Grated Cheesecake


Yes, this cheesecake is really grated!

More specifically, the dough that makes up the top and bottom layer is grated.

It is an absolutely delicious cake.

I am sure you will love it!


To make the dough you need:

1 3/4 cups (230 grams) all-purpose flour

1/2 cup (110 grams) unsalted butter

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 tablespoon cocoa

2 tablespoons confectioner’s (or icing, powdered) sugar

2 tablespoons milk

For the filling you need:

16 ounces (500 grams) cream cheese

2 eggs

1 1/2 cups (150 grams) confectioner’s (or icing, powdered) sugar

1 tablespoon corn starch

1 tablespoon vanilla sugar (or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)

1 tablespoon lemon zest


1. Preheat an oven to 350 F (176 C).


2. Grease and flour a springform pan.


3. In a larger bowl mix the flour and the baking powder.

Then add the butter, cocoa powder, sugar and milk.


4. Using hands form a firm ball.

Place the dough ball into a fridge for at least 1/2 hour (it gets firmer when cooled).

(Update: Though putting the dough into the fridge worked for me, I later found out that it gets so much easier if you put the dough into your freezer for an hour or two – the dough gets much firmer and easier to grate.)


5. Now let’s make the cream cheese filling.

In a bowl of your electric mixer place the cream cheese, sugar, egg yolks, lemon zest, vanilla sugar and the corn starch.

Beat on medium speed until smooth (about 2 minutes).


6. In a separate bowl beat the egg whites until the mixture holds stiff peaks.


7. Mix the cream cheese mixture with the whipped egg whites gently.


8. Remove the dough from the fridge.

Cut it in two halves.

Grate the first half of the dough in the pan.


9. Now spread the cheese filling over the dough evenly.


10. And grate the second half of the dough over the top.


11. Bake for about 45-50 minutes.

Remove from the oven and let cool.

Don’t worry if the cake still wobbles a little when shaking a pan gently. It should be that way.

For even though the center may not look fully baked, once it cools it will firm up and be the correct consistency.

The great thing about cheesecake is that is stores very well and can also be frozen for several months.


P.S.: Writing this post and going through all those pictures made me so hungry for the cake again I had to arm myself like this.

That thing on the right is vanilla custard.

What an evening!

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41 thoughts on “Grated Cheesecake

  1. Mmmmm…Cheesecake! The grated dough is so unique. Interesting that the bottom makes a crust and the top looks almost streusel-ish. Or it could be analogous to an intense ice cream sandwich! Yum!!! You’ve got me drooling 😛

  2. what a yummy looking cheesecake!!! i’ve been baking cheesecakes every weekend coz my kids and friends love eating cheesecake. i can’t wait to try your yummilicious cheesecake!!!

    thanks for the great recipe…

  3. Nice one, exactly like my mum used to bake. Then I looked at the other posts and recognized gingerbreads and other things at the market. We must come from the same country 😉

    • Yay, hello dear Suzanna! How is the life in Ireland like? I like that country so much. Whole Britain is so close to my heart! I checked your blog but couldn’t send you a comment. It kept saying that it couldn’t verify my ID address. I wonder why…

  4. Beautiful, I’m certainly going to make it! Love the “grated” idea. But I’ll use the cottage cheese for the filling instead – I cringe every time I read the calorie tag of this cream cheese :-).
    Thanks for this great recipe!

  5. So I tried it… Actually I wanted to combine it with apples also. But I was not able to grind the dough (maybe because I used fat free sour cream instead of half the butter?), and I ended up just rolling the dough like for a tart.
    Anyways, with all my substitutions and experimental combination it was a total disaster :-). Next time I should follow your recipe exactly as is..

    • Oh my, I’m so sorry for you. Maybe freezing the dough for an hour or two could have helped you. I’m going to add that to the recipe… it could be quite helpful.

  6. Hello, Petra. I have just discovered your blog and I can promise that it’s gorgeous. I came here looking for some thumbprint cookies, and I did not only find them, but a lot of very nice recipes, along with beautiful pictures.

    Keep on going like this.

    Greetings from Spain!


  7. Delicious! What another great cheesecake recipe. Thanks for sharing, what an idea the dough on top too. ( i had to laugh at the ball pic, looks like a monster!!)

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  9. Tried it. Absolutely loved it. I eat alot of cheesecake (my favourite) and this is the best. Cookie on top is an inspiration. Next time, blueberry and lemon, black forest, apricot and almond etc. Thanks.

  10. Loved the recipe! I put some chocolate chips on top of the base before I put in the filling. Was a great chocolate kick for those days when you need it.
    Thanks so much for the great recipe:)

  11. Petra, your website saves me from calling my mum at some strange day or night hour when I suddenly get a craving for mixing up something ‘from back home’ here on the other side of the Atlantic. This cake reminds of my grandma who used to make it often. I was surprised by how much my friends liked it when I made it. I will need to double the amounts though, to accommodate rectangular baking pan and to have more of this goodness 🙂
    Thanks for the recipe!

  12. I have been waiting 2 try this for about a month now..Finally did it today and it was a BIG hit..Personally, I don’t like cheesecake but I gave it a try thanks to my boyfriend and sister. It came out great..It was very easy 2 follow and they really enjoyed it..There’s only 1 slice left! Thanks so much for posting!

  13. Hi Petra!!! I stumbled across your blog and I absolutely love it!! The recipes are fantastic. I tried three of them already and they all turned out great!! I made the grated cheesecake tonight and I can’t wait to have some with my cup of tea 🙂 🙂
    Keep up the good work!! 🙂

    Lots of love,
    Rebecca from Ireland 🙂 xoxo

  14. Hi Petra, I try your recipe today and have so much fun with the dough 🙂 i use a 9-inch round pan and i think my cheesecake is pretty high, so i decrease the temperature from 175 C to 160 C and bake in 50 mins. I’m still waiting for the result. It may not be fabulous like yours but I’m sure it’ll be tasty. Thank you so much for very detailed instructions and stunning pictures 🙂

  15. I made this today. I was concerned at first that the dough ball was small but it grated the right amount. The “crust” is a bit bland and dry. Next time I will add some spices and more sugar. On the whole very easy to make and tasty.

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