I have turned up my nose at this cake for years. Who in their right mind would bake a perfectly good chocolate cake with mayonnaise? Mayonnaise goes on a great hamburger, in Southern pimento cheese or in your best chicken salad, but a cake no way! After making Mayonnaise Rolls for my students I had a lot of mayo left over and decided after being bombarded with the advertisment for this cake that I would actually try it. Tell me that ads don’t have power over the mind because that’s the only reason I tried the recipe. Who can resist the way the cake looks in the ad just so mouthwatering and moist! So here is the lowdown on the mayonnaise cake.
My students were just as skeptical as I have been. They all thought that it would be the yuckiest cake ever! ” Mayonnaise isn’t even good on a sandwich,” they said. So with the help of an angel each period I followed the recipe to a T. Without me pointing it out the students all noticed and commented that it was a really thin batter. Don’t be alarmed if you try your hand at this, it will be an extremely thin batter, but it turns out to be an extremely moist cake. I think that it is best served right out of the oven with a dusting of powdered sugar or maybe a dollop of whipped cream. I made it the next weekend as a layer cake with a buttercream icing. It did not live up to my expectations, but I am not a lover of icing either. I love the cake layers much better. I know that it is a sin and I have been chastised by many. It is just too sweet for me.
This is a great dessert if you are in a hurry and want something simple to make. And I’ll bet that you will have all the ingredients on hand. It will be a winner! I was pleasantly surprised and my students loved it! They talked about it for days and that it a good thing.
Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake from Hellmann’s
Yield 12 servings
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 3 eggs
- 1 2/3 cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup Hellman’s mayonnaise
- 1 1/3 cups water
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease and flour 2 9-inch round cake pans.
- In a medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
- In a large bowl beat eggs, sugar, and vanilla for 3 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add mayonnaise and beat until mixed.
- Alternately beat in flour and water beginning and ending with the flour mixture.
- Pour into prepared pans.
- Bake for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- Cool for 10 minutes and remove from pans. Cool completely.
- Frost if desired or dust with powdered sugar.