we are off to toronto for our family celebration, today!
because i have birthday on the brain this weekend, here is a recipe for birthday cake. now, this is not just any generic betty-crocker style baked dessert – no, this is a super-duper cake that i am unearthing from the depths of the family recipe vault.
mom used to make this cake for our birthday parties, when we were little. what makes this cake unique is that it features a secret ingredient: sauerkraut!
i know!! how bizarre – you are right! and the funny thing is that i have never, ever liked sauerkraut…but i have always adored this cake. [tangent: did anybody else think that sauerkraut was actually spelled sour-kraut, when they were little? i totally did! hey – it tastes sour, we have a food called sour cream…made sense to me!].
sauerkraut chocolate cake
- 2 1/4 c all-purpose flour
- 1/2 c unsweetened cocoa
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2/3 c butter at room temperature
- 1 1/2 c sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 c strong coffee (can use instant)
- 2/3 c sauerkraut (rinsed, drained, chopped)
[ok, the joke is on me. i have never actually made this cake, and just now, typing the recipe, i am incredulous that there is coffee in this cake!! i never knew! and how funny that i am recommending this cake when coffee and i are currently on the outs!].
combine first five ingredients in a large bowl. cream butter with electric mixer [yes, this recipe comes from the collection mom hand-wrote for me with basic-level instructions – much needed] at medium speed. gradually add sugar and eggs, one at a time. add vanilla. add liquid and dry ingredients alternately, beginning and ending with flour. stir in sauerkraut.
bake in two greased and waxed-paper lined 8-9″ pans [mom always used round] at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes.
fill and frost with chocolate satin frosting…
chocolate satin frosting
- 3 1/2 1 oz squares unsweetened chocolate
- 3 cups icing sugar
- 3 tablespoons hot water
- 1 egg
- 1/2 c butter or margarine (at room temperature)
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
melt chocolate in large mixing bowl over hot water. remove from heat. with electric mixer, blend in sugar and water. beat in egg, then butter and vanilla. frosting will be thin at this point so place bowl in ice water. beat til of spreading consistency. [ok, to be honest, that sounds like a lot of work. mom, you were a dear woman to go to all this fuss for our birthday cakes – thank you!].
if we were celebrating dad’s 70th at home this weekend, maybe we could have convinced mom to revive the sauerkraut tradition!
are there any recipes that you love that have a weird ‘n’ wonderful secret ingredient? i have another cake recipe where one of the ingredients is COKE! it’s a pretty darn tasty cake, too!
today is also grey cup sunday (the canadian football league equivalent of the super bowl – take my word for it that it’s much less impressive than the super bowl extravaganza). the b.c. lions are taking on the winnipeg blue bombers. plus, it’s the 99th grey cup – that’s pretty cool! i’ll cheer for winnipeg just because that is where gina lives – hey, that’s a good reason, right?!
favourite football player ever? me -> joe montana followed by dan marino.
(for saturday november 26): yesterday i was thankful for…dad!