Rocky road cake: A retro chocolate recipe from the ’80s

Rocky road cake recipe from the 1980s

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Rocky road cake (1982)

Chocolate seems to be America’s favorite flavor. Whether you just “like” chocolate or are among the legions of devoted chocoholics, you’ll agree that a scrumptious chocolate dessert ranks high on the list of life s greatest pleasures.

When chocolate combines its unmistakably rich, luscious flavor with ordinary ingredients, the result is always extraordinary… such as in rocky road cake.

Rocky road cake recipe from the 1980s

Rocky road cake

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes


  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup seedless raisins
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 6-ounces semisweet chocolate pieces
  • 18-1/2 ounces devil's food cake mix (with pudding in the mix)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup Best Foods real mayonnaise
  • 1 cup water


  1. Grease and flour 12-cup fluted tube pan.
  2. In small bowl, mix the first 4 ingredients in a large bowl with mixer at low speed.
  3. Beat together cake mix, eggs, real mayonnaise and water just until blended.
  4. Increase speed to medium; beat 2 minutes.
  5. Stir in nut mixture.
  6. Pour in a prepared pan.
  7. Bake in 350 (F) oven 50 minutes or until cake tester inserted in center comes out: clean.
  8. Cool in pan 15 minutes.
  9. Remove; cool on rack.
  10. If desired, dust with confectioners sugar.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 351Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 182mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 2gSugar: 20gProtein: 5g

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Rocky road cake

MORE: Vintage Baker’s Chocolate Decadence cake (1986)

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