This is not an ordinary cheese cake. ..
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Baking time: 60 minutes at 180 °C
Number of servings (yield): 12 (depending how large you cut the pieces!)
Ingredients – base:
- 100g butter (room temperature)
- 180g plain flour
- 75g sugar
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1 heaped tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 egg
- 700g preserved cherries, without stones and well drained. I use the one which you can buy in a glass, they are usually in syrup or fruit juice. I get them of course from the German Deli But you can also find some similar ones for example at Waitrose or Tesco
Instructions – base:
- Mix the butter, egg and sugar and beat well until creamy.
- Add the flour, baking powder and cocoa and mix until you get a smooth consistency. The sugar should be dissolved.
- Add the cherries and stir in by hand.
- Line a round baking tin (26cm) with baking paper, grease the edges.
- Spread the chocolate dough onto the bottom of the tin.
Ingredients – filling:
- 250g butter (room temperature)
- 5 eggs
- 300g sugar
- 1000g quark (you can also use a light cream cheese but it just doesn’t taste the same) Note: If your tin is not very high or if it is even smaller reduce the amount of quark.
- 1 tbsp vanilla sugar (alternatively you can add some good vanilla essence)
- Seeds of 1 vanilla pod
- 3 tbsp corn or potato starch mixed with 3 tbsp sugar
Instructions – filling:
- Mix the butter, eggs and 300g sugar and beat well until creamy.
- Add the quark, vanilla sugar, vanilla seeds and stir.
- Add then the starch-sugar mix and beat for another few minutes.
- Pour the filling onto the chocolate dough.
The chocolate dough rises slightly up during the baking, so it creates some sort of marble effect.
Depending on your oven the baking time of 60 minutes might vary. To avoid burning you can cover the cake loosely with a sheet of silver kitchen foil as soon as it is lightly browned.
Once baked leave the cake to cool in the tin. Be careful, if you are impatient and want to cut it before it has been cooled down, it might be a bit runny in the middle!