Some of my readers, [namely Bilal and Mayur] are insufferable. They demand pictures of food and complain if they aren’t pacified :) I took cupcakes to a date I went on last week, and all they did was complain about how I didn’t really mention the cupcakes or take any pictures. So yesterday, to make it up to them, I baked a cake.
Okay. I’m lying.
I did bake a cake, but it was not for them [even though I love them dearly]. It was for my mom, who will be 56 tomorrow. Despite our personal differences, I want her to have a wonderful birthday, just like the wonderful one she gave me for my 21st birthday this year. So I’d been planning this for a few months.
I went out and bought her some zebra cake mix, and right away I knew this was going to be an adventure. I’ve never attempted to make it before..
Here are the ingredients I started with:
Then I pre-heated the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
Next up, I whisked the chocolate cake mix together with an egg, half a bag of chocolate chips, 2/3rd cup oil and 1/4th cup water.
Then I did the same with the white cake mix, except that it only needed egg white instead of a whole egg, and only 2 tablespoons of oil. And another half bag of chocolate chips went in there too.
Now both batters were ready and the oven was pre-heated.
I greased a cake pan
After this it was time to scoop both cake batters into the pan alternatively. One at a time, without touching the cake mix one it was in the pan. Once you scoop the batter into your pan, it spreads on its own and eventually both batters form layered circles.
I then put it in the oven to bake for about 50-55 minutes at 350 degrees.
Once it was done, I let it cool for about half an hour, and stuck it in the fridge for another 20 minutes so that it would cool enough for me to frost the cake. It honestly looks like a marble cake from the top, but hopefully when we cut into it tomorrow, it will look good!
I used Hershey’s Chocolate Caramel frosting:
And I used some gel writing tools and sequin flower decorations:
And here’s what the cake looked like when I was done.
I’m not great at using Writing Gel, so I’m afraid it’s not that pretty, but it’s going to taste good, and that’s what matters. I also didn’t take it out of the pan because I always end up breaking my cake whenever I try!