Iron Bowl Zebra Cake – Football Friday

While the rest of the country is planning their Thanksgiving menus, those of us in Alabama are planning our Iron Bowl menus! This Iron Bowl Zebra Cake is the perfect ending to any Iron Bowl party. It is really easy to make and has a great presentation!

A zebra cake is traditionally vanilla and chocolate striped. I wanted to make this a fun and festive Iron Bowl cake, so I used a white cake mix and tinted the layers orange & blue and red & white. It takes a few minutes to layer the batter into the pans, but the results are worth it. This cake is sure to impress!

Iron Bowl Zebra Cake
(Printable Recipe)

1 box white cake mix, plus ingredients to make cake
gel food coloring (found in cake decorating section of Michael’s, Wal-Mart or Hobby Lobby)

Prepare cake mix according to directions on box. Divide batter into two equal portions. Tint each portion of batter desired color. (If you want to make a “house-divided” cake, divide the cake into 4 equal portions)

Grease and flour 2 8-inch or 2 9-inch cake pans. Using a medium cookie scoop or spoon, drop approximately 1 tablespoon of one color of batter in the middle of each cake pan. Top the batter with 1 tablespoon of the alternate color of batter. Repeat this process until all batter is used. (you do not have to wait for the batter to spread before adding the alternate color)

Bake according to package directions. Allow cake to cool and frost with buttercream frosting (recipe follows).

Buttercream Frosting

1 cup butter, room temperature
6 cups powdered sugar (may need a little more)
½ cup whipping cream
2 tsp pure vanilla extract

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter until smooth and creamy, 2 to 3 minutes. With mixer on low speed, add 6 cups sugar, whipping cream, and vanilla; mix until light and fluffy. If necessary, gradually add more powdered sugar to reach desired consistency.

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  1. Good luck with the game. I'm afraid you're going to walk into a buzzsaw on this one. Alabama has a lot to play for.

    The cake looks amazingly cute.

  2. Okay, this is SO CREATIVE and I pinned it immediately. Now I know what I'll do when I get back from my Black Friday adventures. War Eagle! Oh, and is that fabric fleece? I bought the remnant at Hancock's for a $1 fleece scarf. Love it!

  3. You have outdone yourself! This is fabulous. Our dear friends coming in for the game this weekend are Iron Bowl fans (him AU; her BAMA) and I can't wait to show her. I've always told her she needs to get referee costumes for her kids for the game… 🙂 This cake will be perfect for all next week's rivalry games…it could be adapted for lots of teams.

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