Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Zebra-Striped cake!!

I’ve seen this cake online for a while now, on various blogs and in various forms, but haven’t actually gotten around to trying it myself until now. Visually, I believe that this Zebra-Striped Cake is one of the most impressive looking cakes.

I like looking at Zebra cake more that eating it even though it is incredibly delicious. This cake is very popular in Eastern Europe.The recipe that i have for you is almost similar to a Marble Cake (link) which I made some time back except for the change in patterns.

This pattern looks very intricate, but it is actually very easy to create. It starts with one vanilla batter that is divided in half and has semi-sweet chocolate added to a portion. The batters are alternately spooned into the center of a prepared baking pan to form a bulls-eye design. The trick to getting the design is all in how you lay the batters. Put a spoonful of vanilla batter (about 3 tbsp, for this particular cake) into the center of the pan and let it spread slightly on its own. Put a spoonful of chocolate in the center of the vanilla. It will push out the other batter and, as it sits for a moment, will spread itself.

Alternating spoonfuls of the two batters, you simply repeat the technique until all the batter has been used up. You can tap the pan on the counter gently to help it spread and eliminate air bubbles, but the batter really must be allowed to spread on its own. This is a fairly plain cake and, while it does have a good chocolate and vanilla flavor to it, it isn’t too sweet. The cake is also very moist due to the butter or oil added!

So i did some mix n match and came out with this recipe. Pls try the below recipe with confidence. Its been tested and tried by me and i guarantee you amazing results.



You will need:

2 ounces Semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
1 tablespoon brewed coffee or espresso
2 cups cake flour (i use All-Purpose bleached, pre-sifted flour)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups granulated white sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup sour cream
1/3 cup milk

PS: Instead of semi-sweet chocolate and brewed coffee, you may also use 2 tsps dark cocoa powder, make sure it is not very bitter. Dutch processed cocoa powder is the best.

Instead of 1/2 cup butter, you may use 1 cup vegetable oil.
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and place rack in center of oven. Butter, or spray with a non stick spray, the cake pan.

In a stainless steel bowl, over a saucepan of simmering water, melt the semisweet chocolate with the coffee. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a separate bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In bowl of electric mixer, cream the butter. Gradually add the sugar and continue to beat until the mixture is light and fluffy (about 5 minutes). Add beaten eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla extract and sour cream.

With the mixer on low speed alternately add the flour mixture and the milk to the batter, in three additions, beginning and ending with the flour.

After preparing the batter, pour half of the batter into a separate bowl. Stir the melted chocolate into one half of the batter, mixing well.

The most important part is assembling the cake batter in a baking pan. This is what you do. Scoop 3 tablespoons of plain batter into the middle of the baking pan. Then scoop 3 tablespoons of cocoa batter and pour it in the center on top of the plain batter.

IMPORTANT! Do not stop and wait until the previous batter spreads - KEEP GOING! Do not spread the batter or tilt the pan to distribute the mixture. It will spread by itself and fill the pan gradually. Continue alternating the batters until you finish them.


Bake in the oven for about 50 minutes. Do not open the oven door at least the first 30 minutes or the cake will shrink and will not rise. To check if the cake is ready, insert a toothpick into the center. It should come out clean when ready. Remove from the oven. Immediately run a small thin knife around the inside of the pan to loosen the cake, then invert the cake onto a cooking rack. Turn the cake back over and let cool.

This Zebra cake goes perfectly well with a cup of strong tea.


You can sprinkle the top of the cake with some powdered (confectioner’s) sugar or leave it plain.



Few more clicks!





Hope you enjoyed the making of this cake!
Wanted to share some of my awards too but this post is long already.....will do it in the next post!
That's all for the week....adios!

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Arv said...

ok ok ok... I will just have one piece :P

nice one mate..

cheers...

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Nice step wise explanations,looks great!

shanthi said...

Lovely Aruna. Really looks awesome

Suparna said...

hi Aruna,
U got it beautiful!the stripes look perfect!nicely presented recipe and pictorial :)
TC

Tina said...

wow superb and yummy...looks so perfect dear....

Varunavi said...

Wow looks great aruna.Even i did this once.I felt so happy to see the end result.I did this from farida's blog,excellent blogger :)

Rekha shoban said...

Hi aruna, awowsome cake...looks colourful.

‘नज़र’ said...

I'm eager to eat this... mmmmmm.

Sushma Mallya said...

yummy & delicious cake aruna...good job...

Sophie said...

Waw!! Your zebra marble cake looks stunning! You have done a great job!!

MMMMMMMMMMMMMM,....

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

Wow - what a cake... I have made marble cakes, but never tried the zebra one... Should try it...

Donna-FFW said...

Aruna.. this looks so beautiful, I love the swirls, how pretty!! Your collage photos are excellent tutorials for those who want to try. WONDERFUL post.

SHWETHA said...

luks very yumm.........

Anya said...

Hi Aruna
You are sooooo creative :)
I can make a cake but you are a artist when you are cooking ^__^

Mangala Bhat said...

Wow! Aruna what a tempting cake ..Nice clicks too .:)

Gina said...

Oh yeah, those zebra cakes look much better than the Little Debbie zebra cakes!

Science Bloggers Association said...

इस शानदार रेसिपी के लिए आभार।
-Zakir Ali ‘Rajnish’
{ Secretary-TSALIIM & SBAI }

Kalaivani said...

Wow..fabulous cake.It looks so perfect and delicious.

prasukitchen.blogspot.com said...

Yummy Aruna.....
nice click dear ......congrats on ur award dear

5 Star Foodie said...

Gorgeous cake - very impressive! I love your presentation with chocolate chips!

Vrinda said...

Perfect Zebra cake Aruna,lovely stripes..me too posted same long b4...

DEESHA said...

beautiful looking cake .. great job

Rekha shoban said...

I have nominated u for the Kreativ blogger award ..pls do visit my blog&accept it.

Smitha said...

Yummy cake, Just saw another post of this last week. The recipe of the cake is not as hard as it looks.
Have something for u on my blog:)

Priya Arvind said...

Hey Aruna, this is a fab cake and baked to perfection!! Awesome piece of work as usual :)

Ann said...

Wow,what a delight there..!! I loved your professional Zebra etriped cake Aruna..its a real Temptation hard to resist !!

Ann said...

WOW!! awesome and love the way it turned out. So pretty and just like zebra stripes :) soo cool.

ARUNA said...

Arvind, yeah i have a lot with me, u may have one!

ARUNA said...

thanks Raji!

ARUNA said...

thanks Shanthi!

ARUNA said...

thanks Suparna!

ARUNA said...

thanq Tina....looks like ur meeting with Lena was great!

ARUNA said...

Saritha yeah even i followed a part of her recipe.

ARUNA said...

thanks Rekha!

ARUNA said...

Vinay, deri kis baat ki....pls do it!

ARUNA said...

thanq Sushma!

ARUNA said...

thanq for those nice words sophie!

ARUNA said...

Somoo, yeah u will enjoy baking this cake more than the marble cake!

ARUNA said...

Donna, thanq for those lovely words, glad u feel that way!!!!

ARUNA said...

thanq Shwetha!

ARUNA said...

thanq Anya, give my love to kareltje!

ARUNA said...

thanks Mangala dear!

ARUNA said...

thanks for the compliment Gina!

ARUNA said...

dhanyawaad Rajnish ji!

ARUNA said...

thanq Kalai!

ARUNA said...

hey thanq Prasu and congrats on ur award too!

ARUNA said...

thanq Natasha...yeah sometimes crazy ideas work u know:)

ARUNA said...

thanq Vrinda, yeah u r a baking queen yaa!

ARUNA said...

thanks Deesha!

ARUNA said...

Rekha thanks for ur award dear, so sweet of u!

ARUNA said...

Yeah smitha, it is not at all intricate as it sounds.....oh lemme go and check ur blog!!!

ARUNA said...

thanq Priya sweety.....today i won't disturb u, enjoy ur day with hubby!!!

ARUNA said...

thanq for the lovely words Ann, glad u liked it!

ARUNA said...

thanq Ann.....yeah luckily got it right!!!

Reeni♥ said...

I love this!! It turned out great!!

Pavithra said...

Looks awesome and perfect..i am coming there save some for me..

~PakKaramu~ said...

Pak Karamu reading your blog

वन्दना अवस्थी दुबे said...

वाह!! बहुत स्वादिष्ट है!! मज़ा आ गया.और इसकी स्ट्रिप्स...शानदार.लगा कि बस ज़ेब्रा अभी प्लेट से भाग खडा होगा....

Sailaja Damodaran said...

nice cake can i have one piece.....

Dhanya Nambirajan said...

Cake looks delicious and luv the zebra pattern.Cool....

Viki's Kitchen said...

Zebra cake and the procedure are so good. Hats off Aruna!

workhard said...

Baby.. Im gonna call u a 'CAKE QUEEN'..

Yummy...

Im really amazed at how you got the stripes!!!

Love the Hershey Kisses!!!!

Abhilash Pillai said...

Zebra Cake....

Thats my favourite cake. this will be the reply of my sister even if she wouldnt have seen it before...

This is a good one. I think you have spent more time decorating the edges of the plate. The cake looks jabardast...

And thanks for the comments Aruna...

Rush said...

that looks totally pro aruna..i love the way u kept the kisses for decoration..great!

Pooja said...

The cake looks awesome! Perfect stripes. I have seen this a lot but never attempted to make this. Will try it soon!

ARUNA said...

Reeni thanq yaa!

ARUNA said...

Pavithra thanks dear!

ARUNA said...

pakkaramu thanks for visiting me!

ARUNA said...

Vandana ji......zebra plate se gaayab hai abhi.....kya pata aap se milne ko aaya ho!!!

ARUNA said...

Sailaja, u can definetely have one yaa!

ARUNA said...

thanks Dhanya!

ARUNA said...

haha thanks Viki!

ARUNA said...

wookie....cake queen!!!!! Certainly no dear, i'm just a drop in the ocean. And hey they do look like kisses but they r just chocolate chips!

ARUNA said...

Abhilash haan yaar plate ko decorate to karna padta hai for good look!!!

ARUNA said...

hey Pooja same with me too yaa, it was there on my list for a long time and finally did it!

Nazarina A said...

I love your cute presentation and your recipe is yum!I have made a similar pattern but a cheesecake in one of my older posts.

ARUNA said...

Rush thanks dear......they r just chocolate chips....mini kisses u can call them!!!

ARUNA said...

Nazarina, thanks for ur sweet words!

Nithya Praveen said...

Wow each and every pic is so inviting.Looks wonderful.

Chow and Chatter said...

this is fab Aruna nice job

Elra said...

Stupendous!

Babli said...

I liked the name of the cake.Its looking something different and ofcourse delicious and yummy.Beautiful presentation.

Raji said...

wonderful attempt aruna!I liked the way it turned out finally..hats off for ur creativity,interest,patience..n passion..great job.

Prathibha said...

Yummy cake n nice pics aruna,...

ARUNA said...

Nithya thanks much yaa!

ARUNA said...

chow and chatter: thanq, glad u liked it!

ARUNA said...

Elra thanq!

ARUNA said...

Yeah Babli, does it not remind u of a Zebra...lol!!!!!

ARUNA said...

thanq Raji, i know u'll always b my side......thanks for those words!!!!

ARUNA said...

thanks Prathibha!!

Sanghi said...

Zebra cak looks prefect aruna..!

Parita said...

I am eyeing this cake now from yrs..never got around making it :( your recipe looks delicious, i have noticed you always use sour cream in your cakes, any special reason?

kavita said...

Aruna...first of all kudos to you for such a fabulous blog....i am amazed by your immense talent ,specially the way you decorate your cakes.
My almost three year old son is a Zebra fan...watched both the MEDAGASCAR thousand times....his birthday is near...this one is just perfect for the day..hope it comes out like yours....thanks.

munchcrunchandsuch said...

u r so cruel..u know y? u tempt me with cakes..absolutely yum cake..

The Geekie said...

umm....mouth watering..

par ye cake fake mere haath se nahi hoga

once again a request...drinks plzzz :P

masala cold drink
else mail me ok

theBluesman said...

you're really great Aruna, i'm really tempted

ARUNA said...

thanq Sanghi!

ARUNA said...

Parita that's a good observation, yes i use sour cream mostly in the cake making bcoz it adds a lot of flavor to the cake...too much sweet is also not good right, so it like balances everything!

ARUNA said...

kavitha, thanks for dropping by and hope u'll try this cake for ur son....advance bday wishes to him.

ARUNA said...

munchcrunchandsuch: what to do buddy, i shouldn't forget the purpose of my blog after all!!!!

ARUNA said...

The Geekie: I do remember ur request, will definetely do it one day and give u a surprise.

ARUNA said...

the bluesman: thanq sir, glad u think that way!

Kami said...

Impressive pictures! Wow! I really want a piece right now even though it's still only breakfast time here. Oh well, that has never stopped me before. Eating cake for breakfast is sinfully delicious!

R.Ramakrishnan said...

Hi Aruna
I came in through Unseen Rajasthan and am I delighted that I did. The zebra cake looks soooo yummy & delicious. I think I have stumbled onto a terrific foodblog(the deserts variety) !
Ram(from Coimbatore,India)

Muneeba said...

whoa! I've never seen a cake like that ... it's stunning!

©tossan said...

Huuummm...That dessert delicacy! Very good their incomes...Amazing!

Varsha Vipins said...

yea..still remmeber ur marble cake,,for a second I thought its the same dear..looks so pro as we see in shops..:)

Babli said...

I have nominated u for the Kreativ blogger award. Please visit my blog and accept it.
http://khanamasala.blogspot.com

~PakKaramu~ said...

Pak Karamu reading your blog

Sharodindu said...

Simply Wow!
It looks so yammy...thanks for sharing.

M VERMA said...

every time when I came to your blog I feel taste through pictures. It is so nice.

arti agarwal said...

Hi aruna
I have nominated you for a award.For it visit my blog breakfasttodinner.blogspot.com

Jackie at PhamFatale.com said...

Outstanding! It just looks perfect. I'm in awe

ज्योति सिंह said...

is style ka cake pahali baar dekha ,bahut hi sundar .

masterandstudent.com said...

Hi,
Really delicious.. keep posting more.

ARUNA said...

Kami thanks so much for ur lovely comment!

PurpleHeart said...

Wow !! Another master piece !! Just woke up to find I got nothing really for breakfast and then I come blog hopping to your page and see, my tummy is growling !!!

ARUNA said...

thanq for stopping by Ram....keep visiting!

ARUNA said...

thanks Muneeba!

ARUNA said...

@tossan: thanks a lot!

ARUNA said...

yeah Varsha, i use same ingredients for both the cakes.....only their patterns r different!

ARUNA said...

thanq so much for the award Babli!!!

ARUNA said...

pakkaramu: thanks for visiting me again!

ARUNA said...

sharodindu: thanks for dropping by, glad u liked this post!

ARUNA said...

Verma ji, tq for ur nice words!

ARUNA said...

hey Arti, thanks for passing me that award yaa!

ARUNA said...

Jackie thanks much!!!

ARUNA said...

Jyoti ji, dhanyawaad!!

ARUNA said...

Purpleheart: Wow will not do, try making this recipe!!!!

neeraj_only said...

Like always , bows for your effort and spirit of sharing knowledge ^0^ .....alot of hard work is visible.

Simply loved the pictures....and like always choice of font colors is great.

P.s : Happy friendship day :)

Esther said...

It looks yum!!!!! =P Trust me I'm gonna try baking cake sometime soon, it will be the first time, and that would be this zebra cake! :P

Thank you!! :)

Anand said...

Hey...ok well...this is one cake I seem to hv tasted, I believe. And if this is wot I think I hv tasted..this is Top grade.
Well done babe. U rock.

Usha said...

The cake looks absolutely gorgeous, awesome job Aruna !

Ram said...

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Kitchen Flavours said...

Oh wow.....that's a delectable cake....love the awesome layers....and presentation too...

Femin Susan said...

lovely stripes.. i'm really tempted

Priti said...

Gosh looks awesome..nice click

Kichu $ Chinnu | കിച്ചു $ ചിന്നു said...

looks are tempting... :) wanted to taste it :) will try it once

मोहन वशिष्‍ठ said...

वाह!! बहुत स्वादिष्ट है!! मज़ा आ गया

Suma Rajesh said...

wooo i am speechless...superb..

Sushma Mallya said...

Hi Aruna I have an award for u pls accept it and come and collect it at my blog:)

Shivendra Singh said...

Control your temptation man....!!!

Vijay Kumar Sappatti said...

aruna

can i have a piece .pls pls , i am a foody and your blog just spoils me .....great work , kudos


regards

vijay
please read my new poem " झील" on www.poemsofvijay.blogspot.com

Anu said...

Please collect your award from my blog :)

ARUNA said...

thanks Neeraj, sweet of you!

ARUNA said...

Wow Esther, if you try this cake, do lemme know the result!!!

ARUNA said...

hmmm u have tasted the right cake Andy boy, it is sinfully delicious!!!

ARUNA said...

thanq Usha!

ARUNA said...

Ram, thanks for the info....will think about it!

ARUNA said...

Kitchen Flavours: thanks yaa!

ARUNA said...

Thanks Susan!

ARUNA said...

Priti thanks!

ARUNA said...

Kichu $ Chinnu, pls try it and lemme know!

ARUNA said...

Mohan ji, bahut shukriyaa aapka!

ARUNA said...

thanks Suma!

ARUNA said...

hey Sushma, thanks for passing the award to me!!!

ARUNA said...

Shivendra, that is wat is hard to resist!!!

ARUNA said...

Vijay i wish i cud send u a piece!!

ARUNA said...

hey Anu congrats on ur awards and thanks for passing them to me!

Chef E said...

I am still trying to wrap my mind around this cake...what a great design and I bet it taste great. I would like to eat those chocolate chips off the plate first though!

How have you been? Since I got my new computer I need to get your email off the old one and send you a note or two and say hello...my friend got married, and sent us the pics, what a beautiful wedding!

"लोकेन्द्र" said...

मै बना तो न सका लेकिन इसकी खूबसूरती देखकर ही मुहं पानी से भर गया....

Finsmom said...

Wow! How pretty!!! Love the step by step instructions!

Cynthia said...

Love how the little chocolate kisses adorn the plate. Thanks for stopping by to visit.

Subhie Arun said...

looks grt n perfect yar...u r too good baker.yar,..thx 4 shring!

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Hi Aruna !! I always think how much hard work you put to prepare the recipe and stuff !! I always enjoy your post and also i have tried some of them and were fantastic..Thanks for sharing..Unseen Rajasthan

Divya Vikram said...

Cakes have beautiful stripes! And beautiful presentation as well!

Ammu said...

Perfectly baked. Looks pretty.

Dr Zibbs said...

Very cool. And 166 comments?? Nice.

Juliana said...

Wow, very creative, love the idea of it :-) Great pictures as well, like the step-by-step ones. The cake looks very yummie!

PurpleHeart said...

Aruna, I think the movie Julie and Julia could just be something u love....check it out..:)

prasukitchen.blogspot.com said...

Aruna what happened dear !!
missing ur lovely comments on my blog .
Sweet heart pls accept award from my blog dear !!

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

hai Aruna....fst of all a big sorry for the delay in peeping to your blog..actually i was off from blogging world for 2months..i thought you are angry as im nt comin to ur blog and stopped to visit my blog.. :) i was taking bedrest for 2months..bt its a gud news..new member is going to come within 7months.. :) so nw i think you wil forgive for my absence.. :)This cake looks amazing and i haven seen such a perfect zebra cake,,....wonderful presentation aruna... :)

Elise said...

Hello, just wanted to leave you a commment to say how much I've enjoyed reading your posts today. You have great pictures too.

Best wishes

prasukitchen.blogspot.com said...

Aruna kindly pls collect ur award from my blog dear !!

prasukitchen.blogspot.com said...

Take ur own time dear no hurry ..
Thanks for stopping by even in that busy schedule Aruna
Take Care dear!!

Anonymous said...

u prepare the hight of taste
n i , vision in kind
u cook for joy of body
n i, words for joy of mind
so after enjoyig ur recipies
u'r welcm to my wrd's kitchen
cmplt ur journy to heaven.

गर्दूं-गाफिल said...

wav ur presentation makes me hungry
send a piece soon

hy aruna
u cook hight to taste
n i cook the words for mind
may exchange our products
n may enjoy the varities by kind

Hema said...

Lovely presentation Aruna.. and the method was simple and doable..

T and S said...

Your presentation both of the cake and the way you have narrated it in the post are stunning or should I say mouth-watering serious.

Every visit to your site is a truly and literally mouth-watering experience.

Rajesh said...

This looks delicious

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Congrats collect ur award www.sailajakitchen.com

shanthi said...

Hi Aruna, Kindly accept an award from my blog

s said...

excellent..i too have posted something similar

~PakKaramu~ said...

Visiting your blog

sFunn.com said...

wow.
i also want to eat one.
give me also one. :(
plsss :(


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The Fun place.

Murari Pareek said...

arunaa ji cake khilaa ke gayab ho gayi kyaa !!

Rush said...

disappearance act??

cartoonist anurag said...

अरुणा जी........
बहुत बढिया मज़ा आ गया.......

kitchen queen said...

you have yummy recipes in ur blog. you can also visit my blog view my recipes and give ur comments.

Abraham S Chacko said...

looks brilliant.. sud appriciate for the hard work.
please visit my blog and post ur comments as well please
www.chackoskitchen.blogspot.com

Mathaichan said...

Wow, Amazing dissert site... Good stuff.

Luscious Sealed Lips said...

Looks ultra yum, but I am terrible with cooking. Will pass on the recipe to a good baker around my Birthday. ;)

Kisses.

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

Where are you ? Everything OK ?

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

Hey - take your time... It is after all a blog and we keep this as a hobby. So write when you feel like it... Take care... As long as you are safe and sound and enjoying life - thats all that matters!

Gulmohar said...

Great blog :-) Zebra cake looks awesome and nice clicks too...

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RV said...

The cake looks so perfect... Nice click too...

Ricardo said...

Wonderful marbled cake cheers for the share...:) xxxx

Jaunty anima said...

Yum Yum can I have a piece plzzz...!!!Yummy Blog
!!!!So damn delicious...I won't be able to resist it for sure!!

ProVantage said...

Aruna!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Do i have to say something???

My! how much you have changed. My hubby says your hubs is a lucky man.

Really,,, i would say that too.
I WOULD DEFINITELY WANT YOU TO PREPARE ALL THIS FOR ME WHEN YOU LAND HERE. NOOOOOO EXCUSES.

It looks so damn AWESOME!

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