Grandma’s Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cake Recipe: A Secret Ingredient Makes It Super Moist by Ann Marie Patitucci

Grandma’s Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cake Recipe: A Secret Ingredient Makes It Super Moist

Is there anything better than Grandma's old-fashioned chocolate cake? We think not! This tried-and-true chocolate cake recipe has withstood the test of time for a reason – it’s both easy and delicious! I suspect that many of our moms, grandmas and even great-grandmas have made it. And now we can, too!

Would you believe me if I told you that all you have to do with this mayonnaise cake recipe is combine seven simple ingredients, pour them into a dish and bake? Well, that’s it! Plus, this decadent cake has a secret ingredient that makes it super moist. What is the secret ingredient? Mayonnaise

Our grandmothers knew that using mayonnaise in cakes is a genius way to make cakes extra moist. This cake is indeed moist, as well as decadent and delicious! (There's even a Miracle Whip cake recipe!) 

It may sound strange but trust me, the mayonnaise makes chocolate cakes even more moist and delish! For an even richer experience, frost this moist cake recipe with your favorite chocolate frosting. Serve this decadent cake for dessert with your favorite whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 12


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Recipe Notes

  • To lighten up this recipe, you can use Light or Fat-Free mayonnaise.
  • To make this recipe gluten-free, use gluten-free flour.
  • You can use a 13x9-inch baking pan, two round baking pans or a bundt pan for this recipe. Baking time will vary depending on the type of pan you choose.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Grease and flour a 13x9-inch baking pan, two round baking pans or a bundt pan.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients. Pour into the baking pan of choice.
  3. Bake in a preheated 350-degree F oven for approximately 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. (Cooking time will vary depending on type of pan used.)
  4. Allow cake to cool completely. Frost it with your favorite chocolate frosting and serve with vanilla ice cream, if desired.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 158

Total Fat: 3.5g

Saturated Fat: 0.8g

Cholesterol: 2mg

Total Carbohydrate: 26.4g

Dietary Fiber: 1.8g

Total Sugars: 10g

Protein: 2.6g

Vitamin D: 0mcg

Calcium: 10mg

Iron: 1mg

Potassium: 95mg

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Elisa Schmitz
So simple. I love how you don't even have to add eggs, because of the mayo. Easy and delish!
Oh I’ve made this before and it’s really good.
You just made my day. Making this for my dad's birthday!

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