Zebra Cake: Birthday Made Fun, Quick, and Easy!

"This fun Zebra cake with some decorative icing will send a childs birthday into animal fun! (The pattern could also be a convincing white siberian tiger too!) p.s. Also try using different colored cake mixes to mix up the fun!"
photo by Liza at Food.com photo by Liza at Food.com
photo by Liza at Food.com
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  • butter, to grease pans
  • flour, to dust pans
  • 1 (18 ounce) box of your favorite moist white cake mix
  • 3 eggs (or as called for by your cake mix)
  • 13 cup oil (or as called for by your cake mix)
  • 1 13 cups water (or as called for by your cake mix)
  • 1 (18 ounce) box of your favorite moist chocolate cake mix
  • 3 eggs (or as called for by your cake mix)
  • 13 cup oil (or as called for by your cake mix)
  • 1 13 cups water (or as called for by your cake mix)
  • 1 (12 ounce) can fun colored icing (with sprinkles is great!)


  • Preheat oven to directed temperature on the box, grease two 9 inch round baking pans (depending on amount of mixture provided, if not enough just use one.) and dust with flour.
  • Mix up the mixes separately as shown on the box.
  • Starting with the chocolate take a 1/4 cup measuring cup and pour one scoop into center of pan letting it spread out by itself. Then have a separate measuring cup and scoop some white mix into the center of the chocolate. Going back and forth rather quickly. If mix is not spreading well pick up the pan and slightly tilt it, however, you do NOT want to mix the two colors. **Warning: throughout the whole process do not touch the batter with anything once in the pan to avoid mixed stripes.
  • Put in oven for directed time or until a fork/toothpick/ knife.etc. can come out clean from the center of the cake.
  • Let cool 10 minutes or longer if needed. Tip pans upside down on cookie sheet, doing that carefully so that the cake doesn't fall right out and break. I normally press my hand against the top while flipping it.
  • Gently take off the pan, if the cake is sticking gently tap on the bottom of the pan.
  • Take bottom layered cake and turn right side up on a plate to frost while flipping the top layer and leaving it on the cookie sheet (this prevents the top from being a "Waffle" pattern). Plop a small amount of frosting on the top of the cake, once it is cooled down enough that the icing won't melt, (it does not have to be perfect and just enough frosting so the top layer will stick) gently take an icing knife or I used an actual butter knife (Not the every day table knives) and glide the frosting starting from the middle spreading towards the outside. **Warning: do not dig into the cake, this will cause crumbs and make the icing and outside not look as appealing.
  • Once frosted the inside, take the top layer and set it gently on top.
  • Take a majority of the the rest of the icing and plop it on top starting from the center and working to the sides then gently go around the sides and smooth frosting out to your liking.
  • Add sprinkles if desired or even crushed Oreos for that fun black and white striped look! Then the candles and you're done and ready to Enjoy!
  • **Tip if the bottom layer is to rounded than I would suggest looking up how to easily cut the rounded spot off, like on youtube or something. However, one downfall to that is it may make more crumbs.
  • **Also for the sprinkles I took some cookie cutters of my desired shape and gently set them on top of the icing and poured the sprinkles inside to make the desired shape! (I also put a few around the edge of the cake).

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