I was going through a couple of books on baking and desserts today at the library when I saw a picture of a Zebra cake. It was love at first sight. It was BEAUTIFUL! An elegant vanilla cake with dark chocolate stripes. Pretty as a picture. I just stared at the picture for a couple of minutes and then hurried out of the library after collecting my reluctant daughter and the thousand other things only a mom has to carry everywhere. I didn't even bother to renew the books or even borrow the new ones I've kept in my basket. I just knew that I had to rush home and bake this cake. It's one of those crazy baker instincts that we get sometimes....some of you will know what I'm talking about!
The recipe for this cake is very VERY simple. I adapted it from the BBC Good Food website. You'll find the original recipe here.
Zebra Cake - Another Choc-Vanilla Marble Cake
Ingredients : (Makes enough for a 20cm cake tin...double the quantity for bigger tins)
Self Raising Flour - 225 gm
Caster Sugar - 225 gm
Butter - 225 gm
Eggs - 4
Vanilla Extract - 1 tbsp
Cocoa Powder - Dark Variety, 2 tbsp
Milk - 2 tbsp or more in case you want to loosen up the batter
Pre-heat oven to 180d C.
Put all the ingredients except the cocoa powder in a blender and whisk/whizz for 2 minutes. Add a couple of tablespoons of milk more to loosen up the batter is required.
Spoon out the batter in two bowls in equal amounts. Add cocoa powder to one of them and mix well.
Butter and line a 20cm round cake tin. Start with adding two dollops of dark batter right in the center of the tin. Add two dollops of white batter in the center of the tin on top of the dark batter. Top it up with two dollops of dark batter and so on. DO NOT try to spread the batter out it will spread out on its own.
It should look like this after all the batter's used up.
Bake in the oven for 45-50 minutes (more for larger cakes). Insert a toothpick or a skewer and if it comes out clean then it's done! Turn it out on a rack to cool after 5 minutes.
Do we need a special day for love? Why not! If we can have a Mother's Day, Friendship Day, Father's Day or even days as silly as Chocolate Day or even International Pajama Day (yes it's true...Google it!) then what's the harm in expressing your love without any boundaries! I think it's a great idea and another day to go shopping and exchange gifts ;).