German chocolate cake with a secret

    50 min

    Don't be alarmed when I reveal the secret... it's sauerkraut. You won't be able to taste it in this wonderful chocolate cake, but it does add a great texture.

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    Makes: 1 2 layer 20cm cake

    • 150g butter
    • 275g caster sugar
    • 3 eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 45g unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 280g sifted plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 3/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 300ml water
    • 100g drained and chopped sauerkraut

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:50min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease and flour two 20cm cake tins (round or square).
    2. Thoroughly cream together butter and sugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
    3. Sieve together cocoa, flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt. Add alternately with water to egg mixture. Stir in the sauerkraut. Pour batter into prepared tins.
    4. Bake at 180 C / Gas 4 for 30 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Ice with your favourite icing.

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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 US | 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 US | 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 US | Canada)