German Chocolate Marzipan Cake with Hazelnuts & Poppyseed

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Make this authentic German Chocolate Marzipan Cake with Hazelnuts & Poppyseed for your next party. A moist hazelnut cake that is smothered with apricot jam, a layer of marzipan, and chocolate ganache.

German Chocolate Marzipan Cake on a cake platter

This authentic and traditional German chocolate marzipan cake  is made with ground hazelnuts, and poppy seeds and features a splash of rum for moisture. Marzipan and chocolate ganache turn this into a sophisticated hazelnut cake that is super easy and yet elegant enough for any celebration!

a slice of German Poppyseed Chocolate Marzipan Cake

German Hazelnut Chocolate Marzipan Cake – perfect for parties and keeps for days

This simple chocolate nut cake covered with marzipan is AMAZING! Who can say no to a slice of moist nut chocolate cake at any time of the day and if it is made with marzipan and chocolate ganache!? OMG!

I’m talking about traditional German Baking ingredients like hazelnuts, dark chocolate, marzipan and poppy seeds! Oh yeah…and rum! 

Poppy seeds, marzipan, hazelnuts and chocolate in one glorious German cake! This may sound like a bit of a wild mix at first, but don’t worry! The flavors are nicely balanced and the taste is an absolute stunner.

The marzipan cover helps keep the hazelnut poppyseed cake wonderfully moist for days. The poppy seeds provide some crunch if you leave them whole. However, I like to grind them up a bit. They harmonize wonderfully with the nutty flavor of the marzipan. We finish the cake with a thick layer of creamy dark chocolate ganache which we pour over the marzipan.

Roll out marzipan

  • Before you roll out the marzipan, you should prepare the marzipan well. 
  • Knead the marzipan mixture very thoroughly before rolling it out.
  • Icing sugar and  some drops of rose water help so that the marzipan can be rolled out easier.
  • If you want, you can use homemade marzipan. Freshly made, it’s super easy to work with.
  • To roll out the marzipan you will need a smooth surface. Then, also two layers of cling film, and a rolling pin. If you don’t have cling film, dust the surface and the rolling pin with powdered sugar and then roll out the marzipan evenly. However, it is easier if you use cling film.
  • Place a piece of cling film that is at least twice the size of the finished marzipan blanket on the countertop. The marzipan mass is placed on the lower half. Wrap the top half of the cling film over it. Now roll out the marzipan until you reach a 20 cm round. Remove the top sheet and carefully lift up the with the rest of the sheet.


  • warm-up the jam with a splash of rum and stir well before spreading it on the cake. It will help keep the cake moist.
  • The cake keeps for about a week and will get better and better
  • Use store-bought marzipan or make marzipan at home

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German Hazelnut Poppy Seed Cake

This German Hazelnut Poppy Seed Cake topped with Marzipan and Chocolate Ganache is super simple and yet elegant enough for any celebration!
Keyword German cakes with marzipan, poppyseed cake with nuts
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 300 kcal


  • 150 g whole hazelnuts
  • 75 g finely grated dark chocolate
  • 2-3 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 50 grams ap flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2/3 tsp baking powder
  • 150 g butter room temp.
  • 150 g brown sugar
  • 3 eggs room temperature separated
  • 3 tablespoons of rum
  • 20 grams of sugar
  • 2 tbsp jam I like apricot
  • 150-200 g marzipan a pack
  • 125 g dark chocolate 70% -75% grated
  • 25 grams butter
  • 1 tsp sunflower oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 150 degrees C / 300F
  2. If you have whole nuts, toast them in the oven first. Transfert them onto a baking sheet and roast the hazelnuts at 300F for 10 minutes and let them cool down a bit before finely grinding them in the food processor. Grate chocolate and mix with ground poppy seeds, flour, cinnamon and baking powder and ground hazelnuts. I mix everything together in the food processor to form a sandy mixture.
  3. Now cream the softened butter and brown sugar for about 5 minutes and then add the egg yolks and rum (tbsp by tbsp) one after the other and stir in. Now add the nut mixtureand is carefully combine with the egg mixture to form a smooth dough.I use a handmixer on low speed but you can do this by hand. Beat the egg whites with the remaining 20 g of sugar until stiff using a handmixer and then carefully fold one third of each into the batter with a metal spoon.
  4. Now pour batter into the greased and lined 20 cm springform pan and into the oven for about 50 minutes. But check in after 42-45 minutes! If the cake has risen nicely and a skewer comes out clean, it is done.
  5. Brush the cooled cake with the warmed apricot jam. Roll out the marzipan into a 20 cm circle and place on top of the cake.
  6. Break the chocolate into small pieces and melt over a water bath. Now stir in the warm butter first until the mixture is nice and smooth. Then stir in the sunflower oil. Allow to cool slightly.
  7. Put a cake ring around the cake and pour the chocolate icing on the marzipan layer.
  8. Let set at room temperature and decorate as you like.

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  1. Weißt du, warum ich deinen Blog so gerne lese? Eben wegen deinem "Schreibdurchfall", deinen witzigen und charmanten Anekdoten und deiner herrlich blumigen Sprache…. und natürlich auch wegen deiner Rezepte. Es ist eine gute Kombi aus allem, die mich Beitrag für Beitrag immer wieder zum Schmunzeln und oft auch zum Lachen bringen.

    Alles Liebe und herzlichen Glückwunsch,

  2. Sprechdurchfall! Ich schmeiß mich weg! Sehr gut :-))))) Das ist mir aber wirklich 1000 mal lieber als Brechdurchfall 😀 Kann mich meiner Vorrednerin nur anschließen 🙂

  3. Hallo, ich möchte mich so gern an deiner Torte versuchen. Ich verstehe leider nicht was 2/3 TL Backpulver heißt. Bitte gib mir Bescheid. Danke

  4. 5 stars
    Hey Kiki, habe gerade dein Prachtstück nachgebacken und fühle mich jetzt wie eine waschechte Konditorin. Vielen Dank auch für die detaillierte Anleitung, die Torte kam super an! Gruß aus Stuttgart

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