Chocolate mayonnaise cake: The classic recipe is sensational (1985)

Chocolate mayonnaise cake vintage recipe

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Doctor up a simple chocolate cake mix with one key ingredient (one which is unique for a cake, but that you probably always have on hand) and you get a super-special dessert.

Behold: Chocolate mayonnaise cake!

Rich and moist, but incredibly easy and fast to whip up, we have the classic recipe here — straight from 1985.

Know the secret to moister, richer cake?

Share the chef’s best-kept baking secret and create a richer, moister cake by adding Hellmann’s to your favorite cake mix. The smooth consistency of real mayo gives this vintage chocolate mayonnaise cake a marvelously moist texture.

HERE’S ANOTHER GOOD ONE: Hershey’s classic ‘Hand-me-down’ chocolate cake recipe (1972)

What's the secret of this cake? Here's a hint: Its full name is the Mayonnaise Chocolate Sensation cake. Get this surprisingly tasty recipe from 1985! #chocolatecake #vintagedesserts #dessertrecipes #clickamericana

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Chocolate mayonnaise cake vintage recipe

Vintage chocolate mayonnaise cake

Yield: 10 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Share the chef’s best-kept baking secret and create a richer, moister cake by adding mayonnaise to your favorite cake mix. (Note: To prepare cake that does NOT have pudding in the mix, reduce mayonnaise to 1/2 cup.)


  • 1 package chocolate cake mix (with pudding in the mix)
  • 1 cup Hellman's/Best Foods real mayonnaise
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 eggs


  1. Grease and flour 2 (9") layer cake pans.
  2. In a large bowl with mixer at low speed, blend all ingredients 30 seconds. Beat at medium speed 2 minutes or 300 strokes by hand.
  3. Pour into prepared pans. Bake in 350 F oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until cake springs back when touched lightly in center.
  4. Cool in pans 10 minutes. Remove. Cool on wire racks.
  5. Fill and frost as desired.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 383Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 567mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 1gSugar: 21gProtein: 4g

Click Americana offers approximate nutrition information as a general reference only, and we make no warranties regarding its accuracy. Please make any necessary calculations based on the actual ingredients used in your recipe, and consult with a qualified healthcare professional if you have dietary concerns.

Chocolate mayonnaise cake retro recipe

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