Mayonnaise Cake

This cake recipe was the basic cake that my grandmother and mother made while I was growing up. We had other cakes on special occasions but this one was the one that we had on a regular bases.

2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking soda
3 level tbsp. baking cocoa

Mix these up. And in another bowl…

1 cup sugar
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup cold water
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix it up a little and then beat in dry ingredients until smooth.

Put into a greased cake pan and bake at 350 for 30 to 35 minutes.

Mom always made peanut butter frosting for this but none of my children like peanut butter. I use a cream cheese frosting or just plain cool whip. I also buy cheap mayonnaise for baking.

Submitted by HBHW reader Vickie G.

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  1. Heinz of Canada has created a Ketchup Cake to commemorate their 100th anniversary in Canada. They say it tastes like a carrot cake.

    Here’s a link to the original recipe:

    The Great Canadian Heinz Ketchup Cake

    The commemorative cake from Heinz that celebrates their 100th anniversary in Canada.
    It tastes much like a carrot cake and makes 12 servings.


    2 cups (500 mL) All-purpose flour
    2 tsp (10 mL) Baking powder
    1 1/2 tsp (7 mL) Ground cinnamon
    1 tsp (5 mL) Baking soda
    1/2 tsp (2 mL) Each ground nutmeg and ginger
    1/2 cup (125 mL) Heinz Tomato Ketchup
    1/2 cup (125 mL) Water
    2 tbsp (30 mL) Red food colouring
    3/4 cup (175 mL) Butter, softened
    11/2 cups (375 mL) Dark brown sugar, packed
    2 Eggs


    6 oz (175 g) Brick-style cream cheese, softened
    3/4 cup (175 mL) Butter, softened
    1 tsp (5 mL) Vanilla extract
    4 cups (1 L) Icing sugar

    Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C). Grease two, 9-inch (23-cm) round cake pans and line the bottoms with parchment paper.

    Stir the flour with the baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg and ginger into a bowl. Stir the ketchup, water and colouring in a separate bowl. Set aside.

    Beat the butter and blend in the sugar in a large bowl until smooth. Beat in the eggs. Add the flour mixture and ketchup mixture. Beat on low, scraping down the bowl as needed, until combined. Increase the speed to medium-high and beat for one minute.

    Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans.

    Bake for 30 minutes, or until the centre springs back when touched lightly.

    Cool the cakes for 15 minutes before turning onto a rack to cool completely.

    Frosting: Beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla on medium speed for 2 minutes or until smooth. Gradually beat in the sugar on low, scraping the bowl as needed. Beat on high until fluffy.

    Frost between the cake layers and over the sides and top of the cake.

  2. What is the recipe for the peanut butter frosting? My aunt use to make an excellent one that also contained chocolate.

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