This German Käsekuchen (cheesecake) is light and creamy with a hint of lemon. One bite and you'll swear you're in Germany.
There are various kinds of German cheesecake, so be sure to also check out my easy Crustless German cheesecake recipe.
- 0.1 Huh? What's Quark?
- 0.2 Where Can I Buy Quark?
- 0.3 Can I Make Quark at Home?
- 0.4 What You Need to Make This German Cheesecake
- 0.5 German Cheesecake Recipe
- 1 Authentic German Cheesecake
Ready to make German cheesecake? Great! But don't get out the cream cheese! This cheesecake is made with Quark.
Huh? What's Quark?
Quark is a fresh, soft, un-aged cheese that's popular in Germany and other European countries. It has a texture similar to a thick Greek yogurt but tastes less tangy and sour. It's also high in protein and is delicious spread on toast, combined with fresh berries (both make an excellent breakfast) or in lots of German desserts and baked items.
Where Can I Buy Quark?
Can I Make Quark at Home?
Yes, you can make Quark home (here are my step-by-step homemade quark directions) but the good news is that if you don't have time to make Quark, you can substitute Greek yogurt. That's what I use when I don't have time to make a fresh batch of quark before making a German cheesecake.
You'll also want to put the graham cracker crumbs away because unlike cheesecake in the US, German cheesecake uses a short crust instead of cookie crumbs. The crust in this recipe is so tender, lightly sweet, and has a slight lemon flavor.
I serve this cheesecake with fresh whipped cream, strawberries, and blueberries. It also tastes great just by itself. For next time I'm thinking about making a berry topping using Rote Grütze, which is another amazing German dessert. I'll have to make a whole new cheesecake to try that, though, because this cheesecake didn't last but a couple days.
If you're looking for a new cheesecake to try or are just hungry for a taste of Germany, try this authentic German cheesecake!
What You Need to Make This German Cheesecake
- Baking powder
- Vanilla sugar (or vanilla extract)
- Lemon zest
- Egg + egg yolks
- Heavy cream
- Quark (or alternative)
- Corn starch
- Egg whites
- Mixing bowls
- Stand mixer (or hand mixer)
- Scale or measuring cups/spoons
- Flour sifter
- Springform pan
German Cheesecake Recipe
Step 1: Make the Crust
Step 2: Make the Cheesecake Filling
Step 3: Bake, Cool & Enjoy 🙂
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