Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake
For the Chocolate Cake:- 2 cups all-purpose flour- 1 cup granulated sugar- 6 Tablespoons cocoa powder- 2 teaspoons baking soda- 1 cup water- 1 cup mayonnaise- 1 teaspoon vanilla extractFor the Chocolate Frosting:- 1/4 cup melted unsalted butter- 1/4 cup cocoa powder- 1/8 cup milk- 1 ½ cups confectioner's sugar- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
To make the Chocolate Cake:- Preheat the oven to 350 F degrees.- Grease the cake pan on the bottom and sides. Set aside.- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder and the baking soda. Blend well.- Transfer the dry ingredients to the bowl used with the electric mixer.- Pour the water to the dry ingredients. Add the mayonnaise and vanilla. Use the mixer to blend ingredients well. Mix for about 3 to 5 minutes till there are no more lumps.- Pour the batter into the greased baking pan. Use a spatula to even out the mixture in the pan.- Bake the cake for 25 to 30 minutes at 350 F degrees. To test if the cake is done, insert the tip of a small knife at the center. If cake comes out clean, it is done.- Take the cake out of the oven. Let the cake rest on the counter to cool down for at least 1 hour. The cake must be completely cooled before adding any frosting on top.To make the Chocolate Frosting:- Melt the butter and let it come down to room temperature before mixing with ingredients.- Place the melted butter in the mixing bowl used for cake mixers.- Using an electric mixer, mix in the cocoa powder into the melted butter. Blend ingredients till smooth.- Alternately, add a teaspoon of the milk, with some of the confectioner's sugar (about half a cup at a time). Repeat adding the milk and confectioner's sugar alternately. Begin with the milk, and end with the confectioner's sugar. Pour the vanilla and continue mixing.- Cake frosting should form stiff peaks and must be able to stand on its own. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes for frosting to be manageable and stiff enough.- This Frosting recipe yields about 1 ½ cups, just the right amount for this size of sheet cake.To assemble Chocolate Cake with Mayonnaise and the Chocolate Frosting:- Place the cooled-down chocolate cake, still in its baking pan, on the counter.- Using an icing spatula or a palette knife, spread the frosting all over the cake till the entire top part is evenly covered- For a fancy, decorative effect, use the back of the spoon to make indentations on the cake itself.- Slice and serve the cake in individual dessert plates.