The upper heating element as well as the lower were working. The Oven was pre heated for 10 min. I kept the cake at the lower rack and baked it for about 30 mins before opening it for the first time. When I saw the cake browning too fast, I loosely covered it with Aluminim foil (Thanks Divya, It did really help). By this time its surface was spongy to touch and since it was not completely baked I put it back. At the end of 40 mins the sides were completely done but center was still not done. I tried baking it for additional 6-8 mins but the crust became crispy so dropped the idea completly. The cake did rise in the centre and there were cracks. The batter visible from the cracks were the ones that did not bake. Just a small portion. Can anyone suggest what might have gone wrong with my cake. The oven is realtively new.
I followed Deeba's Recipe for Zebra Cake. The taste was perfect and it is sure Vanilla and chocolate at its best. Thanks Deeba for the wonderful recipe. Once I get to know my mistake will surely make it again as we loved the taste. Please hop on to her wonderful blog to see perfectly striped cake :) and many more cakes which make you drool