A beautiful zebra cake, frosted with caramel buttercream, and rich chocolate ganache!
March is here, and tomorrow we celebrate Women’s international day (8th March)! In Russia women’s day is actually a big deal, it’s the day when all men show appreciation towards the women (the females) in their lives, and that includes, wives, mothers, grandmothers, daughters, girlfriends, friends, and colleagues at school and at work. The holiday is usually celebrated within the family circle by sitting for a festive meal, drinking champagne, and of course there are gifts! For gifts, men always bring flowers, and maybe chocolates, postcards, poetry, and other symbolic gifts!
Since March 8th is a public holiday in Russia, people like to celebrate this holiday at work on the day before! Men also bring flowers and symbolic gifts to their female colleagues, and during lunch break everyone gathers for some canapés and drinks!
In my family we celebrate women’s day every year as my Mum is Russian and we love this holiday! I still remember how when I was little, I’d come home in the afternoon after school, and Dad would come home with 3 bouquets of flowers for me, Mum, and my sister!
This year, we are celebrating women’s day with flowers, a lovely meal, champagne, and a very special chocolate zebra cake! I like to think that this cake is fancy, I mean look at all of the layers and the colours! One would think that it’s complicated, but in fact it’s very easy to make and the ingredients are quite simple as well.
If you have been following my blog, you would know that I love baking in my Multicooker Redmond, I find it very convenient and easy to use, it works with the 3D heating system which distributes the heat evenly, and the goods that I bake turn out perfect every single time!
The multicooker is a great kitchen gadget that can replace many other gadgets at home, such as a bread maker, a rice cooker, a deep fryer, a soup maker, and an oven! And that also means that when you buy a multicooker you’re actually saving money and space, since you won’t need to get all of the gadgets mentioned above! To read my full review click here.
So let’s now talk about the beautiful cake! I love how this cake looks like an ordinary chocolate ganache drip cake, but when you cut a slice, the surprise is lovely! For zebra cakes, I like to play with the pattern a little! I attempted to create a pattern of a flower (see picture of cake in the multicooker) and I thought that it turned out pretty cool! The idea is to divide the batter into 2 equal portions, and leave one as a vanilla mixture, then add cacao powder to the other half. Start by adding one scoop of the vanilla batter to your baking pan, followed by a scoop of the chocolate mixture, repeat and continue to alternate with vanilla and chocolate until the pan is filled, and there is no batter left.
To frost the cake I made a silky smooth caramel buttercream by adding brown sugar to it. The secret of this smooth buttercream is adding a quarter of a cup of heavy cream, it makes a huge difference and give the silky smooth texture to the buttercream! Also it’s very important to make sure that you are using powdered sugar, if you’re making your own powdered sugar from granulated sugar you have to make sure that the crystals are completely broken down and that the sugar is smooth, as you don’t want to feel the granulated sugar in your buttercream.
And my favourite part of this cake is the rich and silky ganache! I mean wow, seriously from now on I think that I’m going to top every single cake that I make with this beautiful ganache! I added half of a table spoon of corn syrup to the ganache, to ensure that the ganache is shiny and beautiful!
To make the drip cake, frost your cake with buttercream and chill in the fridge for at least half an hour. When the ganache is ready let it chill for 15 minutes, then pour it over the cold cake carefully and slowly, and the dripping ganache will start to set. Finally, garnish with grated dark chocolate!
Invite your family over, bake this cake, and celebrate all the great women in your life! Have a wonderful Women’s day!!
Chocolate Zebra Cake
- 5 eggs
- 180 grams flour
- 150 grams granulated sugar
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 10 grams cacao powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup grated chocolate
- 1 cup 200 grams unsalted butter (room temprature)
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 tbsp unsalted butter melted
- 1/2 tbsp corn syrup
- 120 grams chocolate
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
To make the zebra cake:
In a mixing bowl beat the sugar with the eggs.
Add in the flour, and mix. Whisk in the baking powder and the baking soda.
Divide the batter into 2 equal portions, to one add the vanilla extract and mix, and to the other half add cacao powder and mix.
Start by adding one scoop of the vanilla batter to your (greased) baking pan, followed by a scoop of the chocolate mixture, repeat and continue to alternate with vanilla and chocolate until the pan is filled, and there is no batter left.
Bake for one hour in the oven on 180c if using an oven. If baking in the multicooker bake for 1 hour on the "bake programme" or until a tooth pick comes out clean from the centre of the cake.
When the cake cools down, cut it from the middle horizontally.
To make the buttercream:
Using a hand or a stand mixer, mix all of the ingredients together.
* Frost the cake with the butter cream, then chill in the fridge for least half an hour before adding the ganache.
To make the ganache:
Chop the chocolate into small pieces, and put in a medium microwave safe bowl along with the rest of the ingredients.
Microwave for a minute or until the chocolate it melted, then mix the ganache using a spoon.
Let the ganache cool for 15 minutes, then take out the cake from the fridge and spread the ganache over the cake slowly and carefully, Over the edges push the ganache to create the drips.
Garnish cake with grated chocolate.
Disclosure: This recipe is sponsored by Redmond. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Little Sunny Kitchen happen.