Oma's Marble Pound Cake Recipe

➤ by Oma Gerhild Fulson

This favorite marble pound cake recipe, aka Marmorkuchen, has been in our family for years. It's actually one of the very first German cake recipes I made when I was married.

Since then, it's one my hubby asks for when I ask what he'd like me to make. Our boys 'loved' the chocolate part. Because of that, I would often make two-thirds of the cake chocolate by doubling the chocolate quantity.

For the full list of ingredients & detailed instructions, see the recipe card at the end of this post. But before you scroll, there’s important & interesting stuff to know right below.

German Marble cake

This became my best cake recipe for a traditional German "pound" cake, either as a marble or completely chocolate for my boys (see below). It's easy to make and ALWAYS turns out!

I usually don't 'marble' it too much with the knife. Our family loves having big areas of chocolate separate from the vanilla parts. You choose how much you want to marble it.

German Marble cake

Substitute Cocoa for Chocolate ...

Above is the original marble cake with a texture similar to that of a pound cake. You, too, can experiment with how much chocolate you want.

I frequently used to substitute cocoa for the chocolate squares. When doing so, for every ounce of chocolate replace it with 3 tablespoons cocoa and 1 tablespoons butter. For ⅓ amount of chocolate batter, that means 9 tablespoons cocoa and 3 tablespoons butter. If you use the cocoa, just add it to the remaining batter instead of the melted chocolate. You may need to add a bit of liquid (a bit of brewed coffee works great) to get the batter the same consistency of the vanilla one.

Therefore, to make the whole cake chocolate, I'd add 18 tablespoons cocoa and 9 tablespoons butter. Yummy!

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Oma says:

There were times when the boys were young, that they also asked for a pure chocolate marble cake - that meant, only chocolate! So I asked if that meant they wanted a chocolate cake.

"No," they'd respond. They wanted a "chocolate marble cake with only chocolate!"

I now understand what they really wanted. Not a chocolate cake "texture" but a "pound cake texture." 

German marble cake!

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Oma's German Marble Pound Cake Recipe

This favorite marble pound cake recipe, aka Marmorkuchen, has been in our family for years. It's actually one of the very first German cake recipes I made when I was married.

Our boys 'loved' the chocolate part. Because of that, I would often make two-thirds of the cake chocolate by doubling the chocolate quantity.

Prep Time

20 minutes

Bake Time

65 minutes

Total Time

85 minutes

Servings:

Makes 12 - 16 servings

Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces semisweet chocolate
  • 1¼ cups milk
  • ¾ cup butter, room temperature
  • 1¼ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2½ cups flour, all-purpose
  • 2½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 12-cup Bundt pan.
  2. Combine chocolate and ¼ cup milk in small saucepan. Over low heat, stir until chocolate melts. Let cool.
  3. Beat butter and sugar until creamy in large mixer bowl.
  4. Add almond extract and eggs, beating until well mixed.
  5. Mix together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  6. Stir flour mixture into sugar mixer, alternately with 1 cup milk.
  7. Pour ⅔ of batter into Bundt pan.
  8. Add cooled chocolate mixture to remaining batter. Mix well.
  9. Spoon chocolate batter over plain batter in pan.
  10. Swirl a knife through batters to marble. Smooth top.
  11. Bake 60 to 65 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  12. Cool in pan on wire rack about 10 minutes.
  13. Remove from pan and cool on wire rack.
  14. To serve, place cooled cake top side down on cake plate and dust with icing sugar if desired.

Notes/Hints:

  • Use rum or vanilla instead of almond extract
  • Drizzle with chocolate glaze
  • If you love the chocolate part, I love this vegan chocolate cake that so reminds me of this marble cake's chocolate part. 

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German Marble cake

Marble Pound Cake Recipe made Just like Oma



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Marble Pound Cake Recipe made Just like Oma


This favorite marble pound cake recipe has been in our family for years. It's a traditional German cake that's easy to make. It's one of hundreds of my recipes to choose from.


Ingredients: chocolate, milk, butter, sugar, almond extract, eggs, all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt,

For the full recipe, scroll up ...

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