Friday, April 15, 2011

M is for Mayonnaise Cake

Mayonnaise Cake

This recipe contains no oil and no eggs. Actually, that’s not much of a surprise since they are replaced with mayonnaise, which is made of … oil and eggs. It’s moist and chocolicious and holds up well to something as fancy as a ganache filling or a simple dusting of confectioner’s sugar on top. But the thing that makes this variation special is the Mexican Chocolate Frosting.

My aunt gave me this recipe. No idea where she got it from, though.

Mayonnaise Cake

3 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 cups real mayonnaise
1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

Grease and flour two 9” cake pans. Sift the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Stir in the mayonnaise. Gradually stir in the water and vanilla until batter is blended and smooth. Pour into the prepared pans and bake at 350 degrees F for about 30 minutes or until the cake springs back when touched. Cool completely. Remove layers from pans and frost with:

Mexican Chocolate Frosting

1 12oz package semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 cups sour cream
1/2 to 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler (or in the microwave). Allow to cool down a bit and then add the sour cream and cinnamon.


  1. Wow...seems like a lot of mayo! The cake must be very moist. The frosting looks interesting, too. I hate frosting from a can, and this looks easy enough even for me.

  2. I'm so glad I've found your blog. I'm stopping by from the A to Z challenge and I look forward to reading more from you. Chicken Soup for the Soul has a call out for Food Lover related topics if you are interested in writing nonfiction.

  3. Jenny, I guess if you added the usual eggs and oil it would come out to a similar amount as the mayonnaise. It is really moist, though.

    Welcome, Sylvia. Thanks for the heads up about the writing opp!

  4. I used to make this alot--many moons ago. I like not having to get the mixer out & clean it up after---signs of laziness, maybe? Haven't made it in years, tho and find the icing recipe very interesting! Think I will make for a chocoholic co-worker's birthday in a few weeks---thank you!

  5. Oh my gosh, that sounds fantastic. And my sister is visiting this weekend, which sounds to me like a perfect reason to make a new cake recipe. :)

  6. We made this tonight, and thank you so much for sharing this recipe. My husband now has a new favorite cake. :)

  7. MMM what a delish recipe! I have been putting sour cream in everything lately, so I am definitely- going to have to try that icing- sounds excellent!

  8. Let me know what you think, Nita!

    Helena, I'm so glad you guys enjoyed it!

    Welcome, Claire!