Many nursery and school-age children are crazy about animals, and a zebra birthday cake may be the one design that will make the party perfect. This jungle-themed treat takes a little bit longer to make than a conventional cake but is simple enough for a basic home baker to successfully complete in less than an afternoon.
Bake your off-the-shelf cake mix according to package directions. You can use any flavour cake desired. Remove the cake from the pan when done, and let it cool on a wire rack.
Ice the cake with white icing when it is completely cooled. Use the flat knife, and make the icing on the cake as smooth and free from lines as possible.
Mix your black icing in one of two ways. Use Wilton's black food colouring paste mixed with a portion of the white icing previously used to ice the cake. Alternatively, mix blue food colouring with dark chocolate frosting. Either method should give you a nice dark black icing.
Use the picture of a zebra to give you an idea of what the stripes should look like. Carefully smooth the black icing on top of the white, keeping the edges as clean as possible. Vary the lines in thickness and direction for more authenticity.
If you don't have a very steady hand, put the black icing into a pastry bag or a plastic bag with the corner snipped off. This will help to keep the icing where you want it.
Black icing can stain, so don't use your good linens around this cake.