Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake is an old fashioned homemade cake recipe that is moist and delicious. Top with your favorite chocolate or vanilla frosting.
Mayonnaise cake has been one of our most requested cakes! It’s an old fashioned recipe that takes people back to Grandma’s house. You’ll be happy to know this cake is easy to make, too!
Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake Recipe
Mayonnaise in cake may sound strange, but most likely you’ve had mayonnaise cake and didn’t realize it. This recipe is a classic, old fashioned cake. If you’ve never made homemade cake before, this is a great place to start.
Why would you put mayonnaise in a cake?
Mayonnaise is simply oil, egg and a touch of vinegar or lemon juice. Adding mayonnaise to cake keeps the cake moist and tender. If you are craving cake and don’t have eggs, mayonnaise cake is a great alternative.
**Pro Tip: Don’t use Miracle Whip! This cake tastes best with mayonnaise.**
Does mayonnaise make cake moist?
Yes! People often add mayonnaise to box cake mixes to make them softer in texture and have more of a homemade flavor. Because mayonnaise is oil and eggs, it simply makes the cake have a terrifically moist texture.
How do you make mayonnaise cake?
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. We bake this cake in a 9×9 square baking pan. It makes a nice, small cake so for those chocolate cravings. If you’d like a layer cake, double the recipe and use two 9″ circle cake pans. Spray the pans with cooking spray.
Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, sugar and cocoa powder in a medium bowl.
In another bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, water and vanilla extract. We like to use a hand mixer for this recipe.
Gradually add the flour mixture into the wet ingredients, mixing each additional as you add it. Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed. Mix just until blended. Don’t overbeat the batter.
Pour batter into prepared pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. The center of the cake should spring back when you touch it.
Cool the cake completely on a wire rack, then frost.
Unfrosted mayonnaise cake does not need to be refrigerated. Cover it well and keep it at room temperature. Depending on what kind of frosting you use, after frosted it may need refrigerated. Cream cheese based frostings should always be refrigerated.
How long will mayonnaise cake last?
This cake will last at room temperature for 3-4 days. If you want to keep it longer than this, wrap it well and freeze it in an airtight container. Allow the cake to defrost completely to room temperature before unwrapping.