Zebra Cake

Sometimes I dream about all the beautiful desserts that would exist in my imaginary bakery. The one where I think of all my favorite desserts, and they suddenly appear! If I did have a bakery (one where I wouldn’t have to wake up at the crack of dawn to maintain), this cake would be in it. If you have never seen or heard about a Zebra cake, I wouldn’t be surprised. I probably wouldn’t know about it either if it wasn’t for my mom who would make it for us as children.

My mom’s zebra cake was great, but the reason why I never made it with her recipe was because it required hours of baking the cake on the actual stove, under very low heat. This wait was agonizing for me, because 2 hours for a cake to be done felt like an eternity.

As a result, I had to create a zebra cake that would take less time to bake, and would work best in the oven instead of the stove. I love this cake so much, most times I don’t even make frosting because it is just so beautiful and delicious as is. I would call the method of this cake intermediate, but I would certainly never discourage a beginner baker to try. (Everyone who has the desire can!)The pouring of the colors requires focus and patience and a little forgiveness. The self critical voice can show up here, but don’t listen to that voice, it does not have to be perfect. I always have a lot of fun with this recipe and when my self critical voice tries to tell me it’s not perfect, I tell it to go sleep because this cake is delicious and I’m going to eat it soon. (: If you remake it I would love to see it! Happy Baking!

Prep Time: 30 minutesBake Time: 50-60 minutes
Serves: 8-10Total Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes
4 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1 tbsp grape molasses
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup milk
3/4 cup avocado oil
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups all purpose flour (I used this one)
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp dutch process cacao powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon (reserve for chocolate batter only)
1. Beat the eggs with sugar, adding one egg at a time for about 3 minutes.
2. Add molasses, vanilla extract, milk, and avocado oil and beat for another minute.
3. In a separate medium sized bowl, add flour, salt, and baking powder and gently stir until well combined. Reserved cacao powder and cinnamon for later.
4. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture and mix until no flour is visible. (Do not over-mix)
5. Separate your batter into 2 equal parts, add the cacao powder and cinnamon to 1/2 of the batter and gently stir until well combined.
6. Preheat oven to 335F and grease a 9 X 9 inch cake pan with avocado oil.
7. Use 2 different 1/4 cup (or equivalent) measuring scoops, one for the chocolate, and one for plain batter.
8. Add 1 scoop of plain batter to the center of your cake pan, next add 1 scoop of chocolate batter on top of the plain batter aiming to pour it into the center. Repeat this process until your batters are both complete.
9. When completed, gently place into oven and bake for 50-60 minutes, or until inserted toothpick comes out dry. *Try not to shake or tilt the cake pan.
You do not need to wait for the batter to spread before pouring the next color, the quicker you do part, the more evenly it will spread.

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Published by cookingwithrips

Hello and welcome to my site! My name is Rips and I am thrilled to share my passion with you! I am just a girl who loves to bake and cook. It’s one of my favorite things to do and is rewarding in so many ways! It teaches me to be present and helps me relieve stress. I grew up watching both my parents cook the most delicious food you could possibly imagine! Cooking healthy food for each other was something we did for the ones we cared about. Shortly after, I picked up on that habit. I come from a Mediterranean background and I bring that to a lot of my recipes with lots of modern adaptations. I have been baking and cooking for over 15 years and truly find the most joy in it! I also recently wrote and self published my first recipe book called Ripsy's Recipe's on Amazon (I will link below). Ripsy's Recipes has some amazing healthy recipes with gluten free and vegan options that everyone can enjoy. I really wanted to create an easy to follow, non intimidating healthy recipe book for you to love. It truly is my go-to for quick, healthy, easy, delicious meals! The best part of making food is I get to eat it and feed my loved ones. I am very mindful of the ingredients I use in my recipes; at the same time; I still like to indulge in dessert! My dessert recipes are lower in sugar than in any recipe or store bought dessert you will ever find (and they taste amazing). As a result, my family and I get to enjoy it without the guilt. My greatest joy comes from sharing what I make with the people I care about most, and now, you will have access to that too. I hope you try my recipes and love them as much as my family and I do! Namaste Friends!

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