Sauerkraut Chocolate Cake Is Not That Bad!

February 7, 2019

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When it comes to food marriages, chocolate cake and sauerkraut seem like a terrible match but it apparently there are several recipes that call for adding a cup of sauerkraut into the cake mix. How did this happen? Come to find out, it was created out of necessity back in the 1960s, when the USDA Surplus Committee called for school lunchroom managers to find creative ways to use up a large quantity of stockpiled canned sauerkraut. One nameless chef found one way to do it by adding sauerkraut to chocolate cake. The cakes looks and smell like a regular cake. The kraut lost all sourness in the cooking process and has the texture of coconut, which gives it a German chocolate vibe, but otherwise it is a fairly bland chocolate cake.  However if you find yourself wanting to empty the cupboard of food items, know that sauerkraut works in chocolate cakes!

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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

SOURCE: Delish

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