Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake Recipe
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Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake Recipe

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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
MAKES:9-12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 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

Nutritional Facts

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


  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.
Originally published as Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake in Taste of Home June/July 1993, p37

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2124arizona User ID: 845443 268359
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2017

"The mayonnaise on this recipe makes for a very moist cake. I've even enjoyed it without the icing!"

walkerjo User ID: 7514182 264038
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2017

"This is a funny story. Years ago, I made something like this. One of our company was half way through his cake, saying how delicious & moist it was. When I told him about the mayo, he wouldn't finish his cake, cause he didn't like mayo. Duh. I'll have to try this again , looks good."

Corwin44 User ID: 7541400 261814
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2017

"I did not like this cake. My favorite chocolate cake to make is made with sour cream which makes the cake super moist and delicious, so I thought this was the same concept. However, in my sour cream cake you cannot taste the sour cream. This cake was very dense and tasted heavily of mayo. The pro of this cake was that it came together very easily with ingredients I have on hand. Needless to say I will not be making this again."

tsuop User ID: 6274346 261737
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2017 Edited Feb. 25, 2017

"I have made this exact recipe for many years. This cake, as written, is delicious!!!"

Foxxy72 User ID: 8686890 241117
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!"

margaretderrick User ID: 5513737 232974
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"

Sonia Croslow User ID: 5876489 232143
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2015

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

skred9256 User ID: 8389893 226948
Reviewed May. 25, 2015

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

wallywharton User ID: 8365338 226052
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!!!"

Jax720 User ID: 8191707 219988
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?"

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