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Chocolate Mayo Cake

Chocolate Mayo Cake

Virginia Godd

My mom made this cake while living in the Depression. It is so good, I hope this fills your needs and your memories.

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  • Calories:
  • 208 kcal
  • 10%
  • Fat:
  • 11.2 g
  • 17%
  • Carbs:
  • 25.7g
  • 8%
  • Protein:
  • 2 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 5 mg
  • 2%
  • Sodium:
  • 204 mg
  • 8%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (175 degrees C). Lightly grease two 9 inch layer pans.
  2. Mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa, and sugar into a large bowl. Stir in mayonnaise. Gradually add water and vanilla and blend until smooth. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes. Cool, remove from pans, and frost with your favorite chocolate frosting.
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Tastes like chocolate cake from a mix - no one knew the difference - it was moist and tasted even better the next day. I did increase cocoa to almost 2/3 cup (and could have added more), used only 1 cup mayo (definitely does not need more than this) and increased vanilla to 2tsp., also added 1/4 tsp salt (I find chocolate flavor is always stronger with a little salt in recipe). Hope this helps.


When I was young my Great Grand Mother used to make a chocolate mayonnaise cake that I couldn't get enough of. I read reviews about this recipe being too gooey. That is the way they are supposed to be. This was as close to my Grandmas as it gets. I fixed this about a week ago. Their are only two of us and my wife doesn't really like chocolate much. She had one piece and liked it. I finished it up this morning and I am contemplating baking another for Sunday and asking my grown kids over. I think everyone needs to try this. It is fantastic.


Not exactly like my grandmothers used to be ( was kind of a cross between and cake mix and mayo cake) but this did bring back memories, thanks for sharing. I did use miracle whip instead of mayo because that's how my grandmother always made hers, followed the rest exactly but cooked in 9x13 pan for 45 mins.