Zebra Cake

I had seen pictures of zebra cakes on Pinterest for years, but I had never tried to make one until now. The zebra cake looks like it would be difficult to make, but it’s actually just alternating different colored cake batters in the pan. I’m not sure how the cake batters do not mix together, but it works and the zebra pattern looks so cool! Not only does this cake look awesome, but it’s also one of the best cake recipes I have ever made. The zebra print would also look great frosted in a layered cake!

This is a marbled vanilla and chocolate cake with a zebra pattern, dusted with powdered sugar. The recipe is so delicious that I would consider making this cake even if I didn’t do the zebra design.

Zebra Cakeย (Makes one 8” or 9” round cake)


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp dark cocoa powder
  • confectioners sugar (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Grease 8 or 9 inch round cake pan with cooking spray. Cut parchment paper circle out and put on the bottom of the pan. Grease parchment paper.
  2. Beat sugar and eggs for about 2 minutes until lightened.ย 
  3. Next add milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla to egg mixture and blend on low speed.
  4. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix to distribute baking powder and salt.
  5. Now add flour mixture to wet ingredients. Combine on low speed.
  6. Once combined, scrape down edges of bowl.
  7. Mix at medium speed for 1-2 minutes.
  8. Now divide batter equally into two bowls.
  9. In one bowl, add dark cocoa powder and whisk to combine.
  10. Once your batters are prepared, place each batter into either a Wilton Decorating Squeeze bottle or Wilton Easy-Pour Funnel (you can use a spoon or piping bag if you do not have these).
  11. Start by dropping a circle of vanilla batter in the center of the pan (about 3 tablespoons worth).
  12. Next, in the center of the vanilla batter, drop a circle of chocolate batter (about 3 tablespoons worth).
  13. Repeat steps 11 and 12 until you run out of cake batter.
  14. Place cake on center rack in the oven and bake for 35-45 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean (I baked mine for 40 minutes).
  15. Let cake cool in pan for 10 minutes, then flip cake upside-down to remove.
  16. Sprinkle with confectioners sugar to decorate!