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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NancyS1955 User ID: 3437169 254653
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2016

"This is the recipe that I had passed onto me: I made this version, but tried the coffee instead of the water for a mocha flavor.

chocolate Mayonnaise cake
2 c. flour
1 c. sugar
1/4 c. cocoa
1 t.baking soda
1. t. baking powder
1/4 t. salt
1 c. Miracle Whip or Hellman's Mayo)
1 c. hot water
1 t. vanilla
Frosting: I double it, they love this creamy, buttery frosting!)
3 T.cornstarch
1 c. milk
1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. shortening
1 c. sugar
1 t. vanilla
Preheat oven to 350.
Measure ingredients into the mixing bowl in order given. Mix together well.
Spread in a greased 9" x 13" pan. bake 30 - 35 mins.
Cool and frost in pan.
Pour milk into a saucepan and slowly add the cornstarch a tablespoon at a time over low heat until thickened. Stir constantly for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool until mixture is cool to touch. Cream butter and sugar .
Add a small portion of the cornstarch mixture and beat with a mixer. Slowly add until all is gone and keep beating until icing is thick, and creamy and fairly stiff. Make sure all sugar crystals are dissolved."

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?"

58florene User ID: 7933688 385
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!"

remiakaMegan User ID: 8068370 726
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."

cindyrn54 User ID: 2109029 1516
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!"

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