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.

Chocolate mayonnaise cake ingredients needed:

All-purpose flour

Baking soda


100% pure cocoa

Vanilla extract


Mayonnaise (You can use low fat)

Nuts of your choice, Optional

This cake is a classic that has been around for so long and one you will love too! The mayonnaise replaces oil and eggs in the recipe and give you a cake that taste great and is absolutely delicious. I have never tasted the mayonnaise in the cake, so don’t be worried about that!

Recipe Feedback: “Made this today, excellent cake. Cake was dense and moist. Used Kraft Southern style mayo. Made 6 small, individual decorative bundt cakes. Would definitely make again!” – Emma

“I made this cake yesterday, its awesome cake and so easy, will never buy a box chocolate cake again….thanks so much!” – Nancy

“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!!!” – Karen

You can also add a cream cheese frosting if you like:

1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened

1 stick margarine or butter, softened

1 box confectionery sugar (16 oz)

1 tsp. vanilla

Whip all frosting ingredients together with mixer until smooth and of spreading consistency

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Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

This easy mayonnaise cake is a classic that has been around a very long time. The oil from the mayonnaise is what makes this cake delicious.

Prep Time15 mins

Cook Time45 mins

Total Time1 hr

Course: Cake

Cuisine: American, southern

Keyword: chocolate mayonnaise cake

Servings: 8 servings

Author: The Southern Lady Cooks

  • 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

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
  • 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 Instructions


Don’t Forget to Pin Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake! 

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