Pineapple & Marzipan Cake (Ananas-Marzipankuchen)

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

I got this recipe of my auntie, who always brings this round when she feels people need or deserve a little treat. It's really simple and quite quick to do, but it makes a really yummy and moist cake. If you can't get vanilla sugar, you can use 1 tsp vanilla essence instead, or you can make your own by putting about an inch of a vanilla pod in a screw top jar with 1/2 cup of sugar and leave it for a couple of days (the rest will keep).

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas 5.
  2. Mix butter, eggs, vanilla sugar and sugar in a mixing bowl until well combined.
  3. Add the marzipan and continue to stir until smooth.
  4. Sieve together the flour and baking powder and slowly add little by little, stirring until you have a smooth dough.
  5. Add the pineapple chunks and stir into the dough.
  6. Pour into a greased loaf pan that has been lined with baking paper.
  7. Bake for 50-65 minutes, if you feel it is getting too dark, cover with foil.
  8. Depending on your oven and the size of your loaf pan it may take longer than 65 minutes, but not to worry.
  9. Check for doneness by inserting a wooden skewer, if it comes out clean the cake is ready.
  10. Allow to cool before removing from tin.
  11. If you want you can cover with ganache, but it's great without.
Most Helpful

I made this for my german mother and she really liked it (as did the rest of us.) The cake was moist and was delicious with a cup of tea. I didn't have vanilla sugar so I added a tsp of vanilla extract, but that was the only change I made. Thanks for the recipe.

Shelly Morton October 17, 2007

So, I did a lot wrong with this recipe... for example, I could not find Marzipan at the store, or Almond paste to make some.. so I substituted with about 1 tsp of Almond Extract.. Im sure it did not do the originaly recipe justice.. I also used crushed pineapple rather than chunked.. regardless, Everyone loved the cake! Thank you!

Laouli March 13, 2009

The only reason I'm giving this a 4 is because my guests claimed THEY loved it. I thought it could have used a bit more marzipan flavor (maybe I will add some almond extract next time?). Also, I baked it for 65 minutes and it appeared done, yet the outside was over baked and the inside bottom was under-baked. If I baked it any longer the outside would have burnt! None-the-less, I think I will try this recipe again sometime with a bit of tweaking.

BruinKristin October 14, 2007