Basic Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake Recipe

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My mother used to make a simple peanut better frosting for this cake when taking it to church suppers or family picnics. My husband's favorite way to eat it is warm from the oven with a glass of milk.—Wanita Ann Aldrich, Hinsdale, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:9 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 9 servings


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • Dash salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Confectioners' sugar


  1. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Add the water, mayonnaise and vanilla; beat on medium speed until well blended.
  2. Pour into a greased 9-in. square baking pan. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Just before serving, sprinkle with confectioners' sugar. Yield: 9 servings.
Originally published as Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake in Country Woman November/December 2004, p35

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Sprowl User ID: 29186 124560
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2013

"This cake has been a favorite in our family, since the 50's. But with a few changes-- We use cake flour, 4 T. cocoa and 1 t. baking powder. We have never noticed a baking soda taste. It's just a chocolate wonder!"

snowmoss User ID: 3204059 61503
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2011

"I might back off on the baking soda next time, it had a little baking soda aftertaste"

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