Zebra Cake with Icing and Strawberry Toppings
This is called a Zebra Cake because of the display of stripes on the cut slices. The zebra cake can be decorated if desired, especially if it is made for a special occasion like a birthday or anniversary.
Here is the recipe for making a Zebra Cake.
2½ cups flour
5 medium eggs
¾ cup vegetable oil
1 cup fizzy lemonade
1 cup caster sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
3 tablespoons cocoa powder or chocolate powder
Line a 9-inch cake tin and preheat the oven to 150ºC.
Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs and sugar until the mixture becomes creamy and slightly thickened.
Add in the oil and lemonade gradually and continue whisking until the ingredients are well mixed.
Add in the flour mixture and whisk until the mixture is smooth and looks like batter.
Separate the mixture into two bowls.
Add two tablespoons of flour in one bowl and two tablespoons of chocolate powder in the other bowl.
Stir the mixture in each bowl until well mixed. You should have one flour mixture and one chocolate mixture.
Pour 2 tablespoons of flour mixture in the centre of the lined cake tin, followed by 2 tablespoons of chocolate mixture in the centre of the first mixture. Repeat with the plain flour mixture, and then chocolate mixture until the mixtures are all used up.
The mixture in the cake tin should form an interesting concentric pattern when it is ready to go in the oven. Bake the cake for about 90 minutes at 140-150ºC. Check the cake with the skewer in the last 10 minutes. If the skewer comes out clean, the cake should be ready, otherwise continue baking for another 5 or 10 minutes.
Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool on a rack. When the cake is cooled, decorate with icing or fresh cream and fruits.
A slice of Zebra Cake will have stripes like these: