Zebra Butter Cake

One of my better zebra cakes where the lines are clear and distinct. The butter cake batter is really thick, so it’s actually quite hard to get the chocolate and original batters to form the zebra pattern nicely. You need to tap a few times after each addition to get the batter to smoothen out.

The cake turned out soft and moist, with no oily patches, and the taste of chocolate and butter really comes through with each bite.

Recipe (7″ round)

Yolk Batter

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 185g salted butter (cut into cubes)
  • 70g sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 150g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 40g milk


  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 80g sugar

Cocoa Paste

  • 8g varlhona cocoa powder
  • 15g water


1. Line the bottom of a 7″ round tin, grease the sides.

2. In a clean mixing bowl, whisk egg whites till foamy and add in cream of tartar. Continue whisking and add in the 80g of sugar in 3 batches. Whisk till firm peak. Set aside in the fridge.

3. Without having to wash the mixer, whisk butter and 70g sugar into another mixing bowl. Add in egg yolks one by one. Whisk till light and fluffy. Add in vanilla and whisk till combined.

4. Sieve flour with baking powder. Add 1/3 flour into the yolk batter, follow by 1/3 of milk. Switch to a hand whisk or spatula and fold till no dry flour. Repeat till all flour and milk are added in.

5. Add 1/3 of meringue to the yolk batter and fold in. Then pour all yolk batter back into meringue and fold till combined.

6. Divide the batter into 2 bowls. My batter was about 360g each. In one of the bowl, add the cocoa powder that has been mixed with the water, fold gentle till evenly mixed.

7. Using 2 separate Chinese soup spoons, spoon in the chocolate and plain batters alternatively, one on top of the next. Tap sharply a few times after each addition to ensure they spread out evenly.

8. Repeat until all the batters are used up.

9. Bake in oven at 180 deg C (preheat first) for about 35 min.

Another bake where I made the lines finer.

28 Comments Add yours

  1. NPP says:

    Divine – you and the zebra butter cake! [insert applause]


  2. chefkreso says:

    This cake looks scrumptious!!!


    1. Grace Chen says:

      May know what’s the recipe for 8”inch square tin? Need to place a cup inside the oven anot?


  3. Jessica Tan says:

    Oladybakes your zebra cake is superb. Para 7 of your recepi ” Tap sharply …..” Tap what sharply pls?


    1. oladybakes says:

      Hi, it’s to tap the cake tin with the batter inside against the table.


  4. Grace says:

    V beautiful stripes for your zebra cakes and I prefer the one with thinner stripes though they all look nice! 👏👏👏


  5. cherishedluv says:

    How should I adjust for 8” round pan? Thanks!


    1. oladybakes says:

      You can try 1.25 times of the recipe.


      1. Amy Ho Ho says:

        Do we use cold butter or room temperature ?

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      2. oladybakes says:

        Soften is better. If cold, cut into cubes first.


      3. Grace Chen says:

        For 8”inch, use 5 eggs ? Thanks


  6. amy ho says:

    Pls advise , for the butter , is it hard butter or butter at room temperature ?



    1. oladybakes says:

      Use soften butter is easier. For hard butter, cut into cube first.


  7. evelyn yap says:

    I had tried your recipe and it was perfect. My youngest son wanted it on his birthday in 2 days. I thought of making it to layer frosted cake. How do i convert to 3× 6’inches pan for this recipe?


    1. oladybakes says:

      Suggest you use this recipe and bake excess as cupcakes.


      1. evelyn yap says:

        thank you so much…


  8. Rachel says:

    in the ingredients you wrote 150 g of flour but in the directions you wrote 1/3 of flour so which is it ? im a bit confused


    1. oladybakes says:

      It means to add 1/3 at a time and repeat till all flour is used up.


  9. Grace Chen says:

    Can I use other brand cocoa powder instead? May knw what’s the recipe for 9” round tin? Temperature ? Need to place a cup inside too ? Thanks


    1. oladybakes says:

      Can use other brands. Have not tried to bake 9″.


  10. Grace Chen says:

    May know if need to place a cup inside the oven anot?


    1. oladybakes says:

      This really depends on the oven. Mine has a hotspot, so I put it there.


  11. Anne says:

    I have lots of unsalted butter. But the recipe calls for salted butter. Can I use unsalted butter


    1. oladybakes says:

      Can, add a half tsp of salt.


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