100 posts already?I just can't believe I've managed to post 100 times..!!I still remember one evening in December,after drooling enough looking at all the yummilicious blogs around,I finally decided I will start a blog too..but I did just that-registered to blogger and just left it at that.It wasn't until March that I started posting and I realized that I just needed a start coz ever since,I've managed to post regularly,even though not on a daily basis.Its amazing what blogging could do to you..I've made so many friends..just can't describe the joy I feel when the people whom I adored posted comments on my blog.
I crossed the borders I had drawn out for myself and ventured into newer arenas in cooking.I can never imagine myself getting into baking and other fusion cooking,if not for this blog.In fact,now when I make something special,hubby mock-teases me saying that I made it for my blog and not for him!!Menus are planned according to the events going on in blogosphere and same attention is given to posting as is to cooking.Hubby has got used to waiting on the table(and sometimes,helping me too!)while I finish taking the snaps and giving me suggestions whenever he remembers a favorite but long forgotten dish and reminding me to put that on my blog!Thank you dear!!;-)
I thank all my friends in blogosphere for all the love and encouragement you guys have showered on me,which is the sole reason which motivates me to keep going.Thank you guys-We Rock!!!
Now presenting the special dish for a special post-Zebra cake..or was it a Tiger cake..a Leopard cake..??Your pick!!I've been mesmerized by this one ever since I saw my blogger friends posting it on their blog.I never ever thought I could make this,but I did!!All thanks to you guys..!!I thought hard on what to post for my 100th..this one sounded so apt..!!I've been hugely inspired by Deeba,Shyam and Arundhathi and had checked out their posts about a hundred times before making this myself.Do check out Farida's version too.
So applaud please...for the Zebra..!!!
Eggs - 4
Sugar - 1 cup
Milk - 1 cup
Oil(I used Sunflower) - 1 cup
Vanilla Essence - 1 tsp
Flour - 2 cups
Baking powder - 2 tsp
Salt - 1/4 tsp
Dark Cocoa Powder - 4-5 tbsp
In a large mixing bowl, combine eggs and sugar until creamy and light in colour.
Add milk and oil and continue beating till well blended.
Add Vanilla.Gradually add flour and beat till the batter is smooth.
Divide mixture into 2 equal portions.
Keep one portion plain.
Add cocoa powder to the other and mix well.(the colour of the batter should be quite dark,so add more if needed).
Preheat oven to 180*C.
Assembling the cake -
Scoop 3 heaped tbsps of plain batter into the middle of the baking pan.
Then scoop 3 tbsps of cocoa batter and pour it in the center on top of the plain batter.
Continue this way until both the batters are finished.
Do not spread the batter or tilt the pan to distribute the mixture. It will spread by itself and fill the pan gradually.Bake for 40 minutes,or till done.