Friday, March 15, 2019

Vintage Recipe: Mayonnaise Chocolate Cake

I'm digging into old recipe boxes and rediscovering the family favorites hidden inside! You'll find carefully handwritten recipe cards, newspapers and magazines clippings and even some hastily scrawled directions on scraps of paper, all from years (and years) ago! They're all getting scanned and transcribed so you can enjoy them in your own home kitchen. 

I grew up with Mayonnaise Chocolate Cake (though it was a different version from this one). Don’t let the word “mayonnaise” turn you away. The mayonnaise makes the cake extra moist. My mom would also add pudding mix and chocolate chips to the batter. She would bake 3 layers and frost the inner layers with whipped cream and the outside with a rich chocolate frosting. It was the only chocolate cake I ever really liked…and I LOVED it. Decadence.

This recipe for Mayonnaise Chocolate Cake calls for baking in 2 layer pans but looking at the measurement adjustments made, the cook made a 1 ½ sized batch. Perhaps they were making 3 layers like my mom would. Either that or two larger layers. The printable recipe below uses the original measurements and instructions.

The recipe was handwritten on an index card. It was found in an old large recipe file box. The age of the recipe card is unknown. See more recipes from this collection!

The original recipe has been scanned and is transcribed below. It can be printed for use in your own home kitchen. Enjoy!

Please Note: Every effort has been made to transcribe these old recipe cards completely and accurately. Many have faded, are stained, or simply do not include every step or tool used in the process. We have changed the wording in some places and added instruction in others to make the text a bit clearer. We do not test or verify all the information found on these old cards. If you choose use the information found here, please know that you do so at your own risk.

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Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake


  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 tsp Baking Soda
  • ½ cup Cocoa
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 cup Cold Water
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract


  1. Combine all ingredients and mix well
  2. Bake in 2 greased layer pans at 350°F for 30 minutes
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