Sunday, June 19, 2011

How To Bake Zebra Pattern Inside The Cake

I saw this online and had to give it a try!! It was a huge hit at the party. All the kids wanted a piece of the zebra cake. Even the ones that always ate chocolate. It was just white cake with food color. This is how we did it. :)

1, Split your batter (light color, we use white cake) in 
half. Color one half black and leave the other white.

2. In a greased cake pan we add the batter. Starting
in the center at a large dollop of one of the colors.
We started with black in this one. We started with
white in the other one. No reason. It just looked
like we were running out of white in this one. lol. 
The size of the dollop really doesn't matter but I would
start with at least 1/4 cup. 

4. Trying to keep the batter in the center of the pan
add 1/4 cup of the white color to the center again.
Letting it spread out naturally. 

5. Now add another 1/4 cup of black batter again.

6. Now add another 1/4 cup of white batter again.
Keep doing that until it has enough batter in the pan
to bake the cake. Letting it spread out evenly as you
add more and trying to keep it in the center and level.
Fill the pan about 1/2 way or 3/4 of the way full depending
on the batter recipe.

7. Here is what it looks like when it is full enough.
Ready to bake.

8. Here is the one where we started with white first.
Ready to bake.

As you can tell once it's baked you don't know which
one we started with. 

I think it is just another great way to make a kids birthday that much  more fun!!!
Let me know if you have any questions. I am happy to help.

Thanks for stopping by my blog!!!


  1. very cool! i'll have to try this sometime :)


  2. Wow! That's really neat! The cake turned out beautiful, great job! Jen @

  3. Wow! That looks so good and I love animal prints! Thanks!

  4. What did you use to make it so black? Will using black food coloring work...or will that make everyone's teeth black?! How about using icing dye to color the cake mix? Your suggestions are greatly appreciated!! Thanks!!

  5. I used americolor food coloring and they didn't get purple mouths. :) We ate some too and tested it. lol I couldn't taste the food color either. I was worried about that.

  6. I am baking a zebra cake for my cousin's graduation for tomorrow. Came across your blog searching how to do the zebra stripes inside!! Trying this today. Great blog, I'm your newest subscriber!! Love cakes and crafts too.

  7. Thanks so much Adena! Congrats to your cousin for graduating!! :)

  8. I am going to try this but with pink and white for my daughters bday. Do you think it will work? I am planing on using Wilton's color gel. I want a very bright pink and am not sure if I should use the colors to use. I got a rose and a pink but as this is my first time using this product advice would be very helpful. You cake came out great hope mine looks half that nice!

    1. I have used many wilton's gel colors and got great colors. It has been forever ago. It may just take a little more than the americolor but should work just fine. I'd use the pink instead of the rose. The rose has a little dusty look too it like a mauve. Both are beautiful colors though. :) You will do great. Feel free to share pictures with us. :)


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