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Saturday
Jan292011

Food Porn: Chocolate Sauerkraut Cake, v. 1.0


gluten-free and vegan Chocolate Sauerkraut Cake, v. 1.0

Yes, you read that correctly: chocolate sauerkraut cake. Think about it - sweet + salty + bitter + sour. Four of the five essential flavors. Actually, as I think about it, sauerkraut is pretty pungent, so can we add that fifth flavor to the list too?  If so, this cake may just have the potential to satisfy all our flavor needs.

Both the cake and frosting are gluten-free, vegan, and made without refined sugars and gums. And as a bonus, I didn't use tree nuts or coconut either!  I just licked out the frosting bowl and ate a piece two pieces of cake.  It needs a bit of tweaking, and when I'm done,  I'll share the recipe with you.  I think you'll love it.

Want to come over for a slice? I have a whole pan, and one of my housemates doesn't like cake. (!!!)

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Reader Comments (12)

Oh. my. I can't wait for the recipe.

January 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBlaine

Sauerkraut? Really? Hmmm... You had me at chocolate and lost me at Sauerkraut. lol. But the pictures look fantastic, so I guess it would be worth a try! :)

January 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCassandra

@Blaine - Thanks :) Soon, soon!

@Cassandra - It doesn't taste like sauerkraut. But I'm partial, I really don't understand how people don't like kraut, tending to believe that they've never had good kraut or it has been prepared badly. :) Think of this cake like chocolate zucchini bread - that's good, right? So, be open minded! :)

January 29, 2011 | Registered CommenterKim @ Affairs of Living

Okay, maybe we really were sisters in another life. Did you just make this up? My mother used to make a chocolate cake with sauerkraut!!! TRUE. I don't know where she got the recipe, but my sisters and I loved it (as we loved anything with chocolate). Your frosting looks to die for. I'd be licking that bowl myself. And yes, of course I'd like to come over for a piece! :)

January 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRicki

Wow Kim - that cake is gorgeous! I would have never, ever thought to put kraut in cake but I bet it works!

I have to cut my kids off from the kraut jar or they would eat the whole thing in a matter of minutes - call 'em sauerkraut addicts. It's a good thing! I think they would be upset if I used it in cake though! :)

where can i find this recipe?

January 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlaneika

Speaking of kraut and clay- do you make fermenting crocks? Been looking for one smaller than the Harsch Crock, which is great but pretty big.

January 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterT.Reece

@Ricki - I saw the idea online and had heard about through word of mouth for years. I love their your family ate sauerkraut cake! I still think we're long-lost sisters

@Ali - your children are like little gems. You should try the sauerkraut in baked goods idea - i'm sure you'd come up with something amazing. My dad used to make a homemade, yeast-raised savory sauerkraut bread all the time, and it was amazing. I'd like to try some kind of savory GF bread next :)

@Laneika - as I said int he post, I will be sharing the recipe soon. it is not online anywhere yet. please check back!

@T.Reece - Funny you ask! I am going to try making my first fermenting crock at the studio today! What a strange coincidence. I'll let you know how it turns out and if I start making them to sell on my Etsy site. :) I am hoping to make one that could hold a one gallon batch (5 pounds of cabbage). Evenually I'll try making one that holds larger batches (maybe a 3 gallon) but I susually make kraut in 1 gallon batches and would love to have a smaller crock!

January 30, 2011 | Registered CommenterKim @ Affairs of Living

Amazing, Kim! As a nutritionist who works a lot with healing the gut as one of the core basics of bringing all health issues into balance, I love using the probiotic foods wherever they can be incorporated. This recipe takes the cake! ; ) I can't wait to see details and make it for my family and clients to try. Thanks for all you do. Keep the inspiration coming!

January 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

Now I need to go eat chocolate. Looks amazing - kind of like you channeled Sara Lee for that design!

January 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaggie

Wow, you got my attention! I have tried many food pairings, but never sauerkraut and chocolate. This is really interesting and looks delicious. I look forward to trying the recipe.

So are you sure it still needs tweaking? Sounds like a success to me! Can't wait to see the recipe.

January 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCara
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