Easy ‘square dance’ retro checkerboard cake (1950)

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This easy cake with a cute checkerboard-style is shown here in pink and yellow, but you could make it with any two-color combination that you like! And if you’re looking for a 1950s-style frosting to go along with it, take a look here.

Invite ’em… delight ’em with a square dance party cake

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Watch dancing stop and all eyes pop at the sight of this high, light, and luscious cake…

Square dance party cake (1950)

Easy 'square dance' retro checkerboard cake

Easy 'square dance' retro checkerboard cake

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 cups sifted cake flour
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons double-action baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/3 cups sugar
  • 7/8 cup milk (1 cup minus 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs, unbeaten
  • Food coloring


  1. Measure shortening into bowl.
  2. Sift flour once, measure; add baking powder, salt, sugar; sift onto shortening.
  3. Add vanilla to milk; add 2/3 milk; blend; beat 1 minute.
  4. Add eggs and remaining milk [and food coloring]; beat 2-1/2 mins.
  5. Pour 1-3/4 cups batter into greased and floured 8- by 8- by 2-inch pan.
  6. Bake in 350 (F) oven for 30 minutes.
  7. When cool, cut each layer in half.
  8. Arrange alternate colors to form "squares."
  9. Use butter frosting between layers, halves, sides and top.
  10. Dot with sweet chocolate.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 376Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 280mgCarbohydrates: 69gFiber: 0gSugar: 50gProtein: 4g

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