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Sunday, 7 August 2016

Eggless Butterless Marble Cake (Zebra Cake) Recipe

A delightful cake which has a streaked or mottled appearance (like marble), due to the light blending of light and dark batter is called a marble cake. It is basically a cake with a combination of vanilla and chocolate batter, in which the layers are swirled together just before baking to give a wonderful marble effect. 

A Zebra cake was on my to-do list for a long time, then on browsing on internet, saw this beautiful flower pattern of a marble cake. Was so fascinated by it, that i could not wait more to try out one myself. This cake is one more addition to my long list of egg-less butter-less cakes. Used whole wheat flour, instead of refined flour (maida) and coco powder to make the darker batter. Curd serves as a substitute for egg in this recipe.

I agree making this cake requires a little more time and patience, but the end results are worth it and the best part is the recipe is easy to follow with the step by step pictorial explanation .The cake turned out to be moist and spongy and each bite was a visual delight too :) This cake can be served as a dessert or a tea time snacks. Kids will surely love it.


  • 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup curd
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1-2 tbsp. Milk or as required.
  • 2 tbsp coco powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

  1. Take 1 cup curd in a bowl. Beat it and add baking powder and baking soda to it. Stir well and keep aside for 10 minutes. Mean while preheat the oven at 180o C or 350o F for 10 minutes. Grease a 8" cake pan or line it with a parchment paper.

    2.  Sieve the whole wheat flour twice and keep aside.

    3.  The curd will turn frothy in 10 minutes. Add powdered sugar to it. Mix well. Now to this curd sugar mixture add oil and vanilla extract. Keep stirring gently to mix everything. 

      4. Slowly add sieved whole wheat flour to the wet ingredients little at a time and blend with a spatula. Do not over beat.

       5.  Pour half of this batter in another bowl. Add sieved coco powder into it and blend well. If the batter appears a little dry, add little milk and adjust its consistency.

      6.  Take 2 tbsp. of the light batter and pour it in the center of the greased cake pan. Tap gently so that the layer spreads. Now take 2 tbsp. of dark (chocolate) batter and add in the center of the light batter. Tap again gently and let it spread too.

     7.  Continue this process till you finish both the batters to get enough light and dark circles.The batter spreads in layers and reaches the circumference of the pan. We can see a lovely pattern of alternate light and dark batter .This is the Zebra pattern. You can right away transfer the cake pan to a preheated oven at this stage and bake it for 30-35 minutes  to get a lovely Zebra cake.

      8.   Follow this step to get a flower pattern. Take a toothpick and starting from the center of the cake pan strike a straight line towards the edge. Make around 8 equally spaced lines.

     9.  Similarly make lines in between those lines starting from the edge to the center of the cake pan. ( now the tooth pick will move in the opposite direction). This gives a beautiful flower pattern.

     10.  Place the cake pan in a preheated oven and bake at 180 o C for 30-35 minutes or until a tester tooth pick comes out clean.

    11.  Allow the cake to cool down completely before flipping it. Cut it into desired shape and enjoy with your loved ones.

   I hope you would love to give this recipe a try. Do not forget to give your valuable feedback.
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  1. was about 1"thick as i prolly forgot to add baking soda to the dahi mixture.

    1. If you have not added baking soda to curd , then the cake will not be spongy. Hope you get the desired results the next time. Happy Baking Monica.

  2. I don't know my cake was sticking to the pan . I greased well .. But taste was yummy ! Will give another try.. Though took almost 35 min to bake

    1. Hi Lekshmy !
      You better line the cake pan with a parchment paper , as i have shown in the pics , the next time you bake this cake. Happy Baking :)

  3. Can I use all purpose flour instead of whole wheat flour?

    1. Yes you can use all purpose flour in this cake insteadof whole wheat flour , Ann. Happy Baking !

  4. Can honey be used instead of sugar?

    1. I have not tried using Honey , Nikki. But you can give it a try. Happy Baking :)

  5. I tried this and followed the recipe properly.my batter was quite thick and the cake did not rise much. Please could you help where I went wrong.

  6. I tried this and followed the recipe properly.my batter was quite thick and the cake did not rise much. Please could you help where I went wrong.

    1. Hi Neha !
      If your batter was thick you could have adjusted the consistency by adding milk as required. I had asked to do it in step 5 of the recipe. This could be the reason your cake did not rise. If the baking powder used is old , then also the cake does not rise.Apart from this if there is more time lag between making the batter and baking it, the cake do not rise much. Anyways , hope you rule out all these possibilities and get desired results the next time you bake this cake. Happy baking :)

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  8. Wow that is a very awesome recipe. I will definitely try this at home. Pakistani Cooking Recipes are the best. I love all Pakistani Recipes and indian recipes and mostly the appetizers by zarnak sidhwa recipes