As it is World Baking Day I baked a cake this evening after a busy day out. My favourite flavours are currently vanilla and chocolate, so I decided to try baking a chocolate and vanilla zebra-striped cake in the slow cooker. You’ve probably seen zebra cakes before, they are everywhere, with videos showing how to make them doing the rounds on Facebook.
Why not see if they work in the slow cooker I thought?! I wasn’t sure it would work because cakes don’t rise as quickly in the slow cooker as in the oven, and I thought this might mean the stripes could lose definition. Happily my slow cooker zebra cake worked well!
I’ve adapted this recipe from a recipe from BBC Food for zebra cake. The key, from the videos I’ve seen, seems to be using a runny cake batter containing oil and milk so it can be spooned, piped or poured quickly into the case using the vanilla and chocolate mixture alternately. I used my round, 3.5 litre slow cooker to make this cake. So if you are using a bigger one, you might want to amend the quantities.
A fun marbled zebra cake you can bake in a slow cooker
- 3 medium eggs
- 175 g golden caster sugar
- 100 ml milk
- 175 ml oil I used sunflower oil
- 2 tsp vanilla bean paste or extract
- 350 g self-raising flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 25 g cocoa powder
Place the eggs, sugar, oil and milk in a large bowl, and mix until smooth using a handheld mixer (I use a K-Mix).
Fold in half the flour and mix until combined.
Pour half the mixture into a second bowl. Add the vanilla bean paste or extract, half of the remaining flour and half the baking powder and stir it in.
To the first bowl, add the cocoa powder, rest of the flour and the rest of the baking powder. Stir until combined.
Line your slow cooker either with baking paper or a large cake case (I use two cakes cases to add an extra layer of protection for the sides of the cake).
Using two dessert spoons, spoon in first a large spoonful of the vanilla cake mixture, followed by a large spoonful of the chocolate cake mixture directly on top of it. Keep repeating until you have used all the cake mixture from each bowl.
Turn your slow cooker onto high, place a clean tea towel under the lid (fold up the sides so it doesn't hang down) and put the lid on. Bake for approximately 1.5 hrs on high, or until a skewer or cake tester comes out clean from the deepest part of the cake. Watch out for burning, if you think it might be burning, rotate the bowl inside the slow cooker and/or turn to low for the rest of the time.