Vanilla Chocolate Chewy Zebra Cake

Zebra cake - Lilie Bakery

An original cake with a surprise when cut: the Chewy zebra cake with vanilla and chocolate, served with its chocolate sauce. To change classic cakes, let yourself be tempted by its pretty stripes of dough. Inside, no complicated ingredients, but a very soft texture topped with a very gourmet chocolate sauce...

I made this cake in a bundt cake mold. I love the rendering of cakes baked in this type of mould, with a nice rounded shape! However, if you do not have this type of mold at home, the zebra cake recipe is also made in a large classic round mold.

What you will like with this zebra cake

Quick to prepare : Contrary to what you might think for this type of cake, the recipe is simple and quick to make. It's a classic cake (like a marble) it's just the method of filling the mold that is different.

Very soft : the texture is neither too dry nor too wet. The trick is not to overcook the zebra cake (just the necessary amount) and then store it in an airtight container at room temperature.

Tasty with its chocolate vanilla flavor : on tasting, the welts mingle together to create a truly delicious vanilla-chocolate taste in the mouth, like the marbles of our childhood.

Zebra cake recipe - Lilie Bakery

Ingredients needed for this zebra cake

You will need them classic ingredients found in a marble cake:

  • flour : wheat or spelled for this recipe. The quantity is important but the mold used is large so it is quite normal.
  • Chemical yeast : it is the raising agent of the recipe.
  • Butter : I use well-softened unsalted butter. It adds flavor to the cake.
  • Oil : I complete the butter with a little rapeseed oil to give it more softness! Sunflower can be used too.
  • Eggs : at room temperature for this recipe, if not, place them for a few moments under running hot water to bring them to the right temperature.
  • Light brown sugar : I love the taste of brown sugar and I think it really enhances the cocoa.
  • Milk : You can use cow's milk or vegetable milk.
  • vanilla : I use natural vanilla extract to flavor the dough.
  • Salt : it is a flavor enhancer that perfectly enhances the vanilla-chocolate mixture.
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder : it is with cocoa that we create chocolate stripes.

For the chocolate icing, you need light dark pastry chocolate (52% cocoa) and full cream.

PS: all the quantities to make this zebra cake are given to you in the recipe at the bottom of the page.

How to create the zebra effect in this cake?

This is a very simple trick but you have to know it! First prepare the basic cake batter (vanilla). Reserve half of the dough in a container and then add the bitter cocoa. The other part will therefore remain flavored with vanilla.

Then we take the bundt cake mold greased and floured. Fill a piping bag with the vanilla paste and another piping bag with the chocolate paste. We start by doing a circle of vanilla dough in the bottom of the mould, then we make a circle above with the chocolate paste. Then all that remains is to repeat this vanilla and chocolate alternation until the mold has been filled: the zebra cake is created.

If you use a classic round mould, place a first round of dough with an ice cream scoop, then above it a round of dough with chocolate dough etc. We do not make a circle since there is no central chimney in the mould.

My tips

  • Fill the mold little by little : the thinner the layers, the more successful the zebra effect will be.
  • Wait 10 minutes to unmold the zebra cake: after taking it out of the oven, turn it over on a small rack or plate.
  • Prepare the chocolate sauce at the last moment because it thickens as it cools, which makes topping more complicated.
Chocolate vanilla zebra cake - Lilie Bakery

Other recipes to try

If you like this type of soft cakes, I advise you to take a look at these other recipes on the blog that you might like:

If you make this recipe, don't hesitate to tag @liliebakery on Instagram so I can see your pretty zebra cakes!

Chocolate vanilla zebra cake - Lilie Bakery
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5 on 6 votes

Vanilla Chocolate Chewy Zebra Cake

A pretty moist vanilla and chocolate zebra cake served with its creamy chocolate icing…
Preparation Companies25 minutes
Baking50 minutes
Total1 time 15 minutes
Recipe type: Dessert, Snack
Kitchen room: American, French
Keyword: cake
Quantity: 10 people



Zebra cake

  • 185 g softened butter
  • 55 g vegetable oil rapeseed, sunflower…
  • 270 g light brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cc salt
  • 2 cc natural vanilla extract
  • 240 ml milk cow or vegetable
  • 400 g all-purpose flour
  • 2 cc baking powder
  • 5 cs unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 cs milk cow or vegetable

Chocolate icing

  • 100 ml heavy whipping cream 30%
  • 100 g dark pastry chocolate (52% cocoa)
  • 1 cs water


Zebra cake

  • Preheat the oven to 180° traditional heat. Grease and flour a 2,4 liter bundt cake pan or a classic 24cm round pan. Tap the mold upside down to remove excess flour.
  • In a container, mix the flour, the baking powder, the salt. To book.
  • In a container or the bowl of a food processor, beat the softened butter and the brown sugar to obtain a creamy consistency.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, mixing between each. Then add the oil. Then finally milk and vanilla.
  • Add the dry ingredients (flour, yeast and salt). At this stage, do not mix the dough too much (just enough) to ensure a good final texture.
  • Divide the dough obtained in two into 2 containers. In one of the containers, add the bitter cocoa and the milk.
  • Fill 2 piping bags: one with the vanilla paste and one with the chocolate paste. (If you use a classic round mold it is not necessary, you can use an ice cream scoop to deposit the dough).
  • Place a circle of vanilla dough in the bottom of the mold. The dough will spread a little. Place on top (in the middle) a circle of chocolate paste which also spreads out. Then place a circle of vanilla paste on top. Continue like this until you have used up the 2 doughs. (For classic round molds, do not make a circle but just a circle of dough each time).
  • Bake for about 50 minutes, this varies depending on the oven, test the cooking with a wooden pick which should come out dry or with a few crumbs. (Reduce the cooking time to 40 minutes if you are using a classic round pan).
  • Leave to cool in the mold for 10 minutes, then unmold on a wire rack. Wait for the complete cooling to add the frosting.

Chocolate icing

  • In a saucepan, heat the liquid cream then pour over the dark chocolate in pieces. Smooth then add water to obtain the ideal consistency for the topping.
  • Pour this icing on top of the cake, then serve with each cut piece.


Can be kept for about 4 days at room temperature, in a bell jar or airtight container.
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  1. Reply


    November 3, 2013

    How beautiful !!!

  2. Reply

    Loanne and Fanny

    November 3, 2013

    Another recipe that looks great!


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    November 3, 2013

    miiiiiiiam !!! ♥

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    November 3, 2013

    gluttony, in its purest form !! TITOU loves .. kisses kisses ..

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    Scent and Flavor

    November 3, 2013

    It is very beautiful this zebra cake! The marbling is very successful! :-)

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    Jenna's Bistro

    November 4, 2013

    superbly realized :)
    very pretty marbling and superb photos

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    November 5, 2013

    He is really beautiful and has an awesome cut

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    November 5, 2013

    Already, the presentation is impeccable! Very golden and immediately makes you want to cut a part. the zebra effect is a great idea! you do not lose the taste of chocolate.

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    Sophie Turbigo

    November 8, 2013

    It is really splendid, I would have liked to taste it;)
    Have a nice week end…

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    sweet food

    November 9, 2013


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    November 11, 2013

    omg your blog inspires me so much! I watch new products every week and you inspire me a lot! I have also created a blog and my first article is about cupcakes! I would be happy if you gave me your avsi: D xx

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    Beautiful is Good

    November 18, 2013

    Very nice photos =)

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    November 21, 2013

    It is very successful your zebra cake!

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    November 29, 2013

    Good evening, it made my mouth water so much that I have just finished it and it is almost midnight I have not yet cut in it but already it looks very very appetizing thank you and good luck

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    6th February 2014

    Recipe tested and approved at 200%… It's so good! And indeed, very simple to achieve. Thank you for this recipe.

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    March 23, 2014

    Hello! where is the list of ingredients? Thank you

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      Lilie bakery

      April 8th

      Hello Hayate, the list of ingredients is indicated in the recipe… @ soon

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    Valérie I ♥ Cakes

    April 21th

    Excellent the zebra cake in bundt cake version, it multiplies the happiness!

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    July 14, 2014

    Simply excellent!
    I didn't have time to make the zebra so I did the classic marbling and I didn't make the icing.
    It is really very good, very soft, it can be kept easily for a few days, if you manage not to devour everything!

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    22th February 2022

    5 stars
    I will try this cake so aesthetic :-)
    I'm not a big fan of oil in cakes, if I only put butter how much do you think it would take?
    Thank you for all these shared delights.

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      Lilie bakery

      23th February 2022

      Hello Sophie, it's possible (it will be a little less soft) in this case you replace the oil with the same amount of butter instead. Goodbye :)

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    March 27, 2022

    It is magnificent with all its stripes.

    Is the mold the one to start the kouglof mould.?

    Thank you

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    29th January 2023

    5 stars
    With us it's a habit to test your recipes, and as usual I'm not on it.
    It is very good and above all soft!
    It will become a classic for teatime

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      Lilie bakery

      30th January 2023

      Thank you Aurora for your feedback :)

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    March 4, 2023

    5 stars
    In the top ! Thank you for that great recipe ! And for all these great ideas! The marble was full board for the birthday snack :)

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      Lilie bakery

      March 6, 2023

      Thank you Colette! My pleasure ! See you soon :)


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