Spoonfuls of Germany

German Cheesecake with Greek Yogurt


This is my adaptation of my friend Kirsten’s recipe for German cheesecake – with widely available Greek yogurt instead of Quark. Her recipe is called Quarktorte Tina. I have no idea who Tina is, and I don’t think Kirsten knows but the recipe is great.

The cake is also good with a sour cherry topping.


7 tablespoons (100 g) unsalted butter, softened

¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons (75 g) sugar

1 2/3 cups (230 g) all-purpose flour

2 level teaspoons baking powder

1 large egg

Pinch of salt


¾ cup (150 g) sugar

1 package vanilla pudding mix for cooked pudding (European Gourmet Bakery Organics or Dr. Oetker Organics)

1 tablespoon vanilla sugar (find my recipe here), or 1 tablespoon sugar and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

½ cup canola oil

2 cups (500 g) 0% Greek yogurt (Fage), at room temperature

2 large eggs

2 cups (500 ml) milk (0% or 2%)

Cherry topping (optional):

8 ounces (250 g) pitted fresh sour cherries, or a 14.5-ounce (410 g) can pitted sour cherries in water, halved

2 tablespoons sugar

1 heaping tablespoon cornstarch

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon unsalted butter


German Cheesecake with Greek Yogurt

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees Celsius).

2. For the crust, mix all ingredients with well with an electric mixer to a crumbly consistency. Grease a 10-inch (25 cm) springform pan and distribute the dough evenly in the pan. Press it down with your fingertips and form an even 2-inch (5 cm) edge all around. Place in the refrigerator while you prepare the filling.

3. Mix the sugar, vanilla pudding mix (only the powder), vanilla sugar, oil, Greek yogurt and eggs with an electric mixer until smooth. Add the milk and mix well.

4. Remove the pan from the refrigerator and prick it several times with a fork. Pour the filling into the pan (it will be very liquid). Bake in the preheated oven at on the medium rack for 60 minutes. If the top browns before the time is up, place a large sheet of greased aluminum foil on top.

5. Turn off the oven and leave the oven door half open. Let the cake sit there until the oven is completely cooled down. Remove the sides of the pan and let the cake cool completely to room temperature, then refrigerate.

6. For the topping, put the cherries in a saucepan with the sugar and bring to a boil. Cook until the cherries release their juice. Remove the pan from the heat. Dilute the cornstarch in 2 tablespoons cold water and quickly stir it into the cherries. Return the pan to the heat and cook briefly over low to medium heat, stirring constantly and also scraping over the bottom of the pan. When it turns clear and thickens, immediately remove the pan from the heat. Add the butter and lemon juice and stir till the butter has melted. Slowly pour the topping over the cheesecake and evenly spread it with a spatula. Let cool, then refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or until the topping is set.

Makes 12 to 16 servings




21 thoughts on “German Cheesecake with Greek Yogurt

  1. That looks fabulous! I’ve only made Käsekuchen once – it’s my husband’s favourite – but although it tasted delicious (I made it with a gluten-free crust so I could have it too!), I did have a nightmare with the top repeatedly burning in the oven. Not quite sure how I managed that, but I’m looking forward to trying again. This recipe sounds great!

    • Thanks. There are many good Käsekuchen recipes, this one just worked great for me with Greek yogurt as a substitute. I must say I envie you that you get just go next supermarket and buy all varieties of quark for a song. – As for the top burning I find that covering it with buttered aluminum foil helps, I hope it does the trick for you too.

  2. Please . please put a print option with your recepis.. This oe took 4 pages. Thank you.

    • Evi, Great suggestion, I added a printer-friendly button. But please note that in most of my blog posts, the recipes are preceded by a story so if you only want the recipe, you will need to remove the unwanted paragraphs individually.

  3. I can get good Quark here in the Cleveland area. Would the measurement be the same as the yogurt?? Just thought I’d double check before making it. Thanks…..love your blog.

    • Lucky you! Yes it is the same amount of quark, as my recipe with Greek yogurt is simply an adaptation if you cannot find quark. If the quark is very moist, I would put it in a a colander lined with several layers of cheesecloth and leave to drain for 30 minutes, which will remove some of the whey. – Happy to hear you like my blog.

  4. I usually run into the problem of the greek yoghurt being too “wet” and not setting when making my cheese cake. So with this I am kind of leary…. and then adding even milk to it too? Would that not run all over the place or does it actually set? Or what am I doing wrong? I did use Fage 2% and followed all instructions, just runs away and is soaked to the bottom… 😦

    • Sammie, Did you follow my recipe, or are you referring to previous experiences with Greek yogurt in German cheesecake? The vanilla pudding mix for cooked pudding listed in my recipe in combination with the 2 eggs should set it, I have made the cake many times with Fage 0% and never had an issue. I cannot imagine the higher fat content in Fage 2% being the problem, as the manufacturer’s instructions for the pudding even call for whole milk. It might be that the filling is bit wobbly when still warm but nowhere near runny as you describe it, and it solidies as it cools, and even more when the cake is refrigerated. Hope that helps!

  5. how about if you use Farmers cheese , would that work too?

    • Roswitha, that would definitely work too, but as farmers cheese can be rather dry and crumbly you want to make sure it is at room temperature, and creamy before mising in with the other ingredients. I would process the farmers cheese with a quarter or half of the milk that goes into the filling in a blender or food processor until smooth and then mix the filling as described.

  6. Does this recipe work in high altitude?

  7. I have tried kaesekuchen with small curd cottage cheese and buttermilk. The greek yogurt is by far the best choice….thanks for the idea!!!

  8. Where’s the recipe for the Vanille Zucker?

  9. Super Rezept! Habe noch Mandarinen untergemischt. Sehr zu empfehlen! Works perfectly as is at High Altitude!
    (10 inch ist NICHT eine 25 cm Backform.)

    • Kirsten, Glad to hear that the cheesecake turned out well even in high altitude, I know that can be tricky. – I am slighty confused though re your comment about the baking pan, as 10 inches does equal 25 cm.

  10. Would you have any suggestions on a substitute for the canola oil? I don’t think I’ll be able to find it where I am and health wise would also prefer to use something else but worried it might impact the flavor

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