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Sauerkraut Cake

Updated: Apr 3, 2019

How can I use Fermented Foods Every meal, Every Day? Let us show you the ways.... We made this as market sampler - was very popular with the kids. I have since made it for my son's birthday, at his request. The cake is moist and fudgy, He really likes that the icing is not too sweet.

I substituted the water with sauerkraut juice and left the batter for for 5-8 hours on the bench. This allows the batter to ferment and helps make the gluten more digestable.

Recipe courtesy of Ferment! Festival Auckland đź’•


We've been a digging for this piece of recipe gold! Way back in the 1960s the National Kraut Packers Association, of America, put together a pamphlet called Put Some Kraut in Your Life (with a very funky title page - might I add). Perhaps you might want to make this....or at least just marvel at how your mother used to treat friends to dinner parties on a Friday night.

Chocolate Sauerkraut Cake with Mayonnaise Frosting by the National Kraut Packers’ Association

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 3/4 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup water

  • 3 large eggs, room temperature

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar

  • 1 1/2 cups sauerkraut, rinsed and drained (Fresh, frozen, or canned)

  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Frosting and Filling

  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips, melted

  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise

  • 2/3 cup sweetened, shredded coconut

  • 2/3 cup pecans, chopped


1. For the cake: Adjust two oven racks to the upper-middle and lower-middle positions and heat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour three 9-inch cake pans. Whisk the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk the water, eggs, and vanilla in a large measuring cup.

2. With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat the butter and sugar together until fluffy, about 2 minutes, scraping down the bowl as necessary. Add the flour mixture and the water mixture alternately in two batches, beating after each addition until combined. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the sauerkraut and pecans. Divide the batter evenly among the prepared pans and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes, rotating and switching the pan positions halfway through baking. Cool the cakes in the pans for 10 minutes then, turn out onto a rack to cool completely, at least 30 minutes.

3. For the frosting and filling: Whisk the melted chocolate chips and mayonnaise in a medium bowl and reserve 2 cups. To the frosting remaining in the bowl, add 1/3 cup of the coconut and 1/3 cup of the chopped pecans (this is the filling).

4. Spread half the filling on one cake layer. Repeat with the second layer and the remaining filling. Top with the final layer and spread the top and sides of the cake with the reserved frosting. Press the remaining coconuts and pecans into the sides of the cake. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. (The cake can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.)

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