BM #89 Week 4 Day 3 - 

Here is a favorite post which has been inspired by multiple videos online. This is my attempt at making a zebra cake. 

A few months back, my older one turned 16. To make the event even sweeter for her, I thought about what I could do. I knew that she would love art on a cake. That was when I searched online for ideas which were doable for me.

When it comes to art I have 10 thumbs. So keeping my thoughts positive, I went ahead and baked this cake. The expression on my older one's face when she saw the cake will remain in my memory forever. As I am composing this post, she commented that this cake would be her very precious gift of all times. I rest my case.

Recipe Inspiration lots of videos online :)
Ingredients - 

Yogurt 1 cup
Sugar, fine 3/4 cup
Oil 1/4 cup (I used Olive Oil)
Baking Powder 1 tsp 
Baking Soda 1/2 tsp 
Maida / All Purpose Flour 1 cup
Whole Wheat Flour 1/2 cup
Vanilla Extract 1 tsp
Milk 1/4 cup
Cocoa Powder 2 Tbsp

Method Of Preparation -

In a mixing bowl, whisk yogurt, oil, fine sugar. After the sugar is well blended, add in the baking soda and baking powder. Mix gently and set aside for 10 minutes.

In another mixing bowl, sieve the flours and set aside.

Prepare an 8 inch baking tin by spraying oil and/or lining with a parchment paper. I used an 8 inch square tin.

In the yogurt mixture, add the flour gradually and mix to get a smooth batter. Take care not to over mix.

I had to add about 2-3 Tbsp of milk to get a flowing consistency.

Preheat the oven to 350 °F.

Divide the batter into two portions.

In one of the portions, add cocoa powder and blend it in adding 2-3 Tbsp of milk as needed.

In the prepared baking tin, pour 2 tablespoons of the Vanilla batter in the center and tip the pan onto all sides so that the batter spreads around. Again in the center add 2 Tbsp of cocoa batter, continue this pattern till a typical dark and light pattern alternates.
[I wasn't able to use up all the  batter as my batter was slightly thick and wouldn't spread out well. So I baked the remaining batter separately].

From the center draw lines on the batter in all 8 directions. Then again draw lines from the center between those lines to form a flower pattern.

Bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.

Remove and allow it to cool before slicing it as needed.


Preparation Time 30 minutes + Baking time 35 minutes
Makes 8 inch cake


  1. Srivalli Says:
  2. Awesome cake Harini, love how beautifully the design has turned out. I can't believe you say you have 10 thumbs!.hhaha..Its fantastic how kids react on such simple gifts lovely to know..

  3. Mayuri Patel Says:
  4. Wow Harini, the cake looks so beautiful. Just simply love how the pattern on top has turned out.

  5. I love the asymmetrical design on the cake. Gives it a very professional look.

  6. Priya Suresh Says:
  7. Belated birthday wishes to your Sweet 16, no doubt that you got 10 thumbs, how prefect this cake with awesime assymmetrical design. Kudos to u Harini.

  8. Ritu Tangri Says:
  9. Belated birthday wishes to your daughter Harini. the cake has come out so well with that beautiful pattern

  10. Beautiful cake Harini. No wonder your daughter loved it. Convey my belated wishes to her..

  11. CookwithRenu Says:
  12. The Zebra cake has turned out awesome. It is not easy to get that pattern right and your's is simply perfect.

  13. Eggless zebra cake looks so beautiful, Wish I could see the inside of it.

  14. wow gorgeous - you did such a great job. I have been nervous to try though have been wanting to make this cake for a long time now

  15. preeti garg Says:
  16. Cake looks so gorgeous.. perfect for every occasion.

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