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German Chocolate Sauerkraut Cake

 German Chocolate Sauerkraut Cake
"People who compliment me on this chocolaty treat are surprised to learn it's a sauerkraut cake," reports Patricia Kile of Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania.
12-14 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sauerkraut, rinsed, drained, squeezed dry and finely chopped
  • 2/3 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • FILLING/FROSTING:
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips, melted
  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2/3 cup flaked coconut, divided
  • 2/3 cup chopped pecans, divided

Directions

  • In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add the eggs, one at a time,
  • beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine dry

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German Chocolate Sauerkraut Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • ingredients; add to the creamed mixture alternately with water. Fold
  • in sauerkraut, coconut and pecans. Pour into three greased and
  • floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 20-24 minutes
  • or until toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool
  • for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks; cool
  • completely.
  • In a bowl, combine melted chocolate and mayonnaise. Set aside 1-1/4
  • cups for frosting. To the remaining chocolate mixture, add half of
  • the coconut and pecans; spread between cake layers. Spread reserved
  • chocolate mixture over top and sides of cake. Combine remaining
  • coconut and pecans; press onto sides of cake. Store in the
  • refrigerator. Slice with a serrated knife. Yield: 12-14 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 570 calories, 37 g fat (15 g saturated fat), 76 mg cholesterol, 424 mg sodium, 59 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 6 g protein.