Friday, May 20, 2011

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

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There's a good chance Grandma or Grandpa baked you this cake when you were little. It's a depression-era cake with some massive staying power! Eggs & butter were hard to come by back then (they were rationed) so rather than wasting them in a cake (in my book that is the best use of eggs!! LOL) the smart little homemakers back then discovered mayonnaise as a substitute. It makes perfect sense - it's made with oil & eggs so it replaces them very well. This is a super dense, moist & wonderful cake! Hands down my husband's favorite. I can tell you're still skeptical - chocolate & mayonnaise... together!!? YES! I promise, You. Will. Love. It!

Here are your ingredients:

Baking soda, baking powder, cocoa powder, mayonnaise, sugar, flour, vanilla & water.

First mix together all of your dry ingredients.

Then plop in all your mayo. I know - it looks like a lot. Just trust me!

Give it a good mixing & get it all incorporated. Slowly add in the water & vanilla.

Hey! Look! It's starting to look like cake batter!!

Pout it into a prepped pan & bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes.

Let it cool completely & then frost it with your favorite chocolate frosting. As I've mentioned before, I LOVE the one on the canister of Hershey's Unsweetened Cocoa Powder.


I totally spaced it on taking a picture of the cake all prettied up with candles on top! LOL Woops! But this way you get to see inside! Yum! Seriously. YUM.

I really hope you'll give it a try! You will love it.

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake:

3 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
2 1/4 tsp baking powder
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
1 1/2 cups water
2 tsp vanilla extract

Mix all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add in mayonnaise & combine well. Gradually stir in water & vanilla & blend until smooth. Pour into prepared pan.

Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes. Cool completely before frosting with your favorite chocolate frosting.


  1. THis is my hubby's fav cake!! He always wants me to fix it for hime. He grew up with his mom making it.

  2. Yes this cake is indeed delish. Funny I thought my mom was the only one who made it, seems to be a classic i see. It is one of our families favoerites too. theres no other cake like it. soooooo good.