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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Black and Pink Zebra Cake!

I have to start of with an apology.....I am so so sorry for the delay in posting :( I truly am, especially since my followers have increased in spite of my lack of recipes. Don''t get me wrong...it's no that I have not been cooking (I am not that lazy :D)...but at the same time, the effort of sitting down and actually doing it was driving me mad I suppose.

A bunch of my girlfriends decided that we had had enough of our spouses :P and decided to have a girls weekend away. In the process, we found out that my cousin was getting married....so let's kill 2 birds with one stone, we decided to have a weekend away and have a bachelorette!

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I decided to inaugurate the cake stand that one of my fiends got me as a Christmas gift (Thank u Saf!) and our theme, being black and pink, I volunteered to make a black and pink zebra cake :D

The original plan was to have a fondant based cake, but since I had never worked with fondant, and the fact that it would probably end up being too sweet anyways, I decided to make do with my buttercream frosting. The result, though messy, was an incredibly smooth cake, with all the colors, especially the pink being totally vibrant. Credit goes to Cookies, Cupcakes and Cardio for an awesomely simple, yet delicious recipe. Thanks a ton!

So, on wards with the recipe....

INGREDIENTS
2 ½ cups all purpose flour (300 g) 
2 cups sugar (400 g)
¾ cups vegetable oil (180 mL)
1 teaspoon vanilla (5 mL) 
2 ¼ teaspoons baking powder (~11 mL)
1/2 teaspoon salt 
4 eggs
1 cup milk (240 mL)

 pink, and black gel paste 
vanilla buttercream
Wilton tip 1A


PROCEDURE

Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius.  In the bowl of a stand mixer combine, flour, sugar, baking powder, vegetable oil and vanilla on low/medium until ingredients are mixed together.  Add the eggs one at a time, mixing on low in between additions.  Slowly add the milk while the mixer on and mix until all ingredients are completely combined.  Divide batter into three different bowls with one bowl having half of the batter and the other two have a quarter each.  Color the large bowl with white coloring, and the smaller two with black and pink respectively.  Mix coloring until no light streaks remain.  Spray two 8” pans with non-stick spray and line bottom with parchment/baking/wax paper.  Place four tablespoons of white batter into the center of each pan.  Then, directly into the middle of the white batter, place two tablespoons of black batter.  Directly into the center of the black batter, place two tablespoons of pink batter.  Repeat white/black/pink batter additions until all the batter is used up or pans are ⅔ full.  Place pans into oven and bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  Allow to cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes, remove from pan, and cool completely on a wire wrack.
Once cake is cooled, level, stack and cover in white buttercream.
To finish the cake off, using the pink buttercream with Wilton 1A tip, pipe a small beaded border along the bottom of the cake.

To make the Buttercream

The buttercream recipe was adapted from Laura Vitale and again it is so simple, you could actually get your kids to make it!

In a bowl, cream together 1 1/4 cup of butter, 1 cup of sugar and 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract until well combined. To this mixture add about 2 tablespoons of milk to achieve a thick yet creamy consistency. Take a small amount of this cream and add the pink food coloring to this i order to do the final beading around the edges of the cake.


Do you see that pink actually popping out? It was truly spectacular!

Do try out the cake and let me know how it turns out. Trust me, you will not be disappointed :)

Till next time, take care and God bless!





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