Zebra Cake

August 10, 2015 / 71 Comments

Hello guys! It is summer time and I’m in the middle of hot, loud, crazy and crowded NYC! It’s a bit scary, isn’t it? I really, really miss holidays . I miss beaches, tropical islands, I miss wind coming from the ocean. I even miss burning my feet on the hot summer sand! When I think of all that, my mind immediately went to blue. The color of beautiful ocean, the color of sky on a beautiful day. I just love it! To make myself feel better I decided to relax and bake something different. Somehow, I wanted to share my holiday memories. This dessert is about my holiday in Kenya. That trip was a fantastic adventure with amazing sights, amazing people and amazing animals. I am sure you already know, what animal inspires me the most. Yes, I really do love zebras.


zebra cake:

  • 2 ½ cups all purpose flour,
  • 2 cups sugar,
  • ¾ cups vegetable oil,
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder,
  • 1 cup milk,
  • 6 tbs lemon juice
  • blue and black gel paste 


  • 3½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 sticks butter, soft
  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • blue gel paste



1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. In a medium bowl combine, flour, sugar, baking powder, vegetable oil and lemon juice.

3. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing in between additions.

4. Slowly add the milk. Continue mixing until all ingredients are completely combined.

5. Divide batter into three different bowls with one bowl having half of the batter and the other two have a quarter each.

6. Using food colors, tint batter in 1 small bowl blue and the second small bowl black.

7. Lightly grease 8-inch pan.

8. Place four tablespoons of white batter into the center of prepared pan ( wait for a few seconds so it spreads out slightly).

9. Add in 1-2 tablespoon of the black batter in the middle of the pan and wait another few seconds until it spreads.

10. After that add in 1-2 tablespoon of the blue batter in the middle of the pan and wait for a few seconds to allow it to spread.

11. Continue alternating lemon, black and blue batter until you have used up all the batter.

12. Bake in preheated oven for about 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

13. Allow to cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes, remove from pan, and cool completely on a wire wrack.


1. Place soft butter and sugar in mixer and beat on medium speed till combined.

2. Add vanilla paste and whipping cream. Mix till light and fluffy.

assembly and frosting:

1. Once cake is cooled, cut it in half.

2. Put your first layer on the cake platter and spread 1/4 (more or less) of the frosting evenly across the top.

3.Put the second cake layer on top.

4. Separate the rest of the frosting into 2 parts and place in 2 bowls.

5. Set aside the white buttercream.

6. Get a small amount of color and mix with one bowl of the buttercream.  Set aside.

7 . Repeat this process with the second frosting, but use a little bit more gel color.

8. You should have two shades of blue.

9. Using a small spatula, spread an even layer of the dark frosting around the bottom 3/4 of the cake.

10. Repeat 9th using first the light shade of  blue frosting to spread on test of the cake.  Overlap just slightly the two colors where they meet.

 Have a great Summer!

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  1. Natalie says:

    Wygląda mega! I rzeczywiście przypomina ocean 🙂 Mniam!

  2. Love this it is so Awesome!!! Great Job!!! 🙂

  3. Krzychu says:

    Kulinarne safari !!! Niezly pomysł ! Ciasto wyglada swietnie i zacheci kazdego do spróbowania ?

  4. INNA MAMA says:

    Jak patrzę na to ciasto widzę i zebry w Kenii i błękit oceanu. Cudo!

  5. OL says:

    Marce pisz po POLSKU TEŻ 🙂

  6. Ewa says:

    I love zebra too , but most of all I liked the view of giraffe .

  7. This zebra cake look beautiful!!!!

  8. Natalia says:

    Świetnie wyszło Ci to ciasto. Przepiękne, a pewnie i pyszne.

  9. AZgotuj says:

    To jest miłość od pierwszego wejrzenia. Mnie ciasto przypomina skrzydła motyla. Piękne!

  10. Aguś kulinarnie says:

    Turkusowej zebry,jak żyję,jeszcze nie widziałam:)ale pewnie smaczna jest:)

  11. Emcia says:

    ależ kolory! cudo!

  12. Angie@Angie's Recipes says:

    wow…that’s a very different zebra cake! So blue and beautiful!

  13. candypandas1 says:

    Wow ale ten niebieski kolor świetnie tutaj pasuje 😀

  14. Such a cute cake! I ought to try making zebra cake sometime, it looks so fun. Love the blue swirls in here 🙂

  15. to ciasto wygląda obłędnie! 🙂

  16. I am seriously at a loss for words once again. EVERY SINGLE ONE of your recipes and food photos… AMAZING! I cannot eat any of them, but man do I loveeee the food porn!

  17. Gąska says:

    jakie ładne kolorki 🙂

  18. an extraordinary and beautiful cake Marcela!
    love it!

  19. Monica says:

    Wow wow! Love how unusual this cake is and the stripes inside are wonderful. A trip to Kenya! What amazing inspiration. I love when we can use food to bring back and celebrate happy memories! What a sweet one this is.

  20. wow what a fun cake and yep NYC is fun

  21. kathyleonia says:

    pychotka! ja bym z lodami to jadła;D

  22. Wow, this looks amazing! So glad you enjoyed Kenya 🙂

  23. Lena says:

    Wprost genialne:)

  24. Jestem pewna, że smakuje jeszcze lepiej niż wygląda 🙂

  25. What a fun cake!! It really does look like a zebra. I bet your trip to Kenya was amazing. Did you go on any safari’s whilst you were there?

  26. cheri says:

    Such a beautiful cake Marcela!

  27. kitchenriffs says:

    NYC can be incredibly hot and humid in July and August, can’t it? Such a fun city, though. This Zebra Cake? Also fun! Love to have some — this is wonderful. Thanks.

  28. ZazaCook says:

    Oh my! Your zebra cake is terrific! I’ve never seen a blue zebra cake!
    So beautiful and looks delicious!

  29. This is gorgeous! Great tribute to your trip to Kenya. Can you believe I have never seen a zebra in real life? At least I can make a cake..

  30. Your zebra stripes are perfect!! I finally got a mediocre zebra cake after many attempts—I think I need to try your recipe!! So fun and colorful!

  31. Stunning cake!! I love those gorgeous colourful stripes!! so beautiful.. 😀

  32. grace says:

    this is so beautiful, inside and out! very well done, marcela!
    the closest thing we have to zebras around here is a zorse, which is the offspring of someone’s horse and zebra sperm they bought somewhere! it’s pretty cool. 🙂

  33. nipponnin says:

    How did you do that? It’s just so amazing trick! I want to surprise someone with this beautiful and magical cake!

  34. What a beautiful colors for a cake and zebra 🙂 looks so delicious, thanks for sharing the recipe!

  35. iza says:

    bardzo fajnie wygląda! coś innego

  36. Magda C. says:

    Ale czadowa zebra! 🙂

  37. Jest piękna! Mi zebra nigdy nie wychodzi – w sensie nie dopieka się w środku.

  38. Amber says:

    W przekroju prezentuje się wspaniale!
    Piękny ocean.

  39. Co za wnętrze! Fantastyczne! 🙂

  40. Beth says:

    Your cake looks so exotic! What a fun way to prepare it.

  41. Wow, what an amazing cake, darling! Cheers to summer memories. xoxo

  42. Sosna says:

    Świetne kolory! 🙂

  43. The colors are amazing! Enjoy the summer!

  44. This is the most stylish Zebra Cake I have ever seen 😉


  45. mun says:

    The colours look wonderful. Is this a butter vanilla cake? If you love zebra, you must love Marty in the cartoon movie Madagascar.

  46. Urszula says:

    Wygląda niesamowicie i pewnie świetnie smakuje !

  47. Munira says:

    love the colors ! awesome

  48. Wygląda niesamowicie ! Nie wiem czy wyjdzie mi tak cudnie 🙂 Ale zrobię na pewno 🙂

  49. Angie says:

    Wow, wygląda to bosko 😮

  50. Agness says:

    Wow, girl! It really looks delicious and so cute like a real zebra! I wish I was that skilled :-). Enjoy it!!! <3

  51. Ciekawy pomysł z tym niebieskim barwnikiem.

  52. Zebry w takich kolorach jeszcze nie widziałam… super 😉

  53. This looks amazing, what a great cake!

  54. Monica says:

    Piękna ta zeberka!

  55. Anna says:

    I need to make this! Btw I’ve had no clue you were also Polish 🙂

  56. That’s so pretty! I’ve never made a zebra cake, but I’d love to try it. This would definitely brighten your day.

  57. Katerina says:

    I just came back from holidays and I miss them already! This is a beautiful zebra cake!

  58. Love the photos of the zebra cake. Makes it look yummy!

  59. That’s such an awesome cake!

  60. Wow, your work is absolutely beautiful. I was not expecting a zebra cake to like this… stunning!

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