Mini Zebra Bundt Cakes
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? Especially when they are Zebra Cakes!!! These Mini Bundt Cakes will thrill both the chocolate and vanilla cake fans.
Why You’ll Love these Mini Bundt Cakes
- Everyone gets their own cake!!
- Zebra cakes are a combination of both vanilla and chocolate cake!
- Plus, everyone will be impressed that you made them yourself.
- After many test batches that fell short, a lovely reader suggested I try a thicker batter. I used a pound cake recipe and added cocoa to part of the batter. Finally, a success!!
- Every cake will look different and some will be more striped than others, but they’ll all have a fun, marbled pattern.
- Make sure to grease your pan well so these mini Bundt cakes all release easily.
- Have your eggs, butter, and even your whipping cream at room temperature for easy incorporation.
- Using a paddle attachment helps keep the batter dense, which is ideal for a pound cake recipe.
- Alternate layers of batter. No need to do anything other than that as the different densities of the two will cause them to form swirls and stripes.
Frequently Asked Questions
These mini zebra cakes are made of pound cake batter (butter, sugar, eggs, and flour) flavored with vanilla and half flavored with cocoa powder. The layering of batters allows stripes to form when the cakes are baked.
These are vanilla and chocolate, but you can add any flavorings you like by using different extracts. The vanilla batter could be almond, lemon, or orange.
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Mini Zebra Bundt Cakes
Mini Cakes made with stripes of chocolate and vanilla cake batter!
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup 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)
- Butter and flour mini Bundt pan (6 mini Bundts) or spray with Bakers Joy.
- Cream butter and sugar, using paddle attachment if using stand mixer. Beat on medium high for 5 minutes.
- Scrape down sides of bowl. Add eggs then yolk, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla.
- 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.
- Divide batter in half and add cocoa powder to one half.
- Place batters in their own quart sized zip-loc bag and snip one corner of each.
- 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.
- 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.
- Cool on rack about 10 minutes. Remove cakes from pan and let cool completely.
Adapted from Gourmet Magazine.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 446Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 146mgSodium: 43mgCarbohydrates: 80gFiber: 1gSugar: 51gProtein: 8g
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.
67 Comments on “Mini Zebra Bundt Cakes”
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!
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!
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.
I’m so sorry for your loss, Liz 🙁 You’re in my thoughts… xoxo
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!
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!
So sorry to hear about your families loss Liz. I love your little Zebra Cakes. I guess you’ve nailed them!
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!
What pretty little cakes, Liz!
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.
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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.
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.
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
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.
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”.
So sorry for your loss.
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!
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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.
I’m so sorry to hear about your loss, Liz. I also turn to baking when I experience loss.
Your cake is lovely.
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!!!!