May 06, 2008

Mayonnaise Cake, Memories of Nanny, and New Memories made

One question that my grandmother would always ask me would be "What kind of cake would you like for your birthday?" I don't know why she would ask that question when she had to know exactly what my response would be....Mayonnaise! Gram made the best mayonnaise cake there was.

We had a special day on Sunday. Three of the students from my department where I work at the university wanted to come for a BBQ of venison burgers before they graduated. So, the Grumpster and I told them to choose the day and we would be ready for them.

Each of these students got a birthday cake on their birthday while they were I figured I would also bake them a cake (my mayo cake!) and give them the royal treatment! We made the Easy Bacon, Cheese, and Onion Stuffed Burgers along with a potato salad (Grumpy said this was funky and to go back to my "normal" potato salad). Offered them up some Croghan Bologna (made with ...tada...Venison!) with cheese, crackers and mustard as appys and the finale was my favorite mayonnaise cake.
Below is the recipe for the cake:

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

2 cups all-purpose flour, stirred before measuring
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/3 cup Hershey's unsweetened cocoa powder
1-1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 cup Hellman's Mayonnaise
1 cup water
1 tsp. vanilla


Adjust rack to center of oven; preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 7 by 11 or 9 by 9 inch pan, at least 1-1/2 inches deep, with vegetable shortening. Dust the greased pan lightly with flour, knocking out any excess. Set aside.Into large bowl, sift together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, and baking soda. Set aside.

Place mayonnaise in medium bowl; gradually beat in water with fork or small whisk. Mayonnaise will thin considerably. Stir in vanilla. All at once, add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients. Using a hand-held electric mixer, beat at low speed until ingredients are combined; scrape bowl and beater(s) well. Beat at medium speed for 1-1/2 minutes. Batter should be smooth.Turn batter into prepared pan and spread level, then push batter slightly higher in corners and along sides of pan. Bake in preheated oven for 28 to 35 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center emerges with only a few moist crumbs clinging to it. Do not overbake.

Remove to cooling rack. Cool completely before frosting or storing. If unfrosted, store airtight at room temperature for up to 3 days; freeze for longer storage.

I also had a suprise on that day as the three (Dan, Justin, and Darren) of them came with a gift in tow. They had bought me a mantle clock and had a plate engraved that had my name, thanks for all your help, and their names below. Those boys knew how to get me to cry! They are such special kids and I'm happy I was able to know them. Hopefully they will always remember the secretary who treated them like she would treat their own kids with fondness in their hearts - because they will always be in mine!


  1. Ooooh, yum! I wish the ladies I worked with at my alma mater had been as nice to me! You are such a good soul. I'll have to try this mayo cake - I've heard good things about it.

    xoxox Amy

  2. This is the first time I've heard of a mayonnaise cake. I imagine it makes it very moist, like adding sour cream. It looks delicious!

  3. Oh my, this cake is for me! I'll bake you some breads, and you bake me this cake, how's that?

    At first I was like "Mayo CAKE"!!!
    Then I read your post, and realized after just thinking what mayo is made of, it all clicked. Looks delicious!

  4. I don't think that I have ever had a mayonnaise cake but it sounds really interesting. I will have to try it!

  5. Shelby, I just love Croghan Bologna! Sometimes we take a trip up to Croghan to get it at "the source". It's not always easy to find anywhere else for us. - edlear

  6. chocolate shavingsMay 7, 2008 at 6:25 AM

    You got me intrigued just by the title! Does the mayonnaise help make the cake moist?

  7. Chocolate shavings - yes, the mayo does contribute to a moist cake..if you think about what may is made of, like Medena states above, it makes sense! :)

  8. sweet!!!

    And that cake looks divine!!!!!!!!

  9. Your cake is beautiful! Is that 7 minute icing? How sweet the boys were to deserve it!

  10. Looks good! I never heard of a mayonnaise cake until a couple of months first I thought it was bizarre sounding but then I realized how common they are in other places.

    Sounds like you have some sweet students there. :)

  11. I have never made a mayo cake, but I have seen them in magazines. This may be the push I need to give it a try...too bad I am trying (but unsuccessfully) to avoid sweets:D

  12. Hi there, HoneyB! I just tagged you for an award ;) and a new recipe tag. You are such a fun-lov'n dear!

    xoxox Amy

  13. Mayonnaise cake! Are you kidding? My favorite ingredient of all time...just sounds perfect.

  14. Fun! Sounds like a great party.

    Mayo cakes are so retro. Is that 7 minute frosting? Perfect choice if it is.

  15. Vinty & Dana - yes, that is seven minute frosting, so delish! :)

  16. I have tagged you! It is interesting, check out my blog for instructions!


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