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”
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. 🙂
Lizzy, your mini zebra cakes are so adorable, super moist and delicious. Would love a slice right now with my morning coffee. xoxo
Your cake looks fabulous! So sorry for your family’s loss of your father in law….
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.
I haven’t managed to make a successful one of these yet! Must try again
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.
I hope that you and your family are doing well…so sorry for your loss.
Our prayers our with you Liz…
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)
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.
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!
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.
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.
Those are wonderful zebra cake ! I remember your old zebra cake and that was as pretty yummy as these 😀
Lizzy , my condolences ……
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!
I never knew how to make zebra..anything! But I really like the way they look!
What adorable and delicious looking mini zebra cakes!
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.
These look perfect, beautifully done! Sometimes it’s worth being persistent :).
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.