Zebra Cake

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8"-9" round cake

I got this recipe online about a year ago from HERE and fell in love with the beautiful pattern.

large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup
granulated sugar
(8 fl oz./250g) - you can increase to 1½ cups for a sweeter cake
1 cup
milk, at room temperature
(8 fl oz./250ml)
1 cup
(8 fl oz./300g) corn, vegetable or canola is fine
2 cups
plain/all purpose flour
(10 oz./300g)
1/3 tsp.
vanilla powder
(or you can use 1 tsp. vanilla essence instead)
1 tbsp.
baking powder
2 tbsp.
dark cocoa powder

1.  In a large mixing bowl, combine eggs and sugar. Using a hand-held electric mixer or wire whisk beat until the mixture is creamy and light in color.

2.  Add milk and oil, and continue beating until well blended.

3.  In a separate bowl, combine and mix flour, vanilla powder and baking powder. Gradually add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and beat just until the batter is smooth and the dry ingredients are thoroughly incorporated. (DO NOT OVERBEAT to prevent air pockets from forming in the batter. The batter should be of medium consistency, not too thick and not too watery.

4.  Divide the mixture into 2 equal portions. Keep one portion plain. Add cocoa powder into another and mix well.

5.  Preheat the oven to 350F (180C).

6.  Lightly grease a 9" round pan.

7.  The most important part is assembling the cake batter in a baking pan. This is what you do. Scoop 3 heaped tablespoons of plain batter (you can also use a ladle that would hold 3 tablespoons) 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.

8.  Bake in the oven for about 40 minutes. Do not open the oven door at least the first 20 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, and then invert the cake onto a cooking rack. Turn the cake back over and let cool. You can sprinkle the top of the cake with some powdered (confectioner’s) sugar or leave it plain.



i usually make cake with a different recipe, its like i use flour and sugar to the same amount and i never use oil is it alright if i make the batter the way i do? or is it important i should follow your method to make a well patterned zebra cake?

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I would advice that on the first attempt, stick to the exact recipe. You can use melted butter in place of oil, but the rest should remain the same in order to achieve the right batter consistency for the pattern. Then if you feel it will improve the result, you can adjust to suit your personal taste/experience on the next attempt. :)

thanx will try it inshallah,jazakalah sister!

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Dear sis fauzia .. My cake turned out well Alhamdullilah , but it was little hard .. Anything I did wrong ... Instead of butter can we use melted margarine ... My kids didn't like the cooking oil taste .

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You may have either over-mixed or overbaked the cake. Just make sure to measure the ingredients accurately and it should be fine inshaAllah. Yes you can use melted margarine.

Loved ur cake....mashaallah

hey there. just wondering the 300gms of flour are each cup or together?

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Hi, all together.

Dear fauzia,
Can i use self raising flour instead of all purpose flour and baking powder?

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Yes you can if you want.

Slms FKF if you dnt mind can u plzz shw me step
by step hw to make zebra cake???? it vl really help me out...thnx...:)

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W/Salaam, please click the link given in the recipe for step by step images.

السَّلَامُ عَلَيْكُمُ وَرَحْمَةُ اللَّهِ وَبَرَكَاتهُهُ fauzia could Ʋ please leave a link whereby we could see how its done step by step? جَزَاكَ اللَّهُ خَيْرًا

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W/Salaam. Link is right at the top of the recipe. Please check!

can i bake this in a square shaped tray. will i get the same pattern

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Yes you will. :)

Assalamalaikum fauzia...need to clear a doubt wid u..y does da top of a cake becum sticky after smtime it's baked...hope u kin answer me

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W/Salaam. Check this note, hopefully it will help guide you on how to avoid that from happening again: Cake Mistakes

can u guide me in pictorial form ..i dont understand the exact way

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Check the link given at the top of the recipe.

a.alkm fauzia.i was wandarin if u kud assist me?c i normally bake with ma microwave bt now i want to buy a proper oven..any. suggestions or model u can recomend..thank u in advance.

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W/Salaam. I always prefer an electric oven with a gas stove-top. Baking turns out best in electric ovens whilst pot/pan cooking always is easier on a gas burner. Make sure the brand of oven you select is one that has warranty and is recognised, a good investment in a good oven could save you decades of agony as opposed to buying a cheaper make and having to replace it within a few years. Make sure you get a fan-assisted oven, speeds up baking and makes sure heat is evenly distributed in the oven. Also, check that the oven has a grill, this will be handy for browning the tops of such things as buns/cakes/naans etc. Get a spacious oven that can take at least 2 eight inch cake pans side by side with about 1 inch space all around. All the best! :)

1-whts the difference b-w cake flour, all porpose flour,self raising flour, n normal flour.

2-can we ommit allpurpuse flour to other flour,if yes then what would the result we get. n if not then whts is reason behind them?

3- y we use different flour in different recipes.?


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All purpose flour is the same as plain flour/maida. As for cake flour and SR flour, please refer to this note: SR Flour

Different recipes require different textures of flour.

Salam sister. Just want to say you've made me famous for my cooking now! And I owe it first to Allah and then your fabulous, spot - on recipes! You can follow them blindly without tasting them and they turn out awesome!

Anyways, just wanted to ask, how is the texture of the cake after you bake it? Mine gets kind of hard. And I tried so hard to make the batter not too thick or too thin. Do you get a nice crumbly texture and if so, how?

Also, do u feel that this cake is a little less sweeter than the ready made mixes from the grocery store? I put so much sugar but I couldn't get that super sweet taste. Hmm.. I wonder what they put it in.

Please reply! جزاكلله خير فدنياوالاخرا

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W/Salaam, thank you dear. Normally I get a good soft crumbly texture with the recipe. I prefer using melted butter in place of oil, like the flavour better that way. As for sweetness, I guess that is a matter of personal taste, what you can do is lightly dust the cake with icing sugar or frost it with melted chocolate to add that extra sweet touch. Try not to over-mix or over-bake the cake, both these things normally make any cake go hard. Bake for less time than you normally do and only mix the batter until the flour is incorporated.

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Always place your cakes in the middle. Turn on the bottom first then midway turn the top on.

Tanx for your wonderful recipes. Pls my oven is a gas oven. Has up n down lighteung areas inside, which one will I light up for baking.n where do l place my cake-up,mid or down. Tanx a lot

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i made that cake n it tasted good.the last appearance of my cake batter before baking was exactly the same u mention in recipie that is... layers of white n brown colors.after baking brown layer mixed with the white one n there was no zebra patterns.where do i wrong,,although i tried to follow the steps exactly..

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W/Salaam, maybe the batter consistency was too watery or the pan shook before going into the oven. Try and ensure the batter is not too runny.

Thank you.n I want t tell u dat u're wonder'full'

This is a Home maker from Saudi Arabia.I am basically and Indian living here.I love all your recipes .Tried this cake today ,all were shocked.People went ???how did you make it ?Thanks to you ... May God bless you and your family for sharing these wonderful recipes with us.
The cake was a bit hard from the bottom however ???

Thanks again

AOA, can i bake this cake in a square pan? I dont have a 9" round pan. I have 9 into 9" square pan.

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Yes you can.


Aoa, i want to bake this yummy cake but I dont have a round cake pan.
I have a square pan of 9*9" . Is it ok if i use that to bake zebra cake?

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Yes you can use a square pan although a 9x9 is quite big so the cake may turn out flat.

hey i tried baking this cake today i used the exact recipe, but when my cake was baking it didn't rise from the center rather from sides.. and it was raw from inside i wonder what mistake did i just make ? can you help me please

Hi Fauzia,

Can I use butter instead of oil? If yes, then please tell me the quantity.

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Hi, yes you can. Melt and measure same amount.

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W/Salaam, i've personally never tried altering the sugar amount, you can try increasing it slightly (quarter cup or so) and then frost the cake with chocolate icing or dust it with icing sugar to increase the sweetness. I found the sweetness fine for my taste. :)

Salam fauzia, thanks for this awsome recipe. Wanted to ask , last time i made this cake it was a bit less sweet. If i add 1/2 cup sugar, will it effect the other ingredients? Should i add more oil or milk? Pls help

Assalamualaikum.I've tried some of the recipes from other blogs which tastes better or sometimes bitter too.But i was excited to try ur recipes as it always gives a thumbs up.Congratulations & also thanks a lot Fauzia.
Here i want to ask u to assist me in two doubts
1)Will it not smells strange if we use canola oil?
2)Can we use vegetable ghee instead of oil?

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W/Salaam, thank you. No canola oil is a neutral oil, it wouldn't have any weird smell. I have personally never tried ghee in place of oil for any cake so cannot be sure on how that would turn out. :)

Hi, can we use self raising flour instead of AP Flour?
And you you've taken this recipe from Food Diaries right?

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Hi, no you cannot substitute SR flour with AP flour. SR flour has baking powder in it. AP doesn't. And NO I have not taken the recipe from Food Diaries. I have given the link to the original source of the recipe. Chances are Food Diaries took it from there too and probably neglected to indicate that on their website.

Hi..thnk u for the amazing receipe.tried ur cake today n it was grea..got the zebra lines perfect....the only thing i wnted to ask was in the pic ur cake has a nice color on the top as well bt mine had a normal color on the top...please advise

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Hi and thanks! Try turning on the top grill of your oven if the oven has one. It will help colour your cake beautifully next time.