Party Animal Zebra Cake
I forced this Party Animal Zebra Cake into existence.
It did not come together without a struggle. This whole cake idea was a medium to display my lovely disco mirror balls. My impulsive mirror ball purchase was inspired by Studio DIY’s funky throwback post back in November. I know I’ve been over thinking this theme WAY too long. Once I purchased the disco balls, I knew I wanted to make a cake. What kind? I didn’t have a clue.
This Party Animal Zebra Cake was a jigsaw puzzle of sorts. I wedged all of the components together—cake, filling, and frosting—even if there were major issues.
To make a zebra patterned cake, you need to use a very soup, spreadable batter. Most tutorials for this pattern use boxed cake mixes. Unwilling to take the cake mix route, I thought I could use a basic yellow cake, add liquid, divide, mix in cocoa and pour.
So, so, so wrong.
Though the finished product looks really groovy, the texture is far from being a cake. It has the texture of the magic custard bars . Edible and tasty, but most normal-people except cake texture. I didn’t have the recipe at the time, but I came across a decent thing battered vanilla cake that would form the zebra print pattern.
The Party Animal Zebra Cake need for animal-i-ness, so I used Beyond Frosting’s Circus Animal frosting recipe. A clean layer of simple vanilla buttercream made the disco balls the focal feature. This cake was definitely a bake and learn experience, but I guess I’ll just have to bake again.
Since I baked this cake I have found a lovely vanilla cake batter, but I have yet to try out the zebra technique with it.