My mom made this cake while living in the Depression. It is so good, I hope this fills your needs and your memories.

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees (175 degrees C). Lightly grease two 9 inch layer pans.

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  • Mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa, and sugar into a large bowl. Stir in mayonnaise. Gradually add water and vanilla and blend until smooth. Pour batter into prepared pans.

  • Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes. Cool, remove from pans, and frost with your favorite chocolate frosting.

Nutrition Facts

207.7 calories; protein 2g 4% DV; carbohydrates 25.7g 8% DV; fat 11.2g 17% DV; cholesterol 5.2mg 2% DV; sodium 203.5mg 8% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
03/31/2007
Tastes like chocolate cake from a mix - no one knew the difference - it was moist and tasted even better the next day. I did increase cocoa to almost 2/3 cup (and could have added more), used only 1 cup mayo (definitely does not need more than this) and increased vanilla to 2tsp., also added 1/4 tsp salt (I find chocolate flavor is always stronger with a little salt in recipe). Hope this helps. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
01/20/2012
we could taste the Mayo. It was very soft and moist though. Maybe a different brand of mayo would have tasted better but I'm not going to try it again. Read More
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164 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 94
  • 4 star values: 37
  • 3 star values: 22
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 8
Rating: 4 stars
03/31/2007
Tastes like chocolate cake from a mix - no one knew the difference - it was moist and tasted even better the next day. I did increase cocoa to almost 2/3 cup (and could have added more), used only 1 cup mayo (definitely does not need more than this) and increased vanilla to 2tsp., also added 1/4 tsp salt (I find chocolate flavor is always stronger with a little salt in recipe). Hope this helps. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/08/2008
When I was young my Great Grand Mother used to make a chocolate mayonnaise cake that I couldn't get enough of. I read reviews about this recipe being too gooey. That is the way they are supposed to be. This was as close to my Grandmas as it gets. I fixed this about a week ago. Their are only two of us and my wife doesn't really like chocolate much. She had one piece and liked it. I finished it up this morning and I am contemplating baking another for Sunday and asking my grown kids over. I think everyone needs to try this. It is fantastic. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/09/2011
Not exactly like my grandmothers used to be ( was kind of a cross between and cake mix and mayo cake) but this did bring back memories, thanks for sharing. I did use miracle whip instead of mayo because that's how my grandmother always made hers, followed the rest exactly but cooked in 9x13 pan for 45 mins. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/21/2006
I made this for my mothers birthday as she hadn't had a Mayo cake since she was a little girl. I used coffee instead of water and I used cocoa powder to coat the pan. I also used the Whipped cream cheese frosting from this site. EVeryone who tried it said that it was the best cake they had ever had! THank you!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/02/2011
I increased the cocoa to 2/3 a cup decreased the mayo to 1 cup and used coffee instead of water. I baked these at 375 for 20 minutes to make 24 cupcakes total. I topped them with a swirl of vanilla glaze (also here on allrecipes) that gave them that edge of sweetness without overpowering the taste. Delicious! Thanks for sharing- like a little taste of childhood. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2003
I make this cake for all occasions and people always LOVE it, even my husband that isn't a big fan of chocolate cake. I think the big difference in this recipe is that it calls for Mayo and I have always used MIRACLE WHIP. There is a big difference between the 2 so next time you try this recipe try with Miracle whip instead(use the exact same amount as you would for mayo). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/24/2008
I added about a tablespoon extra of cocoa powder and just a dash of cinnamon and topped with the Fluffy Peanut Butter Frosting recipe...one of the best chocolate cakes I've ever had! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/30/2007
This recipe reminds me of a chocolate cake recipe from my childhood except this one is lighter and moister! I used Dukes light mayo and two tsp of vanilla and baked it in a 9x13 pan for 45 minutes. It was an easy easy recipe I quickly made with my 5 yr old! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/23/2003
i remember my grandmother making this cake about 15years ago. i had forgot all about the recipe and taste until i watched sweet dreams on foodtv. i decided to look it up and i tried it. it is delicious or the bomb as my children say.i thought i could never get my husband away from my poundcakes or cheesecakes but thanks to this recipe he now has another favorite.thanks for sending it in. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
01/20/2012
we could taste the Mayo. It was very soft and moist though. Maybe a different brand of mayo would have tasted better but I'm not going to try it again. Read More
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