Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Mom's Crazy Cooking: Gaga’s Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

Strange as it may seem, I am more of a cupcake gal than a cake gal.  Weird since it is the same batter.  I think it has to do with guilt... compared to a layer cake a cupcake is much smaller.  Possibly I am just trying to fool my thighs but in the end it all goes there any way.  Mom's crazy cooking challenge for February was to make a chocolate layer cake.  Sounds simple enough doesn't it. For me the challenge is not making the reicpe, it is finding one. We are not supposed to use a "professional" blogger's recipe.  But I can think of worse things to do than having to browse through all of the wonderfully put together blogs out there!
My daughter suggested making a mayonnaise cake.  I've heard of them but never tasted one. My search led me to Amber's blog Bluebonnets and Brownies.  Her blog is awesome!  She shared a recipe for her Gaga's Chocolate Mayonnaise cake.  It doesn't have much of a rise to it and in many ways reminded me of our family's egg-less Wacky Cake.  It was very moist and layered beautifully.  I frosted using my favorite go to chocolate frosting that uses flour

Bluebonnets and Brownies: Gaga's Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
6 tablespoons cocoa
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup mayonnaise – no substitutes
1 cup cold coffee  ( I used espresso)
1 teaspoon vanilla

preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Sift together dry ingredients – set aside.
In mixing bowl combine mayonnaise, cold coffee and vanilla; add the sifted ingredients 1/3 at a time.  Beat until mixture is smooth Pour into 2 greased and floured 9-inch cake pans. Bake 25 to 35 minutes taking care not to over bake.



  1. I have never used mayo in a cake before! Looks great :) I love your reasoning behind eating cupcakes! PS, I cannot comment with my wordpress ID!

  2. I've never heard of a cake call for mayo before! Looks yummy!

  3. I have heard of a mayo cake before, but I have never made one! It looks delicious, and the frosting is so thick and decadent looking! Beautiful!!

  4. I haven't had a mayonnaise cake in years but I remember how moist and delicious they were, great looking cake.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my Crazy Cooking Challenge entry: Double Chocolate Meyer Lemon Mousse Cake

    Cook Lisa Cook

  5. Thanks everyone! Love all the kind words. Trying to figure out how to respond to comments but so far no answers.

  6. Never heard of a mayo cake before. Looks yummy!

  7. This is really wonderful. I can't do mayo but I bet my hubs would be game to try this.

  8. We just love a great moist cake like yours, it looks delicious! Thanks for sharing and hope you have a wonderful week!
    Miz Helen

  9. I love mayonnaise cakes! They are so moist and delicious. Yours looks great.

  10. This cake looks delicious! I love the use of mayo in place of eggs and oil.


  11. That is very clever! I have to try this one day. Looks delicious!
    Jen #79

  12. Thanks so much for making my Gaga's Mayonnaise Cake. It defines chocolate cake for me in so many ways. I'm glad you enjoyed it! That frosting looks divine. I've never heard of frosting that calls for flour before, I'll have to check that out!

    - Amber