Whether you are eating for one or have a family of four getting back in the kitchen can be simple, savory, nutritious, and incredibly edible!
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
"German" Style Dark Chocolate Cake
This cake is so moist and delicious it almost seems decadent...almost! I love the secret ways to kick up the nutrition in desserts. You can increase fiber, vitamins and minerals, and decrease saturated fats and sugar all with a little help from fruits and vegetables! If you are craving something dark and chocolately don't let the secret ingredient in this recipe stop you! Curious?
Yes, that is right--SAUERKRAUT! Don't snub your nose just yet. Give this probiotic and fiber packed cake a whirl and you will have your guests raving--without knowing the secret ingredient! I made two cakes with 1 can. First, I dusted with powdered sugar and the second I drizzled with a chocolate sauce and sprinkled with pecans. You can also dress this up with orange zest! Trust me and give this a try!
"German" Dark Chocolate Cake
2 cups Flour, All-Purpose
1 1/3 cup Sugar
1 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
2/3 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1/2 tsp Instant Coffee Granules (OPTIONAL)
1/2 cup Butter, melted
1 1/2 cup Hot Water
1 tsp Vanilla
1 cup Sauerkraut, blended until smooth
Cooking Spray and Cocoa for dusting pan
Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a bundt pan with cooking spray. Dust with cocoa powder instead of flour.
In a large mixing bowl or in the bowl of an electric mixer, combine flour, sugar, baking soda and 2/3 cup of cocoa, and coffee granules. Add melted butter, hot water and vanilla extract; mix well. Add sauerkraut and blend thoroughly.
Pour batter into prepared bundt pan; bake in center of oven until a tester inserted in center of cake comes out clean, about 55 to 60 minutes. Cool cake in pan for about 20 minutes and then turn out onto a baking rack to cool completely. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of cocoa powder before slicing into 14 pieces. Yields 1 slice per serving.
Looking back, most of my fondest memories are accompanied by fabulous food, family, and friends. As a dietitian, wife, and athlete my thoughts constantly revolve around food. This blog is meant to share some of my "edible thoughts" on ways to save time, create quick treats, balance the scales of life, and focus on health. I hope you find something tasty to chew on!