Easy German Marble Cake Recipe- Marmorkuchen Recipe

As a child, Marmorkuchen , made from this German Marble Cake Recipe, was a staple in our home. Chocolate and Vanilla swirled into a Bundt (or Gugelhopf) pan. Delicious, but not gooey like many cakes. It was the perfect treat for after school, or with a cup of coffee. And if you were a kid like me, you would always eat it in a specific order… first the vanilla part, then the chocolate part, then the icing.

Marmor Kuchen or Marble cake is such an interesting idea. A swirl of flavors. It got its name because it looks like a slab of marble… or maybe like the swirled marbles you play with on the playground. This cake has something for everyone, which means I made it a lot when my kids were young… one liked chocolate, one liked vanilla….. It’s easy enough for every day, but it even turns up at a Sunday Kaffee-klatsch!

german marble cake recipe

And even now, it  is a great recipe to have in your pocket. Simple, satisfying, delicious, travels well (I’ve even packed the cake into a Tupperware, and taken it to the zoo in my stroller…. it survived the journey, and everyone else was jealous that we had cake). The Recipe combines chocolate batter and a vanilla batter in a nice swirl pattern.

Everyone’s happy… the chocolate lovers AND the plain vanilla lovers.

(One thing I did notice, American palates may find it a bit dry, and not very sweet. This is not a soft squishy cake with thick frosting. It’s more dense.  I’ve never had a German complain, but they usually eat it with a cup of coffee.
PS. If you take a thermos of coffee to the zoo to have with cake everyone will be wildly jealous of you)

German Marble Cake Recipe

german marble cake recipe

German Marble Cake Recipe- Marmorkuchen

You can finish this cake with an icing, or just a sprinkle of powdered sugar…. you can even leave it plain.
If you feel this is just more cake than you need…. cut the recipe in half…. and bake it in a loaf pan.
Total Time 2 hours
Course Dessert
Cuisine German
Servings 1 Bundt Cake



  • 1 cup Butter
  • 1 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 6 Eggs
  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 3 cups Unbleached Flour
  • 3/4 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 3/4 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 3 to 4 tsp. Milk


  • ICING-
  • 1 1/2 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 5 or 6 TBL Milk


  • Preheat Oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Grease a Bundt Pan with some spray stuff or butter
  • In a stand mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.... 5 or minutes.
  • Add Vanilla... beat in.
  • Add Eggs, one at a time...beating and scraping between each egg.
  • Scrape often, and make sure each egg is completely incorporated before adding another.
  • Combine flour, baking powder and baking soda in a larger measuring cup.
  • Alternate adding flour mixture and sour cream into the butter mixture, beat at low speed all the while, until the ingredients are just combined.
  • Now.....
  • Take half of the batter, and spread it into the bottom of the prepared bundt pan. Set aside.
  • To the rest of the batter, add the cocoa powder and the milk. Beat until completely combined.
  • Spread the chocolate batter over the vanilla batter.
  • Using a knife, swirl the two flavors together by scooping in and up and over..... sort of like folding. Don't go bananas and make it a total mix, just swirl them a bit.
  • Put in the oven and bake for 1 hour and 5 minutes. (1 hour if you are using a guglehopf pan instead of a bundt)
  • Check.... a toothpick inserted should come out clean. If it doesn't .... add some time.
  • Let cool in pan on rack for 15 minutes.... Then turn out of pan.
  • Let cool completely.
  • Sprinkle with Powdered Sugar or Make an Icing


  • Stir or whisk all icing ingredients until combined. If it's thick...add more milk... if it's thin... add more sugar.
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Step By Step Photos and Instructions German Marble Cake Recipe

Spread the Vanilla Batter into the Bundt Pan

german marble cake Recipe

spread it out….

Top with the Chocolate Batter

Just Dallop it On

german marble cake recipe

Swirl the Vanilla and Chocolate Batter

Don’t Overmix!

german marble cake recipe

Marble Cake Looks Done

All Baked

german marble cake recipe

Cool on a Rack

Mix the Icing

Add more dry if too liquid… add more wet if too dry

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Ice the Cake

german marble cake recipe

Slice and Eat

german marble cake recipe

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7 thoughts on “Easy German Marble Cake Recipe- Marmorkuchen Recipe

  1. Now you did it–you made my mouth water and now I absolutely have to bake this tomorrow even though I have been trying so hard to lose some lbs. It brings back such good memories of Germany and my Mother having baked this
    Thank you so much !

  2. I just baked it and we ate a piece. It came out looking exactly like yours, inside and out. The only thing I will change next time I make it will be to NOT use 3/4 cup of coco powder. It makes the chocolate part taste bitter. 🙁 I’ll just use a little coco powder and Hershey’s Syrup instead. Otherwise, fluffy and moist.

  3. Just made this cake and it came out wonderfully! We had it with coffee as suggested and it was awesome. Thanks for the recipe

  4. The best ever! Thank you. Der Kuchen war echt lecker.

  5. This is a staple in our house. Your recipe is a bit different-I have never used sour cream and have only ever used a bit of powdered sugar on the finished confection. My mom and now I, put bread crumbs in the pan after greasing it-it gives the cake a bit of a crunchier layer. Never thought of not doing that so may have to give it a try. Thanks! Heidi

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