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My Grandma Dora’s Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

on November 4, 2021

With the holidays here, I started thinking about my Grandma Dora’s recipe for Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake with Caramel Frosting. The mayonnaise part sounds yucky, but actually, this cake turns out so rich and moist, you can’t even taste the mayonnaise. It used to be a staple in our house for special occasions. I haven’t made one for years, but I got out my mother’s old recipe box and found the recipe. If you try it, I would use regular mayonnaise.

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

1 cup salad dressing (regular mayonnaise)

1 cup sugar

4 tablespoons coca.

Mix well and add:

2 cups sifted flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 cup warm water

1 teaspoon vanilla

Blend together, pour into a sheet cake pan, and bake at 350 degrees until done, when knife inserted into the center comes out clean. (Don’t you just love those old-fashioned directions?)

Quick Caramel Frosting

Melt 1/4 cup margarine or butter (I would use butter) in a sauce pan.

Stir in 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar and a pinch of salt.

Cook 2 minutes over low heat, stirring constantly.

Add 2 tablespoons milk — stir constantly until mixture comes to a boil.

REMOVE from stove.

Stir in gradually 1-1/4 cups sifted confectioners sugar. Add 1/4 teaspoon vanilla and mix well.

If too thick, additional milk may be added.

Frost the cooled cake right away.


Dawn Pisturino

November 3, 2021


28 responses to “My Grandma Dora’s Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

  1. Never had it Dawn! But it looks and sounds pretty darn yummy to me! I’ve even been in a chocolate mood often lately, for some reason!? Comfort and love food for sure!

    Love the opening feature shot and all of the fun fall Satirical Cartoons, Nuff said, I’ve been known to make an ass out of myself!!!

    I’ll settle for this cake!!! By itself will be a great Thanksgiving enough for me!
    Tank ya Kindly!

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  2. I already have visions of it!

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  3. Journalofthegrey says:

    Now that’s interesting!! I’m not a fan of Mayo.. but I’m interested in this..

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  4. Americaoncoffee says:

    A very entertaining post Dawn. I have never heard of a cake like the one you’ve shared.

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    • Yes, that’s the only recipe I’ve seen for it. I don’t know where my grandmother got it. Thanks!

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      • You’re Grandmother is a mighty creative woman!

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      • I don’t remember my grandmother cooking very much. And my aunt told me she was a terrible cook. But there a few things she did well. I always loved her sweet potatoes with the marshmallows on top.

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      • That is all mattered she had her specialties and didn’t care to fuss with everything, probably a good strategy wouldn’t you say? What woman really wants to stand around peeling potatoes or getting teary eyes dicing up onions or what man does for that matter! To me dessert is the best part of the dinner! Oh yea I have a big sweet tooth! Lucky me I still eat what I did at 16; got my teeth to boot and only a few fillings those from when I was a kid! If this all makes me keel over one day; then at least I died enjoying my last request! Cake, pie, banana splits, cookies, brownies any will do me fine!

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  5. At first I didn’t know where this was going but as a read the whole recipe… it sounds really good!

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  6. Sounds like a great cake! Now, if I could only cook. 😦

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  7. Tanooki says:

    OMG mayonnaise cake!? When I first look at your today’s post title, I thought my eyes were not reading it properly but…wow, since the mayo taste would be gone, I’d love to give it a try👍 Thank you for the recipe, Dawn!😊💕✨

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  8. When I hear the word mayonnaise it sounds yucky, but it’s just egg, oil, lemon, and salt that sounds delicious now😂

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  9. OMG Dawn, a chocolate mayonnaise cake? 🎂🍮🍩 Girlfriend, there has got to be a great story behind that recipe! 🤎 Do tell!!! 😋 Sounds delish!!!

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