Sour cherry-cheese chocolate cake

sour cherry - cheese chocolate cakeFor the dough
2 1/2 cup AP flour
10 tbsp butter
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 package vanilla sugar, or additional 1 tbsp sugar + 1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 large egg
2 tsp baking powder
3-4 tbsp cold milk, or as needed

Cheese layer
1 lb. farmer’s cheese
2 tbsp sour cream or Greek yogurt
2 large eggs
1 package vanilla sugar or 1 tbsp sugar + 1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup sugar
2 tbsp semolina flour
grated zest of 1 lemon
2 cups fresh or frozen sour cherries

In the bowl of a food processor, add the flour, baking powder, butter, sugar, vanilla sugar, cocoa powder and the egg, and milk as needed. Pulse until dough comes together, then knead into a ball. Cover in plastic wrap, and chill in the fridge for at least an hour.
Preheat the oven to 350 Fahrenheit.
Lightly grease a 7×11 inch baking dish, spread half of the chilled dough, pushing the pieces into a thin layer. Spread the cheese layer, then crumble the remaining dough on top.
Bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, or until cheese layer appears set.

Cheese layer
In a large bowl, mix the farmer’s cheese, sugar, vanilla sugar, lemon zest, eggs, sour cream or yogurt and the semolina. Mix until until thoroughly combined. Add sour cherries and stir.

Recipe adapted from


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