From Carole Engel, a listener in Portland, Oregon
The Engel family German tradition meets the dry Irish humor of the Conroy family in this melt-in-your-mouth chocolate cake recipe. We loved to watch our guests gape in surprise when the secret ingredient was revealed.
Grease and flour two 8-inch baking pans. Set aside. Set oven temperature to 350 degrees.
One-half cup unsweetened cocoa
Two and one-fourth cups sifted all-purpose flour
Two-thirds cup rinsed, drained and chopped sauerkraut (do not be tempted to squeeze the sauerkraut dry)
Add to the Sauerkraut:
3 lightly beaten egg yolks
1 cup water, at room temperature
Two-thirds cup butter, at room temperature
One and one-half cups refined sugar, or three-fourths cup fruit sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 egg whites, at room temperature
Rising Agent Mixture:
1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda, one-fourth teaspoon salt (stirred together)
To the creamed mixture, beat through alternate additions of the yolk- sauerkraut-water mixture with the flour mixture. Do not allow water to come into direct contact with the flour. Do not overbeat. Carefully but thoroughly fold in the rising agent. Pour the batter into the pans, coasing it evenly into place with a spatula. Bake for 30 minutes.
Mocha Whipped Cream Frosting:
You may wish to brush the cake with coffee liqueur before frosting.
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