Choco-Orange Zebra Cake

Celebrating my 50th blog post with my first ever zebra cake! The joy of attempting a  bake with some amount of trepidation and getting it right! 🙂
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I am a newbie in the world of baking, barely three months old. Been doing quite a few breads but cakes still make me a little nervous. Looking at perfect zebra and rainbow cakes, I was a bit in awe and wondered if I would ever get there! Was very skeptical when I started off, all prepared for a leopard in case the zebra didn’t play 😀
But the cake when sliced made me smile wide.

I made a chocolate and an orange zebra and loved the stripes. It is a beautiful, dramatic tea cake and not at all difficult to make! And so very moist! I am going to play with the rainbow soon.

Makes one 9-inch (23 cm) cake
INGREDIENTS
4 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup (8 oz / 250 g) powdered sugar
1 cup (8 fl oz / 250 ml) milk, at room temperature
1 cup (8 fl oz / 250 ml) oil (corn, vegetable or canola is fine) (I used a little less than a cup, about 2 Tbsp less)
2 cups (10 oz / 300 g) all-purpose flour
1 Tsp Vanilla extract
1 tablespoon (equals 3 teaspoons) baking powder (if not available, substitute with 1 teaspoon baking soda)
2 tablespoons dark cocoa powder
1 Tbsp orange zest (skip it to make a vanilla chocolate zebra)

Preparer a baking tin by lining with parchment or butter paper.
Mix the flour and baking powder and sift twice.
Mix eggs and sugar and beat well till light and creamy.
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Add ¾ cup of the milk and the oil and beat till all is well combined. Add in the vanilla extract.
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Add the flour mix to the wet ingredients  and mix it till just well comnbined. Do NOT overbeat or overmix.
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The batter should be a medium dropping  consistency. Neither too thick , nor too runny.  Add more milk if it is too thick. Add some flour if the batter is too thin.
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Divide the batter into two.
Add the cocoa to one and the orange zest to the other half.(You may add a few drops of orange colour if desired. I didn’t)
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Preheat the oven to 180 C.
Now to the assembling,which needs to done carefully as this actually creates the zebra pattern.
Take two equal sized ladles. Each should be able to hold three tablespoons of batter. Or use 3 Tbsp fulls of  batter for each addition. It is easier to do with a ladle.
Add a ladle of the chocolate batter to the middle of the baking pan.
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Quickly follow with a ladle of the orange  batter dropping it over the chocolate batter ,right in the middle.
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Continue doing this alternating the batters, till both the batters are used up.

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So a ladle of chocolate followed by a ladle of orange and then chocolate again and so on! What fun! Felt like I was back in my craft class 😀
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Do not stop and wait for the batters to spread. Keep going. They will spread on their own. And this is what will form the pattern. Do not tap or tilt the tin.

Bake at 180C for 40-45 minutes. Do not open the oven for the first 20-25 minutes else the cake will shrink and not rise. Check by inserting a toothpick after 35 minutes or so.
Cool completely and slice wedges and see the lovely zebra pattern emerge!
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This recipe is from Suma’s wonderful blog here that I often visit to get clarity on all matters baking.
Happy Zebras! ❤

Sharing an eggless recipe that works beautifully for zebra and rainbow cakes. It is a tried and tested, super simple recipe. Recipe credits are Ruchi Jain’s.
She is a very close , school time buddy. Thanks Ruchi  🙂

Ingredients
Malai/Heavy cream- 1 cup
Powdered Sugar- 1 cup
All purpose flour- 1 ½ cup
Baking powder- 1 tsp
Baking soda- ¼ tsp
Vanilla extract- 1 tsp
Cocoa- 2 Tbsp/ colors as desired for a rainbow cake.

Mix all ingredients apart from the cocoa(or colors, if using them)
Divide the mixture into 2 parts.
Add cocoa to one and orange zest to the other to make the cake above.
Follow instructions as given above for assembling the cake batter.
Bake in a preheated oven at 220°C for 40-45 minutes till done.
Here is a tricolor cake Ruchi did for Independence Day using this recipe.
Happy Baking  ❤

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Another look at the Zebra
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26 thoughts on “Choco-Orange Zebra Cake

    1. Thanks Shails ❤ Loved the whole assembling and baking and waiting -till-slicing experience! Felt like a little girl. 😀 The rainbow's next! 😀
      And yeah, chocolate and orange- love the combo 😀

  1. I just have small query in the second eggless recipe oil is nt used is it ok ….or we should use oil…..plz let me known

  2. thanks for mentioning me here darling… U r an awwwwesome cook… and an even more wonderful person… thanking the almighty for such a great friend.. wishing u success in every sphere of ur life… ❤

  3. This is awesome G….I hv also tried marble eggless but wid diffrnt recipe …it was fun doing it…every body in th family luvd it … nd they were sur prised hw did i made th pattern…I wiil try ur recipe soon..on teacher’s day as my son wants too take one fr his teachers. It will be a tribute to u also as I hv learnt a lot frm u..Happy teachers day to my sweet nd adorable teacher Garima…:-):-)<3<3<3

  4. Each time I see your bakes recipe, I make a prayer for my OTG 🙂 Waiting to buy one & try out all your recipes !! and many more happy returns of the day G 🙂

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