Does anyone have a potluck or picnic this holiday weekend? Don't know what to bring? Put down that boxed cake mix and check this out - the world's easiest cake ever. Behold, cake:
This cake is a-maz-ing. Seriously - chocolaty, rich, and moist. And easy-peasy. Before I get to the secret ingredient I need to give a shout out to my pal B who shared this recipe. She said its an old family favorite and is their official birthday cake. This kind of easy recipe reminds me of what the older ladies in our church bring as part of a "carry in supper" - which is kinda like a potluck after the church service. This cake is delish.
And you'll never guess the secret ingredient! Ready? Its mayo. You heard me - this is a Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake. Are you freaked out? Did you say "ick?" No way! Mayo is just eggs and oil and stuff - what you'd put in a cake anyway. But for heavens sakes use real mayo - and not Miracle Whip or low-fat, no-fat, whatever fakey stuff is next to the real mayo on the shelf. Or better yet - make your own!
Here are the super easy, super fast directions as told by B herself:
3 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1 Tbsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups mayo
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups cold water
2 tsp vanilla
1. Mix dry
2. Mix sugar/mayo
3. Mix liquid
Bake at 350* for 40 minutes until done (makes 9x13). It's a VERY moist cake, a toothpick will come out clean.
...then use a smaller bowl to mix the sugar and mayo. Add water, then combine and pour into a pan (I greased mine). My oven is a little fast so I started checking about 35 minutes and that was perfect.
And there you have it. I swear you will never buy another box of chocolate mix once you try this cake. Its simple and foolproof.
I used a simple buttercream frosting but some folks don't even think it needs frosting. But hey - its cake and so why not?
And yes. I'm eating this for breakfast right now.
So what are you waiting for? Run right out and grab the mayo - cakey goodness is waiting!