Chess Board Cake

Chess Board Cake


Learn how to make a Chess Board Cake!

No matter how much video games increase in popularity day by day, there are some classic board games that will never be obsolete. I think Chess is definitely on the top of that list. Today we are going to make a Chess Board as a cake and produce all the Chess pieces out of pastillage. I will stick to a classic and simple design for the pieces and I hope this cake will give you the inspiration you need to make this cake for that special someone. For me, this cake is for my Grandson’s birthday, and after it’s complete, I intend on having a game with him, on the cake.

Downloadable Course Material

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Chess Board Cake Course Materials
This PDF document contains templates and guides to help you with this tutorial.

Tools, Materials, Ingredients & Recipes
Making the Chess Piece Bases
Making the Chess Piece Discs
Making the Chess Piece Tops
Preparing the Tiles
Placing the Tiles
Coating the Edges of the Board
Painting the Wood Grain
Making the Black Stripes
Glazing & Removing Cellophane
Placing the Chess Pieces on the Board
Final Thoughts
Total Duration

While not everything on this list is absolutely required, these are the things used in this tutorial video. Of course you are welcome to find alternative ways of doing things and we would love to hear if you've discovered an easier method or better tool to achieve good results. Please note that some items may be listed as sets, and it is usually recommended to have full sets, it may not be neccessary. In most cases, only one item from a set is actually used in the tutorial. Please watch the tutorial before purchasing any items to make sure you are not buying anything you don't need.
Tools & Materials
Cutting & Slicing
  • Set of knives
  • Craft knife
  • Pizza cutter
  • Box cutter
  • Set of scissors
Cutting & Slicing
  • Set of knives
  • Craft knife
  • Pizza cutter
  • Box cutter
  • Set of scissors
Rolling & Coating
  • Set of PVC pipes (30mm to 40mm thick, 40cm & 20cm long)
  • Rolling pin (30cm long)
  • Powder shaker (Filled with starch)
  • Needle or pin (to pop air bubbles)
  • Perfections strips
  • Fondant smoother
Perfection Strips Shop Online
Used to roll dough (fondant, pastillage etc.) to an even thickness.
Thick cardboard strip
34mm wide
Perspex strip

To push down pastillage pieces to create discs

Water Spray Bottle
Small Brush in Water
Ensure that brush bristles are not loose.
Confectioners Varnish Shop Online
Cellophane Shop Online
Digital Scale
1/10 g
Preferably with 1 gram increments.
Plastic knife
Fondant Smoother Shop Online
Round pencil
for modelling
Gel Food Colours Shop Online
Wet sponge
for wood grain
Oil Cooking Spray Shop Online
Colour should be as light as possible to prevent discolouration in the fondant or pastillage.
Recipes & Ingredients

1kg for 4cm(H) by 30cm(W) by 30cm(L) square.

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Pure Icing Sugar Source

800g white
300g black
500g light brown

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400g ivory
400g black
150g green

A thick sugar paste, similar to gum paste, that can be molded into different shapes and forms. When dried, it is hard and brittle. Unlike gum paste, pastillage dries much quicker and stronger. Made with gelatine, water and...[read more]
April 19, 2022

As always beautiful and very tidy! I love to see how you build up intrigate pieces (this time quite literal) from simple components. The tric with the horse is a piece of magic! Thanks again for yet another marvellous tutorial!

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One comment

  1. Ciara Marriott says:

    The list of ingredients/materials says Pure Icing Sugar (800g white, 300g black, 500g light brown). Should that be fondant instead of icing sugar?

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