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Release Your Inner Wild Thing With This Zany Zebra-Striped Cake

by Rebecca Endicott
Becca is a writer and aspirational dog owner living in NYC.

I’m the kind of girl who thinks that leopard print is a neutral; I will wear it with anything.

Of course, I would never in a million years wear a real fur. I’m all about paying homage to the beautiful wild animals of the natural world, without endangering them any further.

That’s why I love to pick out patterns and designs that embrace and celebrate the incredible beauty of these wild things and don’t hurt them one bit, from this gorgeous leopard-inspired manicure to my fluffy tiger-print slippers at home.

My latest venture into celebrating the wild, wonderful animal kingdom? An awesome and truly delicious recipe that takes its design inspiration from the world’s favorite wild equine, the zebra.

Cousins to the domestic horse, zebras are known for their beautiful black-and-white-striped coats. Now, you can create a beautiful zebra-striped effect of your very own, with an easy and tasty recipe for a gorgeously colorful zebra cake!

Print out the recipe below to make this wild and wonderful recipe at home!

Cook: 25 min
Prep: 20 min
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1 14 cups water
  • 13 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • Food coloring
  • Frosting
  • Hardening ice cream topping
Instructions
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine cake mix, water, vegetable oil, and eggs. Mix well using handheld mixer.
  • Put 1/2 of the batter in a medium bowl. Put the remaining two quarters of the batter in two separate small bowls.
  • Use food coloring to tint 1/4 of the batter black, and 1/4 hot pink.
  • Pour 1/4 cup of white batter into well-greased cake pan.
  • Pour 1/8 cup black batter directly into center of white batter.
  • Pour 1/8 cup pink batter directly into the center of black batter.
  • Repeat steps 4, 5, and 6 until pan is full.
  • Fill a second pan in the same way, until you have two round pans filled with concentric circles.
  • Bake both pans of batter for 20 to 25 minutes at 325 °F.
  • Once baked, stack one cake on top of the other and glue together using frosting.
  • Frost the top and sides of the cake, then top with hardening ice cream topping in zig-zag pattern.
  • Chill 30 minutes. Serve cool and enjoy!
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Pretty, Playful Zebra Cake 20 minutes 25 minutes 45 minutes Serves 12 //www.littlethings.com/app/uploads/2016/03/Screen-Shot-2016-03-04-at-2.46.57-PM-850x449.jpg 1 box white cake mix 1 1/4 cups water 1/3 cup vegetable oil 3 eggs Food coloring Frosting Hardening ice cream topping In a large mixing bowl, combine cake mix, water, vegetable oil, and eggs. Mix well using handheld mixer. Put 1/2 of the batter in a medium bowl. Put the remaining two quarters of the batter in two separate small bowls. Use food coloring to tint 1/4 of the batter black, and 1/4 hot pink. Pour 1/4 cup of white batter into well-greased cake pan. Pour 1/8 cup black batter directly into center of white batter. Pour 1/8 cup pink batter directly into the center of black batter. Repeat steps 4, 5, and 6 until pan is full. Fill a second pan in the same way, until you have two round pans filled with concentric circles. Bake both pans of batter for 20 to 25 minutes at 325 °F. Once baked, stack one cake on top of the other and glue together using frosting. Frost the top and sides of the cake, then top with hardening ice cream topping in zig-zag pattern. Chill 30 minutes. Serve cool and enjoy!

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