Chocolate Cake with Sauerkraut

    55 minutes

    You probably have never thought to add sauerkraut to a chocolate cake recipe! It adds an amazing flavour and texture. Ice with your favourite icing.

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    Makes: 2 Cakes

    • 170g butter
    • 1 1/3 cups (300g) white sugar
    • 3 eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
    • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 2 1/4 cups (300g) sifted plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 3/4 teaspoon bicarb soda
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 1/4 cups (285ml) water
    • 2/3 cup drained and chopped sauerkraut

    Preparation:25min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:55min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease and flour two 20cm cake tins, round or square.
    2. Thoroughly cream together butter and sugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
    3. Sift together cocoa, flour, baking powder, bicarb soda and salt and add alternately with water to egg mixture. Stir in the sauerkraut. Pour batter into prepared cake tins.
    4. Bake for 30 minutes or until a wooden toothpick comes out clean.

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    I substituted 6 T. flaxseed meal for about a third of the butter. I also added between 1/2 and 3/4 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips along with the sauerkraut. I baked this in a Bundt pan for 45 minutes. It was very nice, but next time I will increase the cocoa a bit and be sure I add the chocolate chips again. This recipe is a real keeper. Even the pickiest eaters in my house had no idea at all that there was sauerkraut in it; they loved it!  -  13 Jan 2009  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This was really good, I was very pleased. I chopped the sauerkraut super fine, so there were only a few incidents with stringy pieces. I frosted this cake with the Chocolate Frosting I recipe and took a few pieces down to the boys at the neighborhood bar and they enjoyed it. UPDATE: Still delicious, made it again.  -  23 Jul 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    It was pretty good, the saurkraut needs 2 either be chopped really super fin eor food processed. My brother really didn't enjoy the stringy pieces of pickeled cabbage.  -  24 Feb 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)