Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

Prep time 20 mins
Cook time 30 mins
Total time 50 mins
Author: Liz Berg
Recipe type: Dessert, Cake
Serves: 10-12 servings


  • 2 cups flour
  • ⅔ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 1⅔ cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup mayonnaise (I used Hellmann's)
  • 1-1/3 cups cold coffee


  • 10 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1½ cups (3 sticks) butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease two 9-inch cake pans, line with rounds of parchment and grease the parchment; set aside.
  2. In medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda and baking powder; set aside.
  3. In large bowl or mixer, beat eggs, sugar and vanilla on high for 3 minutes or until light and fluffy. Beat in mayonnaise at low speed until blended. Alternately beat in flour mixture with coffee, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Divide evenly between prepared pans. Bake for 26-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean.
  4. Let cakes cool about 20 minutes, then remove to cooling racks (remove parchment if it's stuck to the cakes) to cool completely.
  5. Place chopped chocolate into a microwave safe bowl. Microwave, stopping to stir frequently, until chocolate is melted and smooth. Let the chocolate cool until lukewarm, stirring occasionally.
  6. Beat butter in large bowl until smooth and creamy (I used my stand mixer with the paddle attachment). Sift powdered sugar over butter and beat until well blended, about 2 minutes. Beat in vanilla. Add melted chocolate and beat until well blended, scraping down sides of bowl as needed.
  7. Frost as desired.