Sauerkraut Surprise Cake


  • Makes12 to 12 servings

Why? Because we can, that’s why.


  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar

  • 2/3 cup butter, softened

  • 3 eggs

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 1 tsp baking soda

  • 1 cup beer

  • 2/3 cup sauerkraut, drained and chopped


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease a 9 x 13 in. (23 x 33 cm) rectangular baking dish.

  • In a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, beat the brown sugar with the butter until creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each. In another bowl, stir (or sift)together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda until thoroughly mixed. Have your child help add this dry mixture to the creamy mixture in three or four portions, alternately with the beer, while you beat the batter until smooth after each addition. (The beer that is left in the bottle is a little perk for the adult cook.)

  • Now comes the weird part - your helper stirs in sauerkraut (shrieking and laughing are mandatory). Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until a toothpick poked into the middle of the cake comes out clean.

  • Cool cake completely before icing with your favourite chocolate (or whatever) frosting. Let everyone just try and guess what’s in it.

This article was originally published on Feb 01, 2002

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