Zebra Cake

My eyes are literally burning… as though I have a fire set in… I just had hinted that Rasha’s school is closed now, so you can imagine the chaos at home… Both my imps sleep till 10 in the morning, wake up and start their havoc in the house, again sleep a couple of hours in the afternoon. Sometimes, when I reach home form work, they are still sleeping. Can you imagine the heaviness I feel in my mind?? “Oh Lord, my sleep at night is gone!!”Β And me being a sleep person, my struggle starts at 10 every night. Wash them and dress them up, into the bedroom. A lot of begging, prodding, “kannuruttaling” (rolling my eyes – OK, I don’t know what other word to use for this action!!! Hehe…), shouting, screaming, crying – “please, please, makkale (my kids), ummi wants to sleep…” Doesn’t help at all… Where do I go drain down all that energy they have??? Despite playing for the full day, they are to the brim at night. By the time they sleep, it’s almost 12:30 am and my alarm rings at 6 am every morning… Since it rings on my phone and I cannot damage it because I know very well that my HD will not replace it with a new one, I have to keep my irritation all in and gently “dismiss” the alarm… πŸ™
Today seems to be another day, but for this blog – it’s post #125, follower #150 and very soon, this little space of mine will hit 50K views!!! Wow! Alhamdulillah, this is no more than the blessings of the Almighty. He has been kind enough to bless me with lovely readers like all of you out there. For all of you, today, this is what I want to give you…Β I did nothing else that to stick point by point, word by word to the original source. Why? Because I had a disaster baking it the first time! I did not even adjust the sugar in the cake! It was perfect for our tongues. You see those lines…. gorgeous, right??? πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚Β Since I did not budge from the original recipe, I am not typing it down here. But let me share with you my first experience of trying to make this cake:


It was during the early days of my baking expedition. If you follow the recipe as it, the batter is quite thick, not runny at all, and all those while, I never knew that you could bake a cake out of thick batter (duh!!!). I thought to myself: “Why is this thick? Let me add some milk…” So I added milk, reduced the thickness, went by the layering, the batter looked perfect with those inter circles, my heart was literally dancing – wow, I am going to make a fantastic cake. At that time, I didn’t have an oven, so I made the cake in my pressure cooker. Once the cake was done and I flipped it onto the plate, this is what I got –


Where’s the zebra??? πŸ™


Hey, where are those circles that I formed??? πŸ™ Yep, in between the baking, they separated and the chocolate batter settled at the bottom and the vanilla at the top, naturally because the chocolate batter was slightly more dense (physics – how much I used to hate it!!!). So there you go, I got a layered cake – not that it was not eatable, in fact it was really tasty, dense layered (can’t even call it marble!) cake and everybody enjoyed it but I missed the zebra…


I don’t know whether to call this a recipe post, but post, I did!!! We are going into a weekend and I am pretty much excited, even though there are no plans as such!! Let’s see how it goes, the summer heat is unbearable so beach, park and barbeque are all out of question, but the amount of malls in Dubai leave you confused as to where to go for your window shopping!!! πŸ˜‰



Zebra Cake

Course Cake
Cuisine European
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 8
Author Rafeeda


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder


  • Preheat oven 180 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 inch cake pan and set aside.
  • Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt and set aside.
  • Break eggs into a bowl and beat using an electric beater along with the sugar till fluffy and pale, around 5 minutes.
  • Add in the milk, oil and vanilla and beat till combined.
  • Add the dry ingredients and just beat till combined, do not overbeat.
  • Divide the batter into two. Add the cocoa powder into one bowl and fold in till done.
  • Into the prepared pan, pour three tablespoons of the plain batter into the center. Now pour three tablespoons of the chocolate batter into the center. You will see the batter taking a round shape.
  • Continue to pour the batter intermittently without stopping till the batter looks like a "zebra". Do not tap or shake the pan under any cost.
  • Slide the pan into the oven carefully and bake for 30-40 minutes or until skewer comes out clean.
  • Cool in the pan for 5 minutes before flipping onto a cooling rack. Cool completely, slice and serve!


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  1. out of all the zebra cakes ive seen this is the 1st pic I really felt has zebra strips lolz, I planned many times to bake this cake from the same source but then always put back the plan and move off πŸ™‚

    1. Thank u so much aaraa, that's such a huge compliment….

  2. delicious and tempting

    1. Thank u so much shama…

  3. Wow congrats sis..50k views sis time for celebration. Prefect zebra cake pattern looks incredible.

    1. Approaching the figure soon akka… πŸ™‚ thank u so much…

  4. Kids at home on vacation is surely an added task but fun too.. Rafee believe me I've made major blunders than this when I started baking. And not only baking even cooking sometimes.. I remember once I made rasgulla's and they were soo hard.. My hubby was joking in front of everyone.. He tried breaking it with a rolling pin.. And guess what, it didn't break πŸ˜› You can imagine my state.. I was very upset.. And I never attempted rasgullas ever since.. lols

    Your Zebra cake looks amazing dear and the stripes look very even and neatly done. Loved it Rafee πŸ™‚

    1. Haha…love dat rasgulla story, takes a lot of guts 2 tell dat… πŸ™‚ Thank u so much Nilu… πŸ™‚

    1. Thank u so much femi…

  5. too good ..perfect zebra ones..

    1. Thank u so much kalpana…

  6. so..we are both in the same boat….nocturnal kids and working mom's !! and ha haa..so true, we can't shed our anger on our phones, when the alarm rings !! liked that….and another same pinch..physics !! i have got nothing to do with it. it doesn't even know me…but some how managed to pass the entrance exam ..but that again, was with the gud score i got form chemistry alone. i hated physics. So much about otheres..and nothing about the cake ? luks just perfect !!! enikku thannoo..njaan kayichu theerthu tharaam..haa haa..and i am dieting !!! well…

    1. We shud b neighbours, Sona. .pls relocate 2 Dxb!!! πŸ˜‰

  7. this turned out well and yummy cake

    1. Thank u so much ramya…

    1. Thank u so much…

  8. Looks perfect like zebra….

    1. Thank u so much dear…

  9. That's a very perfect looking zebra cake.. Just like a live zebra's stripes.. And hearty congrats dear on ur 50k likes.. That's an awesome achievement in such a short time πŸ™‚ Enjoy ur kiddo's hols to the max πŸ˜›

    1. Thank u so much chitz… πŸ˜›

  10. This seems a perfect Zebra cake..:-) Wow those lines just so wonderful… Congrats Rafee you on your milestones and many more to come!

    1. Thank u so much Rekha… πŸ™‚

  11. congrats on a milestone,wishes for more

    1. Thank u so much babitha…

  12. I can truly understand ur state Rafeeda. Hats off to u dear. How do u manage work, blogging & kids…. I only have 1 toddler a freelancing job still find it absolutely difficult to blog consistently. The zebra spots has come out well. Sometimes when my cake flops I call it pudding πŸ™‚ hehe may be u can call it Zebra cake pudding. I can imagine the Dense cake taste. Must be rich & yummy.

    1. By the Almighty's grace, I'm able 2 manage…but I know 4 sure, I'l be slowing down if not able 2… I like dat pudding reference, wonderful idea…hehe… thanks a lot dear… πŸ™‚

  13. There's always not end of housework and even for me, I have a whole of daily chores.
    The cake is beautiful and its simply mouthwatering. Congrats on the achievements and there will be plenty to follow.

    1. Housework has no end, Nava…thank u so much… πŸ™‚

  14. Cake looks wonderful ! I totally understand your struggle with getting your kids to sleep:)

    1. I'm not alone, so glad 2 know… πŸ˜‰ Thank u so much reni…

  15. Hey Rafee congrats on adding Ks :))
    The Zebra cake looks perfect. Sometime back I too attempted this from a famous blog which just gave links to the same Azerbaijani blog.The cake was really nice except there was a huge crack on top so it never made to my blog:)

    1. Maybe the oven was 2 hot…now I alwats stick 2 preheating 4 20 minutes n baking both @ 170 degrees, so comes out well finally… πŸ™‚

  16. Wonderful cake Rafeeda, looks mouthwatering and soft…..

    1. Thank u so much priya…

  17. "kannuruttaling"…Lol Lol!! πŸ™‚ Laughing my guts out here…but i totally understand what u feel. 2 kids or 1 I dont think it makes any difference πŸ™‚ Loved your Zebra cake and i've been wanting to try this cake for ages now and still havent…i shall…soon πŸ™‚

    1. 1 used 2 b more peaceful dear, 2 is like a… I dunno vat 2 say!!! But njoyin it nonetheless… πŸ™‚ Do try it, it's such a beautiful cake 2 luk @… πŸ™‚

  18. this is so yum and perfect…

    1. Thank u so much preeti…

  19. i can relate to u so much.. my son's summer holidays have just started.. every single work that i do is delayed cos of him.. btw congrats on ur achievements.. πŸ™‚

    1. Really thank God I work, makes life a bit btr manageable!!! Hehe…thanks a lot, dear… πŸ™‚

  20. Oh this looks super tempting

    1. Thanks a lot divya…

  21. perfect cake for kids vacation

    1. Thanks a lot dears…

    1. Thank u so much dear…

  22. congrats for 50K view.. Cake looks perfect.. I can imagine what it means to hv kids at home πŸ™‚

    1. Thank u so much veena… πŸ™‚

  23. perfectly made zebra cake and looks super moist dear πŸ™‚

    1. Thank u so much manjula… πŸ™‚

  24. Wow! really awesome.

    1. Thanks a lot…

  25. cake looks lovely and yummy

    1. Thanks a lot…

  26. Hope all mum had a energy restoring machine at home…just plug in and we are back to form….cakes look yummy dear..

    1. Oh, how I wish such a gadget was available!!! Hehe…thank u so much dear… πŸ™‚

  27. Came back to check on how many moms agree with u on vacation issues.For all the kanurutaling I do I get a,' hmm u look weird, mom!':)) I am evilishllyy glad many moms are going through the same and I am not alone:))

    1. I luv ur daughter's comment!!! πŸ˜€ thankfully my kids rnt big enough 2 tell dat 2 me n just like u, my heart is also fluttering devilishly… πŸ˜‰

  28. Rafee, really love reading your post ..zebra cake exactly resembles the strips of zebra!! btw, i lv ur first attempt too!

    1. Thanks a lot Suja… πŸ™‚

  29. Lovely zebra cake……

    1. Thank u so much dear…

  30. Ha ha ha Rafeeda..ur "Gusthi koodal" with ur kids was fun to read…I am sure even though u have hard time managing them, at the end of the day when u look back it would be fun πŸ™‚

    That zebra cake came out perfect…When I made it, I spent a lot of time admiring its beauty before I had a piece:). I am sure u too must have spent some time staring at the beautiful strips that turned out perfectly well πŸ™‚

    1. i like that usage – gusthi!!! i hope there was an award to vouch for while doing that… πŸ˜‰ and yes, dear, should admit, at the end of it all, it's part of your memories… just like you, even i spent quite a bit of time enjoying the lines… πŸ™‚ thank u so much dear…

  31. Haha..loved reading your struggle with ur kids to get them to sleep, but its their time now..let them enjoy, we too did this when we were like them. But I really admire your blogging skills, that inspite of all this you do manage to feed your blog.Hats off Rafee!!

    1. thank u so much priya… yes, it is their time to ensure my head is totally ruined!!! πŸ˜‰

  32. Looks incredibly stunning dear!

    1. Thank you so much Shazzy…

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