Chocolate Sauerkraut Cake

"I adopted this recipe from the Recipezaar account. Be sure to rinse and drain the sauerkraut several times when you make this recipe."
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Ready In:
1hr 5mins




  • 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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  1. Chef Jen 1
    Excellent. I used applesauce in place of the oil. This reminds me of chocolate zucchini cake.
  2. StacyMD187373
    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.
  3. MickyD 188574
    Great cake, like has been said already comes out very moist, and light. Couldnt tell it was Saurkraut in it. I took some ideas from other recipes and added some chopped pecans and some desicated coconut. I will try to remember to take a phot next time I make this. Thanks.
  4. Mysterygirl
    This is a great cake. No one, including my DH knew that it had sauerkraut in it. Nice and moist, just looks like it has coconut in it.


  1. Chef Jen 1
    Excellent. I used applesauce in place of the oil. This reminds me of chocolate zucchini cake.


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