Zebra Cake with Fall Colors Touches
This cake is another traditional Russian cake that dates back to my childhood and is still very popular in Russia. This cake tastes very much like American version of a coffee cake and in Russia we make it during the week for afternoon tea or when unexpected guests come over. Anyway, I love this cake and was making it as my first culinary creation. This time I decided to make it to my family and added some fall colors into it. It came out beautiful and very delicious.
For about 8 to 10 servings you will need:
• 3 large eggs
• 1 cup sour cream
• 1 cup of sugar
• 1 1/2 cups of flour
• 1/2 stick unsalted butter
• 2-3 tablespoons of milk
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1 tablespoon white vinegar or lemon juice
• 1 tablespoon of brandy(optional)
• 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
• 1 drop of orange color gel(I used Wilton brand)
• dark and white chocolate for decoration
Preheat oven to 350F. In stand up mixer or using a whisk mix eggs with sugar just lightly. Add melted butter and mix again. Then add sour cream, mix well.
Pour vinegar over the baking soda(shown bellow) to neutralize it and the add it to the batter.
Mix in some brandy, you can use extra if you making it for adults. Last but not least, add sifted flour and mix it well again.
Divide the batter into three somewhat equal parts and add a dash of orange food color and cocoa in one of them, leaving one as it is.
Spray your baking pan with non stick spray. Using tablespoon start adding batter 2 tablespoons at a time into the pan starting with the white, then add orange and then chocolate and let it spread around the pan like it is shown bellow. Keep doing it until you used up all the batter.
Bake the cake for 30 minutes or until the wooden stick comes out clean. Cool it completely. Drizzle your cake with melted dark and white chocolate for a nice finished look.