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Chocolate sauerkraut cake. Yes, I said sauerkraut.

May 23, 2009

I mentioned that we were heading to Grandy and Poppy’s for the weekend.   Well, it wasn’t just my crew.  We all went.  Bea’s hooligans.  Dani’s gang.  All 14 of us flocked to our parents’ to spend a couple days.

We didn’t go empty-handed either.  This was no quiet, low-key weekend.  We had the Wii, Guitar Hero, DS lites, laptops, and 8 kids under the age of ten.  That’s some noisy fun.  Good food, a birthday party for three of our rug rats, and hanging out together.  Good times.  Good times.

Mom and I had been talking about birthdays and cakes last week and I told her I had seen a sauerkraut cake somewhere.  She said she had a book called Yankee Church Supper Cookbook and lo and behold, there’s a recipe for a sauerkraut cake in there.  She decided to whip one up and see what everyone thought about it without telling them what the secret ingredient was.  Truthfully, if you didn’t know it, you’d never in a million years guess there was sauerkraut in this cake.  Everyone thought maybe there was zucchini in it but not one person could be sure.  It really tasted just like any other chocolate cake.  It was fun being in on Mom’s secret though.  At one point Jim said I was smirking, which I thought was funny.  Whether she’d make it again?  She says probably not, but the novelty of it was fun.

Chocolate Sauerkraut Cake

Recipe:  Chocolate Sauerkraut Cake

1/2 c. butter

1 1/2 c. granulated sugar

3 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

2 c. sifted flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa

1 c. water

1 8 oz. can sauerkraut, drained, rinsed, and finely snipped

In large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light.  Beat in eggs, one at a time.  Add vanilla.  Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cocoa.  Add to creamed mixture, alternating with water, beating after each addition.  Stir in sauerkraut.  Turn into greased and floured 9×13″ baking pan.  Bake in 350 degree oven for 35-40 minutes.  Cool in pan.  Frost with sour cream chocolate frosting.  (follows)

Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting:

1 6 oz. pkg. of semi-sweet chocolate pieces

4 Tbsp. butter

1/2 c. sour cream

1 tsp. vanilla

1/4 tsp. salt

2 1/2 c. powdered sugar

Melt chocolate and butter.  Blend in sour cream, vanilla, and salt.  Gradually add powdered sugar until frosting is spreading consistency.  Beat well.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. May 23, 2009 10:04 pm

    Wow, it is sad that family get-togethers have changed to playing video games and transporting them almost everywhere one goes. I wish we could go back to times where kids and adults had fun playing outside without the aid of computers. Nevertheless, I’m glad you all had fun!

    The cake looks very interesting.

  2. oneordinaryday permalink
    May 23, 2009 10:57 pm

    Memoria – It is quite a change having all that technology at our disposal, isn’t it? But believe me, our family enjoys a bunch of crazy antics that don’t have anything to do with those gadgets. We are into board games, talent shows, plays, and so much more. All that other stuff is really just fluff. : )

    – Michelle

  3. May 24, 2009 2:02 am

    Sounds like loads of fun! Having read your blog for awhile now I’m pretty certain you guys are sitting playing video games! :)

  4. June 15, 2009 7:33 am

    Hi, it’s the first time I’ve read your blog and I’m already starting to like it.

    The whole “sauerkraut-in-chocolate-cake” thing horrified me at first. Now, though, I have to admit that I’m seriously intrigued.

  5. oneordinaryday permalink
    June 23, 2009 11:21 am

    Midge – So weird, isn’t it? I think it sounds more strange than it is though. I love zucchini in baked goods and it’s really along those same lines. Let me know if you try it…

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