There is a tradition in our house that I hope sticks around forever. Each year for my birthday Hubs puts down the comic books and XBox controller and bakes me a cake. This year, he outdid himself with a most colourful birthday cake.
I had told him that I would love a pink zebra cake with white frosting and covered with flaked coconut. I helped him buy the ingredients he’d need, showed him a photo that demonstrated the zebra cake technique and left him be. He did let me in the kitchen once in a while to snap a photo or two, but other than that he was flying solo.
Here’s how he did it…
Pink Zebra Cake
- 1 box Betty Crocker Super Moist White Cake Mix
- Red liquid food colouring
- 1 can Betty Crocker Whipped Fluffy White Frosting
- 1 small bag sweetened flaked coconut
Grease and flour a deep 9″ cake pan and preheat your oven to 350 degrees (325 convection) He also put a round of parchment in the bottom, just to be on the safe side. Prepare cake batter as per the instructions on the box. Divide the batter into two equal portions and add food colouring to one of the bowls, stirring well to combine. Add as much as you need to get the colour you want. Get yourself two measures of approximately 3 tbsp each and start layering your batters by simply stacking them in the middle of the pan… they will spread out by themselves, don’t worry. Just keep alternating colours and dropping it into the middle of the cake pan until the batter is all used up. Bake for 43 minutes. Allow cake to cool for 10 minutes before running a knife around the edge and removing from pan.
Once the cake is completely cooled, he frosted it with a layer of frosting and with his hands, lightly pressed the flaked coconut all around the top and sides and threw the whole thing in the fridge to firm up.
Once again Sweetie you’ve created exactly what I wanted, I love you!
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