How would you make up for not completing the promise you make to your little ones. This time it is my two little nieces who were here last week. Girls had been waiting all day long at home, to go to mall, fun rides in the evening, when I return from work. I had promised them that I’ll be at home an hour before my normal weekday timings.
But damn, I got struck up in office; some critical stuff creep up at work to be wrapped up before the weekend. And when I reached home, those chirpy little kids weren’t as lively as I last saw them in the morning before leaving. I felt sad to break their tiny hearts. So to make up for that, I took them for the fun rides, bought them toys and dresses and I could see that innocence getting revived at their faces.
By the time we reached home, they were half asleep, so I directly took them to bed and I myself was in the kitchen finding for the ingredients to bake this zebra bundt cake. I actually had thought of baking this cake before for the kids, but every time it just kept slipping off my mind. I was sure that kids will love it by the shear name and sight of it’s animal print. Because of the bundt pan, they shaped up like little pug marks of an animal. Next day, when kids got up, they were really excited to see that their uncle had something more to please them. They were actually playing with the cake loaves. And I was happy to see that chirpiness back on their faces.
3 cups cake flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup cocoa powder
6 tbsp water
1 cup melted butter
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup whole milk
- Sift together flour, baking powder, salt in a bowl and keep aside.
- In a separate bowl, add 1/2 cup sugar, cocoa powder and water and mix well.
- In another bowl, mix melted butter with sugar and beat with an electric mixer until blended.
- Add vanilla extract and mix well. Beat in eggs one at a time, until it becomes light and fluffy.
- Add flour in three additions alternating with milk, until well blended.
- Take two cups of above batter and add it to the cocoa mix and blend well.
- Butter the bundt pan and dust with flour. Remove the extra flour off the pan.
- Pour two spoonfuls of plain vanilla batter in the pan, then two spoonfuls of chocolate batter over the plain batter in pan. Keep repeating with both mixes until both the batters are finished.
- Bake in a 180 degree celcius preheated oven for about 50-60 minutes until the cake tester comes out clean.
- Let cool in pan for about 10 minutes and then invert it on a wire rack and let cool completely.
- Cut thin slices with a sharp knife.