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My Mother's Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

Updated on April 6, 2011

Cold Sunday Nights in Iowa Redeemed by Piping Hot Chocolate Maynnaise Cake

The day may have been dark and gloomy; the cold, wet snow could be piled up to the windows, we couldn't go out, there were only 3 TV channels then. Ugh!

But then Mom would decide it was time to make a chocolate mayonnaise cake and the whole day was worth it.

This amazing cake was as dark as could be, and so chocolaty, but with a different kind of taste that made it just better than anything else. It was denser than most cake, but not really like brownies, really hard to describe, you must taste it to know.

Later Mom would frost it with her special ice cream frosting, but when it came out of the oven, it was cut while still steaming hot and spread with butter like a piece of bread. I didn't put butter on my bread, so I ate the hot cake plain also, but it was far from plain.

Oh, man oh man!

Thanks for the memories, Mom.

People Forget How Easy a "From Scratch" Cake Can Be! Chocaolate Maynnaise Cake Is Not Much Harder Than a Box and Usually Better!


3 c. flour, unsifted

1 1/2 c. sugar

2/3 c. unsweetened cocoa

2 1/4 tsp. baking powder

1 1/2 tsp. baking soda

1 1/2 c. mayonnaise

1 1/2 c. water

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Grease two 9 x 1 1/2 inch layer pans; line bottoms with waxed paper. Sift together dry ingredients into large bowl. Stir in mayonnaise. Gradually stir in water and vanilla until smooth and blended. Pour into prepared pans. Bake in 350 degree oven about 30 minutes or until cake springs back when touched. Cool completely. Remove from pans. Makes 2 layers.

Necessity Is the Mother of Invention: Ice Cream Frosting

One cold night, after the cake had cooled, Mom went to frost the remainders, but found out that she didn't have enough milk or sugar after making the cake.

But she did have ice cream!

Basic recipe:

* 1/4 cup soft or melted margarine

* Good dash salt

* 1 teaspoon vanilla

* 2 tablespoons milk

* 2 cups powdered sugar

In a medium sized bowl, combine all of the ingredients. Mix and mix until all is smooth. Spread upon a 9 by 13-inch cake and serve.

What she did, clever lady that she was, was replace the milk and half of the sugar (she had a cup) with a cup and a half of vanilla ice cream. It not only worked, but was so good that that became her signature way of making frosting.

This turned out to not just be a decent substitute, but a discovery for a better tasting frosting.

You can play with the amount of ice cream, add a little and keep adding until you have what you want.

Oh, and you can use any flavor of ice cream. Chocolate, strawberry, coffee, what ever you like! milk, not enough sugar for frosting; ice cream has both, I wonder what would happen...

Mom Was Very Creative

Mom Was Very Creative
Mom Was Very Creative

I Am a Purist Myself But You Might Want to Try Adding Goodies.

You can add chopped nuts, raisins, chopped fruit...let your imagination go. Here is Mom's chocolate mayo cake with ice cream frosting.

Frosting or Butter for Your Hot Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake?

I have to admit that as a kid, I preferred the frosting to the butter, but now, as an adult, I wonder if the butter might not be better.

However, his cake is so good, I used to eat it, hot, without either, but which would you choose?

Which Is Best?

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    • norma-holt profile image


      6 years ago

      This is an amazing recipe and one I had never heard of. Blessed and featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen and also on Squids Cooking Cake Recipes. Hugs

    • awakeningwellness profile image


      6 years ago

      My mouth is watering for chocolate now. :)

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      6 years ago

      Reporting back to say...this is delicious and leaving a little angel dust to add to the recipe!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      7 years ago from United States

      Using mayonnaise is a cake does sound like a unique ingredient, but I'm game. I love chocolate cake! Thanks for the new recipe :)

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      7 years ago

      Such a wonderful lens! Your mother is very beautiful as well creative. Moms are the best.

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      7 years ago

      I have never heard of anyone making a cake with mayonnaise and I had to come back to Bless this very unusual lens. All the Best - Angel Blessings!

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      7 years ago

      Margo, you got my sweet-tooth awake with this cake recipe lens. You make it sound so darn good with butter. I lensrolled to 'Happy Birthdays' Shelly's Virtual Birthday Card, and to Sparkling Musical Birthday Cake...where I'm going to get this featured. I'm going to have to try this someday. ~ Loving you...

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      7 years ago

      Sounds interesting. Chocolate and mayonnaise are two of my favourite things. I never thought of putting the two together though.

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      June Campbell 

      7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Oh yummy this sounds delicious.

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      Tonie Cook 

      7 years ago from USA

      I've been looking for the mayonnaise cake recipe for a long time. It is definitely one of the best chocolate cakes I've ever had. Bookmarked this one.

    • roamingrosie profile image


      9 years ago

      The cake looks delicious! I haven't made any cakes with mayonnaise, but it sounds good - and the icing looks fabulously yummy! :)

    • jimmielanley profile image

      Jimmie Lanley 

      9 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      Good recipe. This is great for when I'm all out of oil.

    • Dianne Loomos profile image

      Dianne Loomos 

      9 years ago

      Your mother's cake and ice cream frosting sounds wonderful!

    • Lou165 profile image


      9 years ago from Australia

      I've never heard of a chocolate mayonnaise cake, but if it's got chocolate then I'm there! Looks like I've found the next recipe for my daughter and I's baking afternoon!

    • cappuccino136 profile image


      9 years ago

      Mmmm, sounds delicious! I can almost smell the rich, warm aroma of the chocolate cake baking. Talk about comfort food!

    • greenerme profile image


      9 years ago

      Nice work! The ice cream frosting sounds incredible, very original! Happy New Year!

    • AlisonMeacham profile image


      9 years ago

      Great to see you are now well over the 50 target! This cake certainly looks interesting!

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      Yvonne L. B. 

      9 years ago from Covington, LA

      I'm going to have to try your Mom's recipe. Thanks for featuring our Coca-cola Cake lens. I'm lensrolling this lens back to it.

    • ElizabethJeanAl profile image


      9 years ago

      Its been a long time since I've had Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake. Thanks for bringing back the memories.


    • Auntiekatkat profile image


      9 years ago

      Welcometo the excellent dessert recipes group. We look forward to more of your food lenses and we will post a comment when we feature your lens as lens of the day. I have given your five stars of this fantastic lens.

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      Achim Thiemermann 

      9 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Love your lens! I use mayo in a carrot cake recipe and it works great. 5*s

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      9 years ago

      I've been wanting a mayonnaise cake recipe, and this one reads delicious! Thank you for sharing it and your mom's photo -- what a pleasant journey it was from the top to the bottom of this lens. 5***** and a fav!

    • debnet profile image


      9 years ago from England

      Oh I'm going to have to try this! It sounds great!

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      9 years ago

      You know, I never used mayonnaise in a cake recipe before -- necessity is the mother of invention and creativity as we have a friend Todd who is always whipping up items in his kitchen from things he finds as leftovers. I wasn't wild about the cherry/shrimp macaroni salad though -- he lost me with the purplish color. Cool lens!

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      ArtSiren LM 

      9 years ago

      Great lens. But what a dichotomy: I love chocolate, but hate mayonnaise! lol. I know, I'll just eat half the cake. ;)


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