From the minute I saw Leon Patenburg’s recipe for Chocolate Sauerkraut Cake I knew I had to try it. I thought it might be tasty-I mean I already know I like cakes made with left over mashed potatoes and cakes made with tomato soup. But chocolate cake made with kraut-I had to find out for sure.
The day I made the cake, I tried to be secretive with my ingredients so I could make the rest of my bunch guess what was in the cake. But The Deer Hunter saw me bringing a jar of kraut up from the basement so I ended up telling him from the start. He said “What!? a cake with kraut?” I said “yep.”
To make a Chocolate Kraut Cake you need:
- 2/3 cup butter
- 1 1/2 cup sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup cocoa
- 2 1/4 cups plain flour (all purpose)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sauerkraut (rinsed and drained)
First-cream butter and sugar together.
Add eggs one at a time-mixing well after each. Add vanilla-mix well.
Sift together dry ingredients.
Alternately add the dry ingredients and the water-mixing well after each addition.
Stir in one cup of kraut that has been rinsed and drained. If your kraut is coarse in size-I would suggest chopping it to a finer consistency. Most all the kraut cooked up in the cake-but a few of my coarser pieces stuck around.
Pour mixture into a well greased/floured bundt pan-or you can do like Leon and use a dutch oven. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes or till done. (it took 40 minutes in my oven)
I melted some semi-sweet morsels with a bit of butter and poured it over the cake for an easy icing.
So was it good? YES! The cake is delicious-very moist-dense-and chocolaty. Its so good you really don’t need an icing. Its the type of cake that goes perfectly with a cup of coffee or a glass of cold milk.
The hot new band-Burnt Toast & Cracklings (Chitter, Chatter, and friends) were over for a jam session the evening I made the cake-so I did get to play my game of ‘can you guess whats in the cake’. It was unanimous-it tasted so good they didn’t care what was in it.
Ever had Chocolate Kraut Cake?