Zebra Cake… Eggless & Wheat Flour

Zebra Cake… Eggless & Wheat Flour

Zebra Cake

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This zebra cake is beautiful to look at, healthy to eat and easy to make. As it is said that eyes eat the food first, this saying fits perfectly here.

This cake has all the healthy ingredients except white sugar. I chose white sugar so as to keep the white colour intact having a clear-cut zebra pattern. You can very well replace it with brown sugar or jaggery powder but then it will be simply chocolate cake only.

The recipe is more or less the same as my earlier cakes. I made this for my son Shivang’s friend Somesh Mathur who liked my Malai cake a lot. But since I didn’t have enough stored malai in my refrigerator so I made this one and was equally liked by him. In fact, the pattern came out better because of white sugar. You can use coconut sugar or any other sugar as well.

Like all other cakes, we will start by greasing a 6″ baking tin, preferably rectangular.

Zebra Cake

Start Preheating oven at 180 degrees. Preheat it for 15 minutes and in the meantime, your batter will get ready.

Sift wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt at least thrice. Sifting not only removes impurities but incorporates air in the flour which in turn makes the cake light.

Zebra Cake

Zebra Cake

Take thick curd, oil, sugar and vanilla essence in a bowl and whisk for 3 to 4 minutes till sugar dissolves and everything comes together. Beating at this stage creates air bubbles which expand while baking and makes the cake soft.

Zebra Cake

Add flour mixture in the curd mix in 2 to 3 instalments. After each addition, lightly mix using cut n fold method. Never ever beat the batter vigorously after adding flour. This is because, if beaten hard, gluten develops which will make your cake chewy instead of soft. So, be careful and mix lightly only.

Zebra Cake

If the batter is too thick then adjust consistency by adding little milk. Quantity of milk will depend upon the consistency of curd used. The batter should be of ribbon consistency, which means that when you lift the batter with a spoon, it falls like a ribbon.

Zebra Cake

Now, divide the batter equally in 2 bowls. In one bowl, add cocoa powder and mix lightly. Add little milk, if need be.

Zebra Cake

Add 1/4 teaspoon vinegar in each bowl and give it a quick mix.

Zebra Cake

Start pouring the two batters alternatively. First, put a ladle full of white batter. Then in the centre of this white batter put a ladle of cocoa batter. As you put the above layer the bottom layer will itself start spreading. On this put the white layer. Similarly, keep on putting the alternate layers till both the batter gets used up. And you will see beautiful white and brown layers.

Zebra Cake

Zebra Cake

Now, you can keep it in the oven as it is or may make the flower pattern. To make the flower pattern, take a toothpick and slide it lightly from one corner to the middle. Similarly, draw lines from different corners towards the middle. And your flower pattern is ready. Take care that the toothpick remains on the upper surface only. Do not try to take it deep till the bottom else inner layers will get mixed up.

Zebra Cake

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes. While baking, take care that only the bottom rod is on and the top rod is off only. Preheat with both the rods on and then while baking switch off the bottom rod. This is done to prevent cracking of the cake from the top. Do this and you will have perfectly baked cake with an even top.

Zebra Cake

Keep it on a wire rack till completely cool. This is done so that the cake does not get soggy from the bottom because of heat.

When completely cool, cut slices.

Zebra Cake

You can make this in disposable baking pans also, if want to gift it to somebody. Or, take a platter, arrange slices and pack with cling film.

Zebra Cake

Variations

You can make this cake with all purpose flour as well or half each of both the flours. In that case, reduce the milk quantity as all purpose flour absorbs less liquid.

You can make this cake either plain vanilla or just chocolate one. For vanilla, omit cocoa powder and once the batter gets ready, mix vinegar and put in oven. For chocolate flavour, add cocoa powder at the sifting stage only and proceed thereafter.

Make in Pressure Cooker

After making the flower pattern, keep the baking pan in preheated pressure cooker. For complete details regarding this, you may check my post Basic Eggless Cake in Pressure Cooker.

My other cakes which you may like are…

Teatime Cake

Chocolate Cake in Microwave

Tiger Cake

Christmas Cake

Recipe Of Zebra Cake

Zebra Cake

This Zebra Cake, made with 100% wheat flour is beautiful to look at, healthy to eat and easy to make. Pack it in your little one's lunch box or serve as an after-school snack. A healthy snack to devour at any time of the day.

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Indian
Keyword Wheat Cake, Zebra Cake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Author Samira Gupta

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Wheat Flour
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/8 Tsp Salt
  • 2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 1/4 Cup Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Curd
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Essence
  • 3/4 Cup + 1 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Milk
  • 1/2 Tsp Vinegar

Instructions

  1. Grease a 6" baking tin, preferably rectangular.

  2. Start Preheating oven at 180 degrees C. Preheat it for 15 minutes and in the meantime, your batter will get ready.

  3. Sift wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt at least thrice for better aeration.

  4. Take thick curd, oil, sugar and vanilla essence in a bowl and whisk for 3 to 4 minutes till sugar dissolves and everything comes together

  5. Add flour mixture in the curd mix in 2 to 3 instalments. After each addition, lightly mix using cut n fold method. 

  6. If the batter is too thick then adjust consistency by adding little milk. The batter should be of ribbon consistency

  7. Now, divide the batter equally in 2 bowls.

  8. In one bowl, add cocoa powder and mix lightly. Add little milk, if need be.

  9. Add 1/4 teaspoon vinegar in each bowl and give it a quick mix.

  10. Start putting the two batters alternatively. First, put a ladle full of white batter. Then in the centre of this white batter put a ladle of cocoa batter. As you put the above layer the bottom layer will itself start spreading. On this put the white layer. Similarly, keep on putting the alternate layers till both the batter gets used up. And you will see beautiful white and brown layers

  11. To make the flower pattern, take a toothpick and slide it lightly from one corner to the middle. Similarly, draw lines from different corners towards the middle. 

  12. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or till toothpick inserted comes out clean.

  13. After 10 minutes, loosen the sides of the cake using a butter knife and invert the cake on a wire rack.

  14. When cool, cut n enjoy.

Recipe Notes

  1. You can make this with all purpose flour or a mix of two flours. In that case, everything will remain the same except the quantity of milk. All-purpose flour absorbs less milk.
  2. Use any oil be it refined or groundnut or olive or any other. 
  3. If your curd is loose then keep it in a strainer for a few minutes. Also, use curd at room temperature and not directly from the refrigerator.

 

 

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I am sure you will surely try this easy and wonderful recipe. I would love to have your comments and feedback as you know your feedback fuels my enthusiasm to post more good content. If you post your creation’s pic on Instagram then remember to tag me #samirasrecipediary. You may like my FB page to know about my latest recipes.

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