Monday, August 12, 2013

Zebra Cake

S is a big fan of Lorraine Pascale's recipes.  And she tried this 'crouching tiger hidden zebra cake' and sent me this picture

And with K with me here, we tried our hand at baking the cake.  It was quite good.  We still need to understand our OTG and that will take a few more trials, but we think we did pretty well.

The recipe as it appears on this site .

Prep time: 25 minutes
Time baking in the oven: 35 minutes ( it needs more - but be sure to check with skewer )
Makes: 12 wedges
Equipment: 23cm cake tin
250ml sunflower (or other flavourless) oil, plus extra for greasing
250g caster sugar
100ml semi-skimmed milk
4 medium eggs (at room temperature)
A few drops of vanilla extract
300g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
25g cocoa powder
1 zest of orange
Preheat the oven to 180°C, (fan 160°C), 350°F, Gas Mark 4. 
Grease the bottom of the sandwich tin with a little oil, line with baking parchment and oil again. Set aside on a large baking sheet.
Put the oil, sugar, milk, eggs and vanilla extract in a large bowl and beat everything together well. It is best not to use an electric whisk as it will introduce too many bubbles, which are not needed for this cake.
Pour out 400ml of this mixture (or 400g as it is the same in weight) into a medium bowl.
Sift 175g of the self-raising flour into one bowl along with ½ teaspoon of the baking powder. Mix well and set aside. This is your vanilla mix.
Sift the remaining 125g of self-raising flour and ½ teaspoon of baking powder into the other bowl along with the cocoa powder. Finely grate the orange zest in, mix everything together well and set aside. This is your chocolate mix.
Now, put a tablespoon of the vanilla mix in the middle of the tin. Then, using a clean tablespoon, put a blob of the chocolate mix in the middle of the vanilla one. Keep doing this, alternating between vanilla and chocolate, so you form a type of ‘bull’s eye’ or ‘target board’ look. Each time you dollop a blob in, the whole mix will spread out on the base. By the time you have used up both of the cake mixes, they should have just reached the edge of the tin.
Bake in the oven for 35 minutes.
Check the cake is cooked by inserting a skewer into the centre. It should come out clean. If not, then return to the oven for another 5 minutes or so until cooked. Once cooked, remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes in the tin. Then carefully remove from the tins and leave to cool completely on a wire rack (but it is also fine to eat it warm!).

PS  - Make sure you follow the steps as in the recipe.  I messed up a bit :-(
It may seem confusing, but one blob of the vanilla mix and place the chocolate mix blob in the centre.  It will spread.  And it will all fall in place.  If you are careful you will get a perfect zebra cake.  Ours is not... but the taste makes up for the imperfections !


  1. Looks really yummy. I have always anted to try this method of marbling, so I will give this recipe a try. :)

  2. Zebra cakes such an appeal that both children and grown ups find it irresistible. I made a Zebra cake with banana and chocolate flavor two years back and now it has become a regular feature in our house!

  3. perfectly baked zebra cake...


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