Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

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
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease and flour 2 9-inch round cake pans.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, and baking powder.  Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl beat eggs, sugar, and vanilla for 3 minutes or until light and fluffy.  Add mayonnaise and beat until mixed.
  5.  Alternately beat in flour and water beginning and ending with the flour mixture.
  6. Pour into prepared pans.
  7. Bake for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  8. Cool for 10 minutes and remove from pans.  Cool completely.
  9. Frost if desired or dust with powdered sugar.



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79 responses to “Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

  1. Noel

    Whenever I heard the name “chocolate mayonnaise cake” I instantly thought “that has to be the nastiest cake ever. To my surprise, it was so much better then the name made it sound.

  2. victoria 1st

    i learned that if you add mayonaise to cake it makes the cake softer

  3. Evan

    The cake looks quite delicious and after eating the mayonnaise rolls i am no longer skeptical. The mayonaise isn’t an overwhelming taste and actually fits right in. I learned that mayonnaise can be used in cakes and biscuits and it adds to the taste by making it moist and soft.

  4. haley

    I learned that mayonnaise in a cake tastes good. You must cool completely before you dust on the powdered sugar.

  5. noelle welch

    I didnt know the cake would not come out fluffy.

  6. Grace W

    I Really Dont Enjoy MAyonnaise But I Love Chocolate So This Looks To Be An Interesting Twist For My Tastebuds

  7. Case

    I learned you can use mayonaise to make a good cake.

  8. adrea 1st period

    i learned that you cant taste the mayonnaise at all.

  9. daija armstead

    i learned that mayonnaise can be used in anything besides on sandwiches.

  10. Angel W. 2nd pd

    I learned that mayo can make the cake moist.

  11. Courtney T.

    I thought that you would be able to taste the mayonnaise in the cake, but you cant, its just a subsitution.

  12. Kayla W 2nd

    I learned that you can bake sweet foods with mayonnaise and that mayonnaise is mostly oil.

  13. Kaleigh Kraus

    I learned that sprinkling powder sugar over the top of the cake is a great substitute for icing the cake, and it is less calories.

  14. brianna blair

    I learned that you can use mayonnaise for alot of thing including this cake.

  15. britnee

    i see that you can use mayonnaise for many diff. purposes not just on a sandwhich i saw that you cant really taste the mayonnaise you put into it it just made the cake moist and delicious(:

  16. Katherine lackey

    I learned that you can stick a toothpick in the center of the cake and if it comes out clean then you know the cake is fully baked.

  17. jada

    didnt know you would add 1/4 teaspoon baking powder or 1 cup Hellman’s mayonnaise

  18. andrea brown 2nd period

    i learned that just because it has an ingredient in it that does not mean you can taste it

  19. Paige Horton 2nd

    I learned that if you have the time, you should definitely ice the cake it brings out the chocolate flavors.

  20. I learned that because of the thin batter, the cake will be very moist.

  21. Hector Melara

    i learned that mayo can substitute for a fat and it doesnt taste like mayo in the food

  22. chell

    i loved it , its really moist.

  23. cristian Valencia 3rd

    I’ve learned that you should place a toothpick inside to cake to tell that it is done.

  24. grayling

    I love eating cake when its hot, but now i know to let it completely cool before eating.

  25. Maryann Rodriguez 3rd

    i didn’t know that you checked if a cake was done with a toothpick! (:

  26. Brittany Collins

    I learned that just because you put an odd food in sweets, doesn’t mean that it will taste horrid. I also learned that you insert a toothpick to see if your cake is finished.

  27. Tyler Shaw 3rd

    i did not know that you use baking power and baking soda

  28. whitney hobbs

    After reading the article and recipe for this Chocolate Mayonnise Cake, I learned it requires a cup of Hellman’s mayonnaise to prepare this desert. That’s a LOT of mayonnaise!!

  29. Jude Thornton

    I learned that having mayonnaise in a recipe is an easy way to add moisture to what you are baking.

  30. Beth B.

    I learned that you use 29-inch round cake pans and can put frost or dust it with powdered sugar after its done baking if you want.

  31. Austin 3rd

    i learned that mayonaisse helped make the cake more moist

  32. Morgan Woods

    I learned that if you stick a toothpick inside the cake and it comes out clean then the cake is done.

  33. Catie Mullinax-3rd

    I didn’t know you needed to add baking soda and baking powder along with cocoa powder.

  34. Tiffany Swanson

    This looks delicious even though I hate mayo! I didnt know you could cool a cake for only 10 mins I thought it took longer then that.

  35. Sydnee 3rd

    I learned that you can put it in a cake and it not end up gross!!

  36. Trey Irving

    I didn’t know that cake would actually be good with mayonnaise

  37. Kori Howard .

    I Learned That You Can Make A Cake With Mayonnaise . This Cakes Looks Very Good As Well ! I Wonder How ItWould Taste With The Mayonnaise And All . I Also Learn How To Level A Cake From A Cooking Channel !

  38. courtney vasquez

    i learned that the cake will be very moist if you use mayo.

  39. frederick welch

    I learned that the batter is really thin but the cake still turns out moist. And that you have to let it cool completely

  40. Payton Horton

    I learned that mayonnaise is a great way to make a very moist cake and that you can’t even taste the mayonnaise.

  41. Emily Cunningham 3rd

    I learned reading this recipe that is required to use two nine inch round cake pans that are greased and floured to get the best result for your cake!

  42. Jameshia Broome

    I have learned that you can use mayonnaise to make a cake !

  43. travis platt

    i am not a big fan of sweets all the time but i can eat a cake with some milk. and mayo is a good addtive

  44. morganbarnwell 4th

    i learned that even if a batter is very thin, it can still make for a moist and delicious cake. also, even if you’re skeptical, you should still try something because you may end up loving it.

  45. Rebecca D. 4th

    I learned that a good way to see if the cake is done is to stick a toothpick in it and make sure it comes out clean.

  46. Cole Small

    I foundout that you must beat the eggs for a good cake like this one.

  47. tahir f.

    i learned i should alternatively beat the flour and water together

  48. regan 4th

    if the toothpick comes out clean, the cake is ready.

  49. Nikki Burns Lupo 4th block

    i learned that the batter will look really thin, but it is suppose to be really thin.

  50. jamile h

    I learned that you can put mayonnaise in cake, and that you have to add baking soda, and baking powder if you want your cake to turn out correcct.

  51. Audrey Carroll 4th

    I learned you have to have 3 eggs



  53. morgan h

    i learnded that you can put mayoniase in cake

  54. melijah mason

    i would never think mayonnaise and chocolate cake would go together.

  55. Ali

    I didnt know it would be good to use mayonnaise to use on a chocolate cake and it be good.

  56. Raenah B.

    When making this I learned you must pre- heat the oven to 350 degrees

  57. Chelsea T. 4th.

    I have never heard of putting mayonnaise in a dessert, much less in a chocolate cake. Because of this recipe I now see that mayonnaise can be used to make a cake very moist. I have not tried this recipe myself, but I definitely plan to.

  58. Jorman Gonzalez

    i have never heard of a mayonnaise cake, it seems odd at first, but if you read the recipe its seems like a good cake to try. the cake looks fantastic. and who doesnt love chocolate?

  59. jaredumiller 4th

    I didnt know that you could substitute mayonaise instead of butter.

  60. arkell evans 4th period

    I learned that making a cake with mayonnaise can still taste good and you wont be able to taste it.

  61. madison hayes

    mayo is a good subsatute for other things in baking

  62. DS1st

    Who would have thought mayonnaise and Chocolate could be used in the same Recipe

  63. Bria Roberts

    I learned that when you dont feel like making icing you can just put powderd sugar on it and it tast just the same.

  64. alina m

    i learned that you have to grease and flour the pan!

  65. astrid vazquez

    astrid 1st period –
    i learned that if you insert a toothpick and it comes out clean the cake is ready (:

  66. Keiara

    i never knew you could mix chocolate and mayo together, sounds very interesting.

  67. Anna Acker 4th Period

    I did not know that you could use mayo in a cake, but it looks very good and probably tastes just as good as it looks.

  68. olivia4thalbanese

    you use a toothpick to see if its ready… if the cake is redy the toothpick will come out clean!

  69. Olivia Walker

    I learned that when you check if it is done you can insert a tootpick and if it comes out clean then it is ready to go.

  70. Taylor MIles

    I learned mayonnaiose is not as bad as i thought it was and makes some great foods

  71. Destiny W.

    This cake looks very tasty. I learned that mayo can be used to make many foods and that the batter for this cake will be very thin.

  72. Kyle 1st

    I learned that mayonaise can be used to make a cake moist

  73. Ivry

    I learned that you can use mayonnaise to help cook different things. Also it is an easy dessert to cook and tasty.

  74. amanda ricciardi 1st

    I learned that you have to cool the cake completely and then ice it!

  75. Ali 2nd pd

    I learned that you could use mayo in a cake, that really surprised me when you couldnt taste it!

  76. Mary DePaola

    I learned that you could put mayonaise in cake

  77. Antione

    I learned that even though I’m not a huge fan of mayo, that is can be used in a lot of different foods. and they turn out great.

  78. Tyra Alston 3rd

    I learned that adding mayo to your cake mix will make your cake softer .

  79. Irene Brooks

    I read your article and Chocolate Mayonaise Cake recipe in the December issue of Villa Rica
    News and Views and have a question. Can Hellman’s Light Mayo be used instead of regular mayonnaise in order to reduce fat?

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