Recipe: Lithuanian Chocolate Quark Cake (Varškės pyragas)

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:

500g quark/varškė

1 tsp vanilla extract

4 eggs

1 cup sugar

2 tbsp sour cream


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Pour the filling on top of the base layer and follow with the remainder of the crumb topping.
  6. Bake at 190C/375F for about an hour. Remove from the oven and let it cool completely before serving.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. mezgeja says:

    can I ask which store? My brother lives in SoCal now, he would be interested.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. We got it in Jons! There are a few stores in the LA area, but there are also small independent european stores elsewhere in SoCal! 🙂


      1. duonyte says:

        Huh, new since I was last there. Aciu labai, linksmai praleiskite ateinancia svente!

        Liked by 1 person

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