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Video: Zebra Cake

See how ingenious cooks adapted to food rationing during World War II.

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In this video, you’ll meet Joanne Lamb Hayes, an American who grew up during World War II. When food rationing limited access to staples, Joanne’s mother and friends quickly and ingeniously adapted to scarcity, pooling resources and cooking from scratch. Today, Joanne has gathered the recipes and wisdom of the times into a cookbook, Grandma’s Wartime Kitchen. Get the recipe for Zebra Cake.

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Oct. 23, 2014 6:49 pm
I Really Enjoyed This Video I Learned A lot From It :) I Can't Wait To Try This Cake It Sounds Amazing, And I Must Share This Video With My Friend :) Thanks Again :)
Aug. 12, 2013 7:06 pm
I remember I was born in 1945.In 1953 i was * yrs; old and helped my mom make this treat'THOSE WERE THE DAYS.THANKS
Feb. 27, 2013 10:28 am
I enjoyed this video very much and have found a section of videos I am going to really enjoy watching.Yet another reason to enjoy Allrecipe.
Jul. 3, 2012 5:19 pm
What a great story! I especially enjoyed the part about Americans pooling and sharing their rations. Limitations make people try harder and they get us out of ruts. I think that is one of our modern issues is that we have so many choices and so few limitations we are not often forced to be innovative and sometimes we are only innovative when forced. Sometimes people make fun of Americana type cooking but I am sure much of it was born out of WarII rationing on a young and developing culture. I must admit that the ''cake'' doesn't look that appetizing to me but I am going to try it. I think I will use it as a base for my flag cake this 4th.
Jun. 22, 2012 5:26 am
Great video...thank you for the backstory and the reminder that freedom isn't free. I'm thankful for previous generations who sacrificed so much for the lifestyle I enjoy.
crazy gypsy 
Jun. 14, 2012 6:12 pm
OMG!!! this is called "icebox cake" in my family. (probably from before there were refrigerators.) we have 4 generations who have made and enjoyed this incredibly easy and decadent dessert. we make it in 2 rows and cut it diagonally. the chocolate wafer cookies are made by nabisco and sold in a single row, yellow package. they freeze well too, as you never know when you want to whip one up. i am soooo excited to see my favorite childhood birthday cake online!
Jun. 14, 2012 10:53 am
@Kathy. There are several used copies for sale on
Jun. 14, 2012 8:34 am
There's been a lot of buzz about Zebra Cake lately, so I was happy to see this video about how and why the original Zebra Cake came to be. I was so pleased to learn much more than just how to prepare a recipe from this video and I agree with mis7up, it makes me thankful too!
Jun. 14, 2012 6:35 am
so sorry that the cookbook is not available -bummer, it sounds interesting
May 14, 2012 10:20 am
This video makes me respect my elders even more. Thank you very much for sharing it.
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