German Marble Cake

Learn how to make this wonderful soft and moist German marble pound cake. This cake was my absolute favorite cake as a child and I still love it. Marble cake is very popular in Germany for the famous 4 o’clock coffee hour and a must for every birthday party.

German Marble Cake

German Marble Cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Course: Cakes
Cuisine: German
Author: Angela Schofield


  • 1 cup soft butter
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla sugar or vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. lemon extract
  • 2 tbsp. brown rum optional
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 2 tbsp. corn starch
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

For the topping:

  • Powdered sugar or chocolate glaze


  • Separate the eggs into two bowls.
  • Beat egg whites with salt and 1/2 cup of sugar until stiff peaks form.
  • Add soft butter, 1 cup sugar, vanilla extract, rum and lemon extract to a bowl and beat until light and fluffy.
  • Gradually add eggs yolks while whipping the mixture on low.
  • Sift flour, corn starch and baking powder into a bowl and mix well.
  • Heat the milk to luke warm.
  • Gradually add flour, milk and egg whites to the egg yolk mixture. Beat on lowest setting or fold in by hand.
  • Grease cake pan.
  • Add 2/3 of the batter to the cake pan.
  • Sift the cocoa powder to the remaining batter and mix well.
  • Add the batter to the cake pan.
  • Swirl a fork through the batter to create the marble look.
  • Bake at 350 Fahrenheit for 40 – 50 minutes.
  • Let cool for about 15 minutes before removing from the pan to cool out completely.
  • Sprinkle with powdered sugar or brush with a chocolate glaze.
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