Margaret (MacRae) Hart’s Sauerkraut Chocolate Cake

Lisa Hart likes to make her grandmother’s Sauerkraut Chocolate Cake for family gatherings. Her Dad, Don Hart, enjoys a heavy cake like this one.

When she told him she was submitting Margaret (MacRae) Hart’s recipe to the Local Heirloom Cookbook Project, he said, “She would be so proud to have someone still making her recipe”. Lisa is told she is a lot like her grandmother.

She cherishes this recipe because it is one of the few things left that connects her to her grandmother.


  • 2 1/4 cups sifted all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup butter - room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup water
  • 2/3 cup rinsed, drained, and coarsely chopped sauerkraut


  • Mix as usual for ordinary cake, add sauerkraut
  • Bake in 350° oven

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