January 10, 2011

Grandma's Chocolate Mayo Cake


I know what you're thinking. Mayonnaise in cake? That's disgusting! But hear me out. I recently sat down with my mom to go through all of my family's recipes and honestly, this was the one I was most excited to make. I have so many memories of my grandma making this cake when I was little and I haven't been able to eat it for years (since mayo has eggs in it) and it's been torture. This is seriously, the best chocolate cake I have ever eaten. And I'm not lying here people! When I was little I used to have my Grandma make some for me to bring to my friends, just to prove to them the deliciousness that is the cake. The mayo gives the cake so much richness and make it so moist, you'll never need another chocolate cake recipe again! So here you go. My family's chocolate mayonnaise cake recipe:

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar (so much for not eating too much refined sugar)
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup vegan mayo
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar


First mix together the flour, sugar, baking soda, and cocoa in a large bowl. Then in a separate bowl, mix together the water, mayo, applesauce, vanilla, and apple cider vinegar. Once the wet in ingredients are mixed together well, add them to the dry ingredients and blend with a hand mixer for about 2 minutes, scraping the sides as you go.



Once the dry and wet ingredients have been well mixed, pour into a greased 9x13 cake pan. Bake in a preheated 350F oven for 25-30 minutes. When a toothpick poked in the center of the cake comes out dry, its done. Let the cake cool for 10-15 minutes before frosting.

While the cake is cooling, you can make the frosting!

Ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 6 tbsp milk
  • 6 tbsp margarine
  • 1 cup vegan chocolate chips

Melt together the sugar, milk, and margarine in a small saucepan over medium heat. Boil for 1 minute and take off the stove. Stir in 1 cup of chocolate chips. Stir in until the chips are completely melted. If your frosting is too runny, let it sit on your counter for about 20 minutes or refrigerate for 5-7 minutes until it's reached a good spreading consistency.

And that's it! Happy Eating everybody!!

26 comments:

  1. I can believe it, actually, and I'm totally willing to try mayo cake.

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  2. Mayo is my secret ingredient in a lot of gluten free cakes ( vegan mayo of course )

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  3. I don't even like mayo, and I'd definitely eat a huge piece of that!

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  4. Melomeals: Is it really? It's such a good ingredient to keep cakes moist!

    Luciana: I don't really like mayo very much either! Except in this cake of course!

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  5. This looks great!! I'll be trying this recipe soon. My family would love to see a chocolate cake in our house! Thanks!

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  6. Thanks! Let me know how it turns out vegantummy!

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  7. In general, I don't like chocolate cake. I'm a yellow girl, mostly...but this recipe and that picture? YUM! I honestly am sitting here trying to figure out who's birthday is next up so I have a reason to test it out! ;) thanks for sharing! love the blog!

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  8. Thanks Don't Get Mad...! If you make it, let me know how it goes!

    BTW...checked out your blog. Loved it!

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  9. What kind of milk you used for the frosting???

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  10. You can use any milk you have on hand. I happened to have So Delicious Coconut Milk Beverage.

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  11. Thank you so much for answering. =-)

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  12. Mayonnaise cakes have been my kids favorite, and I was looking for the a vegan recipe. Can't wait to try it tomorrow.

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  13. I just made this cake today!!!
    Fantastic!!!!
    Thank you so much for sharing your recipe!

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  14. Yay Jody! I'm glad it turned out great for you!!

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  15. I can vouch for the "wonderfulness" of chocolate mayo cake. Thrilled to find this vegan version, and looking forward to baking it up!

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  16. I used to eat mayo cake before I went vegan. And seeing melomeals' comment that she uses it in gluten free baking makes me think I might be able to replicate this as a gluten free/vegan cake. Hum..... Another summer project!

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  17. I'm on Day 42 of a vegan challenge and my daughter is allergic to eggs, so this looks like the perfect cake recipe for my family - thanks!

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  18. Did you use regular or powdered sugar? I would love to try this cake!

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  19. Did you get my question about the sugar?

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  20. Sorry your answer just showed up. Thanks!

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  21. That cake looks amazing, I can't believe it has mayo.

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  22. Thanks Miriam! I know it sounds a little strange - but my grandma has been making this cake my entire life! It's delicious!

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  23. Thank you! I've been looking for a vegan mayo cake I could make GF for an entire year, ever since I started making my own vegan mayo. (She does the happy dance)

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