Triple Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

The secret ingredient that makes this cake so moist is Mayonnaise! Adding 3 kinds of chocolate makes it totally indulgent. With layers of chocolate cake, chocolate filling, and a luscious chocolate ganache topping, this Triple Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake is a chocolate dream come true. This old-fashioned vintage chocolate cake will satisfy any chocolate lover!

I was looking at the file photos of my unpublished recipes and lo and behold I found a few digital copies of this chocolate cake. I was surprised that I haven’t shared this yet.

I recall baking this for a kind friend and neighbor who helped us paint our house last year before we moved to Connecticut. I made him chocolate cake whenever he was at our place because I knew it is his favorite dessert.

I guess it must have been the crazy busyness of the move that I forgot about some recipes I made last year that have yet to grace this blog. Oh well, I am rectifying that mistake and sharing today this classic Southern chocolate cake before I forget about it again!

Being the chocoholic that I am, I added more chocolate to the mix – apart from cocoa powder you have extra chocolate goodness from the semi-sweet choco chips and to top it off – a dark chocolate ganache for the ultimate chocolate indulgence! Whether you wish to go all the way by adding all the chocolate flavors in there or you simply want a subtle chocolate taste, you will enjoy this moist cake!

This unique cake gets its incredible moisture and richness from an unexpected ingredient – mayonnaise. Don’t worry, you won’t taste any mayonnaise flavor. It simply makes the cake ultra-moist and velvety. The best part? It’s surprisingly easy to make with simple ingredients you likely already have in your pantry. Get ready to impress your friends and family with this showstopping chocolate mayonnaise cake recipe!

What Makes This Cake So Special?

While mayonnaise may seem like an odd ingredient in a cake, it’s actually a genius way to create an incredibly moist and rich chocolate cake. The oil and egg in mayonnaise work to tenderize the crumb and lock in moisture. You’ll be amazed at how light and velvety the texture is.

With three layers of chocolate – the cake itself, a luscious chocolate filling, and a poured chocolate ganache topping – this cake is a chocoholic’s dream. The depth of chocolate flavor is simply unbeatable. It’s the perfect cake for birthdays, holidays, or any time you need an over-the-top chocolate fix.

INGREDIENT LIST FOR  Triple Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

For the Cake

  • Flour
  • Unsweetened Cocoa powder
  • Baking Soda – make sure it’s still fresh. Check the date.
  • Baking Powder – same as above.
  • Instant Coffee – this enhances the chocolate cake but may be left out if you don’t like coffee.
  • A pinch of Salt – enhances the flavor of the cake so don’t leave out.
  • Eggs – use room temperature eggs.
  • Mayonnaise – use your favorite brand. A good quality mayonnaise would work best.
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Chocolate Chips

For the Chocolate Filling

  • Use either your favorite store-bought chocolate frosting (I used one when I first made this cake) or your favorite homemade recipe, if you have a favorite one.) 
  • Here’s a homemade chocolate frosting recipe that we love to use for our chocolate cakes. You can adjust the amount and use only half since it’s just a filling.
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder,
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 3 cups powdered sugar, adjust the amount to taste

For the Dark Chocolate Ganache (use milk chocolate if that is preferred)

  • Dark Chocolate (65-70%) – use eating chocolate (your favorite choice) because it tastes so much better than the baking ones. It makes a difference! If you don’t like dark chocolate – semi-sweet or milk chocolate should be fine, too. Use the chocolate you enjoy eating regardless of the sweetness level.
  • Heavy Cream
  • Honey, Corn, Agave or Maple syrup or your favorite liquid sweetener (adjust sweetness to taste)

HOW TO MAKE Triple Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

Make the Cake Batter: Mix the dry ingredients, then add the wet ingredients like eggs, mayonnaise, sugar, water and vanilla. Fold in chocolate chips.

Bake the Cakes: Divide the batter between two greased cake pans and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Make the Chocolate Filling: Beat together butter, cocoa powder, powdered sugar, vanilla and salt until light and fluffy.

Assemble the Cake: Let the cakes cool completely, then spread the chocolate filling between the two cake layers.

Make the Chocolate Ganache: Gently heat the cream and chocolate together until melted and smooth. Top with Ganache: Pour the warm ganache over the top of the assembled cake, allowing it to drip down the sides.

Let Set and Enjoy!: Allow the ganache to set completely before slicing and serving this ultra-decadent chocolate cake.

    Triple Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake (FAQs)

    Can I taste the mayonnaise in the cake?
    No, you cannot taste the mayonnaise at all! It simply adds incredible moisture and richness to the cake without any mayonnaise flavor.

    Can I use a different type of chocolate for the ganache?
    Of course! While dark chocolate is used in the recipe, you can substitute milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips if you prefer.

    How should I store this cake?
    This cake can be stored at room temperature for 2-3 days in an airtight container. You can also refrigerate it for up to 5 days.

    Can I make this cake in advance?
    A: Yes, you can bake the cake layers up to 2 days in advance. Allow them to cool completely, then wrap tightly and refrigerate until ready to assemble.

    Do I need to use instant coffee powder?
    A: No, the coffee powder is optional but it does enhance the chocolate flavor nicely. You can omit it if you prefer.

    With its incredible moisture, rich chocolate flavor, and stunning presentation, this triple chocolate mayonnaise cake is sure to become a new favorite! Don’t be intimidated by the mayonnaise – just trust that it creates an unbelievably delicious chocolate cake. Give this unique recipe a try for your next special occasion!

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    Triple Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

    Manila Spoon
    The secret ingredient that makes this cake so moist is Mayonnaise! Add 3 kinds of chocolate and it’s chocolate indulgence at its highest.
    4.41 from 40 votes
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 30 minutes
    Course Dessert
    Cuisine American
    Servings 12 slices


    For the Mayonnaise Cake

    • 2 cups Flour
    • 1/2 cup unsweetened Cocoa powder
    • 1 1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
    • 1 teaspoon instant Coffee
    • pinch of Salt
    • 3 Eggs
    • 1 cup Mayonnaise
    • 1 cup Sugar
    • 1 1/4 cup Water
    • 1 teaspoon pure Vanilla Extract
    • 1/2 cup Chocolate Chips

    For the Chocolate Filling (Use either Store-bought or Homemade Frosting)

    For the Homemade Chocolate Frosting

    • 1 cup (8 oz) unsalted Butter,  softened
    • 1/3 cup unsweetened Cocoa powder
    • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
    • 1/8 tsp Salt
    • 3 cups powdered sugar,  adjust amount to taste

    For the Store-bought Frosting

    • 1 tub store-bought frosting/filling (like Betty Crocker or Hershey's) Use the filling/frosting when making the cake in 2 pans.

    For the Dark Chocolate Ganache

    • 4 oz Dark eating Chocolate 65-70%, broken into pieces (use milk chocolate if that is preferred)
    • 4 oz Heavy Cream
    • 1 Tablespoon Honey Corn, Agave or Maple syrup or your favorite liquid sweetener (adjust sweetness to taste)


    For the Mayonnaise Cake

    • Preheat the oven to 350F. Butter 2 round cake pans (9-inch ones) and line with parchment paper.
    • Mix together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, coffee and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
    • Add the eggs, mayonnaise, sugar, water and vanilla into the flour mixture. Stir until well-blended but do not overmix.
    • Fold in the chocolate chips. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans.
    • Bake in the preheated oven for 20-23 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Oven temperatures vary so adjust the time accordingly. Make sure not to overbake.
    • Cool the cakes in the pans for 10 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack. Cool the cakes completely before adding the chocolate filling/frosting in between the cakes and coating with the ganache.

    For the Chocolate Filling (Use either Homemade or Store-bought Frosting

      For the Homemade Chocolate Frosting

      • In the bowl of an electric or stand mixer, beat together the butter, cocoa powder, vanilla, and salt until smooth. Add powdered sugar in two batches, beating until smooth after each addition and scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat until frosting reaches desired consistency. It should be light, fluffy, and easy to spread.
      • Once the cakes have cooled down completely, place one cake onto a serving platter and spread it with some chocolate filling/frosting. Place the other cake on top and then completely coat it with the dark chocolate ganache.

      For the Dark Chocolate Ganache Topping

      • Place the heavy cream, chocolate pieces and the liquid sweetener of your choice in a small saucepan. Melt the chocolate using low heat and by stirring until it becomes very smooth and shiny.
      • Remove from the heat and immediately drizzle/pour it on the cake spreading it evenly to cover the entire cake.
      • Allow the ganache to fully set before serving.


      NOTE!!! The homemade chocolate frosting recipe is meant to cover an entire cake (we use it for other chocolate cakes) but if you’re using it for filling in this cake, just use enough or as needed or adjust the recipe to make just half a batch.
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      Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

      Last updated on May 27th, 2024 at 08:15 pm



      1. March 30, 2015 / 10:06 am

        looks so rich and moist…..really mayonnaise? I will haev to try this for sure.

        • March 30, 2015 / 6:20 pm

          Yup, good old mayonnaise Sherin! Hope you can try it. Do let us know and thanks for stopping by. 🙂

          • Lois
            February 24, 2023 / 4:53 pm

            5 stars
            I made this today and we will have it for dessert tonight. I have made mayonnaise cakes before and they are always tender and very yummy. I hope this one is the same. Thanks for the recipe.

      2. March 30, 2015 / 10:41 pm

        What a beautiful cake! I have forgot about recipes before, and found them later. It's a fun surprise!

        • March 31, 2015 / 12:31 am

          Thanks, I have been discovering these old recipes and experimenting with them and finding them to be quite good actually. Thanks for stopping by Sarah.

        • Cara
          November 23, 2022 / 11:34 pm

          I grew up in the 80’s an this was a popular cake. It is so moist. I have taken to many dinners and always get great comments. It was my “secret” recipe. Now, I never use the chocolate icing recipe over the top. Just made the old fashion Cocoa, butter and evaporated milk. I used a lot more cocoa and did go for the darker after many years. Thanks for sharing.

      3. March 30, 2015 / 11:37 pm

        Oh my gosh, Abby, this cake looks like the PERFECT chocolate cake. Just looking at it is making me salivate. Beautiful!

        • March 31, 2015 / 12:34 am

          Thanks, Susie! That's very kind of you to say. I brought it to our church last Sunday and everyone enjoyed it. Appreciate you stopping by. 🙂

      4. March 31, 2015 / 6:26 am

        I have never tried baking with mayonnaise, but I can only imagine how it must enhance the cake. This chocolate cake looks decadent and beautiful. Pinning. xo, Catherine

        • March 31, 2015 / 5:07 pm

          Thank you so much Catherine. I was a doubter at first too until I got to taste it and make it. Grateful for the pin. 🙂

        • March 31, 2015 / 5:08 pm

          Thanks, Becca! Yes, the mayo truly made it moist and delish. 🙂

      5. March 31, 2015 / 10:15 am

        Looks so good. I made mayonnaise brownies once, but this looks divine!

        • March 31, 2015 / 5:09 pm

          Thanks, Ren! That's a wonderful idea which I have never tried. On my to do list. Thanks for the tip and for stopping by.

      6. March 31, 2015 / 3:42 pm

        Wow this is a tempting moist and chocolatey cake…looks amazing!

        • March 31, 2015 / 5:06 pm

          Thank you Sandi! It still amazes me that adding mayo can make a chocolate cake so good.

      7. March 31, 2015 / 3:55 pm

        This looks so moist and yummy Abby. Love it.

        • March 31, 2015 / 5:05 pm

          Thanks, Libby! Am not a very good cake maker so when something turns out good, I am so delighted.

        • March 31, 2015 / 5:04 pm

          Thanks, Camilla! It's been enjoyed much in our house for sure. Glad you stopped by.

        • April 1, 2015 / 6:12 pm

          Thanks, Serena. I have to share this cake or I'll be eating a lot of it. 🙂

      8. March 31, 2015 / 9:09 pm

        oooh, you have reminded me of an old college favorite of mine! now that there is a great vegan mayonnaise option, I will have to try this again! thank you!

        • April 1, 2015 / 6:13 pm

          I thought of how that may be. If you've tried the vegan one please let us know Kristina. Thanks.

      9. April 1, 2015 / 1:28 am

        Looks delicious, but I think there is a mistake in the recipe. There is no cocoa listed among the cake ingredients, but the directions refer to adding cocoa and flour. Anyhow sounds like a wonderful cake.

        • April 1, 2015 / 6:11 pm

          Updated and corrected! 🙂 Thanks for pointing that out – I manually code my recipes so that particular portion got cut-off for some reason. Glad you stopped by. 🙂

        • July 5, 2018 / 5:02 pm

          I guess you should revisit, unsweetened cocoa is the second item in the ingredients. Will make it for my family. Thanks for sharing this ingredients.

          • abigail
            July 5, 2018 / 7:45 pm

            Thanks, Pamela and hope you enjoy this.

      10. April 1, 2015 / 2:15 am

        Oh! So rich and chocolaty! This looks amazing and I'd love to try it — the mayonnaise is a new addition for me!

        • April 1, 2015 / 6:11 pm

          Definitely worth trying Patricia as it really works. Thanks for dropping by.

      11. April 1, 2015 / 7:35 am

        Your cake looks moist and delicious…never made one with mayo Pinned and shared

        • April 1, 2015 / 6:09 pm

          Hi Joanne, thanks for sharing and pinning. Perhaps one day you can try it. 🙂

      12. Lisa
        April 1, 2015 / 11:12 pm

        Does the mayonnaise enhance the flavour or is it more for the texture? I would love to try this recipe.

        • April 2, 2015 / 10:52 am

          Hi Lisa, I read somewhere that mayo makes the cake moist and tender due to its egg and oil content and the vinegar in it punches up the chocolate flavor a little. I also add a little coffee to enhance the chocolate flavor more. The cake in the photo uses the frosting as filling and then the chocolate ganache as topping. But you can just use the frosting, too or keep the cake plain. Thanks. Hope you like it.

      13. April 2, 2015 / 2:10 pm

        It's only breakfast time here and I think I need a slice of this!

        • April 7, 2015 / 8:11 pm

          I crave this early in the morning, too Jenny! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

      14. April 20, 2015 / 7:40 pm

        I'm trying this right now but I don't know what degree to put it on. I really hope 375 is alright.

        • April 20, 2015 / 8:31 pm

          The recipe above specifically mentions 350 F Genesis. Please check it and hope you like it. Thanks.

      15. June 23, 2015 / 11:59 pm

        Recipe calls for coffee but no mention of the coffee in the mixing of ingredients?

        • June 24, 2015 / 1:07 am

          Updated it now Vanessa, thanks for pointing it out! 🙂

          • Elizabetb
            January 23, 2019 / 9:08 pm

            Do you put the coffe grounds in cake or make the cup of coffee as usual and pour it in cake mix?

            • abigail
              January 24, 2019 / 10:26 pm

              The recipe instruction states that the coffee should be added with the other dry ingredients. That’s how I’ve done it and I like it that way but you can try the other method if you like but you need to adjust the rest of the ingredients. Thank you!

            • Lois
              February 24, 2023 / 5:29 pm

              Not coffee grounds but instant coffee granules.

      16. June 24, 2015 / 1:35 am

        Welcome! Thank you for the recipe. I can't wait to try it.

      17. Sherry
        June 29, 2015 / 1:37 pm

        I absolutely love mayonnaise cakes, Thank you for the recipe. …Have you ever tried a peanut butter butter cream icing on your mayonnaise cake? I have to tell you it is the most rich and decadent combination I have ever eaten, just have a gallon of milk ready to wash it down 🙂

        • June 29, 2015 / 6:24 pm

          No Sherry but I think I ought to try it as I love peanut butter and chocolate together! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

      18. James Rancourt
        January 2, 2016 / 6:35 pm

        Hi Abby,

        Thank you for the walk down "Memory Lane". My Gram and Mom use to make mayonnaise cakes…they were awesome. Also, have you ever tried a "Tomato Soup" cake? It is much like a spice cake and when topped with a sour cream frosting will blow your socks off. 😀 Finally, have you ever heard of Redj Baron Saguin? He is a yound chef and has a TV show in the Philippines called "Cook, Eat Right". He is a very good friend and it might be nice if you two could hook up and share your recipes and cross-culture experiences. He is on FB so just look him up. Feel free to mention my name. And, you keep on doing what you're doing, young lady…I got money on you. Hugggs…:-D

      19. December 31, 2016 / 8:06 pm

        what is in middle layer? it looks like a filling, but not the ganache?????? you cant just put 2 dry cakes together without a filling. I love chocolate mayonnaise cakes…so excited to try this thanks

        • January 6, 2017 / 4:23 pm

          Hi Genet! I apologize for the late response. I had been sick during the holiday season and have only just started to get back to blogging. At any rate, the answer is above now. For whatever reason, I mistakenly deleted that portion when I updated the recipe and added the ganache. I actually used a store bought frosting when I first made this but feel free to follow the recommended recipe I provided above if you wish or use your favorite one and the chocolate ganache is also included. This recipe is pretty flexible that way and on Pinterest some people used their own frosting and simply followed the recipe of the cake. Anyway, thank you for asking and pointing that out. Have a Happy New Year!! 🙂

          • genet zickas
            March 31, 2018 / 4:43 pm

            Thanks for your response

      20. Anonymous
        January 28, 2017 / 3:31 am

        It looks yummy and crazy, Mayo? I'm a big fan of chocolate cake so I will make this one. Would it taste different if I don't use coffee? don't love it. Can't wait to try it ��

        • January 29, 2017 / 1:09 am

          It's ok not to use coffee – I added it because it intensifies the flavor of chocolate – so even if it's there – you won't even taste it at all – just a good chocolate flavor enhanced by coffee. Just like the mayo – it's there but you won't taste it. But it's up to you – perhaps you can just add an additional tablespoon of cocoa powder. At any rate, however way you do it hope you like it. Thanks for asking!

          • doris stuart
            September 2, 2018 / 9:21 pm

            sorry but i would leave the coffee out cuz i dont drink coffee and sorry i can tell the different

      21. January 29, 2017 / 11:12 pm

        Grew up in Central NY and mayonnaise cake was something everyone made. So delish! I can't believe how many people have never had this. I guess it's the best kept chocolate secret!

      22. February 13, 2017 / 12:24 am

        I have been making a chocolate mayonnaise cake for 40 years. Mine doesn't have coffee in it. I don't drink coffee & I have never had it in my home. What would you recommend as a substitute?

        • February 13, 2017 / 3:31 am

          You don't need to add coffee if you don't wish to Debra. I added it to enhance or intensify the chocolate flavor but it may be left out if you don't drink coffee. Perhaps simply slightly increasing the cocoa powder may help, too. Thanks for asking!

        • February 17, 2017 / 2:46 pm

          Keeping a little instant espresso powder in your pantry for all baked chocolate cakes, brownies etc..Will always intensity the chic flavor…You don't have to drink or make coffee to use as any other pantry item..Try it..You will taste the difference! Any brand of strong instant coffee, PREFERRED ESPRESSO POWDER! It lasts a long time..You only usually add a Tablespoon or few…

      23. Liz
        February 25, 2017 / 11:37 pm

        This cake looks amazing! Definitely going to try it. Do you think I can use milk or even buttermilk instead of water?

        • February 28, 2017 / 2:59 pm

          I haven't done so but certainly worth a try Liz! It may even add more depth of flavor. Let us know how it goes when you try it. Thanks!

      24. March 5, 2017 / 3:08 pm

        I frequently sprinkle a few instant coffee crystals on ice cream, cake,and other dishes to add a surprise or additional depth of flavor. Doesn't take much.

      25. March 5, 2017 / 8:30 pm

        Can you use miracle whip or do you have to use real mayonnaise?

        • March 7, 2017 / 2:30 pm

          I haven't tried Miracle Whip so I am not sure but if you do, please let us know how it goes. Thanks!

        • June 1, 2017 / 10:07 pm

          I just made this using miracle whip and it turned out amazing, tasted just like my mom used to make. I also used the special dark cocoa powder to help add deeper chocolate. Awesome cake

      26. Anonymous
        April 19, 2017 / 5:42 pm

        Love this recipe simple…am going to make this for my son's birthday

      27. Anonymous
        April 19, 2017 / 5:42 pm

        Love this recipe simple…am going to make this for my son's birthday

      28. Rula
        March 29, 2018 / 9:11 am

        Looks sooo delicious i will give a try for sure soecislly with the hero ingredient the mayonsise !! Thank you soo much for sharing ❤️ Do you have an insta account?

      29. Barbara
        April 26, 2018 / 6:48 pm

        I have made this cake for tomorrow… will I need to refrigerate because of the mayo and the cream in the ganache?
        Wondering B

        • abigail
          April 27, 2018 / 12:05 pm

          The mayo has been cooked so I don’t think it would be an issue but perhaps it’s best to refrigerate it because of the ganache but do bring it to room temperature first before eating. Thanks!

      30. Dadz
        May 7, 2018 / 5:46 pm

        Hello, is the water room temp, boiling or warm? Some recipes calls for boiling water, wondering if this one is one of those. Thanks

        • abigail
          May 7, 2018 / 7:06 pm

          Just plain tap water or room temp. I really just used that.

      31. Anita Trainer
        October 26, 2018 / 12:33 pm

        Grew up having Mayonnaise Cake from a Depression Era recipe collection of my Mother’s. A family favorite !!! So happy to have come across the recipe again, moved a while back and somehow lost one of my recipe boxes! Oh My! How sad I was to realize this! Have made many of your recipes, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!

        • abigail
          November 8, 2018 / 5:08 pm

          So happy to know you’ved enjoyed our recipes and that this one brings sweet memories. Thanks for stopping by!!

      32. Tabiya
        November 12, 2018 / 12:26 pm

        This looks ivine. I am definitely giving a try.. Thanks for sharing.

      33. January 5, 2019 / 11:57 pm

        Made it today for my hibbys birthday and Loved it!!! So good

        • abigail
          January 8, 2019 / 9:32 pm

          So glad to know that Sarahi. Thanks for letting us know.

      34. Alina
        January 7, 2019 / 5:14 pm

        Can I make this in a bundt pan?

        • abigail
          January 8, 2019 / 9:32 pm

          Yes but use a small one because it’s not a huge cake.

      35. Tessa
        May 15, 2019 / 12:21 am

        I made this recipe for my hubby’s work Christmas party, and everyone loved it! Now I want to try making them some donuts, using this recipe! 🙂 Do you suggest adding or decreasing any ingredients in your recipe, in order to make the right consistency for a baked cake donut? I have 2 Wilton donut pans.

        • abigail
          May 16, 2019 / 9:12 am

          I have never tried converting it into a donut so I don’t wish to guess and mess it up with my suggestions. I wouldn’t necessarily change the recipe but definitely the oven temperature but you can probably find that either on google or in the product instructions if it came with one, like a sample recipe perhaps. Please let me know how it goes ’cause I’d love to try that myself! So glad you loved the cake, too. Thank you!

      36. Rita
        May 25, 2019 / 6:40 pm

        Can’t wait to make this. Thanks for the recipe. Do you use cake flour or all purpose flour?

        • abigail
          May 25, 2019 / 10:04 pm

          You’re welcome. You can use either but I use whatever I have at hand which is usually all-purpose.

      37. Vickie Naval
        October 16, 2019 / 12:48 pm

        Do you just hand mix it? Don’t you have to use a mixer to mix the batter? I can’t wait to try and bake it.

        • abigail
          October 16, 2019 / 1:47 pm

          You can do either. The important thing is not to overbake as it’s not a heavy cake but quite small-ish and thin.

      38. Lily
        November 8, 2019 / 7:00 pm

        Hello, what mayo do you recommend? Hellman’s or Kraft? Thanks

        • abigail
          November 9, 2019 / 9:59 am

          Use your favorite mayonnaise – much better if it’s real mayonnaise. Enjoy.

      39. Nadia
        July 9, 2020 / 11:52 am

        Delish! My first mayo cake, used Duke’s brand and added 1/2 more cup of sugar.
        Ganache was delish too.

        • abigail
          July 9, 2020 / 4:43 pm

          So glad you enjoyed this! Such a yummy treat!

      40. Kim
        September 2, 2020 / 7:33 pm

        What about baking this as cupcakes? How long would the bake time be? I’ve baked this before as a cake and adore it. My father-in-law loves chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting, so I’m ready to knock his socks off!

        • abigail
          September 2, 2020 / 9:17 pm

          I’ve never tried making it into cupcakes but I would try between 16-18 minutes or just until a tester comes out clean. I would use same temp. Let us know how it goes and glad you like the cake! Thanks, Kim!

      41. doris
        October 7, 2020 / 8:58 pm

        looks good but would have to omit the coffee since i not a coffee drinkerl

        • abigail
          October 8, 2020 / 8:26 am

          You can opt to not use the coffee. That’s fine.

      42. Kowena Page
        January 21, 2021 / 7:24 pm

        Two questions:
        1: Have you thought of maybe a heavy chocolate mousse between the layers?
        2: How can you make the ganache a thicker layer on the cake?
        Thank you

        • abigail
          January 22, 2021 / 8:56 am

          You can adjust the recipe to your liking. I think it sounds yummy to add a mousse in between. Sounds like a fabulous idea. With regards to the ganache, you can easily google a recipe for the whipped ganache. I don’t have one at the moment.

      43. Kristina Tipps
        April 5, 2021 / 7:50 am

        5 stars
        My husband asked me to bake a mayo cake (I don’t normally eat mayo), and you’d never know there was mayo here. It was so good!

      44. Bintu | Budget Delicious
        April 5, 2021 / 8:43 am

        5 stars
        This chocolate mayonnaise cake sounds so delicious and indulgent – and I love how moist it is!

      45. Jen
        April 5, 2021 / 9:16 am

        5 stars
        I am so glad I didn’t let my nervousness stop me from making this chocolate mayonnaise cake. It’s so decadent and delicious! Everyone was going back for a second piece.

      46. Michelle
        April 5, 2021 / 9:27 am

        5 stars
        Such a rich and decadent chocolate cake — you can’t even taste the mayonnaise! Delicious!

      47. Beth
        April 5, 2021 / 9:46 am

        5 stars
        Yummy! This chocolate mayonnaise cake looks absolutely delicious and rich! My two chocolate lovers are going to love this! Definitely making this as soon as I can!

      48. doris stuart
        January 4, 2022 / 4:47 pm

        sorry but i would be omitted the coffee from this recipe and dont care if its enhance the chocolate, I tried cupcakes that someone put coffee in it and i didnt like it at all. cuz I not a coffee drinker at all and dont plan on putting it anything that I make.

        • abigail
          January 5, 2022 / 8:52 pm

          To each their own – so if you don’t like it, simply omit it. No problem. I love it so I add it.

        • Lois
          February 24, 2023 / 5:07 pm

          Well certainly don’t use it but it makes the cake
          more flavorful. It takes away from this great cake if you do not use it though.

      49. October 10, 2022 / 6:23 pm

        Is a 9×13” pan ok for this cake?

        • abigail
          October 11, 2022 / 12:38 pm

          Yes though a slightly smaller one like 8×11 might work better. I’ve always made this with round cake pans that’s why. Simply adjust the baking time so the cake cooks properly.

      50. doris
        July 7, 2023 / 1:34 pm

        mayonnaise cakes are good but I wouldn’t add the coffee to my recipes since I don’t drink it or like the texture of anything with coffee in it

        • abigail
          July 8, 2023 / 4:18 pm

          Coffee enhances the flavor of chocolate and makes it more pronounced. You won’t even know the cake has coffee in it. Be that as it may, do what you think you like. Enjoy!

      51. Michelle Nardone
        July 15, 2023 / 8:52 pm

        Hi do the chocolate chips inside the cake melt? Or when you bite into the cake, are there lumps of chocolate? Just wondering about this part! Looking at making this for an upcoming birthday 🙂 (MY birthday!) Thanks!

        • abigail
          July 27, 2023 / 12:04 pm

          Some may melt but you’d still taste a few nibs here and there.

      52. March 3, 2024 / 2:24 pm

        The directions call for lining the pans with parchment paper. How do you keep the parchment paper from distorting the sides of the cake as it is baking? Thank you!

        • abigail
          March 4, 2024 / 10:36 am

          Just do the bottom portion – just the exact size. Besides, it won’t matter because you’ll cover the cake with ganache anyway so any minor imperfection should get covered, if ever. Enjoy!

      53. Lise
        May 14, 2024 / 2:03 pm

        I count two different kind of chocolate- where is the third listed?

        • abigail
          May 15, 2024 / 10:43 pm

          Chocolate chips in the cake batter, cocoa powder in the frosting and dark chocolate in the ganache.

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