Here's another brilliant idea I'm sharing with you today - the Zebra cake. I'm not sure who's the original author of the recipe, I saw a reference to it today in a forum and felt the familiar urge to try it immediately.
When I come upon such simple but spectacular ideas I feel like a person, walking along the road, rolling a square wheel and coming upon a guy, rolling a round wheel. Facepalm! How did it never occur to me before!
Follows the recipe as I made it just a couple of hours ago. I modified the quantity ratio of the ingredients to my family's taste - sweeter and less oily, you might prefer it otherwise.
300 g sugar
300 ml milk
300 g flour
60 g oil
10 g baking powder
25 g cocoa powder
10 g instant coffee
Mix the eggs with the sugar until frothy, add the oil, the milk and the flour, sifted together with the baking powder. Divide the mixture into two bowls and add the cocoa and coffee (the latter is optional, I just like the subtle taste of coffee) into the second bowl. Prepare a round baking tin, covering it with baking paper, or oil and flour.
Now comes the fun part. Pour a ladle of the white mixture in the center of the tin. Then pour a ladle of the brown mixture in the center of the white mixture. Continue alternating the mixtures. The amazing part - you don't have to do anything to make them spread into concentrated circles - the viscose fluid nature of the cake mixture takes care of that. All you have to do is just pour a ladle of the mixture into the center and it will gradually spread to cover the tin.
My ladle-fuls were not perfectly equal, but that's part of the unique stripes of this zebra :)
Bake in a preheated oven at 180C until the toothpick test indicates the cake is ready.
I'm sure your family and friends will be amazed by your cooking skills if you treat them to that cake :)