Old Fashioned Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake Recipe

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Craving that old fashioned chocolate mayonnaise cake? This is the recipe my grandma used to make. Moist, rich chocolate cake topped with a chocolate whipped cream frosting. Mayonnaise cake is such an incredible homemade chocolate cake recipe.

Dr. Pepper Crockpot Cherry Cake, Reese’s Peanut butter Slow Cooker Cake, or even Instant Pot Lava Cake might be another amazing cake to try.

Classic Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

My grandmother made this Hellmans chocolate mayonnaise cake. So I wanted to bring you a traditional cake that is so simple to make. I paired with a chocolate frosting I made with cool whip.

How To Make Grandma’s Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

Step 1: Start by adding your dry ingredients into a bowl and mix until combined. Set your medium bowl combined with flour and other dry ingerdients to the side.

Step 1 Dry Ingredients for chocolate mayo cake

Step 2: Then in a bowl, you will add all your wet ingredients except water. Mix until it becomes creamy. Mix in the Mayonnaise.

Step 2 Wet ingredients for Mayonnaise cake

Step 3: Now alternate adding water and dry ingredients mixing a little at a time. End with adding dry ingredients into the cake mixture.

Step 3 Adding Mayonnaise

Step 4: Lightly grease and lightly flour your cake pan and pour the cake batter into the pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake until the cake is fully cooked.

Pour chocolate Cake Batter

Use a toothpick to insert into the cake to see if it comes out clean with no cake batter on it. When it does place cake pan on cooling rack to cool completely.

Step 5: Once your cake is cooled, work on the chocolate whipped cream frosting. Mix in a bowl with an electric mixer or spatula or whisk until light and fluffy.

chocolate Cool Whip Frosting

Spread onto cake evenly, and serve up this incredible dessert.

Spread Frosting on Chocolate mayonnaise Cake

Can I Substitute Miracle Whip For A Mayonnaise Cake Recipe

I have never used Miracle Whip to make this cake recipe. So I can’t say it would fully work in terms of flavor. Miracle Whip tends to have a sweeter and spice filled flavor compared to mayo.

You are welcome to try it and see how it works for you.

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

Storing Leftover Cake

Because of the whipped cream frosting you will want to store the cake in the fridge. Just place in an airtight container and store in the fridge for around 5 days.

You can eat it cold straight from the fridge. Or opt to warm it up at room temperature and eat it that way as well.

chocolate mayonnaise Cake in pan

What Other Frosting Can I Use To Replace For Cake

You are more than welcome to use any frosting you would like. Feel free to use a canned frosting, homemade buttercream, or even a chocolate ganache frosting!

This chocolate cake is so good, it legit pairs perfectly with every single frosting you have tried.

Old Fashioned Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake on a fork

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Old Fashioned Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

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 old fashioned chocolate mayonnaise cake
Classic Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

Old Fashioned Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake Recipe

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Craving that old fashioned chocolate mayonnaise cake? This is the recipe my grandma used to make. Moist, rich chocolate cake topped with a chocolate whipped cream frosting.


  • 2 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 2/3 Cup unsweetened Coco Powder ( I used Dark)
  • 1 1/4 TSP Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Powder
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 Cup Hellman's mayonnaise 
  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 1 2/3 cups sugar

Chocolate Cool Whip Frosting

  • 1 1/2 Cups Heavy Cream
  • 1 1/4 Cup powdered sugar
  • 1/3 Cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. In a small bowl mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and cocoa.
  3. In a large bowl mix together sugar, eggs, and vanilla on high speed for 3-4 minutes until light and creamy.
  4. Add in mayonnaise to the egg and sugar mixture Continue blending on low speed
  5. Begin adding in flour mixture and alternate with water. Make sure you add the flour last.
  6. Grease a 9x13" baking pan.
  7. Bake for 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Remove and allow to cool about 1 hour.
  9. Top with your favorite frosting or use the cool whip topping below.

Directions for Cool Whip Topping:

  1. Using an electric mixer
  2. Add, cream, cocoa, sugar, and vanilla
  3. Beat at a high speed for about 5 minutes or until forms a peak.
  4. Spread over your cake

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 500Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 88mgSodium: 285mgCarbohydrates: 60gFiber: 2gSugar: 40gProtein: 6g

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  1. Hello,

    The mayonnaise chocolate cake is my family cake. A family gathering is not a true party if it doesn’t include a mayonnaise cake, and poor man’s pudding (pouding au chômeur) of course. Nowadays, the cake is often prepared using mayonnaise, but at the time it was usually prepared with Miracle Whip.

  2. Made this today and boy was it good! I was a bit worried with how thin the batter was but it rose beautifully. I made the cake with Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 gluten free flour because my daughter in law is gluten intolerant. I let the cake sit while the oven preheated to allow the flour some time to soak up some of the moisture and ….. you can’t tell its gluten free! It’s definitely going to be my go-to recipe from now on!

  3. I became a bit confused. The main ingredients listed for the cake do not include vanilla, but in the instructions we are told to add vanilla? The only vanilla listed In ingredients is 1/2 tsp in the frosting. I added 1/2 tsp in cake anyway. Perhaps you could clarify?

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