Gaga’s Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

I know what you’re thinking. Mayonnaise?! In cake? But I promise, it really is fantastic. A couple months back, I asked my Nan to pass me this recipe. It wasn’t hers, it was my grandfather’s. I hadn’t eaten it since before he died, three years ago.

When I first made it after receiving the recipe, I had an epiphany. This is the reason that all other chocolate cakes I’ve tasted fall flat with me. This cake recipe defines chocolate cake for me. Maybe because it was the chocolate cake of my childhood, or maybe because the mayonnaise and coffee marry to bring out the flavor of the chocolate in fantastic and unexpected ways.

All I know is when I’m craving chocolate cake, this is the recipe I will make, forevermore.

P.S. A million thanks, credit, and love go to my dear East Coast Momma, Pam Anderson, for helping me alter the recipe to make a better cupcake.


  1. SanAntonioSteve says

    I made this for a special lady’s birthday at Cardell yesterday, and it was delicious. Raves all around. I was a little worried because it didn’t raise up like a box cake mix, but I was assured by an expert that this is the nature of the cake. Thanks for posting.

  2. Courtney says

    This recipe only makes 12 cupcakes, so I should double it for 24? Also, does it only make a 9×13 size cake? How much would I use for a double 8″ or 9″? Thank you for your help, I’m super excited to make this!

  3. Courtney says

    Thank you so much! I thought 4 cups of flour was a lil excessive!!! And congrats on the lil boy, blessings to you!

  4. Kolika says

    25 min at350 F barely even gets it started. I used the exact measurements! Don’t know what I did wrong. So disappointed :(

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