The other week Jonas and I went to a store here in California and bought some Lithuanian and other Eastern European goodies, including varškė/quark! When we found it, I knew right away, that I will want to use some of it to make a delicious, Chocolate quark cake for us to enjoy. Having looked at multiple recipes online, I compiled them together and tweaked it to suit my ingredient list. I’ve got to say- it turned out delicious! It’s rather sweet but also has a delicious quark taste that we both loved and he even said it may be one of his favorite cakes that I have made!
So, I thought I would share it with you in case you want to try it out yourself. Please let me know if you do!
P.S. I am also sorry if you received a link that didn’t work yesterday- apparently a scheduled post failed to save and therefore sent out an empty link instead!
200g cold butter
2 tbsp cocoa powder
2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
for the filling:
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup sugar
2 tbsp sour cream
- Grate the cold butter into a bowl and mix with the sugar, cacao powder and flour until you have a combined, crumbly mixture. You can use a spatula or your hands, just make sure to work quickly before the butter melts.
- For the filling, using a wooden spoon or spatula, combine the quark, vanilla, sour cream, sugar and eggs. Make sure everything is combined evenly without any large clumps.
- Take a 9 inch spring-form pan, grease it with butter and place a round baking sheet on the bottom. This will make it easier to take the cake off of the bottom of the pan when serving.
- Pour in half of the crumb cake mixture into the pan and press it into the bottom using your hands or a spoon, trying to make it as even as possible.
- Pour the filling on top of the base layer and follow with the remainder of the crumb topping.
- Bake at 190C/375F for about an hour. Remove from the oven and let it cool completely before serving.