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Friday, 29 July 2016

iPhone Cake / iPhone Shaped Zebra Cake

                  This cake was an idea from my kids for their dad on his birthday. Tried my best to match the colour for most of the 'apps' although FB did come out bit lighter due to the unavailability of the matching dark blue colour :)


3 cups plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3 tbsp cocoa powder
1 1/4 cup milk
4 eggs
200 gm butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence

For Chocolate Buttercream Frosting:

1 cup unsalted butter, softened
4 cups icing sugar/ confectioner's sugar, sifted
3/4 cup cocoa powder
2 tsp vanilla essence
3-4 tbsp milk

black and grey fondant
coloured fondants for apps


For Cake:
  1. Preheat the oven at 180 degree celcius. Grease and line a cake tin/ baking pan ( I used rectangular pan).
  2. Sift / whisk together plain flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl and keep it aside.
  3. In another bowl, mix the cocoa powder with 1/4 cup milk and 1 tbsp sugar and keep it aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl or in the bowl of electric mixer , beat butter with sugar until creamy.
  5. Add eggs one at a time and mix until well incorporated. Add vanilla essence and mix well.
  6. Then alternatively add the flour mixture and 1 cup milk and mix on low speed until all is well incorporated.
  7. Remove 2 cups of batter and mix them with the chocolate mixture.
  8. Pour / spoon 2 tbsp of vanilla (plain) batter into the centre of the prepared cake tin, allowing it to spread.
  9. Then add 2 tbsp of chocolate layer into the centre of the vanilla batter and allow to spread.
  10. Continue adding 2 tbsp of both the batters alternatively until all the batter has been used.
  11. Bake in the preheated oven for 50-60 minutes, until the cake is cooked and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  12. Turn the cake out onto a wire rack to cool completely before frosting...
For Chocolate Buttercream Frosting:
  1. In a mixing bowl, add the butter and beat with a electric mixer till it is soft.
  2. Add the half icing sugar and cocoa powder and beat well till fluffy.
  3. Add in the vanilla essence and milk and beat well. Then add the remaining icing sugar and beat well till fluffy and creamy.
Assembling the Cake:

  1.  Place the cake on a serving plate or cake stand and level the top and sides of cake with a knife.
  2.  Cover the cake with the chocolate buttercream frosting..   

          3. Then cover the entire cake with Black fondant.
          4. Cut off some strips of grey coloured fondant and wrap around the cake.
          5. Make the apps with different coloured fondants ( since this is a time consuming process, I did this on previous day ) and buttons (volume and home) with grey coloured fondant.

            6. Then stick / paste these apps and buttons on the cake using little water.

                7. When ready to serve, cut the cake into slices and serve....

Recipe Source for Zebra Cake from here


  1. What a lovely idea! Your kids are very smart... I am sure your husband must have had a nice surprise... so well made...


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