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Zebra Cake – London Zoo Fire Walkers

On Thursday, London Zoo are running a fundraising event. The challenge is to walk barefoot over red hot embers.

In all honesty, we’re a little too scared to take part. So instead, we’ve sponsored a friend and baked them a good luck zebra cake!


  • butter, for greasing
  • 4 large free-range eggs
  • 250g golden caster sugar
  • 100ml milk
  • 250ml sunflower oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 480g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 30g cocoa powder


Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Butter a 23cm/9in cake tin.

Put the eggs and sugar into a large bowl with the milk, oil, vanilla extract and 175g of the flour. Whisk with a hand held electric whisk for a minute or two, until the mixture is smooth.

Pour half of the mixture into a separate bowl. In one bowl, stir in ½ tsp baking powder and 170g flour.  In the other bowl, mix in the cocoa powder, 130g flour and ½ teaspoon baking powder.

Spoon two tablespoons of the non-cocoa mixture into the centre of the cake tin. Straight away spoon two tablespoons of the cocoa mixture on top.

Continue doing this until all the mixture has been used – you will end up with lots of alternate rings of mixture in the tin. Don’t worry if it’s not very neat!

Cook for 40-50 minutes, until the cake is cooked through.

Turn the cake out onto a wire rack to cool before serving.