Zebra Cake??? Well, of course it's not a cake that using ingredients from any part of Zebra. It's just the pattern that resembled Zebra and end up we called it a Zebra Cake. This cake are soft and spongy. Not too oily and not too dry, it's just nice. It taste particularly like the normal sponge cake we can get out there, nothing special. The only thing that make it so unique is it's Zebra pattern on it, very beautiful pattern !!
This cake is not too hard to bake as well. The only thing that we need to look at it is the oven temperature. The cake tend to brown very fast at the top part and I have to adjust - on and off the top heat several time to ensure my cake are not burnt on the top. Actually I have bake this cake 3 times already with different recipes provided by others. But, I still love the one shared by Jo's Deli & Bakery one the most. The texture of the cake are very light and soft. Like I said, it taste just nice not too moist or dry and it's not too sweet as well. If you are free and never tried this cake before, go ahead and give it a TRY!!
seperate the equal portion of chocolate batter and plain batter in 2 different bowl
Makes one 8" round cake
6 small eggs
110g castor sugar
150g cake flour (I use self-raising flour & omit the baking powder)
½ tsp baking powder
½ tbsp emulsifier (I use Ovalett)
100g butter, melted
30g condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla essence (optional)
2 tsp cocoa powder
3-4 tbsp water
1 tsp chocolate emulco (I use chocolate paste)
Dissolve cocoa powder and chocolate emulco in water.
Almond nibs or flakes for sprinkling (I omit this, my kids don't like cakes with nuts on it)
Preheat oven at 170c. Prepare and grease a 8 inch round cake pan.
Sift flour and baking powder. Set aside.
Beat eggs, flour mixture, castor sugar and emulsifier (ovalett) 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.
Pour in melted butter, condensed milk and vanilla essence (if any). Mix at slow speed.
Divide batter into 2 equal portions. Fold in chocolate solution into one of the batter.
Using small soup ladle (original recipe from Jo's used spoon, I tried it with spoon before and it failed to produce a nice pattern lines on the cake) Scoop 3 of uncoloured batter into center of the greased cake pan. Then, scoop 3 of chocolate batter onto the center of the plain batter you just scooped into the pan.
Repeat until you have finished about half of the batter. Reduce to 2 scoops each now and continue layering. 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 (Pic. 4).
Sprinkle almond nibs or flakes to cake. Bake at 170c for 35-40 minutes or until the skewer insert comes out clean.
Let cake in pan for 10 minutes before turning it on to a wire rack to cool complete before we cut and serve it.
p/s: I bake this cake at 160c and it takes me 40 mins to get the cake all cooked throughly. Different oven might need different temperature and time for baking a cake. Please take note**