I’ve been on a bit of a roll with sharing cupcake recipes here on the blog recently – first my salted caramel cupcakes, then my chocolate cupcakes recipe and today I have a delicious vanilla and chocolate zebra cupcakes recipe to share.
This recipe is really easy to pull off but it looks quite impressive, it’s something a little different from standard vanilla cupcakes anyway! To keep it really quick and easy, I used ready-made vanilla cupcake icing (you could of course use home made butter icing if preferred) and decorated the cakes with pretty zebra chocolate triangles from Dr. Oetker, but the really fun part is the stripey insides of the cupcakes, matching the zebra decorations on top.
As well as sharing these pretty cupcakes here on the blog, I’ve also shared them on the new ‘We Bake’ website – a cool new baking community that’s just launched. We Bake is the community that awards you for baking and is the first baking social media, a platform that celebrates baking but also coaches and motivates bakers to do more of what they love. It’s a community for bakers of any level, where everyone can share all things baking and get in contact with bakers from all over the country.
You can create your own profile, follow other bakers and even win prizes and get access to exclusive events. It’s a mix between Facebook and Instagram, but with 100% baking content! I’m really excited to explore We Bake more, and add all my favourite bakes to my profile of course.
The website offers lots of really useful advice and fun inspiration as well as some great challenges and rewards, in fact there’s a community challenge running right now for which I’m entering my zebra cupcakes into; the Cupcake Champion challenge! You can get as innovative as you like and best of all have the opportunity to win a weekend break to London that features a visit to the city’s best baking hotspots!
Easy Zebra Cupcakes
- 175g dairy free spread or softened butter*
- 175g golden caster sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 175g self raising flour
- 2 Tbs soya milk (or milk of your choice)
- 1 tsp Dr. Oetker Madagascan Vanilla Extract
- 1 sachet / 25 g Dr. Oetker Fine Dark Cocoa Powder
- 1 can Dr. Oetker Easy Swirl Vanilla Cupcake Icing
- Dr. Oetker Zebra Chocolate Triangles
Preheat the oven to 180°C (Gas mark 4/350°F). Line a muffin tin with 10 Dr. Oetker muffin cases.
Pop the dairy free spread into a mixing bowl and add the caster sugar and eggs. Sift the flour on top and using an electric whisk on a low speed, gently blend the ingredients together. Add the milk and vanilla extract and blend again. Increase the mixer speed and whisk for a few more seconds until well mixed.
Place half of the cake mixture into a separate bowl, then add the cocoa powder to the remaining half and whisk again until completely mixed in.
Using two teaspoons, drop alternate spoonfuls of the two cake mixture flavours into each muffin case. Aim for 5-6 layers in each muffin case.
Once finished, tap the muffin tin gently on your worktop to release any air bubbles and help the mixture to spread in the cake cases.
Bake for 16-18 minutes until risen and springy to the touch. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Once cool, decorate each cake with a swirl of vanilla icing. The can of cupcake icing officially covers 8 cakes, but if you use it sparingly you should just be able to decorate all 10 cupcakes.
Top each cupcake with a zebra chocolate triangle to finish.
*NOTES: I made my cupcakes dairy free as my husband can’t have dairy. The cupcake and icing is dairy free, but of course the zebra chocolate triangles are made from milk chocolate. I would suggest decorating with sprinkles or dairy free chocolate chips instead of the zebra triangles if you need to keep your cupcakes dairy free too.
If you have no issues with dairy, you can also substitute the dairy free spread for real butter and the soya milk for normal milk if preferred. If using real butter, be sure to soften it before use.
I’ve just posted this recipe on my We Bake profile so members can make it at home. Check it out here, become a We Bake member and let me know how you find it!
Will you enter the We Bake Cupcake Champion challenge?
Disclosure: This blog post was commissioned by Dr. Oetker in support of the We Bake community launch. I was compensated for my time and the cost of ingredients, however all opinions expressed in this post are my own.
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