Zebra Cake Redux #SundaySupper


I’ve experienced a whirlwind of emotions this week. From extreme sadness as my  father-in-law lost his battle with lung cancer…to elation (and exhaustion) as we kicked of the 52nd Annual Decorators’ Show House with an incredible opening night celebration. It was tough to tell my daughter that she had lost her first grandparent…and to watch her sweet, young heart grieve. That same night, at the historic Schnull-Rauch house,  there were nothing but rave reviews for the “Taste” event where approximately 350 guests were dazzled by generous gourmet “samples” from 20 high-end restaurants. Baking helps relax me…and the stress level was high. I had made numerous attempts on a zebra cake for a past Sunday Supper post…but I ended up titling the blog a Marbled Horse Cake when my cake baked up sans stripes. So for this week’s Sunday Supper theme of New Cooking Adventures, I didn’t exactly try a new recipe…but made one last try for actual stripes on my Zebra Cake.

A lovely blog follower hinted that my batter might not be thick enough. Then I saw that others had success using cake mixes. Harrumph.  How hard could this be??? I went with a tried and true pound cake recipe, knowing that the batter would  be thick…and what do you know…I had stripes. This cake would have been even more zebra-like if I had used a round cake pan…but at least it’s not a horse! Whew. I sent these mini-Bundts off with Tom to share with his roommates…and, apparently, they were a hit.

Thank you ALL for your kind thoughts and prayers regarding the death of my father-in-law. Your words of sympathy literally brought me to tears…I am blessed by your thoughtfulness. xoxo

Zebra Cake Redux…#SundaySupper

Ingredients

    Adapted from Gourmet Magazine
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 stick butter, softened, plus more for greasing the pan
  • 3 eggs plus one egg yolk, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour, sifted twice
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream (heavy cream)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder, sifted

Instructions

  1. Butter and flour 6 slot mini-Bundt pan (or spray with Baker's Joy).
  2. Cream butter and sugar, using paddle attachment if using stand mixer. Beat on medium high for 5 minutes.
  3. Scrape down sides of bowl. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla.
  4. With mixer on low, mix in half the flour, then all the cream, and then the rest of the flour. Scrape down bowl, and beat on medium high for 5 more minutes. Batter will be satiny.
  5. Divide batter between two bowls. Add cocoa to one bowl and mix till combined. Then scrape each batter into its own quart ziploc bag and snip off one corner.
  6. Starting with vanilla batter, squeeze a tablespoon or two into bottom of one slot, then squeeze about the same amount of chocolate batter onto the middle of the vanilla. Repeat, alternating batters, till the "cups" are about 3/4 full. Rap pan on counter once or twice to remove air bubbles. Place in lower third of a cold oven. Set oven to 350º and bake 40-50 minutes or till tooth pick inserted in center comes out clean or with just a couple crumbs. Time will vary depending on your pan and oven, so check at least once before the 40 minute mark.
  7. Cool on rack 10 minutes. Remove from pan onto rack and cool completely.
  8. Yield: 6 mini-Bundt cakes
  9. Total time: approximately 2 hours
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Comments

  1. What cute little cakes!

  2. So, so sorry to hear about your father-in-law, Liz. There is just no good way to share that news. May you find comfort in being together with family as you mourn his loss.

    I, too, find solace in the kitchen, a place where I am mostly in control, in this world that I mostly cannot control. Your little zebra cakes are lovely. I am glad that you had success to buoy your spirits this week.

  3. Your compassion and caring for your family are so touching, Liz.

    I admire your fortitude to forge on and create works of baked perfection.
    And serve your community.

    Bless You <3

  4. I am truly sorry for your loss. I agree, baking is like meditation for me, and helps with stress or sadness. Your zebra cakes look gorgeous! Sending you light and love, Hugs, Terra

  5. What a week you have been through – thinking of you. Congratulations with those fabulous zebra cakes – I want to get in the kitchen and try them out for myself!

  6. A tough week Liz, my thoughts where with your whole family.
    On the other hand, it´s fantastic to know all went well with the desserts and especially this zebra cake! Mini bundts are the cutest. Wish I could see the inside… Have a peaceful week.

  7. How great for you to finally conquer Zebra cake with the help of a blog reader. It’s so nice when people share knowledge and help each other. Your cake is beautiful and I’m sure it tastes as great as it looks.

  8. Stunning cakes Liz. I love that you made them mini too, I think it really brings out the stripes.

  9. I am so sorry about your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family. Like you when I’m stressed, sad or depressed I like to bake, it makes me feel better. I am glad your Zebra cake turned out. It looks incredible.

  10. Proud of you, my dear. I remember reading your first Post about your first zebra cake not being totally successful (to my mind, I could visualize “zebra” even then). But, this cake? spectacular. Life is all about peaks and valleys and successes and heatbreaks and propping up your family throughout it all. You seem to have brought that to your household. It’s so important to celebrate the “good stuff” during your ongoing grieving process, isn’t it? And, I have to think it’s exactly as your father-in-law, Bill’s father, would want.

  11. These are gorgeous! Congrats on your success, Liz!

  12. So terribly sorry for your loss Liz.
    Glad your zebra cakes turned out so good!They look like the perfect little dessert for any occasion and so pretty too :)

  13. What a week. Sorry to hear your bad news. Such cute little cakes. I’d love some of the pans you used for this.

  14. I’m so sorry Liz. I remember telling my son about his beloved grandfather. It wasn’t unexpected, but it was still so sad. I too find therapy in baking. xxxooo

  15. Liz, I can remember your first Zebra Cake and when I saw your recipe title for this week… I smiled! You executed this Zebra cake perfectly.
    I can only imagine how difficult this week must have been for you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss.

  16. Liz, I am so sorry for your loss. I am thinking of you and your family.

    The kitchen also brings solace to me. Congratulations on making perfect Zebra Cakes. They are simply gorgeous!

  17. Awww I’m so sorry for your family’s loss!

    But I am so thrilled that you succeeded in making zebra cake-looks perrrfect.

  18. So sorry about your loss, sounds like quite the week you had. Love your little cakes, they look perfect!!

  19. Sorry to hear about your father-in-law. I’m sure your daughter will have many good memories of him. It sounds like you perfected the cake. Way to go, Liz!

  20. I am glad your cake finally turned out the way you wanted.

  21. Diana @GourmetDrizzles says:

    I’m so, so sorry to hear about your father-in-law, Liz. And sending hugs your way. That’s the thing about baking… it’s the one place I go to as well when I need to breathe a bit deeper. Hope you find some peace this week, and are able to enjoy some of the happy things that have come your way too.

    Lovely cakes, and zebra is one of my favorite designs… so cute!!!!

  22. I’m so sorry to hear about your loss, Liz. I also turn to baking when I experience loss.

    Your cake is lovely.

  23. Sorry to hear of your loss – strength to you and yours during this sad time. Doing something in the kitchen during times like that always is a stress-reliever for me. And this cake looks terrific! Really good job – thank you.

  24. You and your family are going through a tough time my friend, it would be normal to feel stressed. You are in my thoughts and keep up your positivity!
    Loving your beautiful cake creation!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  25. So sorry for your loss.

  26. Lizzy,

    So sorry for your family’s loss. Glad to hear that you had success with the Zebra Cakes. Your perseverance paid off, finally. Baking has always been my “therapy”.

  27. So sorry to hear the sad news. Allow the sweet memories you have of him to comfort you. You’ve had a rollercoaster week I hope you saved a bit of your lovely cake for yourself.

  28. What a difficult time you have been through. My children still have four grandparents and we keep reminding them how very blessed they are. What gorgeous looking cakes and I love the zebra stripes – they turned out so well xx

  29. You have definitely “arrived” Lizzy, your cake looks wonderful and so fun! I’m so sorry about your father-in-law, such a tough loss for your whole family, i’m sure, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  30. I’ve been waiting to see your zebra cake, and I love it! Your desserts are so drool worthy in pictures that I think I would faint if I saw one close up and in person! In addition, I’m sorry to hear about your father in law. I hope there are brighter days ahead for you and your family.

  31. Lizzy I am so sorry for your loss…and I give your daughter my heartfelt condolences. I will be sure to keep you in my prayers during this difficult time.

    I can relate on so many levels though…there is something about getting into the kitchen and baking and/or cooking…it’s a great way to release stress and let out all those emotions. Your zebra cakes look like a success! Beautiful as always. Stay strong my friend…sending love to you and your family.

    xoxo,
    Tammy<3

    P.S.
    Thank you for visiting my blog and taking the time to comment….I'm so happy you enjoyed my writing :)

  32. What pretty little cakes, Liz!

  33. I’m happy to hear the event was such a success, and I’m so sorry for your family’s loss. This zebra cake is gorgeous!

  34. So sorry to hear about your families loss Liz. I love your little Zebra Cakes. I guess you’ve nailed them!

  35. I’m so sorry about your family’s loss! i know what you mean about finding stress relief in the kitchen, that is my go-to place as well. Congrats on tackling the zebra cake – they really look wonderful!

  36. Sounds like you had a tough week Liz, my thoughts and prayers are with your whole family. So sorry for your loss.
    Those mini bundt zebra cakes are adorable!

  37. I’m so sorry for your loss, Liz :-( You’re in my thoughts… xoxo

  38. Liz I am so sorry about your father in law. Much love and big hugs to the family, and you.

    This is a lovely cake. It looks like perfection to me.

  39. So sorry about your father-in-law Liz. Lots of hugs for you. I don’t bake when I’m stressed but I do cook, so I understand why you headed to the kitchen. Your zebra cakes looks delicious, not to mention how beautiful they are. Lovely pictures!

  40. First of all, I’m so sorry for the passing of your father-in-law. I remember reading your blog post talking about his diagnosis. I’m really sorry. Second, congrats on the zebra! You did it, Liz!!! I love the perseverance – and it paid off!

  41. Oh Lizzy please know that my prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.
    Baking does relax and take ones mind off real life for even a minute. Your cakes are beautiful–very much zebras.

  42. These look perfect, beautifully done! Sometimes it’s worth being persistent :).

  43. What a shame your young daughter has had to face loss this early, especially the loss of a close family member. I will continue to think of you while this new reality settles in.
    I am afraid I couldn’t open that link to see the house but I am sure the event was fantastic as are your zebra cakes. Well done.

  44. What adorable and delicious looking mini zebra cakes!

  45. I never knew how to make zebra..anything! But I really like the way they look!

  46. Liz I’m so sorry to read about your loss. Having lost my father to the same battle at 22, I know how hard it can be. My thoughts are with your and your family. May your baking help you recover!! Specially with these cute little cakes of goodness, I WANT these in PINK!! You think it’s possible???? Love them! Thanks for sharing with us!

  47. Those are wonderful zebra cake ! I remember your old zebra cake and that was as pretty yummy as these :D

    Lizzy , my condolences ……

  48. I am so sorry for your lose. I cook to release stress as well. So glad your zebra cake turned out this time. I have never mastered the skill of stripes in a cake but I am inspired by your success here.

  49. What an emotionally draining week. I’m so sorry to hear about your father in law and hope you and your family are surrounded by support in the coming weeks. Get some rest, bake, do what you need to do to grieve and recoup.

  50. I am so sorry for your loss! It’s funny how life throws you happy and sad at the same time. I’m glad the zebra cakes worked this time. Yea for not giving up!

  51. So sorry about your father in law. Baking is such a good way to release stress. These cakes turned out beautifully. It’s so much fun to see everyone learning new tips and techniques as we tackled these challenging recipes this week.

  52. Apart from this cake looking very delicious, I love your pictures!! Haha, first they scared me, I thought that grey thing in the back was a snake! (my weak spot is definitely me being so terribly afraid of snakes)

  53. Our prayers our with you Liz…

  54. Beautiful cakes…

    I hope that you and your family are doing well…so sorry for your loss.

  55. I turn to baking too in times of stress, sadness, depression, etc. Making food and sharing it is one of the most loving gestures one can extend. Liz, you’re a trooper both for heading into the kitchen after the loss of your wonderful father in law and for trying your zebra cake again. I love your spunk and tenacity! I’m so glad it all turned out – these cakes look spectacular and very zebra-y. I hope you’re taking all the time you need to be with your family and grieve during this difficult time.

  56. I haven’t managed to make a successful one of these yet! Must try again

  57. Lizzy,
    So sorry about your Father-In-Law. It’s so difficult when you lose a family member. In time, it will get easier and you will always have the memories. Hope you and your family are doing well and my prayers are with you.
    Annamaria

  58. Martin D. Redmond says:

    Your cake looks fabulous! So sorry for your family’s loss of your father in law….

  59. Lizzy, your mini zebra cakes are so adorable, super moist and delicious. Would love a slice right now with my morning coffee. xoxo

  60. I can just imagine the highs and lows you have been feeling this week…. I am glad you were able to find some way to funnel your stress through baking. Glad you finally got your zebra strips. Well done. :) It’s a beautiful cake. :)

  61. Liz, I am so sorry for your loss and will keep your family prayers. This cake looks wonderful too – so pretty!

  62. Glad to hear your zebra cake was a success! Baking helps me with stress and grief too. Thinking about you and your family!

  63. So so so sorry for your loss.

    I’m glad you can turn to baking to de-stress. This zebra cake looks absolutely gorgeous.

  64. oh Liz!
    I love that you made mini bundts. . LOVE! I remember when you made the zebra cake the first time. I admire that you came back to this and did this again. They look fabulous.
    I hope you guys hang in there. . and hope your husband and daughter are doing better. And is your mother-in-law still with you? If so, how is she doing?

  65. You really have had a stressful time of it lately. Hopefully, there will be emotional peace for a while in your life now. And congrats on mastering the zebra. I’d be impressed as hell with myself if I could make those. :)

  66. So sorry to hear about your loss, Liz. Thoughts and payers are with you & yours.
    Glad you can turn to baking to de-stress, and these little zebra cakes look wonderful!

  67. Dude I can’t wait to make these in my horsey pan. So cool.

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