Marmorkuchen or Marble Cake

Marmorkuchen or German Marble Cake

Cake and birthdays inevitably belong together. Especially the marble cake is popular with children and guests alike. Optically, this classic marble cake on the birthday table is a little eye-catcher: while cutting the bright sponge meets the chocolate counterpart, the nice pattern appears, and is likely a hit.

Before starting the preparation of the marble cake, it is best to remove the chilled ingredients, such as butter, eggs and milk, from the fridge about two hours before. All the ingredients in the preparation of the dough should have room temperature, and combine well into a homogeneous mass. That makes for a wonderfully loose marble cake.

The most popular Gugelhupf form can be ordered here:

The Dough

Gradually drip sugar into the soft butter, which has been whipped with the mixer. The sugar is stirred with the butter until it has completely dissolved. The mass is ready when it has not turned yellow, but quite bright. The eggs are added to the sugar-butter mixture, with each egg being stirred in separately for about half a minute. That makes for a nice bond. If you like it particularly fruity and juicy, you can add a ripe, crushed banana and also stir it.

To make the dough particularly fluffy, sift flour mixed with baking powder over the butter mass. Stirred with the blender, a smooth dough is made from the flour mixture and the butter mass, which is then stirred until creamy with a dash of milk. The bright batter comes to two-thirds in a Springform with tube bottom insert

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Marble the Cake

The characteristic of the marble cake is a pretty pattern of light and dark dough. For the pattern to succeed, blend the rest of the light batter with sifted cocoa, sugar and milk. This turns the light into a brown batter, that is distributed evenly along the mold on the light dough. The beautiful pattern is created by spirally pulling a fork, some use a knife, through the layers of dough. Thus, the light and dark dough can mix with each other in even vortices.


The marble cake should be baked in the oven for about 50 minutes at 350F. Tip: You can test if the cake with a toothpick or food thermometer (207 F), then it should be done. Simply stick a wooden stick in the marble cake and if no dough sticks to the stick when pulled out, the delicious baked goods are ready.

After baking, the marble cake is best left to stand in the mold for another 10 minutes. This makes it easier to release from the mold.

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Sprinkle the cooled marble cake with some powdered sugar, and you can already enjoy the this pastry at the birthday coffee. If you like, you may also decorate the cake with chocolate icing or vanilla frosting.

Marmorkuchen or Marble Cake

Marmorkuchen or Marble Cake
Category: Cake
Cuisine: German
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour

An all around classic German “Marmorkuchen”, and great for any occasion. Nobody would decline and say “No” to taste a slice


  • 5 Eggs
  • dash of Salt
  • 1 cup Butter
  • ¾ cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract (optional dark rum and/or almond extract)
  • 2 ¾ cup Flour
  • 1 tbsp Baking powder
  • ½ cup Milk
  • ¾ cup Chocolate (bitter or milk chocolate)
  • 2 Tbsp baking cocoa powder (optional)
  • Powdered sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Beat sugar, vanilla sugar and a pinch of salt with the soft butter until frothy.
  • Gradually stir in the eggs, stirring after each egg for about 30 seconds.
  • Combine baking powder with the flour and mix with the milk alternately.
  • Now add 2/3 of the batter into a Bundt cake (Guglhupf) baking form.
  • Melt the chocolate over a water bath and add to the remaining batter.
  • If necessary, add some baking cocoa powder, and a little bit of the milk.
  • Now spread the dark batter onto the light and use a fork or knife to lightly lift the dark dough under the batter.
  • The beautiful pattern is created by spirally pulling a fork, some use a knife, through the layers.
  • The result is visible only after baking and slicing the cake.
  • Bake in preheated oven at 350 F for about 50-60 minutes on the bottom.
  • Do not forget to make the toothpick test, or food thermometer at 207 F.


Allow the cake to cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes before you turn the mold upside down on the cake dish

Nutrition information

Serves: 8 to 10
Serving Size: 1 slice

I have been living half of my life in Germany, then US, and traveling since then. My passion is cooking, painting and glass mosaic art. I try to re-create recipes I grew up with, or I tasted while traveling in Europe.

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