Sauerkraut Chocolate Cake Recipe
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Sauerkraut Chocolate Cake Recipe

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For an adventurous cake, try this recipe. People might need a little coaxing to try it but once they do, they will love it.—The Fremont Company
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup sauerkraut, drained, squeezed dry and chopped
  • 1-1/3 cups butter, softened
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 5-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 680 calories, 31g fat (19g saturated fat), 129mg cholesterol, 598mg sodium, 99g carbohydrate (76g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.


  1. In a bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Add vanilla. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with water. Stir in sauerkraut. Pour into two greased and floured 8-in. round baking pans.
  2. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. For frosting, beat butter, chocolate and vanilla in a bowl; add sugar and beat well. Add milk; beat until smooth and fluffy. Spread between layers and over top and sides of cake. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Sauerkraut Chocolate Cake in Country Woman September/October 1997, p41

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JennatheBaker User ID: 7534634 43533
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2014

"I used a ganache-like frosting instead of the one in the recipe. The cake tasted good, but had kind of a rubbery texture. This could be due to the fact that I accidentally melted the butter instead of just softening it. I will try this again."

Cheryla61 User ID: 7850566 46564
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2014


SMQMC User ID: 1135775 46563
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2012

"I made this years ago for my family and fooled them all. Everyone just loved it and were floored when I told them what was in it. You CAN NOT taste or see sauerkraut in it at all. Delicious!"

keiko123 User ID: 2783789 20098
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2009

"This recipe was very good. I made a few changes, as I am trying to watch my weight. Instead of 1/2 cup of butter I used 1/4 and added 1/4 cup of prune puree. Instead of 1 1/2 cups of sugar, I used 3/4 cup sugar and 3/4 cup of spenda. Instead of water I used 1 cup of coffee. For the icing I added only 1/4 cup of butter 8 oz of low fat cream cheese, plus skim milk to make the icing creamy. It was absolutely fantastic! My friends and family loved it!"

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