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Sauerkraut Chocolate Cake Recipe

Sauerkraut Chocolate Cake Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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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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