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This chocolate mayonnaise cake has been around for a long time.  I can remember my mother making it years ago but she used salad dressing in hers instead of mayonnaise.  It is so easy to make and so good.  Wonderful with coffee and a great dessert or snack anytime.

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup 100% pure cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup water
1 1/4 cups mayonnaise (You can use lowfat)
1/2 to 1 cup nuts of your choice, Optional
Whisk together flour, baking soda, sugar, and cocoa.  In another bowl whisk together the vanilla extract, water, and mayonnaise until it looks like milk.  Pour mayonnaise mixture into flour mixture and mix well with a spoon. (Could use mixer, too).  Fold in nuts.  Pour into a well-sprayed bundt pan.  Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 40-45 minutes checking for doneness.  (You can make this in a 9 x 13 pan but cut the cooking time to 30 to 35 minutes.) Let cool about 10 to 12 minutes before removing from pan.  (You could also add chocolate chips to this cake).  Frost with your favorite icing or sprinkle with powdered sugar.  This cake is good with cream cheese frosting recipe below, too. Great with ice cream or whipped cream as well.

Cream cheese frosting:

1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 stick margarine or butter, softened
1 box confectionary sugar (16 oz)
1 tsp. vanilla
Whip all frosting ingredients together with mixer until smooth and of spreading consistency
If you like this recipe, you might also like my recipe for Vanilla Wafer Cake.
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  1. Can’t wait to try this tomorrow! A friend of my mom’s (my mom is 95) told me about this old recipe and how awesome it is, so I searched for it while she was there and VOILA!! Thanks so much for sharing. Couldn’t find one that didn’t use a box mix! Wanted the real thing!!!!

  2. My Grandmother use to make this cake for our family picnic outings on the weekends.. only she put raisins in hers. 😉

  3. What if I wanted to use a 12 cup muffin tin. Do u know how long to cook for.

  4. Simple moist excellent andcessy!

  5. I made this cake yesterday, its awesome cake and so easy, will never buy a box chocolate cake again,,,,thanks so much <3

  6. When I made this cake instead of water I use hot coffee…..

  7. Lorine Martin says:

    I will be trying this cake real sounds delish…and so simple to make

  8. My aunt Wanda used to make this cake all the time she would frost it with peanut butter frosting Omg It was so delish cant wait to try this recipe Thanks for posting

  9. What a simple recipe! Its in the oven now…20 minutes to go..I cant wait…I added chocolate chips and pecans to it and will put powdered sugar on top…happy mothers day to me…and of course e ery mother out there! !!

  10. my mother used to make this cake and since I have been thinking about her so much lately because of Mother’s Day,I am baking this right now. It is in the oven!! Can’ wait to taste it. Super easy! Thanks for the recipe!!

  11. Always wanted to make this cake but haven’t seen the recipe anywhere. Thank you so much for posting it this morning. I was having my morning cup of tea when I saw this. I grabbed the ingredients and in it went to the oven. Cant wait to try it . Right now its cooling on the cake rack.. Thank you so much.

  12. I’ve been making this cake for 54 years it is the best ever

  13. for you all that have not baked with Mayo you are in for a treat it makes the moistest cake you will ever taste , and no one but you will know you used mayo cause you can’t taste it

  14. Gwenivere Rose says:

    My fiancee mentioned he fell in love in mayonnaise cake when he was younger I couldn’t resist making it for him. He had me make a 2nd one for the crew at the Vintage hotel he works at. Thanks for a great recipe. Gwen

  15. I love this cake. It always brings back old memories.

  16. Millie McCormick says:

    my daughter makes it gluten free for her family of celiacs and it is the only one that isn’t dry:-)

  17. This recipe brought back so many great memories . It’s one of the main desserts that my grandma Brittian made . I have searched for years for this recipe and could never find it . Thank you so much for posting it .

  18. I love the recipes you publish. They are just like a church social every post.

  19. thebetterbaker11 says:

    Yum oh Yum! I use to make this often years ago, but haven’t made it in a long time. Thanks for the reminder. Yours looks terrific and mouth-wateringly delicious!! Have a wonderful week!

  20. My grandmother made this always when I was a little girl, whenshe passed, my aunt took over making this and now I make this for my family and have for years. BEST cake EVER!!!

  21. Dee Mulligan says:

    My aunt used to make that and now I shall try it. Thank you for your recpes. I love the meat loaf. Dee

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