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Zebra Cake

 Published 2013-Jan-13   Updated 2018-Jan-08

- Submitted by Dahlia

(Marble Cake, Vanilla Chocolate Cake)

Marble Cake is a cake in which we make cake batter in two different colours. The most common colour and flavors are vanilla and chocolate. The cake is made by layering the batters alternatively. It is then blended slightly with a stick or skewer to create a marble pattern. You can also make fruit flavored marble cake like strawberry marble cake too.

Zebra Cake is a type of marble cake in which equal quantities of the two cake batters are poured alternatively in the middle of the cake pan. This creates a striped pattern similar to the Zebra. Here is a zebra cake recipe with chocolate and vanilla flavors.

Recipe For Zebra Cake


  • All Purpose Flour (Maida) - 2 cups
  • Sugar - 1 cup
  • Canola or Vegetable Oil - 1 cup
  • Milk - 1 cup
  • Eggs - 4
  • Vanilla Essence - 1 tsp
  • Baking Powder - 3 tsp
  • Cocoa Powder - 2 tbsp


  1. Take the eggs in a large mixing bowl and beat it nicely.
  2. Add the sugar, oil and milk to this and mix well.
  3. Sieve the flour and baking powder into the wet mixture while mixing continuously till you get a smooth batter.
  4. Finally mix in the vanilla extract.
  5. Divide the batter into two bowls. In one portion add the cocoa powder and mix thoroughly. The chocolate flavored brown batter and the vanilla flavored white batter are all ready to make the zebra print.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350 degree F (180 degree C).
  7. Take a 8" or 9" round cake pan. (If needed, grease the cake pan with butter and add a dusting of flour. Since I used a silicone cake pan, I din't have to do this.)
  8. To make the zebra pattern, take about 1/4 cup of the white batter and pour in the center of the cake pan.
  9. Next pour the same amount (about 1/4 cup) of the brown chocolate batter on top of the white batter and in the center of the pan.
  10. Repeat the process alternating the batter. The batter will spread creating the zebra print.
  11. Bake the cake for 30-40 minutes till a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  12. Once it cools, cut and enjoy the zebra cake.

Detailed Step Images

Zebra Cake Preparation Step
Chocolate and Vanilla cake batters

Zebra Cake Preparation Step
Pour the batter alternatively in the cake pan

Zebra Cake Preparation Step
Repeat with the full batter

Zebra Cake Preparation Step

Zebra Cake Preparation Step
Bake the cake

Zebra Cake Preparation Step
Yummy Zebra Cake ready to serve


  • You can also make zebra cup cakes.
  • Instead of chocolate and vanilla flavors, you can also try with different fruit flavors. eg :- You can make a white batter and a strawberry batter to make strawberry zebra cakes.
  • If you do not want to make cake batters with two different flavors, just add two different food coloring and make the zebra pattern.
  • Here is the picture of zebra cake sent by Raji. She made the zebra print with white vanilla cake and vanilla cake with orange food colour. Do experiment with your own flavours and colours.

    Zebra Cake

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Comments (17)

Person   ()
Can we use half oil n half butter?
Person   ()
yes you can.
Person   ()
superb idea and taste!!
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Person   ()
The cake looks YUMMY ! It sounds very easy ! Will
Definitely try it out ASAP !
Person   ()
Yes it is simple to make.. Try it.
Person   ()
i made it yesterday and it was fantastic. posted on fb too and mailed to you also.
Person   ()
preheating oven for how much time? planning to make it tomorrow
Person   ()
Preheat till it comes to that temperature (180 degrees). It will take about 20 minutes,
Person   ()
looks interesting but modify without egg
Person   ()
Will try to post an eggless version soon.
Person   ()
Hi Dahlia

busy schedule could not try till today. may be next week. thanks for the detailed photos so that no confusion. shall revert back once i try the same.
Person   ()
Try it whenever you find time.
Person   ()
nice 1 i will try it
Person   ()
try it and give your feedback.
Person   ()
quite interesting. now that i have an oven, must start experimenting one by one.
Person   ()
yes do try the recipes.

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 Published by on and last updated on 2018-01-08.