Today I made a sweet and tasty raisin quark cake, using a recipe from a friend (thank you Nara!). For those who don’t know, quark is basically cottage cheese, often flavored with raisins or fruits. Russian speakers know this product as tvorog (творог), commonly used in baking recipes. This cake is very simple and took an hour from start to finish.
Raisin Quark Cake
- 200-300 gr. quark with raisins
- 100 gr. butter (I used margarine)
- 3 eggs
- ½-1 cup white sugar (depending on the amount of quark)
- 1 cup flour
- 2 teaspoons of baking powder (I used 1 teaspoon of baking soda)
Note: The original recipe states to use ”a pack of quark”; I personally used a 300 gram jar of quark with raisins, but you can opt for simple quark, and add your own raisins and/or some nuts. If you choose to use plain quark, make sure to add 1 cup of sugar. Seeing how quark with raisins is very sweet on its own, I used ½ a cup of sugar. Also, my baking powder finished, which is why I had to switch to soda. I don’t recommend using soda, as it can create unnecessary air bubbles in this cake.
Anyway, all you have to do is first mix the quark and butter, then add the eggs one by one, and finish off by mixing the sugar, flour, and baking powder. Super simple, right?! You can pre-heat your oven to 160°C as you’re preparing the batter. Then transfer the batter into a cake pan; mine was 23 cm., but you can use a bundt cake pan too. Also, I lined mine with aluminum foil so that the cake would not stick. Bake your cake for 45 minutes and check with a toothpick to make sure it is fully baked.
I had already tried this cake through my friend before, but today I put the recipe to test with my family, and they all thoroughly enjoyed this dessert. In fact, both my mother and grandmother saved the recipe! The cake is sweet, light, and moist, with a nice hint of quark flavor. If you’re ever in need of an effortless recipe, then this one will be great for you.
Until next time!