Monday, June 20, 2011

Father's Day - Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

Sunday was Father's Day!  We had a BBQ for my Dad, my husband, and my brother.  My husband's favorite dessert is mayonnaise cake.  I know this sounds gross, but its wonderful.  Mayonnaise is made with eggs and oil and the mayo in this cake replaces the eggs and oil in the recipe, so that makes it easy, and simple to make.  I frost this cake with a homemade cocoa frosting, but sometimes I also frost it with buttercream.  Its delicious and gets better the day after you make it.  Its heavy, dense, chocolatey, and roll-your-eyes-back-in-your-head delicious!

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

2 cups flour, all-purpose
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 cup cocoa (not Nestle's brand - its not very dark)
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup water or cold coffee (coffee will make a darker chocolate cake but I just used water)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl, tossing lightly with a spoon to mix. Combine the mayonnaise, water (or coffee), and vanilla in a smaller bowl; add to the dry ingredients, beating with the mixer on medium for three minutes.

Pour into a sprayed 9 x 13 pan and bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 25 minute or until springy and a knife comes out clean.

Frost when slightly warm with cocoa frosting.

Cocoa Frosting

5 Tablespoons room temp / softened margarine
4-5 Tablespoons cocoa  (Hershey's is best - NOT Nestle's)
5 Tablespoons cold milk
3 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix well.  If too runny, add a little more powdered sugar.  If too stiff, add a little more milk.  I just make this by guess usually.

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