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Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake Recipe

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake Recipe

Mom always made this special chocolate mayo 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 11x7-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in 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.

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Reviewed Oct. 30, 2017

"Made cake for the first time. Just the right size cake for hubby and me. Icing is very good but cake needs lots more chocolate. Hardly tastes of chocolate. Three tablespoons of chocolate just not enough. Will make again and add about a fourth of a cup of cocoa (like some other recipes call for) plus a tsp. of coffee granules."

Reviewed Aug. 20, 2017

"I love this cake. My mother made it for us as children. I don't use Mayo I use Miracle Whip and it's very tasty. This is a very moist cake. My mom would make this and cut it in half and then cut it in in big pieces and make Suzy Q's. Keep up with the great recipes."

Reviewed Aug. 11, 2017

"I grew up eating this cake and so did my mother and her mother... it's my moms favorite cake so I looked it up online to surprise her . I followed the recipe and it tasted just like my grandmothers! She loved it and had a great birthday! Thanks!"

Reviewed Jun. 24, 2017

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

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."

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."

Reviewed Feb. 24, 2017 Edited Feb. 25, 2017

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

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"

Sonia Croslow
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2015

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

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