I can just go on and on and on about this but let me just sum it all up with a Big Hurrah! for the Masterchef Australia series.
Now, let me get to my baked goodies. This time round, I want to share the recipe and pics of a Zebra cake. I think it looks adorable. I'm impressed with myself. Pat, pat, pat on my back. This cake went straight to a cousin's home. So I could not taste it, but, those who did, said it was fabulous.
1) make more layers. This time I tried just few.
2) Since I now know how to do it, I would spoon the batter a little neater next time. This time the job was shabby as you can see :)
The layers were not so clear on the outside . But , when cut, there was this beautiful display of brown and white.The design looked so fashionable.
- 1 1/2 cupsall purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter at room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 medium eggs at room temperature
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup warm, whole milk
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F or 205 degrees C . Line an 8-inch cake pan with parchment paper or butter and dust with all-purpose flour.
- Sift flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside.
- In a large mising bowl, beat butter and sugar using an electric mixer set on low speed, until the mixture resembles damp sand (about 3 mins).
- Beat in the eggs one at a time on medium-high, until wellblended and a smooth fluffy consistency is reached. (About 7-8 mins)
- Add vanilla and mix.
- Add 1/3 of the sifted flour mixture and milk alternately and mix until you have added it all.
- Do not overbeat this mixture. Once the flour is incorporated well, stop mixing.
- Separate this batter into 2 equal parts. To one part add cocoa powder and mix well.
Now to create the zebra design.
For this the batter has to be poured in a particular fashion into the mold.
- Take a large spoon or ladle and first spoon the vanilla batter right into the center of the prepared pan. Tap the pan thrice to spread the batter a little.
- Next, spoon the chocolate batter right in the middle of the vanilla batter and tap the pan.
- Repeat these 2 steps alternately till you have added all the batter. (see pic above)
- Bake until a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out clean — 25 to 30 minutes.
- Cool cake completely on a wire rack.