Friday, April 15, 2011

zebra cake with chocolate frosting

nothing as satisfying as baking a cake.

my very special friend Mini came to Bahrain from Kerala for a two week vacation.It was her daughter Nia's birthday and I decided to make a cake, I first thought i will stick to my no fail rich chocolate cake, then I came across a recipe for zebra cake from a famous blogger Divya (divyaseasycookbook.blogspot)
I thought of trying this out, though I was a little scared,coz I am not a great baker,pathetic at icing cakes and I don't like making cakes with more than 2 eggs(I just hate that eggy smell)I was worried that this cake will fail.
but Mini who is my motivation guru ;) said "don't worry, cakes won't fail a die hard chef like you", I knew she was joking,but I still felt I went ahead.
The original recipe did not have frosting, since it was a birthday cake I thought of frosting it.


  • 2cups flour
  • 2tsp  baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 5tbsp cocoa
  • 4 eggs
  • 1cup sugar
  • 1cup milk
  • 1cup oil
  • 1tsp vanilla
  1. Grease a 9 inch round baking pan and keep aside.Preheat oven at 180 degree c
  2. Sift flour, baking powder and salt ,keep aside.
  3. Combine eggs, sugar and vanilla essence in a bowl, I used an electric whisk, beat well till the mixture is light yellow in color and creamy texture (about 6 to 7 minutes)
  4. Add milk and oil and continue to beat until well blended.
  5. fold in the flour mixture with a whisk or wooden spoon and blend well until you get a smooth batter.
  6. Divide the batter equally in to two bowls. Sift in cocoa powder into one of the bowls and blend well, until you get a dark chocolate batter.
  7. Pour 3 tbsp(or one small ladle) of plain batter in middle of the 9 inch baking pan, now pour 3 tbsp chocolate batter in middle of the pan on top of the plain batter, do not touch the pan, keep  repeating this layering till you finish all the batter.
  8. 8.Slowly place the baking pan in the oven and bake for 45 minutes or check by inserting a toothpick to see if it comes out clean.
ingredients for chocolate frosting
  • 1 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 6 tbsp butter(soften and unsalted)
  • 4 tbsp icing sugar

  1. put the chocolate chips and butter into a heat proof bowl, keep the bowl on a double boiler, keep stirring till the chocolate chips melt. Take of the double boil and mix in the icing sugar. The icing will be thick. Frost the cake with a flat spatula.


  1. wow very easy thanks for sharing

  2. it was a wonderful cake feel lyk havn more of it
    soooooooooo YUMMYY............

  3. thank you neneh I will make rich chocolate cake for your birthday this week:)

  4. thank u cherishma aunty ..dat was d most wondrful cake i ve evr had

  5. Wow..the stripes have come out beautifully..lovely frosting too!

  6. What a beautiful cake, love it and can't wait to try. Thanks for sharing.

  7. thank you ,once you try it plz send the pic to me, i will post it on my blog

  8. hi charishma,..this is anusha, ur ex-nps-ite classmate. does it ring a bell? anyways, i tried the cake and overjoyed with the result! lovely cake...great stuff!

  9. hey anusha, of course i remember,you are on my facebook list,i sent you the request:)
    I saw your cake pic,but I did not know you saw my blog and made it,thats soooo cool,can you e mail me the cake pic so that i can post on my blog.atleast this way we could get in touch :)
    my email add

  10. I love cakes that are "marbled" All I need is a reason to make a cake and I'm set...:)

  11. hi Gwenevere,baking is so satisfying and i feel so good about myself the day i bake a cake.

  12. Woow, perfect cake..bookmarked it dear..

  13. You are very talented.I would never be able to make a cake -let alone one so attractive.

  14. now thats an innovative zebra cake.. looks wonderful

  15. These layers have came out so beautifully. Beautifully decorated too. First time here ...nice space here with many yummy recipes...
    Do check out mine when you get time

    Hamaree Rasoi

  16. Beautifull cake and luks very soft

  17. This looks absolutely delicious!

  18. Hey we need to run the electric hand blender after mixing the dry flour to avoid lump or just mixing with hand is sufficient

    1. Hi Shweta....sorry for the late reply...i would suggest you just fold in the flour with a rubber spatula or a hand whisk...if you want to use electric it on low speed,coz you do not want to lose the air in the batter..if you are worried about lumps in batter then i would suggest you sift the flour into the bowl in batches and carefully fold in....hope this was helpful

  19. Thanks Cherie...Now I know why my cake was not that soft..Guess electric whisk was a bad idea :( Will try batch by batch fold method next time.Thanks again :)


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