My Granny’s cake, Tastes Like Cheesecake But Cheaper

This sour cream cake recipe is a super easy dessert and it tastes like cheesecake. My grandma and her friends created this easy dessert recipe. The origin story of this simple sour cream cake recipe is that she and her friends wanted to make something similar to cheesecake but cheaper. In Hungary, we usually make cheesecake from quark (túró). But that can be a bit expensive.

My grandma switched quark to sour cream and made a new easy dessert recipe. For my version, I used fromage blanc but I originally planned to make it with crème fraîche. I think I will try to recreate it with fromage blanc and crème fraîche as well.

Hope you will try it and like it. It was one of my favorite cakes as a child. We always requested this cake from grandma.

Happy baking!

Ingredients /6-12 servings/

For the base

  • 3 eggs
  • 200 g fromage blanc
  • vanilla extract
  • 100 g sugar
  • 100 g flour
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • pinch of salt

For the top

  • 3 eggs
  • 200 g fromage blanc
  • vanilla extract
  • 100 g sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. Grease a 30×20 cm deep baking pan, set it aside.
  3. First add 100 g flour, 100 g sugar, 1 tbsp. baking powder and salt into a big bowl.
  4. Add 3 eggs, 200 g fromage blanc, and vanilla extract to the flour mixture. Whisk it together, until smooth.
  5. Pour this mixture into the greased pan.
  6. Then separate the remaining 3 eggs into two bowls.
  7. Add 100 g sugar to the yolks and vanilla extract. Whisk it until smooth.
  8. Add 200 g of fromage blanc and 2 tablespoons flour to the sugar-egg yolk mixture, whisk until combined.
  9. Beat the egg whites until firm, thick and fluffy.
  10. Fold the egg whites into the fromage blanc-sugar-egg yolk mixture. Fold it gently.
  11. Pour this mixture onto the base, cover the top with aluminum foil.
  12. Bake it at 180 degrees Celsius for 35 minutes with the top covered.
  13. After 35 minutes remove the cover and bake it for 15 more minutes without covering the top.
  14. Remove the cake from the oven, let it cool completely.

You can serve it with powdered sugar or berry sauce or with both.

Feel free to share your thoughts with me. And let me know if you tried this recipe.

We cut the cake into 6 big slices. If you cut it to 6 slices, 1 slice provides about: 373 calories, 13 grams of fat, 51 grams of carbohydrates, 11 grams of protein.

Enjoy it!

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