This one basic ingredient will make your chocolate cake super moist and completely irresistible Hector Sanchez / Southern Living
(Hector Sanchez / Southern Living)

If you’ve never added mayonnaise to a chocolate cake batter, we highly recommend you try it.

Southern Living says mayonnaise “yields an ultra-moist crumb and keeps the sugar from taking over your taste buds.” It’s the secret weapon behind the best chocolate cake ever.

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You will need:


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ⅔ cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1⅔ cups light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 1/3 cups hot water
  • Shortening, for greasing pan

Chocolate cream cheese frosting

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 32 ounces powdered sugar
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 5-6 tablespoons heavy cream

Get the full recipe here.

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