Russian Chocolate Cheesecake/ Russischer Zupfkuchen
Entertaining becomes so much more fun when you have gorgeous recipes to flaunt. This particular cheesecake was a first for me and am so happy with the way it turned out so beautiful. Don’t you agree? So, living close to the borders of South Denmark has its benefits – we get to enjoy some of the best bakes from both Denmark and Germany. And I had my eye on this Cheesecake since I had seen in so many bakeries in Germany. To my surprise, it is named Russian even though the origin of this cake has not been traced to the Russian land. It is called Russischer Zupfkuchen. Russian Chocolate Cheesecake or curd cake as closely translated from German is a combination of chocolate cake and cheesecake. Zupfkuchen means “plucked” in German and named hence because the bits of chocolate cake that adorn the top resemble rooftops of Russian churches in Moscow. I don’t really see the resemblance and strongly disagree because my chocolate dough sunk when I placed them on the cake. I guess, the first few chunks were too heavy for the filling and it sank. Hence you see one side of the cheesecake without the chocolate dough. However, it lent a beautiful marbled effect on the inside – so no complaints there. 😊
The cake itself is rich yet light and very indulgent. Traditionally the recipe uses ‘Curd cheese’ or ‘Quark’, similar to ricotta/cottage cheese. Since I did not have it on hand, I used cream cheese and greek yogurt instead. The results didn’t disappoint in fact the cream cheese lends the cake a delightful creaminess and works wonderfully. In other words, total bliss or heaven. Do give it a try and hope you love this as much I loved making and serving it to my guests.
For the dough:
2 cups or 250g all-purpose flour
1 cup or 225g granulated sugar
1 cup or 225g butter, melted
1/3 cup or 35g cocoa powder
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the filling:
1 cup or 225g butter, melted
2 packages or 450g curd cheese or cream cheese
2 tbsp Greek Yogurt ( skip if you have curd cheese )
1 cup or 225g granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/3 cup or 40g cornstarch
- Preheat oven to 180°C and grease an 9-inch square or springform pan.
- For the dough, sift together flour, baking powder, and cocoa powder.
- Add sugar, vanilla, eggs, and melted butter and mix with an electric mixer until thoroughly combined.
- Once the dough has come together, use about 2/3 of the dough and press into the prepared pan to make a flat base and ensure it goes at least an inch up the sides. (refer the photo)
- For the filling: Mix together the butter, cream cheese, yogurt, sugar, vanilla extract, eggs, and cornstarch with an electric mixer until well combined. Pour into the springform pan when ready
- With the remaining dough, make small flat lumps and drop them evenly on the top of the cake.
- Bake until cake is set and golden yellow on the top, approx. 60 to 65 minutes. If you notice too much browning on the top, cover with an aluminium foil and continue baking.
- Allow the cake to cool before serving. Enjoy!
I am sharing with Angie cohosted by Judi @ cookingwithauntjuju.com and Antonia @ Zoale.com and the rest of the gang at Fiesta Friday #191. Enjoy all the yummy goodness!
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36 thoughts on “Russian Chocolate Cheesecake/ Russischer Zupfkuchen”
Beautiful cheesecake !
Thank you Megala.. 🙂 tastes beautiful too
Chocolate cake and cheesecake – what more could your want? Looks and sounds really, really good. Would have been nice to have a piece with my coffee this morning. Thanks for bringing your lovely cheesecake to Fiesta Friday – I know everyone will enjoy your recipe.
Oops – “you” – maybe I should have a third cup of coffee 🙂
Aww thanks a ton 🙂 yes it’s perfect with a cup of coffee. Good weekend and glad to be part of FF
I love anything chocolate and cheesecake. I mean, who doesn’t?😁 I might need more than one slice of this. You’ve been warned!😂 Thanks for sharing and happy Fiesta Friday!
Haha 🙂 sure! And totally agree chocolate and cheesecake couldn’t get better 😊
What a magnificent cake Trupti! I love the combination of chocolate and cheesecake. Your photos are beautiful! Thank you for sharing this delicious cake with us at Fiesta Friday! Have a wonderful weekend! 😀
Thank you so much 🙂 and so happy to hear about the photos… been struggling to get picture perfect blog pics for a while but I’m getting better 🙂
Oh, this cake sounds divine, Trupti! This is definitely going on my long bucket list of must-try recipes, but bumped to the top 😂 And what are those berries in some the pictures? Cranberries? You have them growing in your garden? That would be so cool!
Oh btw, Trupti, sorry for the confusion, but our Fiesta Friday hosts this week are Antonia and Judi. Zeba will be hosting next week. I know I know, my fault completely, long story! Would you please edit your post and mention Antonia, please? Thanks so much! 😘 Oh, and your turn to host is Nov 10.
Oh Angie.. thank you so much 🙂 I do hope you try it soon 🙂 ANd those cute little red berries are from the garden – but are non-edible 🙂 they are my favourite though.. it’s so Christmasy, right 🙂 I have edited the post to have Judi and Antonia as the hosts 🙂 thanks for the update.
I can make this with Curd cheese as you said traditionally it goes, and I can imagine it tastes fantastic!
thanks and yes it does taste delicious
I believe 🙂
Chocolate and cheesecake; a match made in heaven in my world! Love it 🙂
Thank you so much Vanitha
I don’t mind the confusion in the name of origin as far as it tastes great…this Chocolate cake and cheesecake can never go wrong… looks awesome and tempting
Hey Lathiya, same here.. who cares as long as it tastes and looks amazing 🙂 thanks for stopping by
Beautiful cheesecake n its so yum too 👌👌
🙂 thank you so much
This looks SO good! I love chocolate cheesecake, your instructions are great as well!
Thank you Alison 🙂
Wow! The cake looks extremely good. Never tried a Russian cake before.
It is so yum believe me… cake and cheesecake imagine the goodness
Interesting recipe. First time get know about this cake!
🙂 yes it is! Do try it
This looks so nice. I am a beginner in baking cakes and your instructions are very well written for me to follow…
Thank you so much Neeru 🙂 that’s exactly my intention – to make baking not only sound easy but actually show it’s not intimidating ! Do try it
I have never heard of this before but it seems like an interesting recipe for the festive season.
🙂 yes it is for sure!
How could anyone resist a piece of this beautiful cake? Simply fabulous!
🙂 thanks darling.. how have you been ?
I’m good. Thanks for asking, Trupti. Hope you’ve been doing good as well.
Very well thanks dear 🙂