Wednesday, July 25, 2012

A Zebra Cake for His birthday :) (Eggless)

It was my husband's birthday yesterday and I made this beautiful cake for him. This is the first time I am trying out a Zebra cake and I am really happy that it turned out  great. Zebra cakes are just like marble cakes, but as the name suggests these cakes have stripes in them. Initially I had thought that its difficult to make these patterns, but they are simple once you try them. Make a simple cake batter, divide the batter into two. Mix cocoa in one batter. You have to keep on adding the vanilla and cocoa batter alternately to the centre of the pan. That's it...you can get these pretty patterns :)

The best part is that its eggless and butterless too. I have adapted my recipe from my friend Julie's Eggless Marble cake and Sum's Eggless Zebra Cake for making this cake. I wanted to take the pictures of making zebra patterns, but alas... I couldn't !! I had planned for a simple frosting also as it was a birthday cake, but my hubby dear was so happy with this striped beautiful cake and he said that frosting isn't necessary, its already so pretty :).  Hope you all will love this beautiful and delicious cake !




You need...

1.5 cups All Purpose Flour
1 cup thick Yoghurt
2 cups powdered Sugar (or 1 cup Sugar)
1 tsp Baking powder
1 tsp Baking soda
1.5 tsp Vanilla extract
2 tbsp Cocoa powder
1/2 cup Oil
a pinch Salt
approx 1/2 cup Milk



To prepare...

Grease a cake pan and keep ready. Sift the flour twice and keep aside. In a medium size bowl, add cocoa powder and about 3 tbsp milk, mix well without lumps and keep aside .

Take the yoghurt in a bowl. Add sugar and salt into the yoghurt, mix until it dissolves. Now add baking powder and soda, mix and leave it for 2-3 minutes. The yoghurt slightly bubbles and becomes frothy. Add oil and vanilla extract and mix gently. 

Now slowly add the flour little by little and fold it over. Do not mix vigorously. The cake batter is ready now and it will be very thick.

Take half of the batter and put into the cocoa mixture bowl. Mix gently and your cocoa cake batter is ready. So you have a vanilla batter and a cocoa batter now.

I found the batter very thick. So I added about 4 tbsp milk to the vanilla batter and 1 tbsp milk to the cocoa batter.( We have already added 3 tbsp milk while making the cocoa paste). The batter should be of medium consistency, not very thick and not very runny. If you put a little batter on a flat surface, it should spread slightly by itself.

Preheat the oven to 400F. Take the cake pan. Put 1 tbsp of vanilla batter at the centre of the pan. The batter will spread slightly.  Now add 1 tbsp of cocoa batter to the centre of the vanilla batter. Add the batter this way alternating the vanilla and cocoa batter until the batters get finished up. Remember that batter will spread itself and do not shake the pan. Keep putting the batter continuously without stopping.

Reduce the temperature of the oven to 350F. Bake for about 35-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted at the centre comes out clean. Once baked, leave it in the pan for 10-15 minutes. Remove gently from the pan and cool the cake completely.

Enjoy the beautiful cake :)






Have one more look before you go :) isn't it pretty ? 









48 Tasty Comments:

R.Ramakrishnan said...

What an awesome cake - looks like it has been delivered from the exotic wild life game reserves of Africa :)

Sumi said...

The cake has come out beautifully, am yet to try this cake, will try your eggless version.Very tempting.

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Wow...Perfect pattern and lovely cake...Belated b'day wishes to ur hus...

halal foodie said...

this is art, looks perfect

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

It's being age since a baked ...the zebra cake looks yummy and belated b'day wishes to hubby dear:)

Kaveri Venkatesh said...

It's so pretty Sobha...The patterns look so nice...feel like grabbing a piece...Hope you all had a great celebration

Deeksha said...

Wow! Looks fantastic. Great job dear.

Sanoli Ghosh said...

Real pretty cake you made for your counter part. This cake looks awesome! This process is very new to me, thanks for sharing.

Mélange said...

Perfectly baked and really a special treat for a special person in your life.Hope you had a great time Shobha.

Princy Vinoth said...

very pretty cake...even i thought getting the strips will be difficult.

Sangeetha Nambi said...

Perfect Zebra cake... Tempting me... :( Happy to follow u...
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Hari Chandana said...

Wowww.. Looks absolutely perfect and delicious.. Amazing job dear :)
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manjooo said...

p-e-r-f-e-c-t!!!!!

Kalpana Sareesh said...

wow perfectly made..

meena said...

wow this is so lovely


i m still not getting confident about trying out any cakes and the ingredients r simple easy and almost every day cooking ingredients and more its eggless

wish i get confident to try out

Tina said...

Perfectly baked..So tempting dear.

The Yogi Vegetarian said...

That looksbrilliant! I want to try this myself.

Shabbu said...

Perfect and yummy cake..
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Akila said...

cake has turned out so well...

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Prathima Rao said...

Gorgeous & perfect zebra cake..!!! Bookmarked :)
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Julie said...

Zebra cake looks very beautiful & apt for the occasion..Love the stripes,perfectly done !!
Thanx for trying out the recipe and happy that you all liked it:-)
Convey our belated Birthday wishes to 'S' !!

Square Meals said...

Sobha, I think you have outdone yourself this time!! The cake looks AMAZING :-). Will definitely try this one.

Aparna

Recipe world said...

Perfect zebra cake dear..looks so soft and spongy!

Vidhya said...

Beautiful cake.I am sure it tasted as good as it tastes.

Santosh Bangar said...

yummy good looking cake
happy b'ay to ur hubby

Suja Manoj said...

Wow looks really beautiful and yum cake,adipoli aayitundu

Reshmi said...

perfect.. :)

Alpana said...

Wishing your hubby "A Very Happy B'day "
Shobha. The cake looks absolutely exotic ..wish I could taste it.

Now Serving said...

That is one gorgeous cake! It looks delicious and very artistic :)

Chitra said...

very pretty. bookmarked :)

Hema said...

Wow Sobha, the cake has come out so well..

Priyas Feast said...

Perfect zebra cake :)..too gud.i missed ur blog for long time..

Swathi Iyer said...

Belated birthday wishes to your Hubby, Cake looks beautiful and delicious.

jeyashrisuresh said...

Perfectly baked and nicely presented.

Spice up the Curry said...

woe... you get perfect zebra effect.

R.Punitha said...

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Looks delicious !!!

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Jay said...

irresistable combo of flavors..looks wonderful
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cookingvarieties said...

hi sobha- firstly, happy belated birthday to your hubby..
so sweet of you to do a zebra cake- name suitable for men. ha ha

never did a cake using yogurt before-hmmmm... interesting recipe. pretty pics

Mahi said...

Beautiful creation..cake looks soft n delicious.. Belated birthday wishes to your hubby!

Amina Khaleel said...

wow... zebra cakes looks perfect... delicious....

radha said...

Looks really nice. and an apt name for the cake!

Anisha Ranjit said...

This cake is soooooo beautiful... your hubby is right... it really does not need frosting... You created it perfectly... :)

Archana said...

Belated wishes to your husband.
Cake is super fabulous.
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Teena Mary said...

wow..thts a pretty cake indeed! I'm sure it would have tasted great too!

Anonymous said...

beautiful cake, want to try making it soon.

Vysa said...

Very impressed by ur zebra cake! Immediately tried and suceeded. My whole family was very happpy. I dedicate all the praise n appreciations to you. Tks a tooooooooooooooooooooooon.

Sobha Shyam said...

Thanks a lot Vysa for your kind words and feedback. I am so happy that you tried and liked it :) :) Appreciate that you stopped by to let me know :)

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