Zebra Cake Recipe Recap!
Easy Cake: While making zebra cakes homemade is definitely a project, we’re keeping the cake nice & simple! By adding butter, milk, eggs, and an extra egg yolk to a yellow cake mix, we are able to achieve a more dense texture than the package instructions.
Thick: Move on over little Debbie, we’re making BIG DEBBIES that are 4x as thick as store-bought.
Fluffy, light buttercream: This buttercream is so light, creamy, and so freakin’ delicious. You have to beat it for about 5-8 minutes to get the light texture, but it’s worth it!
Versatile: While we cut a 9×13 cake in half for this, you can also bake them in a cupcake pan or double the recipe and bake in a rimmed sheet pan!
Zebra Cake Ingredient Notes:
Yellow Cake (yellow boxed cake mix, melted butter, milk, eggs + extra egg yolk) – instead of following the instructions on the box, we’re using milk, butter, and an extra egg yolk to make the cake denser and easier to slice.
Fluffy Creme Filling (butter, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, salt) – You’ll need an electric mixer for this, as you need to whip the frosting for 5-8 minutes to get it super fluffy. But its so worth it…it tastes amazing!
15.25 oz yellow cake mix (don’t use instructions on back) I like Betty Crocker “Super Moist”
½ cup unsalted butter melted
¾ cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 large eggs + 1 egg yolk i.e. you’ll be using 3 whole eggs + 1 extra egg yolk
½ cup unsalted butter softened
¼ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract use clear vanilla for a bright white buttercream
3 cups powdered sugar
2-3 teaspoons milk (as needed) If frosting is a still a bit thick after beating for 5-8 minutes, add milk 1 teaspoon at a time
24 ounces white melting wafers OR almond bark (with spoonful of vegetable shortening) see notes section below for melting instructions and alternative options
¼ cup milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips (for stripes) melted
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