Baked Cheesecake With Chocolate Crumbles

baked cheesecake with chocolate crumbles

Welcome to my newest recipe post that features one of my favorite baked cheesecake recipes: it is a baked cheesecake with chocolate crumbles as a base and on the top. It sounds intriguing, doesn’t it?

My incredible baked cheesecake with chocolate crumbles is also known as Russischer Zupfkuchen (Russian Zupfkuchen). Fun fact: this recipe is a German recipe, not a Russian one.

I don’t know where the name comes from but nevertheless, my baked cheesecake with chocolate crumbles is absolutely mouthwatering

It is one of my favorite baked cheesecake recipes because it is so easy to make and will impress not only your family but also your friends.

I do love the combination of the rich cream cheese filling and the decadent taste of the chocolate crumbles. A festival for my taste buds and it will definitely be for yours.

Related post: The Best Baked Cheesecake Made From Scratch and No-Bake Mini Cheesecakes.

ingredients cake base russian zupfkuchen
The ingredients for the cake base and crumbles

How To Make The Base For The Baked Cheesecake

Unlike other (baked) cheesecakes, this Russian Zupfkuchen doesn’t have a crust made from crackers and butter.

Instead, you will have to make a proper cake base with butter, egg, flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder.

Don’t worry, it is just as easy.

2/3 of the dough will be our crust and the remainder of the dough will be our delicious chocolate crumble topping.

cake base russian zupfkuchen
The dough goes into the fridge while we are preparing the filling

You will need a 9inch springform pan for this baked cheesecake recipe which you simply have to grease with some butter.

Once the cake base is prepared, use your fingertips to spread the dough evenly into the baking pan. I am using a flat bottom glass to get an even edge. The edge should rise up to around 1 inch.

As I mentioned earlier, we are using 2/3 of the dough as a cake base or crust, and the remainder of the dough (1/3) will be our crumble topping. Easy peasy!

russian zupfkuchen almost cooked
The cake is almost cooked, just another 20 minutes to go

The Cream Cheese Filling

The cream cheese filling is very rich – we are using butter, sugar, and three eggs. It is important to add some flour at the end to hold everything together.

The lemon juice and zest give the cream cheese filling a beautiful aromatic flavor, and the vanilla extra adds a bit of decadence to the cake.

cheesecake with chocolate crumbles /russian zupfkuchen cooked
Done! Now let it cool down completely before cutting

One thing to remember is to add the eggs one at a time. Make sure to mix each egg in completely before adding the next one.

Once the filling looks smooth and silky it is ready to go into our chocolate cake crust. Wiggle the springform pan a little bit to release any air bubbles.

Now, it is time to use up the rest of the dough. With my fingertips, I am going to form medium-sized crumbles and put them on top of the cream cheese filling until they are all used up.

You can watch my video here for step-by-step instructions.

It looks so pretty and smells delicious!

baked cheesecake with chocolate crumbles
Get ready to enjoy this delicious cheesecake

Once you have added the crumbles, the cake is ready to go into a preheated oven at 350 Degrees Fahrenheit/180 Degrees Celcius.

Bake the Russian Zupfkuchen for 60 minutes, turn the oven off, and leave the cake in there for another 30 minutes. Just make sure to leave the oven door slightly open.

Take the cake out and leave for a few hours until it is cooled down.

a slice of russian zupfkuchen

You can even prepare the cake in advance because it keeps well in the fridge. So, if you are expecting guests, just make this cheesecake the day before.

I do love to serve this chocolate cheesecake for special occasions like birthdays, Easter, or other celebrations. As you can imagine, my kids and hubby can’t get enough of this baked cheesecake.

And, to be fair, I can’t blame them.

I promise you, you will fall in love with this cheesecake too. It is rich with a smooth texture and the irresistible taste of chocolate. What else can one ask for?

Incredible Baked Cheesecake With Chocolate Crumbles | Russian Zupfkuchen

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baked cheesecake with chocolate crumbles

Baked Cheesecake with Chocolate Crumble – Russian Zupfkuchen

You will love this decadent dessert with the combination of the lemony cream cheese filling paired with the chocolate crumbles. It tastes divine!
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Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Cooling time 6 hours
Course Dessert
Cuisine German
Servings 8 servings


The Cake Base

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp cocoa
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 150 grams (5oz) butter
  • 1 egg

The Cream Cheese Filling

  • 500 grams (17oz) cream cheese at room temperature
  • 125 grams (4oz) sour cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 100 grams (3oz) melted butter
  • lemon juice from 1/2 lemon
  • grated lemon zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour


The Cake Base

  • Put the flour, baking powder, and cocoa powder into a sieve. Sieve into a bowl and make sure to break down any lumps.
    2 cups all-purpose flour, 2 tsp baking powder, 2 tbsp cocoa
  • Add the remaining ingredients for the cake base into the bowl.
    1 cup sugar, 1 egg, 150 grams (5oz) butter
  • Mix with your hands or a hand mixer until all the ingredients are well combined.
  • The texture should resemble a crumble mixture.
  • Put 2/3 of the dough into a greased 9inch springform pan.
  • Put the remaining 1/3 of the dough aside for later.
  • Spread the dough out using your fingertips. You can also use a glass with a flat bottom.
  • Press the dough down evenly and also around the edges.
  • Put the springform pan into the fridge while you are preparing the filling.

The Cream Cheese Filling

  • Add the cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, lemon zest and juice, vanilla extract into a bowl and mix with a hand mixer.
    500 grams (17oz) cream cheese at room temperature, 125 grams (4oz) sour cream, 1/2 cup sugar, lemon juice from 1/2 lemon, grated lemon zest, 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Gradually add the melted butter and mix until well combined.
    100 grams (3oz) melted butter
  • Occasionally scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.
  • Add the eggs one at a time. Make sure to mix it well before adding the next egg.
    3 eggs
  • Finally, add the flour and mix in as well.
    2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • The filling should be looking smooth and silky.

Putting The Cake Together

  • Take the springform pan out of the fridge.
  • Put the cream cheese filling into the pan.
  • Wiggle the pan slightly to remove any air bubbles.
  • Now it is time to use up the remaining 1/3 of the chocolate dough.
  • With your fingers make good-sized crumbles and put them on top of the filling. Use up all of the dough
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celcius/350 degrees Fahrenheit for an hour.
  • Turn the oven off and open the door slightly. Leave the cake in there for another 30 minutes.
  • Let the cake cool down completely before cutting.
  • Enjoy!


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