Making Skinny Zebra Cake

Finished cake with a slice on plate in foreground.
Boxed white cake mix, plain or flavored greek yogurt, water, and black food coloring are all you need to make this zebra cake. The following recipe is for the cake only. You can add chocolate icing and a striped fondant layer to finish the theme, if desired.

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Finished cake with a slice on plate in foreground.Here is my recipe for a super simple cake that is not only low in calories and high in flavor, but so cool to look at! It's just a few ingredients and such an easy technique. You will have so much fun making this and eating it. This is the recipe for the cake part itself. In the photo I made a matching zebra fondant to cover it and put chocolate icing between the layers and under the fondant. :)


  • 1 (18.25 oz.) box of any cake mix (I used white cake for high contrast)
  • 1 cup of plain or flavored Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup of water
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  • 8 drops of black food coloring


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Grease your cake pan (or two if you're making a layered cake).

Mix package of cake mix, 1 cup Greek yogurt and 1 cup water. Beat until smooth. Divide into two batches.

Add black food coloring to one batch and stir until color is solid. Pour a tiny bit of one color batter in your pan, then the other in the center. Keep alternating until you have both colors back and forth until you've filled the pan. Adding white batter to pan.

View of several layers and adding more white batter.

Bake as directed on the box. Baked cake with zebra stripes.


By attosa from Los Angeles, CA

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February 4, 20130 found this helpful

I love this idea it looks delicious!

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February 18, 20200 found this helpful

This is a fun dessert, but it is NOT low in calories! You can use a sugar-free mix, though, and reduce the calorie count some.

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February 18, 20200 found this helpful

A portion for most box cake mixes is only 160 or 170 calories. A small amount of icing is usually 80. Not too shabby for a treat every now and then!

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