Have you ever heard of a chocolate mayonnaise cake? Yes, mayonnaise in the cake! It was a popular cake to make during the 40's and 50's. Especially during WWII when food was being rationed. The mayonnaise takes the place of the fat (butter) and eggs. No eggs or butter in this cake! It's super easy to put together and makes an attractive cake. There is no weird taste like I know you are thinking there is. It's not tangy like mayonnaise. It tastes just like a moist chocolate cake. It's very light in texture and fluffy. The recipe calls for 1 cup of water. I used one cup of instant coffee instead of the water. I didn't make the coffee strong. Just a light cup of coffee. The cocoa powder that I used was half regular Hershey's cocoa powder and half King Arthurs Flour Black cocoa powder. Black cocoa powder is an extra dark cocoa powder that adds a very deep intense chocolate taste and a very dark color. You shouldn't substitute all of the cocoa powder in a recipe with the black powder, but about 1/3-1/2 of it. If you bake a lot of chocolate treats, I recommend investing in some of the black cocoa powder. The icing that I used to frost this cake was a basic chocolate frosting - I got the recipe off of allrecipes.com. It was basically melted butter, cocoa powder, powdered sugar, milk & vanilla. It was delicious. So if you are looking for an easy homemade chocolate cake to make - try this one. It's actually about as easy as a cake mix only it tastes better.
You can find this Black cocoa powder online at King Arthur Flour. If you have never purchased anything from them, I recommend that you browse their entire site. They have so many neat and unique baking items.
This icing turned out really smooth and silky. I usually make icing by whipping the butter to make it smooth & fluffy but this recipe called for melted butter. I must admit, the texture was nice. It had a nice sheen to it also. A lot of chocolate frosting turns out really fudgy with a matte color.
Who needs a dishwasher when you have these two?!!! Don't you remember licking the bowl when you were small?
Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup white sugar
- 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1 cup water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease one 11x7 inch pan.
- Sift together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, and soda. Add mayonnaise, cold water, and vanilla. Beat 2 minutes. Pour into prepared pan.
- Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), 30-35 minutes. Frost if desired.