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“Surprise” German Chocolate Cake

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Take a good, hard look at that photo.  Just a typical German Chocolate Cake, right?  Think again…  This recipe has a top secret ingredient!  I recently made this cake for a party and didn’t tell anyone the surprise twist for dessert.  Everyone was wagering a guess:  from cinnamon to chopped apples to baby food!  I smirked, knowing all their jaws would drop when I revealed the secret….

german cake whole

The unique ingredient inside this German Chocolate Cake – sauerkraut!  To tell you the truth, after I made the cake I was a little nervous to take that first bite.  I had no idea if the fermented cabbage would ruin a perfectly good dessert.  You have to believe me when I tell you it was outstanding!  You couldn’t taste the sauerkraut at all and, in fact, it gave the cake a wonderful texture.  The key is to rinse the sauerkraut thoroughly and chop it finely.  All of the guests at the party were thrilled when the secret was revealed and couldn’t believe their taste buds.  I actually enjoyed this recipe so much it made me wonder why I would ever make a German Chocolate Cake without sauerkraut!  Give it a try and see if you can stump your friends and family too!

german cake slice

SURPRISE GERMAN CHOCOLATE CAKE  (click here to view and print recipe)

Ingredients:

2/3 cup butter

1 1/3 cups white sugar

3 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

2 1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/4 cups water

2/3 cup rinsed, drained and chopped sauerkraut

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 8-inch cake pans or one 9 x 13 pan.

2.  Thoroughly cream together butter and sugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla.

3.  Sift together cocoa, flour, baking powder, soda, and salt, and add alternately with water to egg mixture. Stir in the sauerkraut. Pour batter into prepared pans.

4.  Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes or until a wooden pick comes out clean.  Cool completely and frost (recipe follows).

German Chocolate Cake Frosting

1 cup evaporated milk

1 cup brown sugar

3 egg yolks

1/2 cup butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup chopped pecans

1 1/3 cups flaked coconut

In a large saucepan combine evaporated milk, brown sugar, egg yolks, butter and vanilla. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until thick. Remove from heat and stir in pecans and coconut. Let cool to room temperature before spreading on cake.

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