Yes, sauerkraut is the secret ingredient in this deliciously moist cake popular in the Lincoln era and passed down by descendants.



Give it a try, and if you love it . . . hat’s off to Abe!




½ cup butter

1½ cup sugar

3 eggs

1 tbs. vanilla


2 cups flour

¼ tsp. cream of tartar

¼ tsp. salt

1½ tsp. baking soda

½ cup cocoa powder



1 cup water

2 cups sauerkraut, drained, washed, and chopped

  • Cream together butter and sugar. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Stir in vanilla.
  • Sift together dry ingredients: flour, cream of tartar, salt, baking soda, cocoa powder.
  • Add dry ingredients and water alterately to butter mixture.  Stir in sauerkraut.

Pour into a greased and floured 9×13 inch pan. Bake at 350º  for 35-40 minutes. 



6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate

4 tablespoons butter

½ cup sour cream

1 tsp. vanilla

¼ tsp. salt

2 cups sifted powdered sugar

  • Melt chocolate and butter over low heat.
  • Remove from heat and blend in sour cream. vanilla, and salt.
  • Stir in powdered sugar and blend until smooth.






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Recipe from: A. Lincoln Cookbook: A Cookbook of Epic Portions. Morris Press Cookbooks, Kearney NE, © 2008












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