The Alternative Cheesecake

Skyr Cake Recipe

The non-bake Icelandic Skyr Cake is such a lovely alternative to cheesecake. It’s not only lighter in texture but also lower in fat and higher in protein.

I have shared a Skyr recipe before here on the blog, but this time I will share two different recipes for the bottom layer as well as other alternatives and possibilities.

Skyr Cake Recipe

Alternative cheese Cake. Skyr Cake Recipe

The Skyr Cake is definitely this year’s easter cake with it’s light texture and full flavor.  I make mine more on the sour side to weigh up against all the sugar I will be eating in form of easter eggs.

Last years easter cake was a Lemon Sponge with Poppy Seeds and Mascarpone.

Skyr Cake Recipe and Cake decoration

Good Tips:

– You can buy ‘Skyr’ in Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and at Wholfoods in the US.

– When using plain unflavored skyr, you do need to add sugar. But I have cut it down to absolute minimum, if you are a sweet tooth you might want to add a little more. On the other hand, when I use store bought flavored skyr I add no sugar at all.

– Below you will find two choses of a bottom layer for a Skyr Cake. One of them is simply crushed biscuits and butter, while the other one is RAW. The raw version obviously requires more ingredients and is more time consuming to make, but it sure is delicious!

– There are thousand ways to decorate a cake. I like using fresh berries, shaved chocolate, pistachios and fresh flowers.

– A frozen Skyr Cake takes about 8 hours to thaw in the fridge or 3 hours on the kitchen counter

– These recipes fit for 20-23 cm (8-9 inch) spring forms

– If you want to add color to your cake, you can always add few drops of food coloring into the skyr/egg mixture

– Store leftover cake in the fridge

Recipe: Skyr Cake with Raw Bottom Layer

Recipe: Skyr Cake with Raw Bottom Layer

You can use any flavor of Skyr. My favorite is Blueberry, but I very often keep it simple and use unflavored skyr and add vanilla and sugar to it myself. If you do not have access to fresh coconut meat, use dry coconut instead.


  • 200 g (7 ounces or 20 pieces) Dates, pitted
  • 100 g (3.5 ounces) Fresh Coconut Meat, shredded
  • 100 g (3.5 ounces) Almonds
  • 40 g (1.5 ounces) Walnuts
  • 40 g (1.5 ounces) Peanuts
  • 500 g (17.5 ounces) Skyr (I use blueberry)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Vanilla Bean (only if you are using unflavored skyr)
  • 80 g (1/2 cup) Sugar (only if you are using unflavored skyr)
  • 250 ml (1 cup) Heavy Cream
  • 8 Gelatin Sheets
  • 0.5 dl (4 tbsp) Milk
  • 2 dl (1 cup) Fresh Blueberries


  1. Line a round spring form (20-23 cm (8-9 inch)) with parchment paper
  2. Give the nuts a spin in a food processor. Then add the coconut and dates and pulse until a dough has formed. You will have to stop to scrape down sides.
  3. Press the raw dough into the form and place in the fridge while you make the cake
  4. Soften the gelatin sheets in a bowl of water
  5. Mix together Skyr and Eggs (+ vanilla and sugar if using those)
  6. In a separate bowl whip the heavy cream, then gently fold into the skyr mixture
  7. Squeeze the water out of the now softened gelatin sheets and place in a small sauce pan along the milk. Melt together over low heat until gelatin is completely absorebed
  8. While wisking, add the gelatin-milk in a slow but steady stream to the skyr/cream mixture
  9. Fold in the blueberries and pour over the bottom layer
  10. Place in the fridge for minimum 8 hours or in the freezer for up to 4 weeks

The Easy Bottom Layer
225 g (8 ounces) Digestive Biscuits with Dark Chocolate
80 g Butter

1. Crush the biscuits and make a single layer in the spring form
2. Melt the butter and pour over biscuits
3. Mix well together and press down into a completely even layer

Icelandic Blueberry Skyr Cake with Raw Bottom Layer

Icelandic Skyr Cake Decorated with Fresh Flowers

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