Orange Mascarpone Quark Torte

 Recipe from What's For Lunch, Honey?  


100g + more all-purpose flour
50g + more butter
150g bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
200g sugar
1 vanilla bean, scraped
2 eggs
1 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
3 organic oranges, fillets and juice reserved
500g quark
300g mascarpone cheese
6 sheets gelatin
Cocoa powder


  1. Butter and flour a spring form (26 cm diameter), tapping out any excess flour. Pre-heat oven to 175 degrees C.

  2. Place the chocolate in a double boiler or a water bath and melt  gently. Allow to cool.

  3. In a separate bowl whisk the butter, 100g sugar, scraped vanilla bean and pinch of salt with an electric whisk until light and frothy. Add the eggs, one at a time and making sure each one is nicely incorporated into the mixture.

  4. Sieve the flour and baking powder into the mixture and with a rubber spatula fold the dry ingredients gently. Do not over-mix. Pour in the liquid chocolate and fold until evenly incorporated.

  5. Pour the chocolate cake batter into the prepared spring form and bake for 20-25 minutes. Take out and allow to cool for 15-20 minutes. Tip out of the form and allow to cool completely.

  6. Place the gelatin in cold water and allow to soak. In the meantime whisk together quark, mascarpone cheese, 100g sugar and the reserved orange juice with an electric whisk for approx. 3 minutes or until the sugar has dissolved.

  7. Squeeze excess water out of the gelatin, then in a small saucepan dissolve over low heat. Mix with approx. 2 tablespoons of the mascarpone-quark mixture, then whisk into the remaining cream.

  8. Fold in the the filets of 2 oranges into the mixture.

  9. Place the cake base back into the spring form close the ring around it. Now spread out the mascarpone-quark mixture evenly over the base. Place in the refrigerator overnight to set.

  10. Take the cake out of the refrigerator and just before serving sieve cocoa powder generously over the top and decorate with the remaining orange fillets.