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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Zebra Cake | How To Make Zebra Cake from Scratch



There is a dialogue in the movie Forrest Gump- “My mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.” So true for me now that I am relocating to another city, Chennai to be precise. It was in the cards for a long time and I was mentally preparing myself to relocate there. However, let me assure that I would continue to post new recipes and interact with all you friends ( although not at the same rate till I stabilize). So the last post that I am uploading in Bangalore is Zebra cake. 
The beauty of this cake is that there is no icing required and it looks very attractive. Also it can be preserved in an air tight container for days. So, till the time I start posting new recipes from Chennai, this is Deepa signing off with this wonderful cake .

Recipe Source : From various internet sources I drew the pattern and made it here after 2-3 attempts.
Ingredients:
1 1/4 cup All purpose flour
2 Eggs, room temperature
1/2 cup Oil (any vegetable oil)
1/2 Milk
2 tbsp Dark Cocoa powder
1 tsp Baking powder
3/4 cup Sugar
1 tsp of pure Vanilla extract
1/8 tsp Salt

Method:
Grease cake tin (8 inch) and dust some flour to the bottom of the pan and the sides too. Invert the pan to remove the extra dust. Pre-heat the Oven to 180 Degree C.
Combine dry ingredients ie. flour, baking powder, salt and set aside. Take a deep mixing bowl and beat sugar and oil together on low speed with a hand mixer. Add milk and combine well. In a separate bowl beat one egg at a time until smooth and fluffy. Add this to oil-sugar liquid batter. Add vanilla extract and combine well. Fold in the dry ingredients (except COCOA) and combine it with wet batter. Now divide the batter into two equal parts and keep in separate bowls. Keep one bowl as it is and add cocoa powder in another. Mix the cocoa batter to remove any lumps. Now there are two options to spread the batter on the pan to make the pattern.
1) You can simply spoon the batter with alternative cake batters.
2) or you can use piping bags for the pattern.

Start by pouring 2 tbsp of vanilla batter in the center of the pan. Immediately pour 2 tbsps of  cocoa batter on top of vanilla mixture. Then without stopping repeat with the vanilla batter in the middle of chocolate batter.

 Remember not to tilt or rotate the batter to spread as it will automatically spread by itself. Continue to alternate between cocoa and vanilla layers till the batter finishes.
just before going into the Oven

Carefully transfer the pan into the Oven and bake for about 40 minutes. Do not open the glass door in between or else it will have some cracks on top. Check with a toothpick, insert Let the cake cool completely on a wire rack and then invert. Sprinkle some confectioner sugar if you want.

54 comments:

  1. ki perfect hoeche. ami akbari try korechi ar super flop....abar korte habe.

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  2. Hard work. Hats off .... daaaarun hoyeche! :-)

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  3. my god this is so good deepa
    it does require patience

    looks great

    deepa what can i use instead of eggs there in same measurement

    and well wud miss u till u settle down in chennai

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  4. perfectly done ...looks just pretty n yum

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  5. Lovely presentation and loved those swirls

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  6. Cake had turned out to be too perfect

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  7. Nice pattern Deepa..Good luck with the shifting..wish to see u soon in blogging

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  8. wow you did an amazing job deepa..

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  9. wow...
    looks perfect and yummy.....

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  10. Perfectly done Deepa ...... luv the layers !

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  11. looks great. Nice art.

    Will miss u, now that u r shifting to Chennai :(

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  12. amazingly done zebra cake, awesome...

    Todays post : http://nayanas-kitchen-kreations.blogspot.in/2013/05/nutty-butter-pulav.html

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  13. Perfect Deeps, Never seen such a perfect zebra cake anywhere I can remember..Sooper

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  14. Perfect looking zebra patterns...feel like grabbing that slice off the screen

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  15. awesome Deepa :-) bookmarked..

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  16. this looks so beautiful... even i've one in my drafts to be posted, hopefully soon... :)

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  17. You have acheived Wonderful layers deepa,looks amazing.

    a nice stay from a former chennailite.

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  18. Wow zebra cakes looks gr8... daroon.

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  19. Fantastic and prefect layers, also i find that this piping bag technique.. Gorgeous cake Deepa;

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  20. Bangalore and me will miss you terribly!
    The use of a piping bag to get the alternate layers is fantastic.
    Managing to get the cake out without a crack on top - great feat - difficult for me :-(
    Best wishes for settling into your new home. Meet you in Chennai soon. Vanakkam ;-)

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  21. wow..that is a very pretty cake..

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  22. Wow!! deepa Zebra cake looks very nice u make so perfectly.

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  23. wow its so tempting and delicious look... n u did with good patience... love it dear...

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  24. The layer has come out very well...

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  25. ekdom perfect baniyecho..bookmark korlam, try korbo, pics gulo very mouth watering..kabe move korcho? All the very best to you for relocating and start afresh again..

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  26. Deepa, I had been waiting for ur Zebra cake ever since u posted the hyptonising comment on fb...hilarious! :-)
    Great job dear and the lines have come out so perfect. And all the best moving to Chennai. we lived there for few years...u'll like the city.

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  27. Beautifully made. I love the fact that each and every layer is so clearly visible.Happy moving to your new home.

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  28. Di this one is awesome,,, will be trying this after i get a proper hold on baking :)

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  29. layers has come out so welll..looks moist and very pretty cake..

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  30. Your cake looks very nice! I love marble cakes & it really adds to the appeal

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  31. This is so perfect. The layering and baking everything, all I want is to have a bite. Great job Deepasri.

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  32. it does look like zebra...awesome finishing..

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  33. Wow! What a lovely zebra cake with a wonderful pattern and texture! Tempting clicks! :)
    http://www.rita-bose-cooking.com/

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  34. I have always wanted to make a zebra cake. One of the reasons being I don't have a recipe in the "Z" section in my recipe box :p
    This looks fantastic!

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  35. yum yum yum...so creative :)
    www.merrytummy.blogspot.com

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  36. Wow! Very pretty and perfect zebra cake Deepa :-)

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  37. this is just soo gorgeous !!! love the perfect concentrics.

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  38. Till now I haven't made zebra cake. Your recipe seems very clear and understandable. Very cute looking finish.Love the colorful saree behind too. Best wishes for your relocation dear. Hope you are going to love Chennai as well. My sincere well wishes !

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  39. Perfect zebra cake! Hope you are settled down comfortably in Chennai!

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  40. OMG !! This has come out soo good ... The perfect Zebra lines.. WOw , Hats Off !!

    I have switched to a different gmail id for my Blog and hence lost all contacts too :( . I am following all my fav pages again now so following you too :)

    Please could you also visit my page once and make sure you still are following me..Thanks you so much :)

    Hugs
    Nupur @ UK Rasoi

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  41. Perfect Zebra Cake, I will try this soon !!!!!!!!!

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  42. The cake looks yummy ! Very economical as well ! Can it be baked with half butter & half oil ?

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  43. Is castor sugar or granulated sugar used for the cake?! Plz do let me know ASAP coz I plan to try it out this evening.

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  44. Nice click. Very informative blog and this information was too useful for us.
    Thanks.
    From - Chennai cake

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