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Russischer Zupfkuchen (zuckerfrei) | Bake to the roots

Russischer Zupfkuchen aka. Chocolate Cheesecake (sugar-free)

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  • Author: Bake to the roots
  • Prep Time: 00:20
  • Cook Time: 01:00
  • Total Time: 02:00
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Cheesecakes
  • Cuisine: Germany
  • Diet: Diabetic


This Chocolate Cheesecake aka. Russischer Zupfkuchen is a classic German cheesecake everybody loves – and this one here is even sugar-free!



For the dough:
2 3/4 cups (350g) spelt flour
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/3 cup (40g) cocoa powder
1/2 cup (100g) xylitol
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 large egg
3/4 cup (170g) butter, softened

For the filling:
1 cup (220g) butter, melted
17.6 oz. (500g) low-fat curd (quark)
3/4 cup (150g) xylitol
1/3 cup (40g) cornstarch
2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 large eggs


1. Add the spelt flour, baking powder, cocoa powder, and xylitol to a large bowl and mix to combine. Add the vanilla extract, egg, and softened butter and mix with a fork, then work with your fingers to create crumbles. Cover bowl and place in the fridge for about 20 minutes.

2. Line a 9.5 inches (24cm) springform tin with baking parchment. Transfer about half of the streusels to the tin and press to the bottom to create an even layer. Take about half of the remaining streusels and press together to create a long log – place inside the tin and press to the sides of the tin to create the sides of the crust. Make sure the bottom and sides are well connected. Place in the fridge for another 10 minutes.

3. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Melt the butter for the filling (e.g. in the microwave) and let it cool down again. Then mix the melted butter with the curd (quark), xylitol, cornstarch, vanilla extract, and the eggs in a large bowl until well combined. Pour into the prepared crust. Press the remaining streusels together, then tear pieces off and place them all over the filling. Bake for 50-60 minutes. The top should be golden in color, the edges should have set but the center can still move a bit when you wiggle the tin. Take out of the oven and let cool down completely.


Enjoy baking!