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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Zebra Cake

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My son is many things - Smart as a whip( for his age). For Example, he is very good with numbers. When his grandpa visited a couple of weeks ago, we asked him to test A with a number quiz. So grandpa typed "7" on the laptop. A said the right answer. Grandpa then typed "17". The answer was Seventy-One. We  had a good laugh. Grandpa then decided to challenge him by typing "915". Nine hundred and fifteen was uttered with all the confidence of a 3-yr old. Stunned grandpa upped the challenge by typing  "10,000" on the laptop. Me and hubby exchanged looks and waited with bated breath wondering will he or will he not. Then my munchkin squeaked "Ten thousand". What a showoff! Grandpa looked like the cat that ate the canary! Grandpa who had only 2 daughters, who was already pleased that both his daughters gifted him with grandsons who will turn into strapping lads, was even more pleased that they wouldn't grow as nincompoops. Anyways, A started started weaving his magic around grandpa so he could get a ride around the block in grandpa's black car..and he also politely stated to grandpa that he would like to sleep next to him. LoL.What A doesn't know is that Grandpa snores like a Copter.
So A is many things but courageous fella he is not. Well can't expect him to be everything when he is only 3,right?.But I so want him to be a fearless kid. He is scared of "Dino Dan" on TV always clinging to mommy when a big Tyrannosaurus Rex(T-Rex) comes stomping on the screen, Pressure cooker whistles, Vacuum cleaner noise and so forth. Last month a friend and her family came to our place for a sleepover. Her hubby was blowing his nose and clearing his throat in a boisterous manner. Every-time he did that A's eyes would well up with tears and lips would quiver with a promise of a bawl.
When he is upset I always have something sweet to distract him. A piece of chocolate or a chocolate cake. His new favorite is the Zebra Cake which I would like to think of as "The Pacifier". I have seen plenty of folks post this eye-catching cake recipe but I wasn't motivated to try it until I saw it at Shab's Cuisine. Her pictures of this fabulous cake spurred me into action. First time I tried using a Bundt Pan and it was a disaster..Oh the taste and texture was great but the layers bled into one another. The second time around I decided to use a 9" cake pan and it turned out great. Third time it was even better. I used the dark cocoa powder and the layers were prominent and the cake was a beauty. See for yourself-

Ingredients:
  • 4 Large Eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 Cup Milk, at room temperature
  • 1 Cup + 2 Tbsp Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Cup Canola Oil or any Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 Tbsp Dutch-processed Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Essence
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
Tool:
  • 9" Round Cake Pan
    Procedure:
    • Preheat the oven to 350F/180C. Sift the flour with baking power and salt. 
    • Add the eggs to the sugar in a wide shallow bowl. Using an electric mixer, whisk the eggs and sugar for 2 to 3 minutes or until they are pale yellow and thick enough to form a ribbon when the whisk is lifted from the bowl.
    • Pour the Oil, Milk and Vanilla extract to the egg mixture. Add the  flour mixture in small batches and mix only till it is combined.
    • Remove 2-1/2 Cups of batter to another bowl and stir in the cocoa powder.
    • Grease a 9" pan with butter/oil and dust it lightly with flour. Now using a small ladle pour about 3-4 tbsp of white batter into the pan. Don't wait for it to spread. Alternate it with cocoa batter. Repeat. This below picture shows when its 1/4th done:
    • 1/2 way thru:
    • At 3/4th. I am feeling the tension.
    • Finally its done. Move the pan carefully and position it in the middle rack.
    • Bake for 50 minutes or till the toothpick comes clean when inserted in the center. Remove the pan from the oven and let it rest till the cake pulls from the sides of the pan. Carefully move it to a plate or cooling rack and let it completely cool prior to cutting into wedges.
    • Admire your creation before digging in.
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    Enjoy!
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    43 comments:

    1. love this cake and the tales of your little one J is scared of the pressure cooker too he he hugs

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    2. o my- it's a beauty ,am yet to try this -bookmarking ur recipe ! btw ur son's cute little antics was a treat to read !

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    3. The cake is a real beauty..looks very perfect.
      And that's a wonderful post...still sometimes my 4 1/2 yr old daughter gets scared of pigeons sitting on my window sill :)

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    4. 'A'is really really smart, I must say :-) give him a big hug for me, will ya?
      Awesome cake ! I have tried this a couple of times, but never got it perfect. (I guess it's mainly because of the altitude at which I live)

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    5. Beautifully done! I would like to try this too one day :)

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    6. It is definitely a beauty! Now I really want to make this cake.

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    7. Love the first part of your post!...kids!!!
      the zebra cake came out wonderful!...I am yet to try my hand at it!
      Smitha
      Smitha's Spicy Flavors

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    8. I have seen a lot o zebra cakes on the web- this is by far the BEST- very neat work!
      US Masala

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    9. God bless your kid...

      You have got the perfect effect. Drool worthy clicks.

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    10. Awesome zebra cake, i love it lassie..wonderful shots!!

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    11. How beautiful! The stripes turned out perfectly!

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    12. Oh perfect....Very neat and soft...fluffy cake....I am just admiring it...superb clicks...treat to the eyes...

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    13. Real beauty, soft and moist cake..superb dear.

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    14. WOW!! It came out perfect..Awesome clicks, Lassie..I am planning to try this tmw..Will let u know how it came out :)

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    15. Hey Lassie,

      You have not mentioned where you added milk in the method. I figured it out but you might want to update it :)

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    16. Wow!!!! CL, Zebra cake looks awesome!! i too tried this for BM!!! but, i think i have to hide my pics after looking @ yours!!!!Drooling Dear!!!!!

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    17. CL, your son is so cute!..and your cake has turned out perfect.now did he finally sleep with grandpa to hear him snore?..

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    18. @Yummy Team:
      Thanks for the heads-up. I updated the step. :-)

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    19. @SriValli:
      He didn't. He is afraid when people snore. So he thought it better if he slept with us instead. :-)

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    20. nice sharing and cake looks perfect and delicious..mouth watering,surely i will try...

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    21. So perfect... love the texture and the design..

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    22. Lassie,
      I tried it today. The zebra layers didn't come out as perfect as yours but the cake was soft and yummy. Will be trying it again n again until i get it perfect :) Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe..

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    23. CL....your A dfntly sounds like he is grt with numbers....:) as for the cake....it looks wonderful, enough to make a novice like me want to attempt it.....:)

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    24. Cl your A is really smart boy! Please give him a big hug for me:)... Perfect Zebra cake!

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    25. The cake looks absolutely stunning.

      I am so happy on A's smartness. I think my Aryan is also like that, but when it comes to courage, he is also like a cat.. lol

      What is up with these boys these days :)

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    26. What perfect stripes CL! havent made a zebra cake in a long while ad now you are tempting me!

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    27. Very tempting and mouthwatering cake.....

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    28. Omg, wat a beautifully done zebra cake, love those prefect stripes, Incredible cake..

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    29. omg that just looks gorgeous to put it lightly...i had one disastrous attempt and im done for good :)

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    30. Wow!that indeed is a treat!looks lovely CL.

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    31. This looks terrific..I am gonna give this a try and let you know ok...BTW if you have time visit my blog and if you can follow my blog.
      http://yummytummy-aarthi.blogspot.com/

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    32. Really fantistic design, a cool way of doing it. I like your writing style.

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    33. wondering how I missed this?...wow its a beauty!!..awsum!!!..u think I could try doing a eggless version?..too scared though:)..but truly AMAZING!!

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    34. Vaishali,
      Yes you can -- Check this out: http://www.mydiversekitchen.com/2009/07/eggless-orange-and-chocolate-zebra-cake.html

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