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Sauerkraut Chocolate Cake


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 large 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
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup whole 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 in 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.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 505 calories, 26g fat (16g saturated fat), 91mg cholesterol, 412mg sodium, 65g carbohydrate (49g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.


Average Rating:
  • delowenstein
    Oct 5, 2018
    I followed the cake recipe as directed. For the frosting, I'd scaled back on the butter used; kept chocolate as is! I'd used LESS confectioner's sugar and added just enough milk to make a smooth frosting. I'd also halved the vanilla extract. Plus I baked cake in an 8" square pan and three 5x3" loaf pans instead of making a layer cake! Thank you for sharing this recipe!
  • BeckyJCarver
    Oct 5, 2018
    This cake is very moist due to the sauerkraut. Make sure you chop it very fine
  • JennatheBaker
    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
    Jun 15, 2014


    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
    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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