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Zebra Cake

Zebra Cake. A terrific easy baking project to make with the kids. They will be fascinated to cut into the cake to see the chocolate and vanilla “stripes”.

Zebra Cake photo of a single slice.

Zebra Cake

This Zebra striped cake is a great one to try with the kids and much simpler to make than you might think. Thos was a first attempt, so I will try to get more pics next time.

However, I wanted to share it right away because I was so pleased with the result.

Use the best quality cocoa powder you can find for this recipe.

I’ve made it in 2 eight inch pans here but I think it looks even better baked as a single layer cake. That’s because the number of stripes would be doubled.

I’ll post another pic if I do that.

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Originally published June 2011. Updated Oct 2020.

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Zebra Cake photo of a single slice.
Yield: 16 servings

Zebra Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Zebra Cake - a terrific easy baking project to make with the kids. They will be fascinated to cut into the cake to see the chocolate and vanilla "stripes".


  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp whole milk, at room temperature
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup cocoa


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and flour 2 eight inch or 1 ten inch cake pan.
  2. Sift together the flour, salt and baking powder
  3. Beat together the eggs, sugar and vanilla extract until foamy. Add the oil and milk and stir before folding in the sifted dry ingredients.
  4. Divide the batter in two equal portions and the additional 2 tbsp milk along with the cocoa to one portion, folding gently until well blended.
  5. Using 1/4 cup of the batter at a time, begin by pouring vanilla batter in the center of the pan, then immediately pour another 1/4 cup of the chocolate batter directly in the center of the vanilla batter. Continue alternating between the two flavors, always pouring the batter directly in the center of the pan until all the batter has been used. This will allow the stripes to naturally form.
  6. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack before frosting and serving.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 slice

Amount Per Serving Calories 209Total Fat 16gSaturated Fat 12gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 42mgSodium 60mgCarbohydrates 14gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 4g

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Lindsey Ramsdell

Monday 3rd of September 2012

I made this cake a couple weeks ago for my uncle's birthday. I used my chocolate truffle frosting recipe and refrigerated it until the frosting was solid. Oh my gosh was it ever delicious. Here's the recipe...

4 ounces (120 grams) unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped

2/3 cup (150 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature

1 1/3 cups (160 grams) confectioners (powdered) sugar, sifted

1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.

In the bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the butter until smooth and creamy (about 1 minute). Add the sugar and beat until it is light and fluffy (about 2 minutes). Beat in the vanilla extract. Add the chocolate and beat on low speed until incorporated. Increase the speed to medium-high and beat until frosting is smooth and glossy (about 2 -3 minutes).

Barry C. Parsons

Friday 30th of September 2011

The frosting is the same as the filling in these great cupcakes:


Monday 26th of September 2011

What frosting did you use? Could you post the recipe, please?

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