Recipe for German Surprise Chocolate Cake


2 1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cup sugar
2/3 cup butter or shortening
3 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cocoa
1 cup beer
2/3 cup sauerkraut, chopped, rinsed, and dr; ained
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoon cream
1 teaspoon vanilla


1. Cream butter and sugar together. 2. Add eggs one at a time. 3. Add beer. 4. Add cocoa. 5. Sift together, flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. 6. Add to creamed mixture slowly, until all is mixed. 7. Fold in sauerkraut. 8. Put into a slightly greased 9 by 15 inch baking pan. 9. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes at 375 degrees F.


1. Cream cream cheese. 2. Add cream and vanilla. 3. Add sugar slowly. 4. Mix well until all ingredients are blended. 5. Spread over top of cake.

NOTE: The sauerkraut might seem like a strange ingredient in a chocolate pie, but it actually tastes like coconut when the cake is baked.

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