• Flourless Raspberry Cake with Homemade Cheese

Flourless Raspberry Cake with Homemade Cheese

This Flourless Raspberry Cake with Homemade Cheese is a tribute to my mother, who is my favorite cook in the whole world! I don’t usually cook a lot of Ukrainian dishes, probably because they are too familiar to me, and because I’m in a constant search of something completely new and challenging.


However, this cake is as Ukrainian as it can get, because it requires one particular ingredient – tvorog. Tvorog is a type of fresh farmers cheese, common in Eastern Europe; it’s extremely popular in Ukraine. You can easily make it at home, it requires only two ingredients and not a lot of efforts, or just buy it in any Russian store.




Flourless Raspberry Cake with Homemade Cheese

Prep Time: 15-20 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Yields: 8


  • tvorog 9% fat - 1 1/2 lb.
  • sugar - 3/4 cup
  • salt - 1/2 teaspoon
  • large eggs - 3
  • semolina - 2 tablespoons
  • vanilla extract - 1 teaspoon
  • lemon juice - 1 tablespoon
  • lemon zest - 1 tablespoon
  • raspberries - 1 1/2 cup
  • powdered sugar for serving


  1. Butter a 8″ Round Springform mold or a deep pie pan.
  2. In a stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment whip the egg whites until stiff picks.
  3. In a medium bowl whisk the yolks with the sugar and vanilla extract until pale.
  4. Process the tvorog in a food processor until creamy and smooth.
  5. In a medium bowl mix tvorog, yolk mixture, salt, lemon juice, lemon zest, and semolina.
  6. Carefully fold in the half of egg whites. Stir very gently with the spatula. Repeat with the rest of the whites.
  7. Add the raspberries into the battery, mix gently.
  8. Carefully pour the mixture into a pan, smooth evenly.
  9. Bake for 65-75 minutes, or until the center is set but not cracked.
  10. When the cake is baked and has cooled for about 20-25 minutes, sprinkle it with powdered sugar and serve.

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  • comment-avatar
    La April 24, 2016 (8:45 am)

    There is no oven temperature in the recipe it just says bake for 65-75 mins.

    • comment-avatar
      voloshyna April 28, 2016 (4:27 am)

      I apologize for that. The oven temperature must be 325 F.

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    monika September 16, 2016 (10:21 am)

    Any good substitute for semolina? I have Celiac disease and cannot have gluten (i.e. wheat)

    • comment-avatar
      voloshyna September 16, 2016 (10:54 am)

      Sorry to hear that Monika! You can substitute semolina with almond meal or any GF flour you like. You might have to play around with the proportions to get the right consistency, though.