trick cake

I recently got a copy of the Good Home Cookbook. It is full of homey, classic recipes, like Yankee Pot Roast, Franks and Beans, Ham and Noodle Casserole, Apple Dumplings, and Mexican Wedding Cakes. Of course, the first thing I made from it was a baked good!

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This is the One-Bowl Chocolate Snacking Cake. Lame photo, sorry. Dudes, it has mayonnaise in it! In a cake recipe! I had heard of this before but had never tried it. You know, it’s really quite tasty. The cake was moist and flavorful, and even the mayonnaise haters gobbled it up. I didn’t frost it, and the recipe says frosting is not necessary, but really, why NOT frost it (there are two types of people–frosting people and non-frosting people. I am in the first camp). Next time I will probably frost.
Read on for the recipe!

One-Bowl Chocolate Snacking Cake from the Good Home Cookbook
Serves 6
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup cold coffee (I used decaf)
1 cup mayonnaise (Best Foods, of course! I bet the Trader Joe’s kind would work fine, though)
1/4 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and flour a 9″ square baking dish/brownie pan
2. In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients. Yup, you read that correctly–ALL the ingredients. Stir until well blended then pour into the prepared pan.
3. Bake 30 minutes or until a toothpick poked in the center comes out clean.
4. Cool pan on a cooling rack. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream or FROSTING.

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10 Responses to trick cake

  1. kyrie says:

    eeek! too good to be true. this sounds fantastic. thanks for sharing!!!

  2. sharon says:

    THANK YOU for posting this recipe-it’s the perfect size to satisfy a chocolate craving without having to bake a whole freakin’ cake that sits around beckoning me to overindulge. Looks fast and easy, too–I’ll definitely try it!

  3. Michelle says:

    Mayonnaise in cakes is just the greatest thing. I love it, always makes them turn out moist and delicious and you can’t even taste the mayonnaise-y-ish-ness of it, don’t you think?

  4. mary jane says:

    Hey! I just posted one you mix IN THE PAN! Its almost the same, but no mayonnaise, or butter or eggs or milk either! See it here:
    I’m trying yours next!

  5. Elspeth says:

    That looks delicious! I’m going to have to try it! (And frost, of course, I’m all about the icing – I love Hershey’s chocolate buttercream icing)

  6. amisha says:

    mmm… sounds delicious. coffee + chocolate + mayonnaise sounds like goodness to me! i’m with you on the frosting… i can eat it straight up.

  7. maryse says:

    ooh i don’t know if the trader joe’s kind would give you the same results. it tastes much different than best foods brand (hellman’s out on the east coast. i love hellman’s).
    it does look yummy though.

  8. Krista says:

    My smarty-pants husband points out that it’s like having eggs and oil already mixed together for the cake (and, notice there aren’t any eggs or oil in the recipe). Sounds fun to say you made a mayo cake, though.

  9. Knittykim says:

    The cake is GREAT with burnt carmel icing. Sounds more difficult than it is…check your cook book, it should be in there.

  10. Stephanie says:

    mmm mm! Mayo Cake! Something from my childhood LOL 😀 and yes, I’m all for frosting!

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