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Chocolate Mayonnaise Cupcakes

January 19, 2015 (Last Updated: August 20, 2019)

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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 6 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*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 4mg1%
Sodium 155mg7%
Potassium 67mg2%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 5IU0%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Reply
    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 🙂

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    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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    Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy
    May 10, 2017 at 10:39 am

    5 stars
    These sound and look delicious. I remember a long time ago I made a mayonnaise cake and it was so nice and moist….just like these cupcakes do.

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    Platter Talk
    May 10, 2017 at 8:16 am

    5 stars
    Oh yes! I remember the mayo cakes, back when I was a kid. I can’t wait to make these cupcakes for our next special occation

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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    May 10, 2017 at 3:05 am

    Great hack to keep it super duper moist!

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    Prasanna Hede
    May 9, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    5 stars
    Mayonnaise is something striking here! wow this is so good!

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    Sam | Ahead of Thyme
    May 9, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    5 stars
    Mayonnaise? Wow! I would have never thought!! These look delicious!

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    Monica | Nourish & Fete
    April 18, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    I used to be squeamish about putting sour cream in baked goods, since it’s not my favorite in its own right, but have very much seen the light there.. maybe this recipe could help me come around on mayo, as well! 🙂

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    April 18, 2017 at 11:20 am

    My Mom makes a chocolate mayonnaise cake and it is my absolute favorite!

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    Sasha @ Eat Love Eat
    April 18, 2017 at 4:19 am

    Mayonnaise! Wow! These look great 🙂

    • Reply
      April 18, 2017 at 5:02 am

      They are one of our favorites!

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    Ashley @ Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen
    April 17, 2017 at 7:45 am

    This sounds so interesting – grandmas have a way of using unique ingredients like this!

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      April 17, 2017 at 6:06 pm

      They were very resourceful! I love looking at old recipes and cooking them too!

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    Kristen R.
    April 10, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    Really interest use of mayo – I haven’t seen this before! Thanks for sharing!

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      April 11, 2017 at 4:59 am

      It’s an old recipe that originates from the depression era. You’d be surprised how delicious these are!

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