How to Make 'Russischer Zupfkuchen' a Cheese Cake🇩🇪

by Sonia Fares/سونيا فارس /Соня фарис

Translates 'Russian chocolate cheese cake'. But it is totally German. It is sold in bakeries all over. But, Couldn't find out why it is called Russian.. If any one knows please write me a message.


  • Crust
  • 300 Grams Flour
  • 180 Grams Butter cold cubed
  • 130 Grams Sugar
  • 50 Grams Cacao
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking powder+pich of salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Cold milk or water or 2 tbsp
  • Filling
  • 750 Grams Ricotta
  • 250 Grams Mascarpone
  • 120 Grams Sugar
  • 25 Grams Cornstarch
  • 3 Eggs large or 4 medium
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla
  • A pinch of salt
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Ingredients for the chocolate sugar crust

    Step 2

    Combine flour, sugar, cacao and a pinch of salt, pulse. then add the butter.. Mix Using your fingers or a pastry blender. Until you have a crumble then add the egg. Mix until they form a smooth ball

    Step 3

    If the dough is too dry, you can add a bit of cold milk. Gather the dough in a disk

    Step 4

    Cut into roughly 4 parts wrap 3/4 and the 1/4 refrigerate at least 1 hr

    Step 5

    After 1 hr...Preheat oven 220C. spread 3/4 of the dough in a spring form to cover the base and 4 cm of the sides. the rest of the dough would b the crumble for the top

    Step 6

    This is how I made it.. Refrigerate wile preparing the filling.

    Step 7

    Start making the filling: 750 g ricotta the traditional cheese would b 'quark' I didn't find it around where I live

    Step 8

    Plus 250 g mascarpone or clotted cream

    Step 9

    In a separate bowl mix 100 g of sugar+ 25 g of corn flour

    Step 10

    Add a pinch of salt

    Step 11


    Step 12

    Add over the ricotta-mascarpone

    Step 13

    Mix until homogenous and smooth. Try not to incorporate any air. So it is not recommended to use mixers

    Step 14

    Add the eggs .. Careful not to incorporate air

    Step 15

    Add vanilla

    Step 16

    Step 17

    Pour the filling in the prepared raw crust

    Step 18

    Top with the rest of the dough

    Step 19

    Step 20

    lower the oven to 170C and Bake the cheese cake 50-60 mins .. Depends on your oven

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