Zebra Cake is moist, delicious and comes together so effortlessly. It is the perfect cake for kids, but let’s be real — adults love it too!

A slice of Zebra cake

Zebra Cake makes a great addition to a kid’s birthday party, especially if you’re are doing animal-themed decorations. Once you slice into the cake, be prepared to have your young guests gasp with excitement over the cool swirls!

The flavors of this cake are incredible — a delicate sponge cake is elevated with a nice balance of chocolate flavor peaking in.

What is a Zebra Cake?

If you grew up eating Little Debbie treats, you are probably familiar with the famous Zebra Cakes. These little packaged cakes have been showing up in lunch boxes for decades.

However, Zebra Cake really references any cake that swirls chocolate with sponge cake. In this homemade version, we ice the cake with a rich, ganache frosting.

ingredients for the zebra cake

How To Make Those Signature Zebra Cake Stripes

Pour the cake batter into the baking dish at two-spoon increments, while switching out between the two colors — two spoons of vanilla cake batter, two spoons of chocolate cake batter, two spoons of vanilla cake batter again, etc. Repeat the process until you run out of batter. This will create those beautiful stripes!

Tips For The Best Zebra Cake

  • Use a 7-inch baking pan — any bigger and your batter will be spread too thin to give you stripes.
  • Use the toothpick test to check cake for doneness. If it comes out clean, it’s ready!
  • Level the top of the cake using a sharp knife to cut the bump off that forms during baking. This will make it easier for you to stack the layers.
  • Make the cake decorations fun, fun, fun! Add some pops of color with your lettering or through on some animal-themed cake toppers.

How to Make a Ganache

  • Bring whipping cream to a boil
  • Pour it over chocolate chips and stir until there are no lumps left
  • Allow it to sit for a bit to cool it down and only then use it to decorate the cake

Making Zebra Cake In Advance

The Zebra Cake can be made several days in advance. Store the finished cake refrigerated. It is best to keep it in a sealed container. This will give the cake several day to soak up all the flavors.

A slice of Zebra cake

Other Cake Recipes to Try:

  • Cake Prague – Let’s just say this cake doesn’t skimp on the chocolate.
  • Ferrero Rocher Cake Recipe – If you love these candies, you’re going to flip out over this cake.
  • Kiev Cake – From buttercream to jam to hazelnuts, Kiev cake has it all.
  • Sharlotka Cake – With just five ingredients, this apple cake comes together beautifully.

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Natalya Drozhzhin

Natalya founded Momsdish to demonstrate that placing a homemade meal on the table is not hard at all. Natalya makes cooking easier and approachable, by simplifying the ingredients, while still producing the same great taste.