Moist, flavorful cake made with sauerkraut


November 29, 2000|By Ellen Hawks | Ellen Hawks,SUN STAFF

Rolie S. Webb of Hope Mills, N.C., requested a recipe that he found in the paper a few years ago. "I threw the paper away. It was a chocolate sauerkraut cake with beer in it. Recently I found your address in the Fayetteville Observer-Times and would thank you for your help in finding this recipe."

Mary Herberger of Sioux Falls, S.D., responded with a recipe that came from "Recipes of Americana" by Carole Eberly.

Sauerkraut-and-Beer Cake

Serves 16

2/3 cup butter, softened

1 1/2 cups sugar

3 eggs

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

1/2 cup cocoa

2 1/4 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup beer

2/3 cup (8-ounce can) rinsed, drained and chopped sauerkraut

Cream butter and sugar. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Mix in vanilla. Sift dry ingredients together and beat into creamed mixture, alternating with beer. Stir in sauerkraut. Pour into 2 greased 8-inch round cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Remove from pans, cool on wire racks and frost with favorite chocolate icing.

Tester Laura Reiley's comments: "Be sure to rinse the sauerkraut very well, squeezing it tightly ... until no liquid drains from it. The ... cake has no evidence of tangy sauerkraut - the little squiggles seem more like coconut than cabbage! The cake is moist, not intensely chocolaty but very flavorful. It is best with a rich, fudgy icing."

Recipe requests:

Adele Schwarz of Baldwin writes that she and her husband "enjoyed dining at Maison Marconi's and I would like to have the recipe for their salad and dressing with anchovies."

Theresa Hebrank of Columbia wrote, "I just moved here from Connecticut and had dinner at Planet Hollywood at the Inner Harbor. I loved their spinach-dip appetizer. Please get the recipe for me."

If you are looking for a recipe or can answer a request for a hard-to-find recipe, write to Ellen Hawks, Recipe Finder, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278. If you send more than one recipe, please put each on a separate sheet of paper with your name, address and daytime phone number. Important: Please list the ingredients in order of use, and note the number of servings each recipe makes. Please type or print contributions. Letters may be edited for clarity.

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