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Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake Recipe

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake Recipe

Mom always made this special cake for my birthday meal. It's very moist and has a nice, light chocolate taste, and the flavorful frosting is the perfect topping. — Deborah Amrine, Grand Haven, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling YIELD:9-12 servings


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the water, mayonnaise and vanilla until well blended. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa and baking soda; gradually beat into mayonnaise mixture until blended.
  • 2. Pour into greased 9-in. square or 11-in. x 7-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely.
  • 3. For frosting, in a small saucepan. Cook and stir brown sugar in butter until bubbly. Remove from the heat; stir in milk. Gradually add confectioners' sugar; beat until smooth. Frost cake. Yield: 9-12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 416 calories, 19g fat (4g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 354mg sodium, 60g carbohydrate (42g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein

Reviews for Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

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Reviewed Jan. 5, 2016

"I ran across this recipe for a quick snack 4 me fellas,,,,l adjust it a little , I added 11/2 cup of sugar & 4 tbsp of cocoa & caramel glaze no milk or powder sugar poke holes in cake ,,my family love it thanks!"

Reviewed Sep. 15, 2015

"Icing was much too stiff. I had trouble spreading it. The cake was okay but dried out too fast Will likely make again but with a different icing"

Reviewed Sep. 1, 2015

"My famly loves this cake its very moist. For added flavor i add bananas"

Reviewed May. 25, 2015

"This particular recipe is very bland. I also found it very dry, even when removing the cakes early."

Reviewed May. 7, 2015

"EXCELLENT!! I DO substitute one of the teaspoons of soda for one teaspoon of salt, however, AND I add a dash of sweet Marsala wine, just for the heck of it. Thank you so much for posting this recipe!!!"

Reviewed Feb. 8, 2015

"Did not like this cake at all. ended up throwing it out. The icing was too dry and the cake smelled and tasted strongly of baking soda.....never used so much baking soda for anything I baked before.....recipe typo?"

Reviewed Nov. 18, 2014

"I found this to be perfect just the way it is; tastes wonderful and it's super moist. I like it with the frosting or just with a simple whipped cream. It has one down side: it's too delicious to last long!"

Reviewed Nov. 2, 2014

"Try replacing the cocoa with hot chocolate mix, but double the amount of cocoa, it makes it really good and a bit sweeter."

Reviewed Aug. 29, 2014

"My gramma gave this recipe over 40 yrs ago. I still use it to this day. The mayo takes the place of the eggs and oil. Don't try to double it as it will make the cake real heavy. Love it!"

Reviewed Jul. 26, 2014

"Totally Yum just as it is!! But to put this over the top here's what you do. Instead of vanilla in the cake use 1/2 tsp. almond extract. Then add two pinches of salt and 1 tsp of baking powder rather than baking soda. Now for the frosting make sure to use light brown sugar and add in 1 tsp of vanilla. You may need to add an additional tbsp. of powdered sugar. It's beyond amazing. My hubby (not even a chocolate fan) and I had to try really hard not to eat the whole thing in one sitting."

Reviewed Jul. 21, 2014

"The icing got very dry.....maybe I should have used more milk? I covered the cake with Cool Whip. Another layer......"

Reviewed Jul. 17, 2014

"Love this ! Its just like grandma's"

Reviewed Oct. 5, 2013

"My daughter made this recipe for her FACE (home ec) class project. She easily followed the instructions exactly and the frosting. It turned out delicious! She received a perfect score :)"

Reviewed Apr. 13, 2013

"Have made this cake for many years, but use a cup of cold brewed coffee instead of water. It adds great flavor."

Reviewed Mar. 26, 2013

"I am dairy intolerant and on a diet, but this recipe works perfectly with light mayonnaise and sweetener instead of sugar. Thank you!"

Reviewed Feb. 19, 2013

"It's an absolutely delicious cake. I was a bit wary about the mayonnaise but was very surprised when I tried the cake. My guests really enjoyed it and it will now be one of my favourites as it is so quick and easy to make. Just loved the fudge tasting frosting. Definitely 5 stars."

Reviewed Feb. 15, 2013

"I have made this recipe since the 1950's and mine called for hot water and more coco- when I went to a family gathering, they ask me to bring this cake- always go home with an empty pan 13x9 pan.."

Reviewed Feb. 15, 2013

"For those asking for a 9x13--here is a recipe from Farm Journal (no longer published) from over 30 years ago.

3 c. sifted flour, 1/3 c. cocoa 3 t baking soda, 1/2 t. salt, 1 1/2 c. mayonnaise or salad dressing, 1 1/2 c. sugar, 1 1/2 c. cold water, 1 1/2 t. vanilla. Bake 350 for 40 min or until cake tests done. We frost our cake with vanilla buttercream frosting. Enjoy!"

Reviewed Dec. 10, 2012

"I've been making this for years with a few slight changes. 1) I use 1/3 C cocoa 2) I use Cream Cheese Frosting topped with mini chocolate chips and 3) Makes 18 cupcakes. I only bake for 20-23 minutes. They come out perfect every time!!"

Reviewed Jul. 24, 2012

"It is a quick cake to make when you are in a hurry and it tastes really, really good."

Reviewed Dec. 6, 2011

"This cake is so good, I wish I could increase the ingredients to a 9x13 size. I've been making this for years and it disappears very quickly."

Reviewed Sep. 6, 2011

"I didn't think the cake had enough chocolate flavor, and the icing didn't seem to go with it."

Reviewed Jul. 20, 2011

"This cake is so delicious! I love that brown

sugar in the frosting! MMMMMMMMM!"

Reviewed Apr. 2, 2011

"Instead of 3 Tbsp cocoa, I put in 1/2 C. Tastes alot more chocolately!"

Reviewed Aug. 4, 2010

"I found the frosting TOTALLY addictive but the I could taste a slight baking soda taste cake, and even after a night in the refrigerator I can still taste it. And I even used less baking soda. I won't be making the cake again but the frosting is delish!"

Reviewed May. 21, 2010

"I have made this cake many times. I use Miracle Whip since that is what the cake was called in the 50's when I first made it. It has a different taste from the usual chocolate cake. I don't like chocolate cake but this is one I will always eat. I make a simple powdered sugar frosting (butter, conf. sugar, vanilla and cold coffee in place of milk). It gives it a mocha taste which goes very well with the chocolate. To me it does also taste a little like caramel."

Reviewed May. 21, 2010

"Haven't made this yet, my MIL used to make this cake & it was wonderful !

Note to Mrs Kase - perhaps your oven is too HOT / or you over beat the batter ?? Either will cause a cake to sink in the middle."

Reviewed May. 21, 2010

"I don't know about this recipe but my grandmother made this cake all the time while I was growing up in the 60"s she would make a layer cake out of this and make caramel icing and then freeze it......the best child memories ever! ! ! ! !"

Reviewed May. 20, 2010

"When I was 10 years old and other peoples wells were going dry. Mrs. Hardman would come to our house to get water and she would bring this cake. It was the first taste of chocolate cake I ever had and it is still the best! So moist. I love it to this day. Also, I

prefer it with chocolate icing."

Reviewed Nov. 26, 2008

"It sunk in the middle, but burned at the edges!"

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