zebra cake

20 August 2012

I was watching Lorraine Pascale's cookery program on the telly on saturday morning (what else are saturdays mornings for if not spent watching cookery programs) and she made this amazing marble effect cake that looks like zebra print. I haven't baked for a while which is not like me at all so I thought I'd try this recipe and rekindle my baking mojo!

Zebra Cake


  • 200ml vegetable oil
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 100ml milk
  • 1tsp vanilla essence
  • 4 medium free-range eggs
  • 475g self-raising flour
  • 25g cocoa powder
  • 1tsp baking powder

Line and grease your cake tin and pre-heat the oven to 180degrees

Mix the oil, sugar, vanilla essence, milk, eggs and 175g of the flour in a bowl

Halve the mixture into two bowls

Add 175g of flour and 1/2tsp baking powder to the plain mixture
Add 25g of cocoa powder, 125g flour and 1/2tsp baking powder to the chocolate mixture

Place the mixtures in piping bags - I use Lakeland's Disposable ones

(This is the messy bit) Pipe a dollop of alternate mixtures into the cake tin.

Keep piping until you run out of mixture and the tin is full. 

Bake for roughly 25 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean

Now I'm just wishing I'd known about this recipe when I made my hot pink and zebra-print 21st birthday cake which I blogged about at the time here - that would've been even more impressive! There may be a reincarnation for my 22nd...


  1. this turned out so good!

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  2. i love lorraine's show! she's so gorgeous, isn't she? xx

  3. yumyumyum! i love the name 'zebra cake' that's what i'm going to call it from now on, much better than marble cake ;)
    also never thought about using piping bags, mines usually a muddy brown mess due to not using them haha!
    great post :)
    Rosie xo
    A Pocketful of Rosie

  4. Looks yummy, love the zebra effect of it! xo


  5. AH I really want to make this!! Off to get some disposable piping bags :) or to risk it pouring with jugs?I was so excited to see this post :) did you watch tonight? I want to make that chocolate mousse so bad!

    1. Ooh no I didn't - I seem to only catch it on Saturday mornings but I'll be setting my sky plus to record from now on lol :) Glad you liked it!

  6. Such a cool idea! Looks yummy! xx


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  8. That is amazing! I don't very often try making things I read about but I will definitely be trying this! x

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  10. omg this looks amazing!!! ah I could eat it now xxx