Kim's Mother's Day Recipe: Marmorkuchen

Author: Schnucki xx   Date Posted:9 May 2017 

In the past, my Mama Schnucki lived abroad, making it diificult to do something special for her. So I always made sure she got a surprise even if it was just a beautiful flower bouquet. Now that Mama Schnucki lives here in Brisbane, I can make something special for her! But before we get into the recipe, let’s have a look at the origin of Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day is celebrated on different days across the world, but is generally observed between April and May in the northern hemisphere. Celebrations for mothers and motherhood can be traced back to the ancient Geeks and Romans, who held festivals in honour of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele, but the clearest modern precedent for Mother’s Day is the early Christian festival as “Mothering Sunday”.

Mother’s day, as we celebrate it today, started as an anti-war movement in 1908 by Anna Jarvis (who is most credited with founding Mother’s Day in the United States) when she held a memorial for her mother in Grafton, West Virginia. Mother's Day is celebrated on different days around the world, but is generally observed on the second Sunday in May after President Woodrow Wilson successfully lobbied congress in 1914 to have the day officiated. Aspects of the Mother’s Day holiday have since spread overseas.

Mother’s Day is only a few days away and my amazingly creative cousin took me through her special Marmorkuchen {Marble Cake} recipe with a surprise heart in-fill. This is a special recipe for our family which I am excited to share with you all now. And maybe you could surprise your Mama with a love-filled Marmorkuchen for Mother’s Day too.

Happy Baking!!

Liebe GrÜße to you and your Schnucki Mama this Mother's Day,

Kim xx


Note: We made our Marmorkuchen in the Thermomix (TM31) however you can make it by hand or with a KitchenAid, the recipe and the method stays the same. You will need to make 2 batches of the same cake, one for the heart shapes and one for the cake around the heart shapes. For best results, we make sure that all ingredients are at room temperature.


Ingredients (per batch)

300g butter (room temperature)

270g sugar

1 tsp vanilla sugar

1 tsp rum flavouring

1 pn salt

5 eggs (room temperature)

370g flour

16g baking powder

1/3 cup milk (room temperature)

2 tsp red food colouring

1 tsp violet food colouring



Preheat your oven to 180 C

1st batch:

Step 1: Add the room temperature butter into a mixing bowl and mix for about 1 minute until the butter is nice and soft.

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Step 2: Add the sugar, vanilla sugar, rum flavouring and salt into the mixing bowl and mix for around 45seconds until it is all well combined.

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Step 3: Once all ingredients are mixed well, turn on the mixer at medium speed and slowly add the eggsone at a time, mixing for 15 seconds in between

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Step 4: When all the eggs are mixed well into the dough add the flour, baking powder and milk and mix again for 20 seconds.

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Step 5: Add the food colouring and mix until well combined. After combining, the mixture should look almost like it was chocolate.

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Step 6: Grease a loaf tin and pour in the whole dough mixture, making sure to smooth the top as best as possible. Bake for 50 minutes on 180 C.

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Step 7: After 50 minutes remove the cake from the oven, turn out from the tray and allow to cool.

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Step 8: Once the cake is completely cooled, thinly cut off the front and back of cake (as you do not want the crust). Then cut the rest of the cake into 2cm wide pieces and stamp out the heart with a heart-shaped cookie cutter.

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Once all your hearts are done you should have a gorgeous plate full of love!

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2nd Batch

Repeat Steps 1 - 4 for a new cake batch.

Step 9: Create the Magic! Grease a baking tray and pour in half the dough mixture. Carefully place cake hearts in a line along the dough mixture in the baking tray. Make sure not to press the hearts down into the tray too far, you want them to look like they are floating in the Marmorkuchen.

Step 10: Once you have carefully placed all hearts, pour over the remaining dough mixture and smooth the top.

Step 11: Bake Marmorkuchen for 50 minutes on 180 C. Once cooked, remove from the oven and allow to cool.

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Step 12: The Big Reveal!!

VoilÀ, Happy Mother’s Day!

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Want to know more?? Ask Mama Schnucki!