German Marbled Cake (Marmorkuchen)

Total Time
1hr 30mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 15 mins

This is the classical German marbled cake. There are several recipes for marbled cakes posted here on but none is the authentic one, somewhat similar to a pound cake.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a bundt cake pan.
  2. Beat butter and sugar together, then add vanilla, eggs and salt.
  3. Combine flour and baking powder and stir into butter-sugar-egg mixture, alternating with the milk. Only add enough milk for the batter to drop heavily and ripping apart from a spoon.
  4. Fill 2/3 of the batter into the greased cake pan.
  5. Mix the remaining batter with cocoa, sugar and 2 or 3 tablespoons milk, until batter again drops heavily and ripping apart from a spoon.
  6. Pour cocoa batter on top of the light one and move a fork spiralling through the two layers, so that you get a marbled pattern.
  7. Bake for about 75 minutes.
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I really love this recipe. I made my first Marmorkuchen when I was a exchange student in Germany. This is the second time I try this recipe and I am loving it. Thanks!