This layered cake is a true local specialty from the east of Germany. The classic Dresdner Eierschecke is a sheet cake with three layers. The base hereby consists of a sponge or yeast dough. A thin quark-based layer connects it with the upper part which is made of a creamy egg and vanilla pudding. All together form a fluffy cake with a fine and subtle taste.

Rectangular pieces of Eierschecke are a typical sight in many cafés all over Eastern Germany. While the pastry exists in several variations across the region, the original stems from the beautiful city of Dresden, the capital of Saxony. A popular variation of the original Dresdner Eierschecke is the Freiberger Eierschecke in which raisins find use instead of quark. Rumors have it, that the quark could not be used in the town of Freiberg since they needed it to restore the city walls. Who knows whether this is actually the case or if the inventor simply didn’t like quark.
 

 

Eierschecke and its unexpected name giver

While the ingredients don’t seem very unusual, the name definitely is – even for German speakers. The reason for that is its historic background. “Schecke” originally referred to a certain type of men’s clothing in the 14th century. The garment consisted of a strongly waisted frock coat which men usually wore together with a waist belt. The resemblance of the cake’s layers to the three parts of the garment – upper part, belt, lower part – gave the pastry its name.

Now whether you have enjoyed it before and want to have it again or you are simply intrigued by the traditional East German cake. Here is our authentic recipe for you to bake the original Dresdner Eierschecke at home. And if you ever make it to Dresden or any other beautiful Saxonian city, make sure to try and compare.

Dresdner Eierschecke

Dresdner Eierschecke

Ingredients

  • 50 g margarine
  • 275 g sugar
  • 7 eggs
  • 100 g flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 500 g quark (20% fat)
  • 1 pack vanilla pudding (powder), milk according to recipe
  • 125 g butter
  • 1 pack vanilla sugar

Instructions

  1. First of all, prepare the vanilla pudding as explained on the packaging but leave out the extra sugar. Let it rest and cool down.
  2. Spread some butter on a baking tray or baking form
  3. Take 50g margarine, 50g butter, 2 eggs, flour and baking soda and blend everything well until you get a smooth dough
  4. Fill everything into the form and bake it for about 10 minutes until it turns golden.
  5. In the meantime, mix the quark, 2 eggs and 150 g sugar and let ot rest for a little
  6. Now, separate the 3 egg yolks and mix them slowly with the melted butter and the cold pudding
  7. Whip the egg whites and blend them extremely carefully with the pudding mix so that it becomes very light and fluffy
  8. When the cake base has cooled down, spread a layer of the quark on it and top it with the pudding
  9. Bake the cake for 45 minutes at 180°C with circulating air
  10. Finally cut the Eierschecke into small rectangles or wedges if you used a round form


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