German Cheesecake With Quark (Kaesekuchen)

Two slices cheesecake with coffee

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Prep: 40 mins
Cook: 60 mins
Total: 100 mins
Servings: 16 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
254 Calories
15g Fat
23g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 16
Amount per serving
Calories 254
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 20%
Saturated Fat 6g 31%
Cholesterol 132mg 44%
Sodium 143mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 0g 2%
Protein 5g
Calcium 55mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This German cheesecake is made with quark. If you don't have access to it, it's very easy to make with this homemade quark recipe. Purchased cheese or homemade, you will receive rave reviews on the taste.

This cake is not nearly as sweet as some you find in other cultures, which a lot of people prefer. It's great with coffee or tea.


  • For the Crust:
  • 2 cups flour (all-purpose)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 9 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons water (cold)
  • For the Filling:
  • 27 ounces quark (20% fat)
  • 3 large eggs (separated)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or 1 vanilla bean scraped)
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1-quart yogurt
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (or 1/2 quart yogurt)

Steps to Make It

Make the Crust

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and 4 tablespoons sugar. Cut in the butter until pea-sized crumbs form. Add the egg yolk and cold water and mix until a ball form. Wrap in plastic place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

  2. Using 2/3 of the dough, roll out a circle big enough to cover the bottom of a 10-inch springform pan. Roll the remaining dough into a rope, flatten with a rolling pin and line the sides of the pan. Where the bottom meets the sides use some water and pressure to seal.

  3. The crust should seal so that there is little or no leakage. Use a bit of cold butter between the pan and dough to help it stay upright and build up the sides so that they are thicker on the bottom, thinner at the top.

  4. Heat oven to 350 F.

Make the Filling

  1. Beat the egg whites until stiff. Set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, mix the quark with 1 cup sugar until smooth.

  3. Add the oil and 3 egg yolks and mix thoroughly. Add vanilla or vanilla bean seeds if using and the milk. Beat until evenly distributed. Add the cornstarch, milk, yogurt and cream cheese. Beat until just combined. Fold in reserved egg whites until just combined. Pour the filling into the crust.

  4. Bake on the second rack from the bottom for 50 to 60 minutes. Do not open the oven door until the last 10 minutes. The cake will rise and become resistant to the touch. Don't be disappointed when this cake falls a bit when it cools—it's supposed to.

  5. When the cake is done, turn off the oven, open the oven door and allow the cake to come to room temperature in the oven.

  6. Remove and refrigerate until serving.

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