Blue & White Zebra Cake
Happy Birthday Israel! 71 years young 💙
I don't know about you, but a birthday, isn't a birthday without cake!
And what better way to celebrate Yom Haatzmaut, Israel's independence day than with this awesome Blue & White Zebra cake? I can't think of any!
The last week has been a real whirlwind for us here in Southern Israel. It all started during our Shabbat nap on Saturday afternoon. Most of the kids were out at friends and the house was silent. My oldest was hanging out with my youngest in a fort they built in the living room using all the dining room chairs, their blankets and tons of pillows.
All of a sudden, literally out of no where the siren begins to sound. It's unfortunately a sound we know well (although on this particular shabbat it has been a few years since we'd heard it) and I jump up. I scream to my husband to wake up, put my glasses on and start running down the stairs calling my kids names.
The 2 that were home yell back that they are already in the bomb shelter. I grab the dog who looks just as scared as we are and we run in to the shelter. As I begin to close and seal the door behind us I hear frantic knocking at my front door (which is right near the shelter door). I open it and usher in the group of 5 12 year old girls standing there looking shocked. We shut the door just as the siren sound goes off - exactly 30 seconds after it began.
It is Shabbat and we don't use our guest room/bomb shelter so we are encompassed in darkness. We hear the inevitable sound BOOM, BOOM, BOOM which can mean one of two things, either the rocket was intercepted by the iron dome, or it landed and exploded not far.
I try and stay calm and to calm those around me. My son is holding on to my eldest daughter and I tell her how responsible she was to have ran in with him right away.
I look at my husband in the pitch black and we somehow make eye contact.
I look at the young girls and tell them they did the right thing by running in to the closest house to where they were, but that next time, they should not even stop to knock and just run in. Somehow I instinctively know there will be a next time.
This is how the story begins, but not how it ends.
We don't let ourselves live in fear. We are proud to live in our homeland, in this beautiful country that is the ONLY place in the world where we can live freely as Jews.
So today, while we are in the middle of a cease fire, we will gather with our families, communities and friends and celebrate Israel. Celebrate our independence. Celebrate our freedom.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR ISRAEL!
Blue & White Zebra Cake Recipe
1 ½ cup (190g) cake flour
1 ¼ (250g) cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla sugar
½ Tbls baking powder
½ tsp salt
¾ cup oil
½ cup milk/soy milk
1 Tbls vinegar
3 medium eggs
Blue food coloring
3 ½ cups icing sugar
100g (1 cup) butter, soft
2-4 Tbls milk/non-dairy creamer
Blue & White Sprinkles
Pre-heat oven to 350/180. Spray 3 round cake pans with non-stick cooking spray, set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugars, baking powder and salt. Add oil and mix well.
In a small bowl mix milk, vinegar and eggs, gradually pour into flour mixture.
Split the batter evenly into to bowls. Add blue food coloring to one of the bowls and mix to combine.
Spray 6" round pans with non-stick spray. Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup pour cake batter in alternating colors. Start with 1/4 cup of white cake, when it beings to spread out add 1/4 cup of blue batter in the center of the white batter. Continue until 3/4 of the cake pan is full and then repeat with the second cake pan.
Place cakes in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes. Let cool.
Prepare buttercream. In the bowl of a mixer beat butter and icing sugar, gradually adding milk until creamy consistency.
Assemble cake. Using a large knife, straighten out the top of each cake by cutting off the top so that it is flat.
Layer cake with buttercream, the top layer should be buttercream. Using an inverted spatula or a knife spread a thin layer of buttercream all the way around the cake. Place in the refrigerator to harden for 15 minutes.
Top with sprinkles.