Monday, December 26, 2011

Zebra Cake

Why settle for one flavor of cake when you can have the best of both worlds with a Zebra Cake? This beautiful cake is not only nice to look at, it tastes delicious and is surprisingly easy to make.

Frost or simply dust with powdered sugar. Either way, your cake promises to be a conversation piece.

Zebra Cake 
(Recipe from The Whimsical Cupcake adapted from King Arthur Flour)
((Printable Recipe))

1 cup sugar
4 large eggs
1 cup milk (1% or higher)
1 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons dark cocoa powder

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease a 9-inch round cake pan. Line with a parchment circle and grease the parchment paper.

2. In a large mixing bowl, blend the sugar and eggs for about 2 minutes.  On low speed, mix in the oil, milk, and vanilla.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt,  Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix for 1 to 2 minutes.  Scrape down the bowl half way through.

4. Remove 2 cups of the batter and set it aside in a bowl.  Sift the cocoa powder over the remaining batter in the mixing bowl.  Mix for about 30 seconds.

5. To make the stripes, spoon about 3 tablespoons of the vanilla batter into the center of the pan.  Next spoon 3 tablespoons of the chocolate batter into the center of the vanilla batter.  This will make the vanilla batter spread out.  Continue alternating the batter to make a bulls-eye.

6. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  Cool for 10 minutes and then turn out onto a wire rack to continue cooking.

7. Frost or dust with powdered sugar.

I had some left over batter that I decided to make into cupcakes.


Linked to: Foodie Friday, Sweet as Sugar Cookies, Skip to my Lou, The Better Mom, Inside BruCrew Life


  1. Love this. It is so beautiful too! You are so talented J!

  2. I have always wanted to make one of these. It looks great.

  3. How incredible does that look! What artistry!

  4. What a fun cake, I've got to try it. What fun.
    Have a Happy New Year.

  5. this is soooooo cute...i must try this soon!!!!

  6. This is SO cool. So impressive looking...I can't wait to give it a try!

  7. Wow! This looks amazing!

  8. This is really fun! Thanks for linking up. Just so you know I shared this on Skip to my Lou's facebook page.

  9. Love the look of those cupcakes! You made the Top 5 for last week's Sweets for a Saturday with this one.

  10. Just awesome. And so much easier than it looks. My kind of cake. Also, thanks for not using cake mixes, which are not my homies.

  11. Yummy! I posted a link to this recipe on my blog...thru my pinterest board.
    Jennifer @ The Craft Barn

  12. Made this as a red velvet cake today. Thanks for the inspiration. If you're interested you can have a look.

    1. Jeanie,
      I love it! Thanks for sharing! I'm going to share this over on my Facebook page. (I'm your newest follower but Facebook won't let me tag you yet.) :)

  13. I need to make a really large sheet cake. How much of this recipe do you suggest I make?

    1. I'm not really sure. I think it might fit in a 13x9-inch pan, but I haven't tried it.