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Chocolate Mayonnaise Cupcakes

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

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cupcakes are super moist and full of chocolate taste! These can be mixed and baked in under 30 minutes!

Chocolate cupcakes with a chocolate swirl frosting.

My Grandma Grace was always well known for her Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake.  The funny thing is, I don’t remember my grandma ever making it. She really wasn’t much of a cook at all.  I don’t think she even liked to cook.  

My dad always said it was because when they lived in Wyoming she couldn’t figure out how to cook at high altitudes. For someone who didn’t like to cook, she seemed to have some great recipes.

Super moist chocolate mayonnaise cupcake served on a small white plate.
The most famous is her Chocolate Mayonnaise Cupcakes.  It sounds gross!  I mean, who puts mayonnaise in a cake???  That’s just crazy.  We never used to tell people the name until AFTER they had eaten our famous dessert.

Then they couldn’t say, ewwww…..I’m not trying that.  Although, now that I think about it, maybe we should have told them because that would have meant more for us!  

What ingredients do I need?

  • sugar
  • flour
  • cocoa powder
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • mayonnaise
  • water
  • vanilla

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. 

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.This is probably the easiest homemade cake recipe you will ever make!  It takes just one bowl and a handful of ingredients.  

Can I make this a chocolate mayonnaise 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.

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5 from 5 votes
These chocolate mayonnaise cupcakes can be made in under 30 minutes.
Chocolate Mayonnaise Cupcakes
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins

Super moist and chocolaty cupcakes

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate cake, chocolate cup cakes, chocolate mayonaisse cake, chocolate mayonaisse cake recipe, cup cake, eggless cake, mayonaisse cake
Servings: 20 Cupcakes
Calories: 163 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 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
  1. Mix sugar, flower, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a mixing bowl.

  2. Add mayonnaise, water and vanilla.

  3. Mix with a spoon until all ingredients are combined

  4. Fill paper lined cupcake holders 2/3 of the way full. 

  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

  6. Cool on a baking rack. Frost with your favorite frosting. 

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Mayonnaise Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 163 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 155mg 6%
Potassium 67mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 20g 7%
Sugars 10g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 0.1%
Calcium 2.1%
Iron 4.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • 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!

  • Reply
    Fred G
    August 13, 2018 at 10:18 am

    Almost as good as my mother’s

    • Reply
      August 13, 2018 at 8:20 pm

      That’s a huge compliment! šŸ™‚

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