Cottage Cheese Cake (Творожный Кекс)

This traditional Russian dessert is rich, milky, buttery, and oh so delicious!

This is one of my favorite Russian desserts. We never made it at home, but we knew the times when it would be available in the store, and we’d go down and stand in line to buy it. It’s so milky, buttery, and rich, you’ll be wanting to make it over and over. It’s perfect with a cup of coffee or tea and works for any occasion. Traditionally the recipe includes raisins so they are in the ingredient list, but my son doesn’t like them so I’ve been leaving them out (and left them out for the pictures). I like it better with the raisins though. You can also make it into a sweet bread instead of a cake by baking it in a bread pan. I make it both ways. Give it a try! You won’t be disappointed!


  • 2 cups white flour
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • powdered sugar for dusting



Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease your baking dish and set aside. Soak raisins in hot water for 5 minutes, then drain. For best results, process cottage cheese in a food processor until texture is fine.

Separate egg yolks and whites. In a large bowl with a mixer running on medium, combine butter, sugar, vanilla extract, cottage cheese, and egg yolks until well-mixed.



Combine flour and salt and add to butter mixture a little at a time, mixing with a hand mixer on low until flour is fully incorporated.


Combine baking soda and vinegar and add to flour mixture, mixing well. Set aside.


Beat egg whites until stiff.


Gently fold egg whites into flour mixture until it is fully incorporated.


Pour batter into greased baking dish and level the batter.


Bake for 40-60 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool. Remove from baking dish and dust with powdered sugar.


Приятного аппетита! (Priyatnova appetita! Russian for ‘Bon Appetit!’)

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