Kirbie's Cravings

Zebra Cake

photo of a slice of zebra cake

After my green tea and chocolate zebra cake, I want to make a green and white version, since the stripes didn’t come out as well in the green tea and chocolate version.  I was all prepared to make the green tea and vanilla version, but then accidentally added cocoa powder into one of the cake batters.  So I ended up having to make the traditional zebra cake.

The stripes came out much more defined in the traditional chocolate and vanilla zebra cake.  The original recipe calls for a 10-inch pan. After my last cake, I thought it was a bit flat, and decided to make the cake smaller, to make it taller. But the 8-inch pan made the cake rise too much and unevenly.  So next time I’ll stick with the 10-inch pan.

photo of zebra cake

I found the taste of the vanilla chocolate to be a bit bland.  Not much of a chocolate taste.  I enjoyed the chocolate green tea version better.  Next time I’ll do the vanilla and green tea version.  I think the green tea should be strong enough to give this cake the flavor it needs.

Zebra Cake

Servings: 1 (10-inch) cake
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
This cake is made by layering two different cake batters in a cake pan so when it bakes you get a zebra strip pattern throughout the cake.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease the bottom of a 10-inch round pan with oil.
  • Stir the flour, salt and baking powder in a bowl.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix the eggs and sugar until smooth and light colored, about two minutes on high speed of a hand mixer. Add the oil and milk, and mix for another minute.
  • Add the flour mixture and mix just until blended. The batter will be of pouring consistency but not thin. Stir in the vanilla.
  • Pour half of the batter into another bowl. Add the cocoa powder to one portion and mix until blended.
  • Assemble the cake: Take two 1/4 measuring cups. Pour a cupful of the white cake batter onto the center of the pan. Then, pour a cupful of the chocolate batter directly on top at the center of the cupful of white cake batter. Repeat until all the cake batter has been poured into the pan.
  • Bake the cake until a knife inserted at the center comes out clean. Approximately 50 minutes.


Recipe adapted from Home Cooking Rocks

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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4 comments on “Zebra Cake”

  1. I agree, this one definitely looks better. I think maybe if you use a different chocolate cake recipe, you can get a more chocolate flavor. Using melted chocolate instead of cocoa powder is a great idea as it usually creates a deeper chocolate taste. (though sometimes I’m too lazy to melt and chop chocolate)

  2. Hi Carol- As always, you have the most brilliant suggestions. I think a layer of ganache would definitely enhance the chocolate flavor. I’ll try it next time I bake this cake.

  3. Kirbie!! That cake is GORGEOUS! I think it looks better than the green tea/cocoa one (not saying it tastes better thou).
    Is there a way to make it more chocolate-y? Like instead of just cocoa powder, can I add melted semi sweet chocolate into the batter somehow?
    I think Carol’s idea sounds awesome too.
    Wonderful recipe! Thanks!

  4. I love the stripes on this cake. I wonder if a very thin layer of ganache on top would enhance the chocolate flavor?

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