A delicious chocolate cake with an ingredient best kept secret.

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan. Sift cocoa, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together and set aside. In a separate small bowl, combine buttermilk with sauerkraut and set aside.

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  • In a large bowl, cream butter, brown sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add eggs and beat in. Add flour mixture alternately with sauerkraut mixture. Beat only until blended.

  • Pour batter into 9x13 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for about 45 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean. Cool cake and frost with your favorite chocolate frosting.

Nutrition Facts

168 calories; 6.1 g total fat; 30 mg cholesterol; 200 mg sodium. 27.1 g carbohydrates; 2.8 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2006
Well to be honest....I made this as a joke on my family. I know but we have an evil streak when it comes to our humor! But let me tell you...it is wonderful! The joke was on me! I used self rising flour and omitted the soda and salt. I didn't have any buttermilk so I just used 2% instead. Other than that I didn't change a thing. Oh I rinsed the kraut many many times then I took kitchen sissors and cut it up very fine. My kids won't eat coconut because of the texture...I was trying to avoid that. It almost looked like a chocolate mousse when I poured it into the pan. I didn't know what to expect. But the house sure smelled good. It cooked for the full 45 minutes. Afterwards I trimmed the top so I would lay flat on my pan. I didn't tell one about the kraut and the kids went to town on it! You can see the kraut just a bit but not too much. They loved it. Very moist and good especially warm. We won't frost this one...and I'll be sure to make it again and again. This one is very much worth a try! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
01/16/2006
Didn't care for this one. My kids weren't fooled and immediately thought it tasted strange and wouldn't eat it. My hubby liked it, but he is from Wisconsin and LOVES sauerkraut. Maybe it would be less tangy with a lesser amount of sauerkraut? Read More
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22 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2006
Well to be honest....I made this as a joke on my family. I know but we have an evil streak when it comes to our humor! But let me tell you...it is wonderful! The joke was on me! I used self rising flour and omitted the soda and salt. I didn't have any buttermilk so I just used 2% instead. Other than that I didn't change a thing. Oh I rinsed the kraut many many times then I took kitchen sissors and cut it up very fine. My kids won't eat coconut because of the texture...I was trying to avoid that. It almost looked like a chocolate mousse when I poured it into the pan. I didn't know what to expect. But the house sure smelled good. It cooked for the full 45 minutes. Afterwards I trimmed the top so I would lay flat on my pan. I didn't tell one about the kraut and the kids went to town on it! You can see the kraut just a bit but not too much. They loved it. Very moist and good especially warm. We won't frost this one...and I'll be sure to make it again and again. This one is very much worth a try! Read More
(44)
Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2006
Well to be honest....I made this as a joke on my family. I know but we have an evil streak when it comes to our humor! But let me tell you...it is wonderful! The joke was on me! I used self rising flour and omitted the soda and salt. I didn't have any buttermilk so I just used 2% instead. Other than that I didn't change a thing. Oh I rinsed the kraut many many times then I took kitchen sissors and cut it up very fine. My kids won't eat coconut because of the texture...I was trying to avoid that. It almost looked like a chocolate mousse when I poured it into the pan. I didn't know what to expect. But the house sure smelled good. It cooked for the full 45 minutes. Afterwards I trimmed the top so I would lay flat on my pan. I didn't tell one about the kraut and the kids went to town on it! You can see the kraut just a bit but not too much. They loved it. Very moist and good especially warm. We won't frost this one...and I'll be sure to make it again and again. This one is very much worth a try! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/31/2009
Do not be scared! Live a little and step outside the box; these are fantastic! I followed the recipe w/2 minor alterations: 1. I made as cupcakes (baked for right around 20 min a batch and the recipe made 30 cupcakes for me) and 2. I never have buttermilk so I used the milk (1% at our house) and vinegar substitution. I should probably make it known that I'm NOT a from scratch cake fan; I tend to prefer Duncan Hines box mixes so I baked these more for the novelty of the sauerkraut w/low expectations...well they certainly exceeded the low bar I had set! These are great! great flavor...I'm not sure what the sauerkraut does (some bites I felt I could get the barest hint of sauerkraut but maybe it was all in my head) but these are def worth trying! I frosted w/butter cream (butter cream II from here actually) but next time I think I'll try w/either a cinnamon-y or a caramel or a PB or a mint frosting (the possibilities are endless!) thanks to the suggestions of wonderful RE members. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2004
Hands down one of the best cakes I have ever made! I followed the recipe exactly as stated and the result was spectacular! Thanks for submitting! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2009
I had to try this because I love sauerkraut and the thought of putting it in a cake just tickled me. I was saddled with the task of making a cake for a going-away party for a co-worker and thought I would make this as a revenge of sorts. I very roughly chopped the sauerkraut because I was going to put coconut frosting on the cake anyway and figured that if anyone got some stringy bits they would just think it was coconut. Nobody suspected anything. I got nothing but rave reviews. Even when I got a piece of what I knew was sauerkraut and bit into it all I could taste was chocolate. This cake is so delicious and chocolatey. I recommend it to anyone who wants to try something different! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/28/2005
The thought of putting sauerkraut into a chocolate cake was crazy but the taste was amazing. This recipe makes a excellent cake and a must try. I topped it off with a coconut frosting and if my wife didn t tell our guest that it had sauerkraut in it they would have never known. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/30/2008
I made this cake yesterday mostly out of curiosity. I followed the recipe except I used half dark and half lite brown sugar. I used a chocolate frosting and baked it in 2 9" round cake pans. It was simply delicious! Keep in mind when choosing a frosting the cake itself is only mildly sweet. We loved the unique texture and flavor of this wonderful cake. I will make it often! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/27/2007
The idea of sauerkraut in cake is revolting...but you HONESTLY cannot taste it in here. It being in the cake has about the same affect as putting applesauce in. I nearly tossed my cookies at the thought of me seeing a strand of kraut in my cake so I put it in the food processor before adding it and I liked that a lot better. I frosted this with a coconut/pecan icing and everyone liked it. I would have given this cake a 5 because it was really moist and had a nice soft texture but it just wasn't very chocolately. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
01/16/2006
Didn't care for this one. My kids weren't fooled and immediately thought it tasted strange and wouldn't eat it. My hubby liked it, but he is from Wisconsin and LOVES sauerkraut. Maybe it would be less tangy with a lesser amount of sauerkraut? Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/18/2005
Made for my husband for his birthday and he really enjoyed along with my boys. Nobody in my family particularly likes sauerkraut but curiosity got the better part of me and I wanted to see if anyone would notice. (They were very suprised when I told them) Will definetly make again. Thanks Jane Read More
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