Pro Bakers Say Mayonnaise Is the Secret to the Best-Ever Chocolate Cake — Here’s Why

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It’s no secret that mayonnaise makes every dish it’s part of better. But what if we told you that you could use it to bake a delectable chocolate cake with the perfect consistency? This is what the baking pros are swearing by in order to get that indulgent and rich result you want.

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake Recipe

Editor in chief at Boyd Hampers Magazine and a pastry chef Norah Clark explains that using mayonnaise can help substitute the eggs and oil in recipes used for chocolate cakes. The smooth consistency of the mayonnaise itself results in the addition of richness and moisture, giving a delicious and tender cake.

One of the best and easy-to-follow recipes online for making a chocolate mayonnaise cake comes from Holly Nilsson, a professional food blogger with Spend With Pennies. She recommends going for a full-fat mayonnaise for a decadent and moist cake and says that a low-fat version would result in a chewier cake.

How to Make It


  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • ½ cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup of mayonnaise
  • 1 cup of lukewarm water


Preheat the oven to a temperature of 350°F. Prepare a 9×13″ baking dish by greasing and flouring it. Take a large bowl and mix all the ingredients well. Pour the mixture into the baking dish. Put the baking dish into the oven to bake for approximately 30 minutes. Insert a toothpick in the center. If it comes out clean, your cake is ready!

Preparing Your Own Frosting

Now that your cake is ready, you can make the frosting to go on top using mayonnaise, too! You need 8 oz. of softened cream cheese, ½ cup of mayonnaise, ¼ cup of softened butter, 1 ½ teaspoons of vanilla extract, 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder, and 6-7 cups of confectioners sugar.

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You need to mix the butter, cream cheese, and mayo together in a large bowl and mix them until it’s a fluffy, light consistency. Then add the cocoa powder and start mixing in the confectioners’ sugar slowly. Just mix it until it’s the consistency you want, and slather it on that cake!

More Ways to Bake With Mayo

Chocolate cakes and frosting are not the only baked goods that are unexpectedly improved by mayonnaise, and the uses for mayo go beyond desserts.

Chefs and experts have experimented and found that dishes like mayonnaise baked chicken, mayonnaise pancakes, mayonnaise scrambled eggs, and mayonnaise banana bread are just a few of the things that can be made easier and better with this handy ingredient.