Black and white Cupcakes

{Secret Recipe Club} Zebra Cupcakes

by Megan on September 12, 2011

A Zebra cake has been on my must make list for a long time.

My assignment for the Secret recipe Club this month was the fabulous blog, Tangerine’s Kitchen.  I had fun browsing around her blog and all her great recipes. She’s a Daring Baker, so there are many sweets, right up my alley!

I was to find a recipe, make it, and blog about my results. Meanwhile, somewhere out in Cyberspace, someone is making one of my recipes to blog about. But I think I already told you about all that club stuff, right? If I haven’t, you can get all the info right here, at the clubs own website, The Secret Recipe Club. 

Anyway, back to this Zebra cake. When I got my assigned blog, I almost immediately came across this Zebra Cake. I knew I had found my recipe. Although, I have to admit, the cookie called  Ladies’ Kisses , gave that cake a run for it’s money. But I stuck with my first choice and put the cookies on my “must Make” list.

Black and white cupcakes

You would think, since I have wanted to make this cake for some time now, that I would make the simple cake, an leave it at that.

But no,

I decided to try to make it into cupcakes.

marbled cupcakes

My first problem was

  1. converting the recipe from metric to U.S. measurements.  But I managed. I think!
  2. I  didn’t have Castor sugar, so I went with granulated sugar.
  3. I also didn’t get a lot of layers because I used too much batter in each layer. I was trying to do a tablespoon of white batter and 2 teaspoons of chocolate batter but before I knew it, my cupcakes were full.

But I still have  a tasty marbled cupcake that I like to refer to as my Black and White Cupcakes. Because really, there is nothing zebra about them other them the cheap paper liner I used to bake them in.

I topped them with some vanilla bean frosting and a few chocolate pearls.

They were pretty.

Here is a blurry picture of the inside of my daughter’s cupcake. It was smiling! I wanted to cut open every single cupcake to find a good one, but…

People don’t like when you give them  cupcakes that have been cut in half.   (Sigh)

The zebra cake?

Yea, even though I used the recipe for these cupcakes, I still want a shot at those stripes.  I have not removed it from the “must make” list.

At least I know it’s tasty!

black and white cupcakes


Zebra Cupcakes
Recipe Type: Dessert
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 40 mins
Serves: 16
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Line cupcake .pan with cupcake ,iners.
  3. Combine the flour and baking powder in a medium bowl.
  4. Combine the eggs and sugar in a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer on high speed until thick and pale, about 5 minutes.
  5. With the mixer on low speed, stir in the milk, butter, oil and vanilla, scraping down the sides of the bowl.
  6. Stir in the flour mixture,
  7. Transfer a third of the batter into another bowl and whisk in the cocoa powder.
  8. Place 1 tablespoons of the vanilla batter into the centre of the cupcake liner and let it stand for a few seconds so it spreads out slightly. Place 1 teaspoon of the chocolate batter right on top of the vanilla and wait another few seconds until it spreads. Continue alternating vanilla and chocolate until the cupcakes are about 3/4 full.
  9. Bake until the cake is set and a toothpick comes out clean, about 20 minutes.
  10. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.
  11. Frost and enjoy!

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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Bizzy September 12, 2011 at 5:49 am

I am about to check out the zebra cake. I think the cupcakes are adorable and I like what you called cheap cupcake liners. They go so well with the theme.

2 Heather Davis September 12, 2011 at 5:59 am

They are very cute as a cupcake! Well done.

3 Melissa@IWasBornToCook September 12, 2011 at 6:02 am

Such cute cupcakes!

4 Deeba Rajpal (@vindee) September 12, 2011 at 7:04 am

Love love love ‘em stripey muffins Megan…WOW! I’ve done a zebra cake before, but never thought of muffins. Love the coordinated liners too. C.U.T.E.!!

5 Barbara @ Barbara Bakes September 12, 2011 at 7:07 am

The zebra cake is on my list too. Your cupcakes are so fun. Love the liners.

6 india-leigh@aveganobsession September 12, 2011 at 7:09 am

how inventive. Your food is beautiful. You make food FUN.

7 Si September 12, 2011 at 7:51 am

Love your cupcakes, and the liners too! Great photos :)

8 cooking rookie September 12, 2011 at 8:36 am

Such beautiful cupcakes! Great job on your SRC aqssignment!
When I saw the title Zebra cupcakes, I thought you were assigned my blog, because I also made a zebra cake a while back. And then you mention Ladies’ kisses, which are absolutely my favorite cookies at the moment. Looks like we have similar tastes in desserts :-) . I need to browse your blog for more sweet ideas! And the Tangerine’s kitchen too :-)

9 Katrina September 12, 2011 at 8:48 am

Love the smiley face inside the cupcake! And how cool that you found zebra striped liners! I made that zebra cake once–way back when on my blog. Mine didn’t turn out as nice as some I’ve seen–but it’s sure fun!

10 Miriam @ Overtime Cook September 12, 2011 at 9:38 am

These are so gorgeous! I’m always looking for delicious (and plain flavored!) cupcake recipes- this one looks phenomenal! Bookmarked it to try!


11 Lisa September 12, 2011 at 10:30 am

I love zebra cake – made tons of them back in ’08, just because they looked so cool. I’ve never tried it as cupcakes, but yours look gorgeous – perfect zebra interior! Great SRC choice!

12 Jaida September 12, 2011 at 10:32 am

These look delicious!! Zebra or not, great job!

13 Krista @ Meet The Swans September 12, 2011 at 10:57 am

I’ve also has zebra cake on my “to do list”. I’m sure it is difficult to get the zebra-like strips on a cake, let alone in the small amount of batter used in a cupcake! Good pick, if you try again and get the zebra strips I’d love to see the pictures and learn your “trick” for getting it!

14 Lisa @ Sweet as Sugar Cookies September 12, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Those smiling cupcakes made me smile.

15 Lisa~~ September 12, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Such cute cupcakes and they look delicious.

If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my SRC recipe this month: Welsh Cakes.

Cook Lisa Cook

16 Blond Duck September 12, 2011 at 6:31 pm

I love the swirls!

17 Ilke September 12, 2011 at 6:49 pm

Very cute. Will check her blog since i am in the DB as well but i hate to say that i have missed a couple months!

18 Trisha September 12, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Lovely stripes. I love how you’ve used matching cupcake liners too! :)

19 Camilla September 12, 2011 at 10:04 pm

I’ve never heard of a zebra cake, but your cupcakes look divine. Thanks for sharing them with the SRC. Can’t wait to try this.

20 Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking September 13, 2011 at 7:06 am

Megan, LOVE the idea of cutting every cupcake in half to see what it looked like! Just like sticking your finger into every chocolate in a box to see what kind it is. Curiosity would have gotten the better of me, too!
Good choice for the SRC!

21 sara September 13, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Super pretty! Love these cupcakes – so lovely! :)

22 Gloria September 13, 2011 at 7:31 pm

Fun cupcakes! Nice touch with the liners. I will have to put zebra cake on my to do list. Nice SRC post.

23 natalie September 17, 2011 at 6:51 am

Check out the zebra liners from Sutton Gourmet Paper. Perfect for this recipe! They don’t bleed color or fade after baking, so you’ll only need one. They come in pink or chocolate!

24 Kim McCallie September 17, 2011 at 1:43 pm

These are gorgeous! I love the black and white contrast! I’d like to invite you to share your recipe on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

25 Vivian thiele September 20, 2011 at 7:53 am

how lovely! What a great idea to make for my Sunday School class. Nice choice :-)

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