How to make a zebra cake

August 9, 2011  ·  Posted under food & recipes, zebra

How cool is this zebra cake! It’s pretty on the outside and a party on the inside. ; )

A vanilla and chocolate mix like this one is ideal for a zebra theme party, of course, but you could also make the stripes in any color scheme by using white cake batter and a bit of food coloring. How about hot pink and light pink for a super-girlie cake, or green and white for St. Patrick’s Day?

These lovely photos are from a tutorial at My Cake School, where the step-by-step instructions give away just how easy it is to make this kind of cake! There are also some great tips – for example, if you’re using boxed cake mix, the kinds with pudding in the mix are a bit too thick; you need a slightly thinner batter for best results (who knew!).

For full instructions and more handy hints, check out the photo tutorial here.

Reposted with permission from Melissa at My Cake School. Thanks Melissa!

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Or, check out more Zebra Party ideas on Pinterest or here on my blog!


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  1. 1
    Tuesday, August 9th, 2011 at 3:26 pm
    Doçura Doces Americano says:
    Thanks for this. I just stumbled upon your blog!! Love it! soo adorable!
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    Tuesday, August 9th, 2011 at 4:06 pm
    marisa maestas says:
    My daughter loooooooooooves zebra print, I can't wait to make this for her birthday this year.   You're awesome!!!
  3. 3
    Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 at 1:32 pm
    Kate says:
    yummm!! I want to make this!! :)
  4. 4
    Thursday, January 31st, 2013 at 4:12 pm
    Beth says:
    Can this work with cupcakes too?
    • 4.1
      Thursday, January 31st, 2013 at 7:04 pm
      Heather says:
      Yes! : )
  5. 5
    Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 at 3:02 pm
    Louisa says:
    Making this for my husband's birthday/Valentines Day/our 17th wedding anniversary. I wanted something bold and different. Making it a layered zebra-cake ( with red velvet cake & white cake mixes) for the event. White icing to cover it. The remainder of the batter, I made into bold 1/2 & 1/2 cupcakes.
    Thank you for the wonderful idea. My husband is going to be SO surprised when he cuts into his cake.
    • 5.1
      Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 at 8:04 pm
      Heather says:
      That sounds fabulous, Louisa! Send me a picture!! ; )

      PS. Happy anniversary to you and your husband!
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    Monday, August 5th, 2013 at 4:57 pm
    Stella Brown says:
    beautiful....... made it so much easier to understand with the photos.. thank you very much........
    • 6.1
      Monday, August 5th, 2013 at 5:10 pm
      Heather says:
      Hi Stella! You're right - the photos make all the difference. Luckily My Cake School did an amazing job with the photos on this tutorial! : )
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    Friday, March 13th, 2015 at 3:30 pm
    Maria Celia dos Santos says:
    Adoraria aprender esses bolos lindos
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    Thursday, August 6th, 2015 at 3:03 am
    Dawn Kapp says:
    It looks divine Going to make it
    • 8.1
      Monday, August 10th, 2015 at 9:31 am
      Heather says:
      Hi Dawn! I'm so happy you like it! Let me know how it turns out! : )
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    Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018 at 11:41 pm
    Tammie says:
    Do you think this zebra cake would work for a 9x13 cake?