Monday, August 14, 2006

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

Sounds Strange, But Boy Is It Good!

It was my sister's birthday this weekend, so I decided to make her a cake. Chocolate is her favorite, as well as the rest of the family.

So I had a plan. Chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. Only one problem. I could'nt use a cake mix because my brother-in-law is lactose intolerant and most of the cake mixes contain milk or milk derivatives.

I did find one store brand that did'nt have milk in it, but when I read the ingredients, I was horrified! There were the usual suspects, tons of preservatives and artificial ingredients. That was'nt what disturbed me. There was lard, which I know is used a lot in baking, but it grosses me out. I actually could have lived with this, but there's more. Animal byproducts and tarro. YUUUUUUUCKKKK! POOOOOOO! ICCCCCCCCK! So I immediently put down the $1.59 cake mix (if that's what you want to call it) and set out to make a cake from scratch!

I had heard about using mayonnaise as an ingredient for a moist cake, but had never tried it. Anyone who knows me would never imagine that I used mayonnaise in a cake. Healthy and low-fat are key words usually associated with recipes that I make. But if I was going to go through the trouble of making a cake from scratch, I wanted it to be moist. And considering my brother-in-law's plight (there is no milk in mayo), I figured why not? I found a bunch of recipes online and settled on one from Hellmann's® Mayonnaise. I love their mayo, so I thought the cake would probably be delicious too! I was right!!! It was moist, chocolately and surprisingly light!

Hellmann's® Chocolate Mayonnaise 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

Instructions:
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.

For the filling in the center, I used a yummy moist coconut mixture.

Coconut Filling

3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup margarine
1/4 cup coconut milk, or more if dry
1 1/3 cups flaked coconut (I used fine textured unsweetened)
1/2 cup toasted chopped walnuts

In a saucepan, bring brown sugar and margarine to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil 2 minutes. Add coconut milk, coconut and walnuts. Boil 1 minute, stirring constantly. Let cool and spread evenly on bottom layer of cake. Cover with the top layer of cake and frost!

To top it off, I made Hershey's Perfectly Chocolate Frosting.


"PERFECTLY CHOCOLATE" CHOCOLATE FROSTING

1 stick (1/2 cup) butter or margarine (I used Fleishmann's unsalted margarine which is contains no milk derivatives)
2/3 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup milk (I used coconut milk and a little water)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Melt butter. Stir in cocoa. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating to spreading consistency. Add small amount additional milk, if needed. Stir in vanilla. About 2 cups frosting.

I kept the decorating simple. The top of the frosted cake was sprinkled with the same unsweetened coconut and shaved dark chocolate adorned the perimeter.

What is the strangest ingredient you have ever used in a common recipe?

13 comments:

Jen said...

that looks good...

Annie said...

Jen, I thought you were incognito today? Don't worry I'll bring you a sample!

Jen said...

did you miss me?

a sample??!

=)

wheresmymind said...

My Mom has made some sorta cake with Mayo in it before....god..I so don't like that mayo smell!! lol

LookinginmyRearviewMirror said...

I have used kidney beans in fudge before...you can't tell the difference and it is just as good as regular fudge...not sure if I have that recipe anymore though.

mooncrazy said...

I made this years ago, ha forgot about it, but it sure was tasty. I have a recipe for saurerkraut cake. Tastes like coconut.

That would be a fun challenge, odd food items.

Janet said...

I have heard about adding mayo to cakes before, but the only place I saw this was on a jar of mayo itself so naturally, I was skeptical. It's good to see a real live testimonial though!:)

The Cookbook Junkie said...

I love cakes made with mayo. They're so moist.

Sara said...

I don't like chocolate cake much, but that does look good.
My grandmother used to bake a cake that had pureed tomatos in it. It was good.

Bambola said...

I never made a cake with mayo in my intire life,but believe me this cake was delicious,thank you annie.

Jen said...

That cake was really really really good
thanks friend.

next time I'm not sharing with Joanne

kim said...

I have a great spice cake recipe that calls for a can of Campbell's tomato soup! You'd never, ever know it was in there! I don't usually divulge the secret ingredient until after everyone has tasted the cake and said they liked it--I'm sneaky that way!

Jennifer said...

Ooohhh!!! I remember this one from childhood. It is indeed yummy.