This visually striking Zebra Cake recipe is not tricky to make at all, I promise. To achieve the striped effect you drop spoonfuls of different coloured batter on top of each other from the centre of the cake. They naturally spread out like the rings of a dartboard. The texture is light because of all the oil and milk needed for the batter to achieve the zebra pattern. For extra flavour you could add the finely grated zest of a lemon or orange.

Recipe adapted from Baking Bites

You will need: a 20cm (8in) round cake tin

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This visually striking Zebra Cake recipe is not tricky to make at all, I promise. To achieve the striped effect you drop spoonfuls of different coloured batter on top of each other from the centre of the cake. They naturally spread out like the rings of a dartboard. The texture is light because of all the oil and milk needed for the batter to achieve the zebra pattern. For extra flavour you could add the zest of a lemon or orange.
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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius (160 degrees Fan-forced; 350F). Line the bottom of a 20cm (8in) round cake pan with baking paper. Grease the sides with non-stick spray.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer add the eggs and sugar. Whisk together on medium speed until the mixture is pale, thick and creamy. Stir in the milk, vegetable oil, vanilla and almond extract. Pour sifted flour, baking powder, and salt into the wet ingredients and whisk until just combined.
  3. Split the batter evenly between three bowls. Add sifted cocoa powder to one bowl. Tint the colour of the batter with the darker food colouring. To the second bowl tint the batter with the colour of the other food colouring. Leave the third bowl as plain vanilla.
  4. Dollop 2 tablespoons of the plain vanilla in the middle of the cake pan and let it spread out on its own. Add 2 tablespoons of the chocolate batter in the centre of the vanilla batter and let it spread out too. Add 2 tablespoons of the third colour in the middle of the chocolate batter and let it spread. Keep alternating spoonfuls of each colour as described. The batter will slowly spread to the edge of the pan by itself.
  5. As you reach the last few rings of the cake reduce the batter quantity to one tablespoon per colour.
  6. Check the oven has reached the correct temperature. Place the cake tin on the middle rack of the oven. Bake for about 20 minutes. The cake is done when the top is golden brown and a skewer in the middle of the cake comes out clean. If not, add another 5 minutes to the timer and test again until it’s ready.
  7. Remove cake from the oven. Let the cake cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes before turning the cake out to cool on a rack the right side up.

Baking Tips

  • Cake will keep at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

46 Comments

  1. Kara@butterheartssugar

    So so much funny in this post, I giggled out loud a number of time. I’m one of those people that doesn’t know a single thing about AFL. Visually this cake looks amazing, sorry you didn’t enjoy the flavour.

  2. nancy@skinnykitchen.com

    What a great looking cake!

  3. SpicieFoodie

    What a beautiful looking cake. Red & Black are my favorite colors:) You do make it sound like it wouldn’t be so hard.

  4. Meghan

    This looks great! Can’t wait to try this effect…

  5. Celeste @ Berrytravels

    That looks good! I did a zebra cake once too but that was cheese cake. It did help the batter spread tho. Yours looks good! Way to go with incorporating the footy colours too!

    Unfortunately AFL and me are like …. well. we could see each other on the street and walk right past each other without knowing.

  6. Ladybird

    Wow what a wonderful visual effect!

  7. The Sugar Junkie

    This looks absolutely gorgeous! And I agree – better not to lump yourself with those Collingwood supporters!

  8. Honeywhatscooking

    Oooh… certainly looks like a Cake Mistress! I love your work, your blog is so pretty!
    Great joB!

  9. mademoiselle délicieuse

    I believe the likes of you and I are immune to such virus contagiousness. However, I shall comfort myself with the fact that should I encounter a zombie/football fan that I shall offer them zebra cake to divert attention away from me!

  10. Anonymous

    Indeed. Perhaps for such emergencies the extra flavour should be garlic. Or it that for Vampires? I can’t remember my memes.

  11. Anonymous

    Indeed. Perhaps for such emergencies the extra flavour should be garlic. Or it that for Vampires? I can’t remember my memes.

  12. Anonymous

    Thanks for visiting and for your kind words! I love your site. Now I know where to go when I need a sweet but healthy recipe :)

  13. Anonymous

    Thanks. Ha ha, no I love all teams. We opened our house to interstate Collingwood supporters here for the Grand Final. I already got the tsk tsk from them once they saw the post :p
    But it totally sucks that the game gets replayed. So many people inconvenienced.

  14. Anonymous

    So beautiful!!! that is amazing. seriously

  15. Anonymous

    Thanks Penny. Was a bit unsure while I was making it, but once I sliced through the cake I was pretty chuffed with how it turned out :)

  16. Anonymous

    Grand Final? What Grand Final?? ;)
    Silly me decided to visit NGV by walking from Bourke St Mall. At 12pm. On Grand Final parade day. Took a while to figure out what the heck was going on!!! *sigh*

    A zebra cheesecake sounds delightful! Will have to hunt it down.

  17. Heavenly Housewife

    This is one beautiful cake, a real shop stopper. I like your idea about the orange oil.
    Have a wonderful weekend ahead.
    *kisses* HH

  18. Barbara Bakes

    This is one of the most beautiful zebra cakes I’ve seen. Love the vibrant color.

  19. Anonymous

    Thanks Kara. It’s reassuring to see many non-football fans exist! We need a footy support club, with a sweet retreat when the game is on :)

  20. Anonymous

    Thanks my dear. Hope there’s a lovely baking-filled weekend ahead of you too. x

  21. Anonymous

    Thanks Barbara. I was really excited with how it turned out once I cut it open. They’re definitely a striking colour combination.

  22. Ellie

    I must attempt this zebra cake soon! It’s beautiful!

  23. Msihua

    That is insane!! Absolutely love the colours of the cake!!!

  24. Von

    Hi five! I’m a non football fan too! haha….
    or any other sport for that matter =) But I love how you can always tell when there’s a big game on, when you see heaps of busses on the streets with people wearing the same colours inside =D
    This cake looks awesome! I’ve always wanted to make zebra cake, but have never quite gotten around to it…but most of the zebra cakes I’ve seen have been black and white. This looks even better!

  25. Conor @ Hold the Beef

    Glad I’m not the only one to see the footy as a source of baking inspiration :D (though I am a bit of a football nut, I must admit)

    Awesome cake! Totally the opposite in disappointment-levels compared to yesterday’s result. Boo.

  26. April @ My Food Trail

    Oh wow, the cake looks AMAZING! The stripes are so impressive!

  27. Michelle Chin

    This cake is certainly healthy thumbs up! I wonder if I can make it green striped instead of red and black… hmm.

  28. Michelle Chin

    Anyway, I don’t know nuts about AFL.

  29. Cakelaw

    LOL – I am not much of a footy fan either. However, I love your St Kilda Zebra cake – it’s gorgeous.

  30. Foodessa

    Well, Emma…with the few zebra cakes I’ve seen…yours would certainly stand out above the rest.
    Sorry that the taste didn’t tickle you ;o)

    Thanks for the tips on how to make this very presentable dessert.

    Ciao for now,
    Claudia

  31. Marisa

    Such a cool looking cake! Would it be too much if the different colours were different flavours do you think?

  32. Anonymous

    Thanks Von. Certainly an odd Zebra with the punk rebellious red streak :)

    Yay, glad there’s another non-sporting person! It sucks once footy season finishes and there’s nothing but cricket/rugby/soccer/tennis on still.

  33. Anonymous

    Poor St Kilda. I did have a soft-spot for the underdog.
    On the upside, the do-over meant another day of awesome food. Your cupcakes were mega-incredible!!

  34. Anonymous

    Oooh, a bold green-stripe cake would be sexy too. Show us a pic if you make one!

  35. Anonymous

    Thanks Marisa!
    I think, something subtle like vanilla and chocolate would work, but stronger flavours might clash as the stripes are quite close together and about 1cm thick. Good luck!

  36. Colleen

    That is just plain gorgeous! I would suggest that you maybe use coconut oil instead of other oil. It gives vanilla cake the most amazing flavor. And also another suggestion would be to use the finely grated zest of an orange or lemon in one of the colors. It should lift a bland tasting cake to another dimension. I have never seen one of these before and am just amazed at how it bakes up. xx

  37. Leah

    I have to try this it looks amazing.

  38. Bel Stafford

    My partner and I attempted the cake last week. We had so much fun making it. We tried to make it a feminist cake using the suffragette colours, purple, green and white….We were unable to get our hands on gel food colouring, so we used some ordinary stuff. Obviously, the colours weren’t as vibrant as yours and they all had the same strange tinge to it! Plus we forgot the cornflour and put it in at the last minute. Hahahaha! In the end it looked like a psychedelic flying saucer and tasted like cross between a rubbery pancake and my grandpas socks! It was so funny. I blame the kitchen and the oven (not our mad skills)! All that aside, we had the best time making the cake and it looked sooooo groovy! I strongly suggest people give this one a go. There is too much fun to be had. When we finally get back to our own kitchen, we plan to turn it into a massive over-sized Jaffa cake so we can reminisce about our trip to the UK. Thanks so much for this recipe. It was a ball to make!

  39. Anonymous

    that sounds like an awesome day in the kitchen! Oh man, the description of a psychadelic flying saucer cake had me snorting with laughter. Bugger that it didn’t quite turn out as planned, but glad it was fun nonetheless. Be sure to send us a pic if you make a super-sized Jaffa version!

  40. Anonymous

    Hi Colleen. Those are brilliant suggestions, thank you so much! Yes, the vegetable oil was really bland. But I imagine a good heaping of citrus zest would be wonderful.

  41. Marble Floor Cleaning

    I would be grateful if you pass me down the dishes through the screen! I don’t know what modern technologies are doing.They must do something like this so that one can manually reach up to the site whenever they want!I am sorry I couldn’t get you miss zebra! Liked the site a lot ! Thanks!!

  42. Lora

    This is absolutely fabulousness. Full stop. love it!

  43. shaz

    Ha ha ha, I too am a footyphobic, I just don’t get it. Although soccer (or proper football) is another story altogether :) Great zebra cake.

  44. roniken

    This is sooo koool