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1.06.2014

Chocolate Cake with Whipped Mocha Frosting


The following blog post contains sponsored content.  A huge thank you to my friends at Hellmann's Mayonnaise. Without the support of brands like theirs, we bloggers would not be able to take the time to create recipes for you all!  


I don't own many cookbooks, the ones I do are near and dear to me. One of my favorites being a book of my grandmother's hand written recipes. There is something so comforting about these vintage classics and they never disappoint. The thing I love most about my grandmother's classic recipes, is that the ingredients are things I always have on hand, and they are super affordable.


There are a couple of cake recipes in her recipe book that my dad has always talked about, one being her Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake. As a kid I used to turn my nose up at the idea of it. Mayo in cake? It just didn't seem right. 




Now as an adult I know that mayonnaise is made out of simple ingredients that go into cake anyways. All cakes call for oil and eggs. Grandma's Mayonnaise Chocolate Cake is now one of my go to easy chocolate cake recipes. The ingredients are always on hand,  the mayonnaise lends a light moist texture and it is affordable to make!



One of the of my New Year's goals is to make some cutbacks on my grocery bill. Feeding my family of 5 costs me about $300 per week! I would love to cut that bill down to $200-$250. A couple of the things I've started doing to help save some pennies, is writing an organized list. If it is not on the list and a must need... I don't buy it. Meal planning, typically I am a day to day meal planner, though I've found when I make a schedule and stick to it, I save on my grocery bill. I am also always on the look out for sales and coupons.

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Chocolate Cake with Whipped Mocha Frosting 
Recipe adapted from my Grandmothers handwritten recipe book
 Ingredients: 
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups of sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder  
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbs vanilla extract
  • 1 cup brewed coffee, cooled to room temp
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise  
For the frosting:
  • 1 cup unsalted room temperature butter
  •  2 tbs instant coffee granules
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3-4 cups powdered sugar  
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt 
  • 1/2 cup melted semi-sweet chocolate- cooled slightly
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt. 
  3. Mix in vanilla, eggs, coffee and mayonnaise.
  4. Pour cake batter in to two 8 inch round greased and floured cake pans.  
  5. Bake for 25 minutes or until a tooth pick is inserted and comes out clean. 
  6. Allow cakes to cool on a cooling rack.
  7. To prepare frosting, in the bowl of your electric mixer, whip butter and instant coffee granules together until fluffy. 
  8. Turn mixer to medium/high speed and slowly pour in whipping cream and whip until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  9. Mix in vanilla extract and melted chocolate while whipping on medium/high speed.
  10. Turn mixer speed down to medium/low and slowly add in your powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time until the frosting has reached your desired thickness.
  11. Once cakes have cooled, level the tops and frost as desired. 

(Disclaimer: I received monetary compensation to write this post. However all opinions are 100% my own.)

41 comments:

  1. It looks so perfectly moist and fluffy! I'd love a slice!

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    1. Come visit... I have the whole thing in the fridge taunting me. I need to give it away asap.

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  2. This cake is gorgeous! Love the layers of chocolate and mocha. I really need to work on more meal planning too-thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Thanks Lisa! I am working really hard to be more organized with my meal planning.

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  3. Whoa! This cake is so gorgeous! I love that whipped mocha!

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  4. Hey Carrie! Made it to Methuen but still looking for a house. Started my baking as soon as I got here with my new KitchenAid. Woot! Have you baked this with dark chocolate yet? I love Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa (just because I haven't ventured to buy a better brand yet) when I make other things. I've always been more of a milk chocolate rather than dark but I've been hooked and use it a lot. Hope you're doing well! Love keeping up with your posts. Lisa :)

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    1. You got here just in time for our awful weather! Now that your close by... maybe our paths will cross!

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    2. Yes, it's true. Why did I choose to move in the winter to New England??? Highly possible that we'll meet at some point! And when I try this with dark chocolate, I'll let you know. ;)

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  5. I use mayo as a fat in strange places often - garlic bread made with mayo instead of butter is absolutely delicious. And, no waiting for butter to soften! This cake looks wonderful, always wanted to try a chocolate mayo cake - but haven't had the nerve. I think you've pushed me over the edge! :)

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    1. I used mayo on a garlic toast once. It was awesome! I hope you try a mayo cake. It works great! No oil or eggs needed.

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  6. $300 per week?! Geez.

    The cake is gorgeous! I'm just shocked by that number.

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    1. Yep! Three kids are super expensive.

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  7. I love those vintage family recipes -- especially when chocolate cake is involved! :) This looks delicious.

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  8. My Grandmother has a mayonnaise cake in her recipe book as well, and I have to admit my first thought has always been "Eww, mayo in a cake?". Your chocolate cake looks absolutely delicious though, and you're right it is just oil and eggs! You may have just changed my mind...

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    1. It took me a long time to warm up to the idea. But it works so well! It's my favorite cake.

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  9. Your photos just blow me away, this post is lovely in every sense of the word!

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    1. Thanks Ellen! Where have you been hiding?! I miss you and your blog.

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    2. I miss it too :( trying to get a post up soon!

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  10. Cake porn...I'm trying so hard to start dinner planning but find it hard to stick to for some wack reason. It's not like it should be difficult, right? lol.

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    1. I am doing better... but not that great with planning. My blog also suffers from the same lack of organization skills.

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  11. Beautiful!

    I agree with you... the sound of mayo cake is all wrong, but yeah... same basic ingredients that we bake with, so really I am sure it is delicious. Looks like it, anyway!

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    1. It's weird at first thought. But it's totally a good thing.

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  12. Beautiful cake♡
    One thing I do to cut down on the grocery bill is buy meat that's on sale in larger quantities and I'm able to get a couple of meals out of it.

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    1. I sometimes do the same! We have a big enough freezer that I can store meat.

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  14. Oops I forgot to mention that I ♡love♥ your cake plate. Gorgeous!
    I guess I should have elaborated with the meal planning...Roasted meat for the first meal and a nice casserole or I find that hispanic recipes work real well for left over meat ideas.

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  15. Hi Carrie..I'm definitely going to try that one out. I've been asked to do a coconut cake recently. Any ideas?

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  16. This is such a gorgeous cake... One slice may not be enough...

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  17. Carrie, you outdid yourself with this stunning cake. I'm dreaming of moist chocolate-y goodness and billowy frosting. Pinned.

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  18. Carrie, this cake sounds and looks fantastic!! Pinning!

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  19. This looks like a piece of art - really but I think I could bring myself to eat it (a slice of course). Great work again my friend!

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  20. What a beautiful cake! I think your cake stand is so darling!

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  21. Happy new year, Carrie! I'm in love with this cake - it's absolutely gorgeous, as are your photos and the adorable cake stand. I've always wanted to make a mayo cake since everyone says how incredibly moist 'n fudgy they are. I can't wait to try your recipe!

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  22. Hi. I want to make this cake for my family. in the ingredients you have 1cup of coffee is that regular coffee or the same as the frosting Instant coffee?

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  23. Oh dear this frosting sounds and looks heavenly! Drooling over this gorgeous cake

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  24. Hi you dont use any butter or oil in the cake????

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    1. Yes I know, Mayo is oil and eggs... therefore you don't need to add any.

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