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Basic Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.


9 servings

Updated: Oct. 12, 2022
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


  • 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 in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Just before serving, sprinkle with confectioners' sugar.

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