This chocolate cake is an adaptation of a cake I ate as a child. It's easy, moist, and delicious! I have successfully substituted egg-free mayonnaise for the regular mayonnaise, if eggs are off your list, too. Frost with your favorite chocolate frosting.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
30 mins
additional:
10 mins
total:
55 mins
Servings:
18
Yield:
2 9-inch cakes
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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray two 9-inch cake pans with cooking spray.

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  • Combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and xanthan gum in a bowl; stir in mayonnaise until well mixed. Gradually pour in hot water and vanilla extract; stir until smooth. Spoon batter into the prepared cake pans.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean and the cake slightly pulls away from the sides of the pan, about 30 minutes. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.

Cook's Note:

Two mini fluted tube pans, 1 9x13-inch baking pan, or 24 muffin cups can be used instead of cake pans if desired.

Nutrition Facts

225 calories; protein 0.5g; carbohydrates 24.3g; fat 14.8g; cholesterol 7mg; sodium 280.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
08/03/2013
I was a little concerned when I saw that the color was so light - I expected a darker brown color. BUT they baked up perfectly! I made cupcakes and they made nice little 'domes' when they baked and they were very moist! So unlike nearly all of the g/f box mixes I've tried. This one is definitely a keeper! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/17/2014
I didn't care for this. On the other hand my kids loved it and others at the party said it wasn't a bad flavor or texture. I was looking for a light moist chocolate cake. What I got was a dense spongey cake that seemed way too wet even though I cooked it for longer than the directions suggested. The flavor was off too but that had to have been my flour blend. The sorghum in it was too strong. Read More
(4)
28 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 18
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
08/03/2013
I was a little concerned when I saw that the color was so light - I expected a darker brown color. BUT they baked up perfectly! I made cupcakes and they made nice little 'domes' when they baked and they were very moist! So unlike nearly all of the g/f box mixes I've tried. This one is definitely a keeper! Read More
(20)
Rating: 5 stars
08/01/2013
This cake was delicious! I made it in a bundt & topped it with chocolate butter cream and it was super rich! My friends didn't even notice it was gluten free. It's a little denser and rich than your average cake mix I likened it to a "cakey-brownie" I will definitely be making this recipe again. Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
07/26/2013
Loved this recipe! A friend is gluten intolerant, but loves her desserts. This is a wonderful way to give her both. I cooked in as a bundt cake, and served it with a homemade mango frosting. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/06/2013
This chocolate cake is some of the best chocolate cake I have ever made/tasted. I made it for my boyfriend's daughter's 8th birthday tonight (my son and I are gluten-free and I wanted us to all be able to share the same cake) and everyone at the table raved about how good the cake was. That is really saying a lot too because both my boyfriend and his daughter are incredibly picky eaters. I HIGHLY recommend this recipe to anyone looking for a delicious moist chocolate cake that will please everybody at the table whether they're used to eating gluten-free or not.:) Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/16/2014
I didn't care for this. On the other hand my kids loved it and others at the party said it wasn't a bad flavor or texture. I was looking for a light moist chocolate cake. What I got was a dense spongey cake that seemed way too wet even though I cooked it for longer than the directions suggested. The flavor was off too but that had to have been my flour blend. The sorghum in it was too strong. Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
10/03/2013
Very good. I used bundt pan so needed to cook it a little longer. Made the night before kept in fridge then frosted with homemade chocolate butter cream frosting. Has a cake/brownie texture.....Yum will make again!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2013
Delicious and moist as others have said. My non-GF family prefers it. Cooking time was 35 minutes. As my GF flour already had xanthan gum I didn't add that ingredient and it came out fine. New to GF so the mayo and no eggs concerned me but fears were unfounded. Superb recipe without exotic GF ingredients. Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
02/15/2014
I was sceptical that mayo and hot water would work but this is delicious. I paired it with simple chocolate whipped cream frosting and served it for valentines dinner. Very rich! My family didnt even know it was GF. I did try some cake without frosting and have to say the GF flour made the cake taste a little off to me so you definitely want to plan on using frosting. Also make sure your flour doesnt already contain baking soda and xantham gum before you add it. Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
08/26/2014
The binder (xanthan gum) is CRITICALLY important. I was not able to find xanthan gum at the last minute so we tried another binder chia seeds. We didn't use enough chia seed first soaked in water and like other gluten-free recipes without a binder the consistency will be a problem. So without the xanthan gum the taste was spot on the cake was moist but it didn't hold together well. The guests didn't mind it too much cause it was healthier than other cakes and we used a cream cheese icing which went really well. Second pay careful attention to the baking time! We used 30 minutes as a guideline for our first attempt but with convection ovens the times are shortened and we could've pulled out the cake at 15-20 minutes with a 9" round pan. Lastly we used whole mayo not low-fat with whole ingredients which we feel helped the moistness of the cake. In any case we're going to try this again but next time with actual xanthan gum and may use more to get more binding. Oh we used trader joe's non-gluten flour which is Rice based. I'd like to try another non-Wheat flour next time maybe even oat. Read More
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