower nail No. 9; instruction booklet.

I only ended up using the star and leaf tip and the leaf green icing color from the kit. I wish I could have had the time to get more fancy with my decorating, but as it was I made the family miss Mass on Mother’s Day because I was decorating the cake.

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(You don't get to see the entire checkerboard effect because the person the originally cut the cake didn't cut to the center.)

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You can purchase any of these items used on the Wilton site, most craft stores and other chains.

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Disclosure: Giveaway ends May 27. Open to US residents only. Thanks to Wilton for providing a sample for review and the giveaway prize. Opinions are 100% my own.

Winner is #104 Jenny Ford


About the author

Paula Paula Krueger considers herself a "baby "chef, not because she cooks for babies, but because she's still learning how to cook. She started this blog after taking Wilton method classes and at that point was more interested in baking. She's since become more interested in learning to cook as her family has grown. She also covers product reviews and travel as well.

Paula About Paula

Paula Krueger considers herself a "baby "chef, not because she cooks for babies, but because she's still learning how to cook. She started this blog after taking Wilton method classes and at that point was more interested in baking. She's since become more interested in learning to cook as her family has grown. She also covers product reviews and travel as well.

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  1. I like and love their Hydragnea Cake and also their carousel cake….

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  4. Aww despite your setbacks, I think your cake turned out quite beautiful! I’m sure you can already guess but my favorite Wilton cake is the Brimming with Roses.
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  5. I know you aren’t overly proud of the cake, but it is beautiful. Remember no one else sees all the little things that you had problems with during the process (unless you tell them). The cake pan is really cool. I think it would be lots of fun to use. I was just checking out the Wilton idea section and I will have to remember to go back when I have another function. They have some very cute spring time cupcakes I would like to try. Now I am thinking when can I make them. http://www.wilton.com/idea/Snug-as-a-Bug-Cupcake

    Thanks!!

  6. Lynsey Jones says:

    Oh that separator thing is really neat! Looks delish!
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  7. polly k. says:

    salute the students cake is cute!

  8. The Working on your wishes cake is sooo cute: http://www.wilton.com/idea/Working-on-Your-Wishes-Cake
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  13. I like the Key to the City cake!

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  15. I’ve always wanted one of those checkerboard cake makers. I also want the giant cupcake cake one LOL
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  16. Don’t feel bad, my mother did the exact same thing. It still came out good, though.
    I love their home sweet home cake.
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  19. Love the The Princess Travels In Style Cake.

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  22. My checkerboard pans are some cheapos, Wilton pans would be so much better. I like The Princess’ Address Castle Cake.
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  25. I love love love the The Princess’ Address Castle Cake

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    I LOVE the The Princess’ Address Castle Cake I only wish I could actually make it!!!

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  37. i want the firetruck cake pan

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  43. Merrie L. says:

    My favorite cake is the “Pretty as a Present” cake.

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  51. The Key to the City! cake is awesome!

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  54. My fave is the cute Castles in the Air Cake

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  57. Christi says:

    I like the princess party cake. I have a 3 year old that is starting to create cupcakes with me. She would LOVE that cake. (BTW thanks for following me on Twitter. Without that I would not have found your blog.)

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  62. Beth Monson says:

    My fave is the pinstriped panache cake!

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    I follow you w/ GFC as Bethany

  64. I really like the Gifts in High Gear Cake at Wilton.
    This would be so cute for my grandsons 3rd birthday. He loves trucks!!

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  69. Natalie says:

    I love the princess cakes on the Wilton website.

  70. Julie L says:

    I like the baby doll cake

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  76. I love the Castles in the Air cake!
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  77. I love the cupcake kingdom castle cake might have to use that for next bday party
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  83. Debbie Lattuga says:

    Beautiful cake. MMMMmmmm. My favorite is the Princess Cake.
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    I really like the Love’s in the Stars cake – almost makes me wish I hadn’t already bought a cake topper for my wedding cake!
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  91. I love the Home Sweet Home Cake!
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  97. My Favorite cake is the Jammin in the Jungle cake

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  99. I love the Petite Fours Mini cakes – YUM!

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  116. The cupcake kingdom castle cake looks awesome!

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  119. Amanda A says:

    I like the study in success cake!!

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  126. kimberly says:

    My favorite Wilton Cake is the Pumpkin Roll Cake!

  127. kimberly says:

    I tweeted about your giveaway! http://twitter.com/kimmymay03/status/14844541597

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  129. I am a facebook fan of wilton…

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  131. My favorite wilton cake is the Spumoni Layer Cake…

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  135. My favorite cake is actually the checkerboard cake!!!

  136. Chocolate Turtle Cake is my fave, yummy!

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