Thursday, February 16, 2012

Zebra Cake - Chocolate And Walnut

Piggy Josh and his friend Elaine came back to Ipoh for a CNY visit and to savor some of the famous Ipoh food on 4th February. Of course, Wild Boar and myself were happy to take Elaine for some Ipoh food.  She came bringing with her lots of CNY goodies and guess what she gave me a recipe book by famous Chefs of Sheraton Hotel and ......wheeee..... she really knows my heart and  for me..." the way to your future MIL's heart is through recipe books "  :p  just kidding.  Elaine is Josh's friend and I hope she will drop by more often .....ahem more recipe books then LOL! Besides recipe books, Online college classes can help you expand your base and make unique desserts like this and  before she goes back to KL , I baked her a zebra cake with chocolate and walnuts in it.  I am happy it turned out great....even though the nuts were slightly burnt on top :p  Her parents love that is all that matters ! 

This is my first time making a zebra cake.  I can't see the inside so I asked Josh whether Elaine served him a slice and asked him to describe the cut slice....haha he told me the cake has zebra stripes design...aha...I was so happy when he told me meant I was successful in making the zebra stripes  :))))) and he said Elaine's parents love the moist and flavorful cake and said that I should open a bakery business.....hahaha ROFL ...nice compliment eh ?   I am not a good baker but I am happy when my cakes finishes fast.  

I used back the butter cake recipe from here and just add the chopped walnuts onto one part of the plain batter and chocolate onto the balance batter.  To make the zebra stripes design, first drop a scoop of chocolate batter on the center of the baking pan, followed by another scoop of the walnut batter on top of the first scoop of chocolate batter. Continue doing it , alternately until the batter finishes.  Practice makes perfect and I will be making this again sometime next week for a party :)

one portion of batter - add cocoa powder, chocolate emulco
and melted chocolate to it

second portion - add chopped walnuts to it

Using tablespoon , scoop 3 tbsp of chocolate batter 
into centre of cake pan. 
Then, scoop 3 tbsp of walnut batter 
on top of the chocolate batter.

I added whole walnut for the topping

I was busy chatting with Elaine and 
this was what happened to the nuts...burnt !
told her to remove the nuts if it is bitter :p

Thanks Elaine for the it and 
I can't wait to try out the recipes :)

Zebra Cake - Chocolate And Walnut


195g all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
170g unsalted butter, softened
225g sugar (I use 200g)
1 large egg, plus one large egg yolk
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
12 tbsp whole milk

Walnut batter:-
100 gm toasted walnuts- finely chopped

Chocolate batter:-
1 tsp of cocoa powder
1 tbsp of chocolate emulco
50 gm of melted dark chocolate

*optional  - 100 gm of whole walnut for topping 

Method :

1. Preheat oven to 190 degrees celsius. Butter and line a 9-inch cake pan.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.

3. Using a mixer on medium speed, cream butter and sugar until fluffy for about about 2 minutes.

4. Beat in egg, egg yolk and vanilla until well-combined.

5. On low speed, add flour mixture in 3 parts, alternating with milk.

6. Switch mixer to medium and beat for 10 to 15 seconds, just until batter appears.

7. Divide batter into two equal portions. 

8. 1st portion  -Walnut Batter - add 100 gm of toasted walnuts - chopped finely - to the batter 
2nd portion -Chocolate Batter - add 1 tsp of cocoa powder, 1 tbsp of chocolate emulco and 50 gm of melted dark chocolate

9. Using tablespoon , scoop 3 tbsp of chocolate batter into centre of cake pan. Then, scoop 3 tbsp of walnut batter on top of the chocolate batter.

10. Repeat until you have finished about half of the batter. Reduce to 2 scoops each now and continue layering.

11. Reduce the amount of batter gradually until you only pour 1 scoops of each batter finally. The circles become smaller and smaller as you pour.

12. Bake in the oven for 40-45 mins or until golden brown. Let cake in pan for 10 minutes before turning it on to a wire rack to cool complete.

Enjoy !

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  1. The cake looks wonderful. How could she not be appreciative? I always get such great ideas when I visit here. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Blessings...Mary

  2. This is such a weird coincidence. I woke up this morning thinking of whether I want to try make this cake that I'd seen on some blog months ago. Don't know why I suddenly thought of it after so long ... and here you are! I would have loved to see the stripes inside :D But the feedback is good so it must have been beautiful!

  3. Very thoughtful of Elaine :)

    I was scrolling up and down hoping to see a picture of the zebra's cake interior.. Awww...

  4. This is such a nice cake, i know i will like this cake, YUMMY!

  5. That is such a nice look cake, I would love to see the inside of the cake too...sounds delicious!

  6. Wow, how cool is that! A gift from your reader and the cake looks very mouthwatering too.
    Thanks for sharing & enjoy your evening.

  7. i have walnut coffee cake on my mind for a while. Yours sounds delish! Love the zebra pattern

  8. another book add on to your collection! Yay! yeah ask elaine to come more often..haha!