Thursday, May 24, 2012

Red White & Blue Zebra Bundt Cake with Cherry Glaze for Memorial Day

There inevitably will be a party or barbecue this weekend so I made this to be armed and ready for an impromptu invite. I've been wanting to make a zebra bundt cake for a while and never made one with three colors so this was my personal Memorial Day weekend baking challenge.

This jewel of a vintage cookbook was given to me by my mother. There are so many cute old fashioned ideas in it. I looked up a white cake recipe that seemed perfect.

To create the zebra effect I am going to point you over to Naomi's blog Baker's Royale. She has a perfect tutorial. She uses two colors in her post but I found adding one more was just as easy. It did not come out so perfectly zebra (due to my sloppiness, not her instructions) but I think it looks festive enough to serve anyway.

The cake recipe itself is quite tasty and the cherry flavor in the icing added a bit of extra flavor.

Red White & Blue Zebra Bundt Cake
 with Cherry Glaze

For the White Cake:
(Adapted from Fluffy White Cake from Betty Crocker's New Picture Cookbook
 McGraw Hill Book Company, New York, 1961 General Mills, Inc.)

  • 2+1/2 cups AP flour sifted
  • 2+1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1+1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1+1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 egg whites whipped until stiff

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Grease and flour a bundt pan.
  • Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Beat butter and sugar together until fluffy.
  • Add vanilla extract.
  • Add milk and flour mixture alternating each until mixed throughly.
  • Fold in Egg whites.

Make the zebra cake:
  • Divide the cake batter into three equal portions.
  • Using paste food coloring dye one portion red and another blue.
  • Starting with the red batter, place three tablespoons of batter into the bundt pan.
  • Add three more tablespoons of the white batter directly on top of the red and repeat with the blue.
  • Repeat until all the batter in gone. The batter will spread out so keep adding the tablespoons of batter on top of one another in the same spot.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until a cake tester or knife inserted into the cake comes out dry.
  • Let cool completely in pan before removing and place on a wire rack.

For the Cherry Glaze:

  • 3 cups of powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon cherry extract*
  • Red and blue non pareils,  sprinkles or glittered sugar.

  • Place parchment or waxed paper until the rack the cake is resting on.
  • Whisk everything together until smooth.
  • Pour the glaze over the cake.
  • Sprinkle the decorations on.
  • Let glaze dry completely before cutting the cake.
*The cherry extract  gave the icing a slight pink tinge so I added white food coloring to lighten it back to white.


  1. I'm all in for this cake! Love the stripes and a oh my on cherry glaze...delicious. The texture of the cake looks wonderful.

  2. How clever and patriotic! Hope you have a great Memorial Day Weekend, although I bet in your heart of hearts this weekend you're really missing the glam & glittery glory that is... Eurovision!!! ;-P

  3. How mega gorgeous and festive is this cake?!?!? LOVE it!

  4. Wow...what a lovely cake? Love all the colors on them. its beautiful:)

  5. Wowee look at all those patterns! I think you've done a wonderful job!

  6. OMG, Lora..that is one stunning and patriotic cake! The interior is so incredibly cool and perfect. I'm doing this one for the 4th of July!

  7. What a cake! It looks fantastic. Oh my goodness. I just adore old editions of the Betty Crocker cookbook. The one at my parents' house is from the early 70s and I have a 1950 edition. They're so much fun.

  8. omigosh!! That is so lovely!! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing this! I only recently learned how to marble but whoaaa!! This is so much fun!! Definitely need to try now. hehe..

  9. This is great - I live in England and am going to make this for our Street Party this weekend (for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.) Thanks for sharing.

  10. Another colorful masterpiece Lora! And timely too--I will have to keep this one in my back-pocket for 4th of July!

  11. Are you kidding me?!? Thia cake looks fantastic and so fun! Can't wait to try this technique:)

  12. Your cake looks awesome! Swirly and colorful. Lovely! LOVE your vintage cookbook. What a cool present. I always keep an eye out for old school cookbooks at op shops. Such classics! :)

  13. just love the look of this cake! really quite fabulous but I don't think mine would come out as nicely.....I have issues sometimes with swirl stuff!!


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