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Can I Make a "Zebra Cake"?



I saw this "Zebra Cake" in one of the Tasty YouTube videos and it looked so cool!


There are alternating colors of cake in 1 cake -- looking like zebra stripes. I had to try it!








Friday, November 8, 2019, Attempt #1:

In the video, it looks super easy. When they are making it, they just pour alternating colors of batter into the baking pan really fast (the videos are sped-up, haha) and it all comes together as zebra stripes.


They make the chocolate and raspberry cakes from scratch. I just wanted to recreate the fun part -- making the zebra stripes with batter. I used cake mix for my experiment: Devil's Food Cake and Strawberry.


Note: I had been experimenting with healthy cake mix (substituting applesauce for oil; see link), but I did not do that for the zebra cake because I noticed that the healthy cake mix batter was fluffier and not as liquid, so I thought it would be harder to pour and form the zebra stripes. I just made the original recipe for these cakes. I made half-batches, so I could use the other half-boxes of cake mix for other projects / posts.


https://www.wearegoodatthis.com/post/healthy-cake-mix-experiment


When I started, the Strawberry cake mix dry ingredients from the box were white. I thought I was going to have to add pink food coloring to it. However, when I added the egg, a chemical reaction occurred and it turned pink (middle photo)!




I was ready to try to pour the batter to get the zebra stripes!


In the video, they use 2 dry ingredient measuring cups and then pour the different batters into the cake pan very quickly in alternating fashion. Haha, the video is sped-up, so I actually have no idea how fast they are pouring.


I was kind of nervous about messing up the batter, so I kind of gingerly and slowly poured in the different batters and waited for it to spread out until it formed a ring. It took awhile to wait for each ring.


Some of the rings got messed up and I would try to spoon in a small amount to fill in those areas or try to fix it. I don't know if that made any difference. The finished version looked pretty good and I put it in the oven.



RESULT: Success! :)



We are good at this! Zebra stripes! This is just one photo;

3 more are below. This is an example of Neapolitan Zebra cake dessert: Vanilla ice cream and Chocolate/Strawberry Zebra cake!


Adding zebra stripes is super fun and an easy way to class up your cake!


I did notice that when I was pouring the batter that going a little faster and plopping some batter in the middle somewhat quickly (like in the video) did seem to work better, so I wanted to try that in my next attempt.


Give it a try! We are good at this!







Thursday, November 14, 2019, Attempt #2:

I needed just a little bit of chocolate cake to try to make this Area 51 Space Jell-O/gelatin cake. Since I was going to make a chocolate cake for that, I thought I would try to make the Zebra cake again and also do some cake pop experiments. Stay tuned for those posts / updates to posts!


[Also, reusing ingredients for different projects / posts. :)]

https://www.wearegoodatthis.com/post/getting-the-most-bang-for-your-buck-planning-content


I successfully made the Zebra cake before, but I wanted to try a different technique -- pouring the batters more quickly like in the video.


I made the Devil's Food and Strawberry cake batters as before (and used the half boxes from before I had leftover).


This time, I poured the batters much more quickly. I just kind of plopped the different colors in the middle in alternating fashion and wasn't as careful as before. I didn't try to fix any of the rings either (like I did the first time).





RESULT: Success! :)



We are good at this! Still got good Zebra stripes. Perhaps, the first attempt had slightly better zebra stripes, but it took a lot longer.


The moral of the story here is you can't really mess it up! And it looks classy and super cool.


Give it a try! We are good at this!


A couple more photos below.









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