(ok, so I realize this doesn't *quite* look like a "zebra" cake - but it was yummy nonetheless!)
I was intrigued by the idea of the recipe and this fit in nicely with our reading, so why not?!? It's just a cake, right?
Why, oh why, do I do these things to myself?
Really though, it was cool, just a bit more labor & time intensive then I was anticipating. After I finally had the cakes (yes, I doubled it. In this house, it just doesn't make sense to make a single recipe.) done, cooled, leveled and in the freezer (it makes it easier to frost them)....I realized that I didn't have enough powdered sugar for frosting. Great. So online I went to find a recipe that didn't require powdered sugar.
(look at her RIP into it - crackin' me up!)
I found plenty, but they all looked quite difficult AND time consuming. I managed to find one at my *favorite* recipe site, RecipeZaar.com. It was called Baker's Frosting, and it called for only 1 c. of powdered sugar. *That* I had.
Once it was cut and on the table, Isaac made sure to explain to all his siblings about how the crocodile STRIKES the zebra, then drags it back into the water, then spins around & around, *ripping* off the zebras flesh....um, ya, gross. Thanks Isaac. Yet I took pictures of my own lil' crocs, *ripping* into the zebra cake ~ cuties!
(ok, sorry, he's just gross - dirt, snot & frosting - yum!)
So overall, great experience. The kids loved it! It looked GREAT straight out of the oven - cool design on top! My frosting recipe didn't make quite enough frosting, but I was too tired to make any more (can you see the clock on my oven behind the cake photo up there? Yes, it says 9:19PM....yes, all five kiddos were still up at this point....yes, I'm tired - but happy!)
And we are *SO* hitting the Toledo Zoo SAFARI! exhibit this summer. Isaac can't wait to meet Twiggy, the newest addition to the elephant exhibit ~ that boy loves him some elephants!