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Austrian Marble Cake (Guglhupf)

Updated: Dec 21, 2017

There’s a bit of a debate in our household about this dessert. Daniel says it’s Austrian and I thought it is Romanian. There are many traditional recipes that several countries share in Europe. I’m not sure where and when exactly it originated, but I do know it is delicious and easy to make. I love dessert I can justify having as soon as I wake up, and this marble cake goes well with your morning coffee. You can have it as a treat for breakfast, as dessert, as a snack, it’s the anytime, anyday dessert.

Servings: 12 slices

Time: Preparation time is 15 minutes. Beginning to end is 1 hour and 15 minutes.


  • 250 grams/1 cup of sugar

  • 4 eggs

  • 1 pack of vanilla sugar

  • 250 grams/1cup of flour

  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder

  • 250ml/1 cup of whipping cream

  • 2 tablespoons of milk

  • 2 tablespoons of rum

  • 2-3 tablespoons cocoa powder (depending how chocolatey and dark you want to have it)

  • Spoon of melted butter to line the baking form


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C or 350°F.

  2. Whisk eggs, sugar, vanilla sugar in a big bowl with hand blender until you have a smooth, creamy consistency.

  3. Mix flour and baking powder in a separate bowl and add to the mixture.

  4. Add whipping cream, milk and rum slowly while blending.

  5. Divide the mixture into two bowls. Add cocoa powder in one of the bowls.

  6. In order for the cake to not stick to the baking form, melt some butter and use a brush to line the inside of the baking form.

  7. Pour the mixture in layers into the baking form, alternating between the vanilla and chocolate mixture. Make sure to only fill it ⅔ because it will rise in the oven and you don’t want it overflowing.

  8. With the backend of a spoon, swirl the mixture in circular motion in order to create the swirls.

  9. Place the cake in the middle of the oven for about an hour. After 50 minutes, insert a toothpick in the cake to test if it is ready. If there is still dough on the toothpick, it needs more time in the oven.

  10. When it is ready take the cake out of the oven and put a cutting board on the top of the cake. Turn the cake upside down.

  11. Remove the baking form while the cake is still hot. Wait for the cake to cool down and sprinkle icing sugar on top for decoration.