Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

Nothing can be more decadent than a super moist chocolate cake when it comes to baked desserts. And it becomes more exciting if you make it at home. But sometimes baking cakes may seem to be a tricky affair with the number of ingredients and too much to measure. The cakes might turn out to be dry even after following proper recipes. But you can not let that happen to your favourite chocolate cake. This is when a magic ingredient comes into the scene. You don't even need eggs or butter or oil for this cake. I know it might be a bit surprising, but yes, the mayonnaise does it all. And this is not my brainchild. This is an old recipe dating back to World War II as baking ingredients like eggs or butter were not quite easily accessible to all. Truly, necessity is the mother of invention.

I also used some easy homemade chocolate frosting to pamper my cake. You can skip it if you want, as the cake tastes delicious even without it.

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake


All purpose flour: 1 1/2 cup
Cocoa powder: 1/2 cup (unsweetened)
Sugar: 1 cup
Baking powder: 1 tsp
Salt: 1/2 tsp
Mayonnaise: 2 1/2 tbsp
Instant coffee: 1 tsp
Vanilla extract: 1tsp

For the chocolate frosting:

Chocolate chips (unsweetened): 1 cup (you can use any variety according to preference)
Butter: 6 tbsp
Powdered sugar: 2 cups


Pre-heat the oven at 350 F.

Prepare the cake pan with oil/butter and flour.


Sieve the all purpose flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt into a bowl.

Add sugar and mix everything together. Then add the mayonnaise.

Dissolve the instant coffee in 1/2 cup of cold water and add to the batter.

Mix thoroughly.

Pour the batter into the cake pan.


Bake at 350 F for 30 to 40 minutes or till an inserted toothpick at the center of the cake comes out clean.

For the frosting, heat the chocolate chips and butter in the microwave till the butter melts. Then keep stirring so that the chocolate melts completely into the butter. Now add the powdered sugar and whisk thoroughly. Refrigerate the mixture till it sets. Finally whip the mixture nicely to get smooth and creamy frosting. (Sorry, I did not have the pictures for this)

You can make your cake look pretty in the way you like with your frosting.

Happy baking!!

Photographs by Swakshar Ghosh.


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