March 11, 2011

Hellman's Mayonnaise Chocolate Cake

Today's cake is a combination of my two favorite recipes.

Hellman's Mayo Chocolate Cake is one I cut out of a magazine 30 years ago and have used for years. It is now available on their website here.

The second recipe, for Old Smoothie Chocolate Frosting, I have also had for about 30 years and was off the back of a C&H sugar box.  This recipe is not on their website and I don't know why because I think it is one of the best frosting recipes around.

Cake Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1-1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. baking powder
3 eggs
1-2/3 cups sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup Hellmann's® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise
1-1/3 cups water


1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and lightly flour two 9-inch round cake pans*; set aside.

2. In medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and baking powder; set aside.

3. In large bowl, with electric mixer at high speed, beat eggs, sugar and vanilla for 3 minutes or until light and fluffy. Beat in Hellmann's® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise at low speed until blended. Alternately beat in flour mixture with water, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Pour into prepared pans.

4. Bake 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. On wire racks, cool 10 minutes; remove from pans and cool completely. Frost, if desired, or sprinkle with confectioners sugar.

*Or, prepare cake recipe above in 13 x 9-inch baking pan and bake 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Old Smoothie Chocolate Frosting


4 cups (1 lb.) Powdered Sugar
1/2 cup undiluted evaporated milk (or half & half works too.  That's what I use).
1 teaspoon Vanilla
Dash Salt
3 squares (3 oz.) unsweetened chocolate, melted
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) soft unsalted butter

Combine powdered sugar, milk, vanilla and salt.  Mix well.  Stir in melted butter and chocolate.  Beat until smooth and creamy.  Frosts top and sides of two 8 or 9-inch layers, or one 13 x 9 inch cake.


Anonymous said...

My fiancee is also a tax guy and is insanely busy during tax season, which for him includes summer. Anyway, he doesn't like dessert much but his favorite cake is his aunt's yellow cake with mayo. I can't compete with that memory so I thought I'd try this recipe instead. It still has mayo in it so I hope he likes it a lot.

Question: I've been comparing other recipes online and the only difference that I've seen is the number of eggs (3 vs 4) and amount of baking powder (1/4 vs 1 1/4). What difference do those make?

Anonymous said...

This icing is way, way too runny!