Slow Cooker Zebra-Striped Vanilla and Chocolate Cake

Slow Cooker Zebra-Striped Vanilla and Chocolate Cake

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.

Slow cooker zebra cake

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!

Slow cooker zebra cake

I was amazed to see that the stripe effect worked even in a slow cooker.

Simply spooning the different colours on top of each other creates this great marble-like pattern. You have to be fast!

Slow cooker zebra cake   

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.


Slow cooker zebra cake

Slow cooker zebra cake

A fun marbled zebra cake you can bake in a slow cooker
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Baking
Cuisine: British, Slow Cooker
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 479kcal
Author: bakingqueen74


  • 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.
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I’m linking this recipe up with #CookBlogShare which is guest-hosted by Angela from Patisserie Makes Perfect this fortnight on behalf of Lucy from Supergolden Bakes.



I’m also linking up with We Should Cocoa from Choclette from Tin and Thyme, which is hosted by Karen from Lavender and Lovage this month. The theme for May is vanilla and chocolate.


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can butter be used instead of the oil ? thanks x

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Gosh, I thought I’d commented on this already Lucy. I do apologise. This is such a fabulous looking cake. I guess the clue is in the name, but those stripes are quite striking and very clever. Thanks for joining in with #WeShouldCocoa this month

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Great blog enjoyed reading it will be back again soon 🙂

I love this cake and even better that it’s possible in a slow cooker!

I really need to have a go at baking in my slow cooker! This looks so good x #cookblogshare

I’ve never made a cake in the slow cooker before, what a great idea. The cake looks fab.

This looks so good Lucy. You must be so pleased with how it turned out. Does cake in the slow cooker stay light and moist? Or does it get quite dense? Thanks for linking to #CookBlogShare

Delicious cake! Love it!

I must try this recipe. Sounds amazing!

I can’t believe you made it in a slow cooker. That is seriously magic!

LOVE the idea of a slow cooker cake this looks fab 🙂 simple yet effective. I’m sure it’s delicious.

Such a gorgeous looking cake! I really ought to give this slow cooking cake thing a try! 🙂

This looks delicious, how could anyone resist a slice?!

Lovely, we often make zebra cakes (used to) but never in a slow cooker…. sounds like a fabulous idea! 🙂

Looks amazing. Good to see it worked to well in your slow cooker! 🙂

As always this looks incredible! Yum.