Thursday, May 01, 2008

Zebra Cake

I got this recipe from Jo's Deli & Bakery with some minor changes. I didn't do the swirl properly and it didn't turn out as pretty as Jo's cake. I really like this cake as it's really light and soft. The next time I am going to use the same recipe but replace the cocoa powder with green tea powder.

Ingredients :

6 eggs
110g sugar
150g cake flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tbsp emulsifier/ovalet (optional)
100g butter, melted
30g condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla essence (optional)
2 tbsp cocoa powder )
1 tsp of instant coffee )Mix this 2 ingredients with 3-4 tbsp of hot water

1. Preheat oven at 350 degree F. Prepare and grease a 8 inch round cake pan.
2. Sift flour and baking powder. Set aside.
3. Beat eggs, flour, sugar and emulsifier on high speed for 10 minutes or until batter turns light and creamy, i.e. thick ribbon state. To test, lift beater. Batter drops from beater should disappear when you count from 1 to 10.
4. Pour melted butter, condensed milk and vanilla essence (if any). Mix at slow speed.
5. Divide batter into 2 equal portions. Fold chocolate solution into one of the batters.
6. Using tablespoon, scoop 3 tbsp of uncoloured batter into centre of cake pan. Then, scoop 3 tbsp of chocolate batter on top of uncoloured batter.
7. Repeat until you have finished about half of the batter. Reduce to 2 scoops each now and continue layering
8. Reduce the amount of batter gradually until you only pour 1 scoop of each batter finally. The circles become smaller and smaller as your pour.
9. Bake int he oven for 40-45 or until golden brown. Let cake in pan for 10 minutes before turning it on to a wire rack to cool complete.

Note : Emulsifer is a stabilizer for cake batter when beaten rapidly, provide delicate and soft texture to cake.


Big Boys Oven said...

looks so moist, very nice!

Beachlover said...

I never bake this type of cake.Just bought another recipe book..hahaha!!your swirls look good to me..Gert,what is emulsifier?.

Cat Cat said...

Aiyo Gert, yet another of my favourite cake... So wanted to try and bake one at home but on second thoughts, better not. Takut tak jadi.. :(

Kiersten said...

I can imagine eating this cake with a dollop of whipped cream and a piping hot cup of teh tarik! Now I am hungry! :P

daphne said...

That looks really pretty!!! This will taste fantastic with a cup of coffee or mocha!

Little Corner of Mine said...

I helped Lily made this zebra cake at her house before, she made the batter and wanted me to do the design. But when cut, my zebra design was off too, couldn't get the nice zebra design like Jo. But like you said, the cake was soft, light and delicious. I have yet to make it myself though.

Anonymous said...

Gert, the cake looks very nice & moist. Does it taste like marble cake?

- Kath

Shari said...

The cake looks tasty, but isn't this just what is commonly called "marble cake"? Last time I saw one of these recipes, it was called "tiger cake", but traditionally, these are called "marble cake" because the color combination is neither zebra (black and white) nor tiger (orange and black).

Unknown said...

I sooo wanna learn how to make such a pretty marble...gosshhh look at how dark the chocolate is..yum!


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Anonymous said...

That's one beautiful cake!

Anonymous said...

That is so beautiful!

bakeorbreak said...

What a beautiful cake!

ICook4Fun said...

BBO, this cake is really moist and soft :)

Lesley, emulsifier is a stabilizer and also give the cake a softer texture.

Cat, don't give up. Try to bake again and it will get better :)

Pinky,this cake is really good for afternoon tea :)

Daphne, thanks for stopping by.

LCOM, mine too didn't turn out as nice as Jo's. Going to make again with green tea :)

Kath, this cake is much lighter than the marble cake :)

Shari, this cake is much ligther than marble cake as it used less butter.

Rita, I will participate in your Chinese take out party. Have to crack my head to see what to cook :)

Kimberly, Kristen, bakeorbreak, thank you.

Coffee and Vanilla said...

Beautiful! It reminds me zebra cake from my childhood :)


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tigerfish said...

all the "animal" cake coming out! first, i saw tiger cake in some blogs, now zebra cake! how abt leopard cake someday :P ?

ICook4Fun said...

Coffee & Vanilla, thank you.

Ctnik, thanks for linking me.

Tigerfish, ha ha yea I saw it in a few other blogs too.

Jeanine - The Baking Beauties said...

That cake is absolutely beautiful!

Cynthia said...

I would like to find out the size of the egg you used as I tried following your recipe but becos of I used small egg (abt 55g), I added one extra when baking this cake. No doubt the cake still turned up soft and spongy but it's quite tasteless and not buttery. I am not sure where go wrong. I also realized that using 8" round cake pan is too small, I have to use 8" square. I would like to go for another attempt if this recipe is something I am looking for.
Look forward to your reply. cyndi

ICook4Fun said...

Cyndi, The egg I used is about 60 grm. For you information this cake is very light and spongy as it only used 100 grm of melted butter so don't expect it to taste like a butter cake. If you like it to taste more buttery maybe you can add a few drop of butter flavour essense.

nik said...

hi there. Ur cake looks lovely so i gave it a try today... im new at baking so apologize if this question might sound stupid. :p

i believe the cake should come out fluffy and spongy like urs.. however, mine came out dense and flat... when it first came out from the oven it was quite big, after awhile it flatten out. Not fluffy at all..

however, it tastes good. so, can anyone tell me why my cake flat out. I feel like ive beaten the batter for way too long. could it be the reason?

Thank you :D