Jul 21, 2008

Zebra cake recipe

zebra cake After seeing so many bloggers trying out this cake, I was also tempted to try this. Some called it zebra,others tiger or leopard. But whatever it was called, it definitely looked good and each time I saw it the more I was tempted to try it. Somehow I never found time or did not have one or the other ingredient or thought it was very difficult and did not have the patience and above all I was lazy!!!
But when I saw recently in Divya's blog, I thought of trying soon and managed to do yesterday when I found time and my hubby looked after our baby and I could work in solitude in my kitchen. I was not really happy with the result as I did not get the perfect stripes. But wasn't that disappointed because I definitely got the striped pattern, but not a symmetrical wavy one. The cake was very soft , spongy and moist.But the preparation was quite easy and I understood where I went wrong and should have added more layers to get the perfect pattern.
So I had to console myself saying that practice makes man (A woman...A baker!!!!):)) perfect. I still have a long way to go to become a good baker.
I loved this recipe from Farida's blog. She says that she has tried many times and quantity of ingredients is just perfect and one can go ahead with confidence. And I certainly agree with this. So do check out her blog if you are interested in making this cake.
zebra cake

All purpose flour- 2 cups
Baking powder- 1tbsp
Eggs- 4
Granualated sugar- 1cup
Sunflower oil- 1 cup
Milk- 1 cup
Vanilla essence- 1tsp
Cocoa powder- 2tbsp
Combine sugar and eggs and beat till it becomes creamy. Then add Milk and oil and beat again.Then add the sieved flour and baking powder and mix well .Add the essence. Divide the batter in two equal portions. Add cocoa powder in one portion , the other kept as it is(plain)
Now in a baking pan, add a scoopful of plain batter in the centre of the pan. Then add the batter with chocolate on the top of the plain batter. Repeat the procedure with rest of the batter. Bake in a preheated oven at 180c for 40 minutes.

zebra cake The cake is really worth trying and I really enjoyed making this cake. I am going to make this again and will post a better picture of the cake later.
I had already mentioned in my last post that Lakshmi of taste of mysore sent me a cute card and bookmark . I was thrilled when I recieved it. She has also invited me to the next bloggers meet where we are going to have our event called "Kitchen connect".Tell you more about it later. Thanks Lakshmi for the beautiful surprise and am looking forward for the event.

Thanks Lakshmi!! It's so cute!!! I am proud of our friendship.
An update- I made the zebra cake again and got the perfect stripes this time. You can see the picture in this post.
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