Chocolate Sauerkraut Cake
- Ready In:
- 1hr 5mins
- 2 1⁄4 cups unbleached flour, sifted
- 1⁄2 cup baking cocoa
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 2⁄3 cup butter or 2/3 cup regular margarine
- 1 1⁄2 cups sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup water
- 2⁄3 cup sauerkraut, rinsed, drained, coarsely chopped
Creamy Chocolate Frosting
- 1 ounce semisweet chocolate
- 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1⁄8 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Sift together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside.
- Cream together the butter and sugar in a bowl until light and fluffy, using an electric mixer set at medium speed.
- Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
- Beat in vanilla.
- Add dry ingredients alternately with water to creamed mixture, beating well after each addition.
- Stir in sauerkraut.
- Spread batter in greased 13x9x2-inch baking pan.
- Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 35 minutes or until cake tests done.
- Cool in pan on rack.
- Frost with Creamy Chocolate Frosting.
- Cut into squares.
- CREAMY CHOCOLATE FROSTING: Melt chocolate in a custard cup in hot water.
- Cool slightly.
- Combine chocolate, cream cheese, milk, confectioners' sugar, salt, and vanilla in a bowl.
- Beat with an electric mixer at high speed until smooth and creamy.
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This was a surprisingly good cake. (Surprising because I wasn't sure about the sauerkraut!) We had some leftover, so I wanted to use it up and we don't really like sauerkraut. I didn't tell DH what the secret ingredient was, but he could tell something was different. Still went back for a second piece after he knew! Delicious for my first made from scratch cake! Thanks! Frosting is great, too.
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