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Vegan “Zupfkuchen” – cheesecake with chocolate

A classic that many people (at least in Germany) know and like is “Zupfkuchen”.
With clever swapping of ingredients, you too can easily make a vegan “Zupfkuchen”!

It’s basically a cheesecake with chocolate crust.
The base is made from a thin chocolate shortcrust pastry. This is covered with a “cheese mass” and further coarse shreds of the chocolate shortcrust pastry are placed on top of the cheese mass before the cake goes into the oven.
The dark pieces of dough are simply plucked off the lump of dough.

A cake that is not that difficult to make and yet looks great on every coffee table.
Do you remember the cake from your childhood?

It doesn’t take much to veganize the cake. And everyone who’s tried it so far has been absolutely amazed to hear it’s supposed to be vegan.

Vegan “Zupfkuchen” chesecake with chocolate

Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
cooling time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 45 minutes
Course: Nachspeise
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Madeleine


  • 1 26 springform pan



  • 300 g of flour
  • 25 g of cocoa
  • 100 g of sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 200 g vegan butter
  • 30 ml water cold
  • Filling:
  • 75 g vegan butter
  • 600 g plant-based skyr
  • 150 g of sugar
  • 50 g starch
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (alternatively use vanilla sugar and correspondingly less sugar)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice


  • First put the flour, cocoa, sugar and a pinch of salt in a bowl. Add the vegan butter in small pieces and crush with your fingers while quickly kneading everything into a smooth dough. Add some cold water if needed.
  • Form the smooth dough into a flat ball and let it rest in the fridge for about an hour.
  • Meanwhile, grease and flour the springform pan. Put aside.
  • Next, prepare the filling by melting the vegan butter and mixing in the remaining ingredients. To do this, mix the skyr, as well as the sugar and starch, together with the vanilla extract or vanilla sugar and lemon juice with the mixer. There shouldn’t be any lumps.
  • After the cooling time, set aside about 220g of the dough.
  • Preheat the oven to 180° top and bottom heat.
  • The base is made from the remaining dough.
  • Roll it out thinly on a floured work surface and line the mold with it. At the end you should have a border about 3 cm high.
  • Put the filling on the base and smooth it out.
  • Tear the set aside dough into chunks and spread over the filling in a pretty speckled pattern.
  • Place the cake in the oven and bake for about 60 minutes.

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