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Grandma's Quark Cake (Quarkkuchen)

My grandma showed me how to bake this fluffy, light yet extremely indulging cake when I was about 10 years old. She was great at baking; cooking not so much, admittedly ;) It’s a recipe that’s been passed from one generation of our family to another and now we’re passing it on to you. And best of all, it’s really easy to make.


- super fluffy yet extremely indulging -


Takes about 80min  |  Serves a family


Traditional German quark cake made using an original German recipe from HEIMAT London


  • 2 pounds quark

  • 350g sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 250g butter (plus a teaspoon for the baking form)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 packs of vanilla pudding
  • 1 lemon’s juice
  • 1 tablespoon sultanas
  • 1 tablespoon of iced sugar (for decoration)
  • a handful of almonds, flaked (for decoration)

For the actual baking, you’ll need a 24cm springform cake tin.


    1. Before you start, get the butter out of the fridge and let it warm up a bit. In the meantime, get your ingredients and utensils ready

    2. In one large bowl, add the sugar, eggs and the butter. Using the blenders with your hand mixer, really mix it up. This may take a few minutes, we want it to be foam-like.
    3. Once done, add quark, baking powder, pudding and continue mixing it.
    4. Heat up your oven to 160°C.
    5. Now coat the inside of your springform baking tin with a teaspoon of butter, making sure all areas are properly covered.
    6. Add the mixture to the springform and bake it on the middle shelf for about 60-70 minutes. Check routinely. A nice, yellow-ish to brown colour is what we’re after.
    7. When done, get it out and let it rest on a roasting try. Once it cooled down, you can sprinkle the almonds and iced sugar on top.
    8. Carefully take off the the outer ring of your form, cut it into pieces and serve.


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      There's one more thought we wanted to share with you. While the original is without a base, some people prefer it with one (like in the picture). And it couldn't be easier: Mix 200g flour, 100g sugar, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 pack vanilla sugar, 1 egg and 75g butter to a firm dough. Lay out 3/4 of the dough on the bottom of your buttered spring form and the remainder onto the side of it.  Make the filling as per above and bake as described.