Zebra Chocolate Butter Cake

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Beautiful and scrumptious Zebra Chocolate Butter Cake

Beautiful and scrumptious Zebra Chocolate Butter Cake

It’s time to make cakes and share with friends again. 2 friends came to my mind, so I need to make a bigger one. It has to be impressive and delicious. After much thought, I remembered my sister used to make marble cake. It looked awesome and tasted so good. I thought I’ll do something different. I would love waving lines. I saw it somewhere but can’t remember where. I guess it has to go in circles to create that wavy look of different colour. I thought Zebra Chocolate Butter Cake is just the right name after I cut the cake. It looked great and tasted awesome. Here’s how I did it:

Ingredients A
500g butter
400g sugar
10 eggs
2t vanilla essence
4C self-raising flour
1C milk

Beat butter and sugar in a big mixing bowl. Add in the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla essence and mix well.

Add the flour and milk and mix well.

Ingredients B
6T cocoa powder
1/3C hot water

Mix the cocoa and hot water together.

Divide the batter above into 2 equal portions. In one portion, mix the cocoa mixture of Ingredients B.

Alternating the batter

Alternating the batter

In a paper-lined tin, put a scoop of plain one in the centre. Then add a scoop of the cocoa batter into the centre of the plan one. Gently push it out. Keep repeating alternately until all the batter is used up. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius for about 40 minutes or until the skewer inserted into the middle of the cake came out clean. Let it cool down before cutting.

Cracked cake

Cracked cake

Do not over bake the cake or use too high temperature otherwise it will crack like mine here and the cake will be a little dry. It happened to me this time because I was caught up doing something else and I forgot to use a lower temperature of 180 degrees Celsius. I used 200 degrees Celsius. This was one of the very rare times that my cake came out like this. But it still tasted very well though, could have been much better of course.

Zebra chocolate butter cake

Zebra chocolate butter cake

Do you like cakes? Do you make cakes? What is your favourite cake? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

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The Cooking Ninja  on November 2nd, 2009

Wow! very beautiful :) Never thot of doing it that way.

Divina  on November 2nd, 2009

They really look like the pattern of zebra. I do love cakes and eat them occasionally. When I’m eating at buffets, I always save a space for desserts and health and nutrition is set aside for a while. :)

kristy  on November 2nd, 2009

Alright, Mary is baking! haha…. This round not your engineer hubby huh!!! Such a lovely bake. So, who are the lucky one to share with??

Mary  on November 2nd, 2009

@The Cooking Ninja - It’s fun to make & lovely to eat. Butter cake and chocolate cake are always great favourites in my family. Combining the 2 just makes it more pleasing to the eyes :)

@Divina - Me too. When thinking of desserts, sometimes it’s hard to stick to my health rules. This is an occasional treat. Sometimes I make to share with friends. Is there anything such as sharing food indulgence guilt?

@Kristy - This round my hubby dared not stay in the kitchen when I baked this…..too big a challenge for him…LOL. He can only do that super easy brownie…happy enough :)Shared with 2 families. If you were here, I’ll give you my share and drool watching you eat…mmm

Sarah, Maison Cupcake  on November 2nd, 2009

That’s really clever spin on marble cake! Zebras are cool.

Christine@Christine's Recipes  on November 2nd, 2009

I love cakes, esp choc ones very much, but will restrain myself from overeating. So that’s why I’m still very fit right now, LOL…
Your marble cake looks very attractive. The best part of baking a marble cake is finding different patterns inside every time, very interesting.

Shirley  on November 2nd, 2009

Creative to go in circles like that. Good one!

Mary  on November 2nd, 2009

@Sarah - Thanks. I was so pleased I managed to get all those lovely spirals.

@Christine - Thanks for sharing. I think I need to exercise more to afford eating more cakes….difficult to resist at times. I think I need to add on Tai Chi to my 4 days badminton a week. Must dress up smart like what you did….a sword too :)

@Shirley - Thanks. It was fun making. Hope to come out with more patterns next time.

penny aka jeroxie  on November 2nd, 2009

that is lovely. lucky friends!

Jeannie Tay  on November 2nd, 2009

I love to bake this cake too…always received comments from colleagues when I shared it with them.

Mary  on November 2nd, 2009

@Penny - Thanks. If you are here, you will be included too :o)

@Jeannie - I hunted through your blog and found it…yeah. It’s very lovely. Here’s the link http://chinadoll-bakingdairy.blogspot.com/2008/10/chocolate-butter-cake.html

Drick  on November 2nd, 2009

great looking cake…..love the stripes and I know it tastes so good….

Asha@FSK  on November 2nd, 2009

yumm looking cake.. I have always wondered how those swirls come about… now i know!! :)))

deeba  on November 2nd, 2009

Over the top yum Mary.Much more delicous than the one I make because yours has butter, and my recipe uses oil. It’s come out superb; just beautiful!! Just what I’m craving now!!

Mary  on November 2nd, 2009

@Drick - Thanks for compliment. I think I spent more time admiring it than eating it :)

@Asha - Thanks. Now you can try that out. It’s fun to make and a real thrill to cut it and be surprised by all the lovely patterns.

@Deeba - Thanks for compliment. Yours is definitely a healthier version. I have to try that.

NataliesKillerCuisine  on November 2nd, 2009

You aren’t kidding when you say zebra! I love that this is different from most marbled cakes, looks really delicious.

Mary  on November 3rd, 2009

@NataliesKillerCusine - Thanks for compliment. I just thought they looked very pretty and so the name. I’ll be making it again soon. Try this if you ever make a butter cake.

cenwen  on November 3rd, 2009


Your cake is beautiful! I love marble cakes :) They remind me of my childhood!

Many thanks for the recipe and the explanations for such fine stripes!

I wish you a very nice day!


Simply Life  on November 3rd, 2009

Yum this cake looks delicious and beautiful!!!

Mary  on November 3rd, 2009

@Cenwen - Thanks for your compliments. You are always so sweet and so supportive. Hope you have a lovely day.

@Simply Life - Thanks for such sweet compliment. I actually made it again today to share with friends. The rest is almost all gone.

Jeena  on November 3rd, 2009

Beautiful cake Mary and it looks so moist too.

Mary  on November 4th, 2009

@Jeena - Thanks. I think that’s the most beautiful cake I have made so far….looks sweet like me…LOL

kathyvegas  on November 4th, 2009

I love making this cake, but I’m not a very good baker like you so I cheat and use a white or yellow box cake mix and add cocoa to 1 cup of the batter and then layer just like you have done. It always looks nice but yours would taste better, anything from scratch is always better!

Mary  on November 5th, 2009

@kathyvegas - I have never tried a boxed cake mix, always start from scratch. Just thought it’s cheaper and fresh. But it sure sounds very easy to use. Am sure the pattern comes out very pretty. Thanks for sharing.

tia  on February 4th, 2010

that’s so impressive!

Mary  on February 4th, 2010

@Tia - Thank you very much.

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