For this Valentine’s Day, I made a cute zebra cake. This cake is decorated inside and out with fun colors to go perfectly with Valentine’s Day. This cake is both fun to look at and to eat.
Step 1: Get the Ingredients.
- 2 ½ cups all purpose flour (300 g)
- 2 cups sugar (400 g)
- ¾ cups vegetable oil (180 mL)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla (5 mL)
- 2 ¼ teaspoons baking powder (~11 mL)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup milk (240 mL)
- pink and purple food coloring
- vanilla, pink, and brown buttercream frosting
- cake tin
- pastry bags
- mixing bowls
Step 2: Preheat the Oven
Preheat the Oven to 350° F.
Step 3: Mix the Ingredients
In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, vegetable oil, and vanilla. Make sure to mix them until they are mixed together well.
Next, add the eggs one at a time. After all the eggs are in, slowly pour the milk into the mixing bowl.
Step 4: Divide the Batter
Dividing the batter is how you make the stripes for the inside of the cake. Try to get about half of the batter in one bowl, and then split the other half evenly into two bowls. It doesn’t have to be super precise.
In one of the bowls that has ¼ of the batter, take your pink food coloring and make the batter the shade of pink you would like. Do the same thing with the purple food coloring in the other bowl with ¼ of the batter.
Step 5: Put It in the Tin
Next, grab 2 different sized scoops. For this part, I used an ice cream scoop and a soup spoon. With the ice cream scoop, take a scoop of the white batter and put it in the middle of the pan. Next, take the soup spoon and get a scoop of the pink batter. Put this right in the middle of the white scoop already in your tin. On top of that, put a scoop of the purple batter in the cake tin, using the soup spoon. Repeat this over and over until you have used up all of the batter. As you continue, the stripes should start to travel toward the outside of the pan.
Step 6: Bake
Put the tin in the oven and bake the cake for 35-40 minutes. Depending on what type of pan you use, the timing might vary.
Step 7: Decorate
Now, you get to frost. Take your white frosting and layer it over the whole cake. The rest of the decorations are up to you. For mine, I decided to make a heart in the middle. Take the pink frosting and put it into one of the pastry bags. Then, make your heart in the middle of the cake.
Use the rest of the frosting in the pastry bag to make little decorations. I made little flowers. Then, take your chocolate frosting and put it into another pastry bag. You can use the chocolate to add a little extra flare to your cake. I used mine to make more little flowers.
This cake is great for any occasion since you can change the colors in the middle to correspond with any special event. This cake will be a great surprise for anyone, inside and out.