German Marble Cake Recipe

My German marble cake recipe is very easy and can be whipped up in no time. Known as Marmorkuchen in Germany, it is a very pretty chocolate marble bread recipe with attractive chocolate swirls giving it its marble effect.

You will find this cake in all the bakers in Germany and now you can bake it too.

It is a favourite cake with the kids and I often bake it to take to my son's football tournaments. If you are in need of a quick easy cake recipe then this is the one for you! Use a large loaf tin or a round cake tin to bake my marble cake recipe.

You can freeze this German cake quickly and easily too. I cut the cake into slices and wrap 1 or 2 slices together in cling film and then in aluminium foil. If you are in need of a piece of cake at short notice, then take it out of the freezer and it will be defrosted in no time.


German Marmorkuchen


250g butter
250g sugar
4 eggs
1 pk. lemon rind
1 pk. vanilla sugar
125ml milk
500g flour
1 pk. baking powder
3 dessert spoons cocoa powder

Beat the butter and sugar in a bowl until creamy and light.

Add the vanilla sugar, lemon rind and eggs and beat well.

Mix the flour with the baking powder and add the flour mixture and milk alternately to the cake mixture. Mix well after each addition.

Grease a baking tin (loaf tin) with butter and then pour in two thirds of the mixture.

Add the cocoa powder to the remaining cake mixture still in the bowl and mix well. If necessary add a drop of milk.

Pour the cocoa mix into the baking tin and mix through with a fork to make the marble appearance.

Bake the marble cake in the middle of a preheated oven for 55-70 minutes at 180 degrees C. After 20 minutes baking time take a knife and cut a line through the middle of the cake. After baking cool slightly and turn out onto a plate.

Enjoy your cake with friends and family. If liked you can decorate with frosting for birthdays or other occasions.



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Zachary - USA

Tremendous website. I lived in Germany for almost 14 years. Your recipes have me excited about getting back into German cooking. Thanks so much!

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