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Mayonaise Cake - Grandma Great's Mayonnaise Cake
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An incredibly moist, dark chocolate cake.

Susan Reilly


  • 4 cups (950 ml) flour
  • 2 cups (475 ml) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp (2 ml) salt
  • 1-1/3 cups (325 ml) mayonnaise
  • 1 cup (225 ml) cocoa
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) baking soda
  • 2 cups (475 ml) cold water
  • 3 tsp (15 ml) vanilla
  • Mix dry ingredients in large bowl.
  • Mix vanilla, mayonnaise and cold water with whisk and add to dry.
  • Beat until mixed well.
  • Divide evenly between 3 9 inch layer cake pans that have been buttered and dusted with cocoa AND 6 lined cupcake cups.
  • Bake at 350 degrees (175 C.) about 35 minutes.
This recipe was originally my grandmother's. She told me she got it during the war. I tinkered with it to increase the intensity of the chocolate and it is my favorite chocolate "comfort food." It is particularly good with coffee-flavored frosting (butter frosting flavored with instant espresso powder dissolved in small amount of warm water). Can also be prepared in a jelly roll pan for a crowd.

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