Zebra cake

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 35 mins
Zebra cake

250ml sunflower oil

250g caster sugar

100ml milk

4 medium eggs, stored at room


1-2 drops of vanilla extract

300g self-raising flour

1 tsp baking powder

30g cocoa powder

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas mark 4.

Grease a 22cm/9in spring form tin with a little oil and line with greaseproof paper.

To make the vanilla cake mixture, use a large bowl and add the oil, sugar, milk, eggs and vanilla extract and beat until smooth.

Remove 400ml of the mixture into a medium bowl.

Sift 175g of the self-raising flour and ½ tsp of the baking powder into this mixture and set aside. This bowl now contains the vanilla cake mixture.

To make the chocolate mixture, take the original bowl containing the oil mixture and sift in the remaining 125g of flour, the cocoa powder, and the remaining ½ tsp of baking powder. Mix together and set aside.

You now have one bowl of vanilla cake mixture and one of chocolate.

To assemble the cake before cooking, place a tablespoon of the vanilla mixture into the centre of the prepared tin. Then using a separate tablespoon, place a dollop of the chocolate mixture into the centre of the vanilla mixture. Continue to do this, taking turns to add the vanilla and the chocolate mixture.

Don’t be tempted to spread out the mixture, this will happen as you add the tablespoons of mixture.

Place in the oven to bake for 35 minutes and once cooked remove from the tin and leave to cool completely on a wire rack before serving.


Preparation Time
20 minutes

Cooking Time
35 minutes

Main ingredients
Flour, Chocolate, Eggs

Recipe Type
Party Food, Cakes & Baking, Dessert

Special Info

Level of Difficulty
Moderately Easy

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