Mayonnaise Cake:

Mayonnaise Cake is a delightful and somewhat unconventional dessert that has been a well-kept secret in many kitchens for generations. This recipe will guide you through creating a cake that’s incredibly moist, tender, and rich in flavor, thanks to the unique addition of mayonnaise. If you’ve never tried this before, get ready for a pleasant surprise that will leave you wondering why you didn’t discover this sooner.


For the Mayonnaise Cake:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the Chocolate Frosting (Optional):

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


Step 1: Preheat the Oven

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour two 8-inch round cake pans.

Step 2: Mix the Dry Ingredients

  1. In a large mixing bowl, sift together the all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.

Step 3: Combine Wet Ingredients

  1. Add the mayonnaise, cold water, and pure vanilla extract to the dry ingredients.
  2. Use an electric mixer or a wooden spoon to blend the mixture until it’s smooth and well combined. The batter may seem thin, but that’s perfectly fine.

Step 4: Bake the Cake

  1. Pour the cake batter evenly into the prepared cake pans.
  2. Bake in the preheated oven for about 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick or cake tester inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean.
  3. Remove the cakes from the oven and let them cool in the pans for about 10 minutes.
  4. After 10 minutes, turn the cakes out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Step 5: Prepare the Chocolate Frosting (Optional)

  1. In a saucepan, melt the unsalted butter over low heat.
  2. Stir in the unsweetened cocoa powder and remove from the heat.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the powdered sugar, milk, and pure vanilla extract.
  4. Gradually add the cocoa mixture to the powdered sugar mixture, stirring until smooth.

Step 6: Frost and Enjoy

  1. Once the cakes are completely cooled, frost the top of one of the cakes.
  2. Place the second cake on top and frost the top and sides of the entire cake.
  3. Slice and serve your Mayonnaise Cake, delighting in its unique moistness and rich chocolate flavor.


Mayonnaise Cake is a dessert that’s sure to surprise and delight your taste buds. The addition of mayonnaise may seem unconventional, but it creates a cake that’s incredibly moist and rich in flavor. Whether you choose to enjoy it plain or with a layer of chocolate frosting, this cake is a hidden gem in the world of baking that you’ll want to make again and again.

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