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Mini Zebra Bundt Cakes

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Mini Zebra Bundt Cakes: Individual marbleized chocolate and vanilla cakes with zebra-like cakes for a fun presentation!

Who doesn’t love their own dessert? These mini Bundt cakes will thrill both the chocolate and vanilla cake fans.

Mini Zebra Bundt Cakes on square white plates with a raspberry garnish

Mini Zebra Bundt Cakes

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 off 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 Mini Zebra Bundt Cakes.

Two Mini Zebra Bundt Cakes on square white dessert plates

Chocolate and Vanilla Pound Cake for Zebra Stripes

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 zebra Bundt cakes 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


Mini Zebra Bundt Cakes

Mini Zebra Bundt Cakes

Mini Cakes made with stripes of chocolate and vanilla cake batter!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Yield 6 servings


  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 stick butter (softened, plus more for greasing the pan (or spray with Bakers Joy))
  • 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 unsweetened cocoa powder (sifted)


  1. Butter and flour mini Bundt pan (6 mini Bundts) or spray with Bakers 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 then yolk, 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 in half and add cocoa powder to one half.
  6. Place batters in their own quart sized zip-loc bag and snip one corner of each.
  7. Starting with vanilla batter, squeeze a tablespoon or two of batter into bottom of pan, then top with a similar amount of chocolate batter. Repeat, alternating batters, till Bundt cup is about 3/4 full. Repeat 5 more times for each of the mini-Bundts.
  8. 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 45-55 minutes or till tooth pick inserted in center comes out clean or with just a couple crumbs. Timing will vary depending on your oven, so start checking at about 40 minutes.
  9. Cool on rack about 10 minutes. Remove cakes from pan and let cool completely.


Adapted from Gourmet Magazine.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 446 Total Fat: 11g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 146mg Sodium: 43mg Carbohydrates: 80g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 51g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 8g
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67 comments on “Mini Zebra Bundt Cakes”

  1. 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.

  2. 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)

  3. Our prayers our with you Liz…

  4. Beautiful cakes…

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

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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.

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

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

  10. 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. 🙂

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

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

  13. So so so sorry for your loss.

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

  14. 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?

  15. 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. 🙂

  16. 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!

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

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