Zebra Cheesecake

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The cheesecake or quark cake is mainly baked from curd (or cream cheese), eggs, butter & sugar.

In today’s post, I’ll show you a variation in which half of the batter is colored with cocoa powder. By alternately filling the light & dark batter into the springform pan, a zebra pattern is created after baking. Have fun baking!

Cooked/Baked today: Zebra Cheesecake
Difficulty: Easy – Medium
Preparation Time: 1 hour & 30 minutes
Category: Baking Recipes, Cake Recipes, Sweets & More
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Zebra Cheesecake

Zebra Cheesecake

Zebra Cheesecake

Zebra Cheesecake

Ingredients for 1 Zebra Cheesecake:

…for the shortcrust pastry:

  • 250 grams flour
  • 125 grams sugar
  • 125 grams cold butter (in small pieces)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 sachet vanilla sugar
  • ½ sachet baking powder

…for the cheesecake filling:

  • 1 kilogram curd
  • 250 grams sugar
  • 125 grams soft butter
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder

Required kitchen gadgets, helper & preparations:

  • Mixing bowl(s)
  • Springform pan (26cm diameter)
  • Mixer



Grease the springform pan with a flake of butter and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of flour (maybe a little more), then set aside. Timely preheat the oven to 180°C (top/bottom heat).

…for the shortcrust:

Next, put all the ingredients for the shortcrust pastry in a mixing bowl and knead with your hands for 3 – 4 minutes to a smooth dough. Transfer the dough to the prepared springform pan & line the bottom and the sides evenly thick with the dough.

Baking Zebra Cheesecake

Baking Zebra Cheesecake

…for the filling:

Put 125 grams soft butter, 250 grams sugar, 1 packet vanilla sugar and 5 eggs into a mixing bowl and beat until fluffy with a mixer for about 2 – 3 minutes. Next, add 1 kilogram of curd and mix until everything is well combined.

Then transfer half of the curd mixture into a separate bowl, add 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder to the quark mixture and stir in until the mixture has a uniform chocolaty color.

…for the zebra cheesecake:

For the zebra pattern fill the white & chocolate curd mixture alternately in the center of the prepared springform pan. This means first place 1 large spoonful of the dark batter in the center of the springform pan and afterwards centrally place 1 large spoonful of the light batter on top of the dark one.

For the Zebra Pattern

For the Zebra Pattern

Next, put 1 large tablespoon of dark batter on top of the light batter and repeat that until light & dark curd mixture are used up. Then bake the cake for 60 minutes in a preheated oven.

Get the done cake out of the oven, allow to cool and serve. I wish you lots of fun baking!

Video Tutorial:

Watch the video tutorial to see the recipe and the preparation method precisely (German Audio only, English Subtitles available):

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