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Chocolate Mayonnaise Cupcakes

March 21, 2020 (Last Updated: April 9, 2020)

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Chocolate Mayonnaise Cupcakes are super moist and full of chocolate taste!  This one bowl recipe is made with eight simple ingredients and can be whipped up in no time and baked in just 15 minutes. No eggs, just mayonnaise and you’d never know it was in there.  This is probably the easiest homemade cake recipe you’ll ever make. It takes just one bowl and a handful of pantry ingredients. 

Chocolate cupcakes with a chocolate swirl frosting.

My Grandma Grace was always well known for her Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake or cupcakes,. This recipe came from her. My mom makes this anytime the family is together. You just can’t go wrong with these great tasting chocolate cupcakes. 

Super moist chocolate mayonnaise cupcake served on a small white plate.

Made with pantry ingredients

One of the reasons this recipe is so great is you use ingredients you already have in your pantry. You use sugar, flour, unsweetened cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, mayonnaise, water and vanilla. That’s it! There are not any eggs, oil, milk or butter. 

Another reason this is a great recipe is everything just goes into one bowl and you stir with a spoon. No special equipment needed. 


Cupcakes in a cupcake pan resting on a white board.

What type of frosting is best for these cupcakes?

These cupcakes are perfect topped with a chocolate buttercream you could also use a regular vanilla buttercream too.  And sometimes I like to eat them just plain.

Cupcakes in front of a cupcake tin.
My mom always makes this using Miracle Whip Dressing instead of mayo.  Either works fine. It really comes down to what’s in the fridge and what’s your personal preference. Just don’t use a nonfat or low fat mayonnaise.

Can I make this into a cake instead of cupcakes?

Yes,  this recipe can also be baked into a Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake. Increase the cooking time to 25-30 minutes, depending on the size of your cake pan. This makes a soft, moist cake and it isn’t best for stacking into layers. When I make this into a cake I usually bake in a glass 9 x 13″ rectangular baking dish. I leave the cake in the pan after baking and once fully cooled, I add a chocolate frosting. It’s okay to serve right in the pan. It makes a casual and rustic presentation. 

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Don’t forget to PIN for later! A chocolate frosted cupcake with several cupcakes behind it.

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These chocolate mayonnaise cupcakes can be made in under 30 minutes.

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cupcakes

Super moist and chocolaty cupcakes
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 20 Cupcakes
Calories 163 kcal


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • Mix sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a mixing bowl.
  • Add mayonnaise, water and vanilla.
  • Mix with a spoon until all ingredients are combined
  • Fill paper lined cupcake holders 2/3 of the way full. 
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
  • Cool on a baking rack. Frost with your favorite frosting. 


Can I make this into a cake instead of cupcakes?

Yes,  this recipe can also be baked into a Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake. Increase the cooking time to 25-30 minutes, depending on the size of your cake pan.


Serving: 1cupcakeCalories: 163kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 1gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 155mgPotassium: 67mgSugar: 10gVitamin A: 5IUCalcium: 21mgIron: 0.7mg
Keyword chocolate cake, chocolate cup cakes, chocolate mayonaisse cake, chocolate mayonaisse cake recipe, cup cake, eggless cake, mayonaisse cake
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.


This recipe was originally posted in January of 2105. 

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  • Reply
    August 7, 2020 at 8:56 pm

    5 stars
    These are our favorite cupcakes now! I get requests all the time to make them. We like cream cheese frosting on them. It’s a little heavier of a frosting, but it goes so well with the chocolate. I’ve also added mini semi sweet chocolate chips to the batter and OHHH LORD it’s so good!!

    • Reply
      August 8, 2020 at 6:05 am

      Thanks, Diane! Adding a few chocolate chips is a great idea. The cream cheese frosting sounds delicious too! Thanks for leaving such a great comment. 🙂
      Happy Baking,

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    March 24, 2020 at 2:08 pm

    I admit I haven’t baked with mayo, but I’m totally ready to try it. Being home these past couple of weeks, all I’ve felt like doing in the kitchen is bake. I might try these with my GF flour so my son can partake. 🙂 Thanks you for the inspiration. Stay well! ~Valentina

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      May 13, 2020 at 7:04 pm

      Hi Valentina! I’ve used mayo before in baking (such as carrot cakes). It really makes them moist. I just made this tonight, it turned out terrific! I used 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup white sugar.

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        May 13, 2020 at 7:13 pm

        Sounds great!

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    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    March 24, 2020 at 4:19 am

    5 stars
    I bet the mayo adds so much richness! These look delicious, Kathy! And who doesn’t love a chocolate cupcake? One (or three) of these would instantly make any day better 🙂 !

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    [email protected] Souffle
    March 23, 2020 at 7:05 am

    Kathy, I hope you are keeping well! I agree with you about using mayonnaise instead of eggs- I made some cupcakes similar to yours and they were the best I have ever made! I also know you are the ‘butter cream’ queen- your cupcakes must be divine!

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    David @ Spiced
    March 23, 2020 at 3:25 am

    5 stars
    Mayonnaise cakes are always one of those things that makes you stop and go hmmm. But if you think about it, they make perfect sense! Mayonnaise is eggs and oil…so you’re just replacing those in the recipe. I’ve never actually made a mayonnaise cake, but these look delicious, Kathy!!

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      March 23, 2020 at 5:42 am

      It sounds strange, but it tastes amazing. This is a depression era cake where they had to create recipes that didn’t use some common ingredients that just weren’t available.

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        May 13, 2020 at 7:05 pm

        Depression-era cupcakes: Interesting side note, thanks Kathy 🙂

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    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    March 22, 2020 at 6:57 am

    5 stars
    I’ve heard of adding mayo to cake, but I’ve never tried it Kathy. You’re inspiring me. These look so moist and delicious!

    • Reply
      March 23, 2020 at 5:42 am

      They are really moist and delicious!

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    December 17, 2019 at 9:20 am

    5 stars
    I decided to make these for a church bake sale last week. The only change I made was to frost them with melted fudge. They were a huge success!! So good I had to buy a giant bucket of mayonnaise to make more. Often! Thank you

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      December 17, 2019 at 7:40 pm

      This makes me so happy! Thanks for sharing your success! I need to try the melted fudge on top….mmmmmm 🙂

  • Reply
    August 26, 2018 at 11:31 am

    Hi Kathy.
    I can’t get baking soda, can i use all baking powder and if so how much.
    Thank you.

    • Reply
      August 26, 2018 at 7:13 pm

      Hi Carol,
      I have not substituted baking powder in this recipe before. Doing a quick search, I found you can, but should double the amount of baking powder. I hope this helps!

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    Fred G
    August 13, 2018 at 10:18 am

    5 stars
    Almost as good as my mother’s

    • Reply
      August 13, 2018 at 8:20 pm

      That’s a huge compliment! 🙂

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