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Zebra Cake

Zebra Cake has a very exotic look to it and often has people wondering how the chef made those perfect zebra stripes.
Course Cake, Dessert
Cuisine American, Russian
Keyword zebra cake, zebra cake recipe
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 523kcal
Author Natalya Drozhzhin

Ingredients

Zebra Sponge Cake

Soaking Zebra Cake

  • 1/2 cup Whipping cream

Cake Cream

Chocolate Ganache

Instructions

Zebra Sponge Cake

  • Mix softened butter with 3/4 cup of sugar.
    butter with sugar in a bowl
  • In a separate bowl, whisk eggs together with 1 cup of sugar.
    Eggs and sugar in a mixing bowl
  • Add butter to whisked eggs.
    Eggs whisked in a bowl
  • To sour cream, add baking powder and baking soda. Add mixture to the cake batter.
    sour cream with baking soda
  • Add flour to the batter. Split batter into two separate bowls and add cacao powder to one of them. Whisk together to combine well.
    cake batter in two bowls
  • Spray a 7-inch cake pan with cooking spray. Taking turns, place two tablespoons of each batter color on top of each other, until you run out of batter. This will create the zebra stripe effect. 
    zebra cake in a cake pan
  • Bake at 350 °F for 40 minutes. Use a toothpick to check if the cake is baked. If baked, the toothpick should come out clean. Once the cake cools, cut the cake into 2-3 layers.
    zebra cake cut apart

Soaking Zebra Cake

  • Soak each cake layer with whipping cream (about 1/2 a cup of whipping cream). Whip the rest of the cream together with powdered sugar. Apply the cream between the two layers.
    zebra cake getting soaked with heavy cream

Cake Cream

  • Whip the whipping cream with powdered sugar until you get stiff peaks.
    cake cream on a whisk
  • Apply the cream between each layer. Use the rest to frost the outside.
    cake covered in vanilla cream

Chocolate Ganache

  • Bring whipping cream to a boil, pour it over chocolate chips and stir until smooth. Let the ganache cool a little.
    chocolate ganache in a bowl
  • Apply the ganache all over the top of the cake. Decorate as you wish.
    a decorated zebra cake on a cake stand

Nutrition

Calories: 523kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 154mg | Sodium: 209mg | Potassium: 194mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 1066IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 2mg