At the weekend, it was my Dad's birthday and I'd had my eye on this cake recipe since I saw it in the Great British Bake Off recipe book. I was quite please with the way that this turned out. I've never tried one of these cakes with a design hidden inside before, but with this one you just piped the cake batter in rings rather than cutting things out and fiddling that was. It was definitely easier, but the result wasn't 100%. You can see some bits where the checkerboard squares aren't quite square! I am a perfectionist though and I will always pick at my own work.. The overall effect is pretty good though! The sponge was a little bit dry, maybe I slightly overcooked it. The ganache was amazing though, I love icing cakes with ganache. I had a leftover slice the day after warmed up so the icing went runny, with cream poured over the top. Delicious.
If you fancy having a go yourself, have a look at the checkerboard cake recipe.