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Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting

Everyone always asks what the secret ingredient of this cake is and they are definitely surprised when I tell them: Mayonnaise! It give it such a zippy flavor.—Susan Brauer, Aurora, Colorado
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    9-12 servings

Ingredients

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

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa and baking soda. Add water, mayonnaise and vanilla; beat at medium speed until thoroughly combined.
  • Pour into a greased 9-in. square or an 11x7-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until cake tests done. Cool completely.
  • For frosting, melt butter in a saucepan. Stir in brown sugar; cook and stir until bubbly. Remove from the heat and stir in milk. Gradually add confectioners' sugar; beat by hand until frosting is of spreading consistency. Immediately frost cake.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 416 calories, 19g fat (4g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 354mg sodium, 60g carbohydrate (42g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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