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Beer and Sauerkraut Chocolate Fudge Cake

Beer and Sauerkraut Chocolate Fudge Cake

Let’s face it. I have a certain reputation for putting odd ingredients in my baking. The world collectively lost its mind when they found out the secret ingredient in my 7 Up Salad, and I kind of get it… I mean, it sounds weird to put mayonnaise in a jello dish. But since I’ve known several famous recipes that include mayonnaise in sweet dishes, it never really fazed me.

An my Spam Pineapple Upside Down Cake sounds kind of weird to some folks, but it’s HUGE in Hawaii.

But this dish? This is one that I would probably run far away from if I knew the ingredients before tasting it. But ladies and gentlemen… I will beg you to bear with me. Because I’m about to blow your minds with the one and only Beer and Sauerkraut Chocolate Fudge Cake.

This is one special cake, I have to say. The use of sauerkraut really makes it hard for most people to get behind it, but it truly makes a very delicious fudgey cake that even kids will LOVE.

Begin by beating together your butter and sugar, creaming them together until light and fluffy. Then beat in your eggs, one at a time and add your vanilla.

Beer & Sauerkraut Chocolate Fudge Cake

In a separate bowl, combine your dry ingredients together. Then slowly add them to your wet mix, alternating with the beer and combining them all together.

Next, stir in your sauerkraut. YUM!

Beer & Sauerkraut Chocolate Fudge Cake
Beer & Sauerkraut Chocolate Fudge Cake

Pour your batter into your favorite cake pan(s), making sure they are well greased and floured, and spread it out.

Beer & Sauerkraut Chocolate Fudge Cake

Bake for about 40 minutes at 350 degrees or until a knife stuck in the center comes out clean and the top has a nice spring to it.

Beer & Sauerkraut Chocolate Fudge Cake

Allow it to cool in the pan for ten minutes before removing it to a plate or platter. Once it is completely cooled, frost with your favorite frosting!

Beer & Sauerkraut Chocolate Fudge Cake

Remember to keep it a secret what’s inside until everyone has tried it. The last thing you want is for people to run away without giving it a chance. It’s so fun to make people guess what’s inside!

Beer & Sauerkraut Chocolate Fudge Cake

This is the perfect cake to make for any sort of German celebration. I try to make it during Oktoberfest, as it’s such a fun theme. I’ve also told people it’s a “REAL” German Chocolate Cake, and they are much more willing to try it.

Beer & Sauerkraut Chocolate Fudge Cake

So what do you say? Are you up for trying this weird and wonderful recipe, or will knowing the secret freak you out??

Beer & Sauerkraut Chocolate Fudge Cake

Beer and Sauerkraut Chocolate Fudge Cake

Yield: 8 - 10 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Though it sounds terrifying, this fudgey chocolate cake will wow even the biggest skeptics. A truly awesome cake for the most die-hard chocolate lovers.


  • 2⁄3 C butter
  • 1 1⁄2 C granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1⁄2 C cocoa
  • 2 1⁄4 C all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1⁄4 tsp salt
  • 1 C beer
  • 2⁄3 C sauerkraut, rinsed and drained


  1. Cream together the butter and sugar, beating until light and fluffy.
  2. Beat in the eggs, one at a time.
  3. Add in vanilla.
  4. Combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
  5. Add some of the dry mix into the egg mixture, and stir. Then add half the beer, and stir. Continue alternating dry ingredients and beer into the bowl, ending with the dry ingredients.
  6. Stir in sauerkraut.
  7. Pour batter into greased and floured cake pans.
  8. Bake at 350°F for about 40 minutes, or until cake tests done.
  9. Cool for 10 minutes, then turn out of pan(s).
  10. Cool completely and frost with your favorite fudge icing.


  • The type of beer doesn't matter so much, so try different varieties to see which you like best.
  • Frosting is a matter of preference. You can totally eat this without any, but I really love either chocolate fudge or a nice marshmallow frosting!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 475Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 111mgSodium: 547mgCarbohydrates: 70gFiber: 2gSugar: 38gProtein: 7g

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Monday 7th of November 2022

Many years ago, the New Orleans Times Picayune published a recipe for April Fools Day Cake. It uses Nestles semisweet chocolate chips and sauerkraut and is so good. No one ever guesses the sauerkraut. I can’t wIt to try this one with beer.

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Monday 12th of September 2022

[…] highly urge you to try my Velveeta Peanut Butter Fudge. It’s… AH-MAZING. I also have a Beer and Saurkraut Fudge Cake that freaks people out, but it is also so freaking good. Look, just search up fudge in the upper […]


Friday 28th of December 2018

Chocolate and sauerkraut are such a weird combination but I can't help but love it! Thank you for sharing!

Miranda Owen

Tuesday 11th of December 2018

I would have never thought to add beer! What a great idea! Thanks!

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