DESSERT OF YOUR CHOICE
Super Easy Zebra Cake
-4 large eggs, at room temperature
-1 cup granulated sugar
-1 cup milk, at room temperature
-1 cup oil (corn, vegetable or canola is fine)
-2 cups all-purpose flour
-1/3 teaspoon vanilla powder (Or just vanilla extract)
-1 tablespoon baking powder
-2 tablespoons dark cocoa powder (make sure it is not very bitter and dark zebra patterns won’t stand out with light cocoa powder)
- 9 inch (23 cm) non-stick round cake pan
1. In a large mixing bowl, combine eggs and sugar. Beat until the mixture is creamy and light in color
2. Add milk and oil, and continue beating until well blended.
3. In a separate bowl, combine and mix flour, vanilla powder (or vanillla in the liquid mix) and baking powder. Gradually add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and beat just until the batter is smooth and the dry ingredients are thoroughly incorporated.
4. Divide the mixture into 2 equal portions. Keep one portion plain. Add cocoa powder into another and mix well.
5. Preheat the oven to 350F (180C).
6. Lightly grease the pan with oil.
7. The most important part is assembling the cake batter in a baking pan. This is what you do. Scoop with a ladle the plain mix into the middle of the baking pan. Then scoop another ladle of the cocoa batter and pour it in the center on top of the plain batter.
IMPORTANT! Do not stop and wait until the previous batter spreads - KEEP GOING! Do not spread the batter or tilt the pan to distribute the mixture. It will spread by itself and fill the pan gradually. Continue alternating the batters until you finish them.
8. Bake in the oven for about 40 minutes. Do not open the oven door at least the first 20 minutes or the cake will shrink and will not rise. Iinsert a toothpick into the center to see if ready. It should come out clean when ready. Remove from the oven. Immediately run a small thin knife around the inside of the pan to loosen the cake, then invert the cake onto a cooking rack. Turn the cake back over and let cool. You can sprinkle the top of the cake with some powdered (confectioner’s) sugar or leave it plain.