I’ve been a bit absent and not very bloggy lately. I know that isn’t a word but I like it. Life in the past year has been stressful and I haven’t been able to give my time to my alter ego Muffin Mum much of my time. I think I am back.
This recipe is one I have promised people for a few months. People are so impressed when this cake is cut. It is seriously easy and the stripes are just a matter of going slow. I have played around a bit and amalgamated a few different recipes and got it to our taste. I am not normally fussed by oil based cakes but this one is good.
Zebra Cake- Muffinmum.com
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup of canola oil
1 cup of milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups of plain/all purpose flour
2 tsp of baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup sieved cocoa powder (for the stripes)
Heat oven to 180°
Grease a 9″ cake tin or a ring tin.
Beat the eggs and sugar until well mixed.
Add the oil, vanilla and milk, mix again.
Then add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt
Mix until all incorporated, don’t over mix.
Tip 1/2 the bowl of cake mix into another bowl, add the cocoa
Make sure the vanilla and chocolate mixes are in a jug or bowl that is easy to pour from.
Now this sounds crazy but I found counting to 4 was a good amount of time for the batter to be tipped into the cake tin.
Start with the one you have the most mix for.
Tip/spoon slowly for a count of four, pick up the other mix and do the same on the same exact spot. For the ring tin choose a spot for the round tin start in the middle of the tin.
The mix will slowly spread. Keep going until you have used all the mixture.
Bake the round tin for 35-40 minutes and the ring for 25-30 minutes. You will see some cracks and the cake pulling away from the edge of the tin when it is ready.
Allow to sit in the tin for 5 minutes and then cool on a rack.
Cover with your favourite chocolate icing when cool, I love this very rich icing.
100 grams of butter
1/3 cup of milk
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup caster sugar
Melt the butter in a small saucepan
Add the remaining ingredients and stir until it thickens. Spread over cake while it is still warm as it will set.
If you want to get daring do more colours, I tried a camouflage look for my husbands birthday. It kids of worked.