Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Aunty Jenny's Chocolate Cake

This chocolate cake is sooo moist and delicious i just love it! I ve been baking it since a teenager and got the recipe from my friends mom who we all called - Aunty Jenny. She was the best cook (still is a brilliant one) in our church. We loved to go eat at her house and it was always a treat to chat to her in her kitchen while she cooked :) This cake is always asked for by my husband whenever i ask him what cake he would like for his birthday or he'll ask for it sometimes when he just feels like something nice and baked and chocolatey. And so of course I used this as one of the cakes for my daughter's fancy tea party.

The basis of this cake is a good mayonaise -which sounds disgusting to be put in a chocolate cake! I have even had people refuse to try it because they heard mayo is in it! but once they do - there is no turning back and they come back for seconds. It is really that good.
It is better made with a normal (wheat) self raising flour but can be made with a wheat-free flour of  your choice. The cake itself keeps well in an airtight container for 5 or so days. And really is nearly as delicious on the 5th day as on the 1st!

2 cups self raising flour (or wheat free flour)
2/3 cup of cocoa
1 & 1/4 teaspoon bicarb
1 & 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 & 2/3 cup of sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla ess
1 cup (good quality mayonaise- like crosse and blackwell)
1 & 1/3 cup cold water

Sift and combine the first 4 ingredients and set aside.
Beat sugar, eggs and vanilla on high speed for 3 minutes or until light and fluffy
Now beat in the Mayonaise slowly
Beating constantly add the flour mixture and the water alternatively - Beginning and ending with flour
Pour into 2 cake tins (roughly 22cm) greased and floured
Bake @ 180 degrees celcius for 30 - 35 min or until the sides start to pull away from the tin
Cool in tins for 10 min before turning out onto racks
Once cooled decorate as desired


Betty :)


  1. Ooh yummy.

    I've been looking looking for a good choc cake recipe aside from my Choc Mud cake, think I may have found it!

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. This sounds super easy to make and very delicious. Thanks for sharing!

  3. thanks shayne - let me know if you try it :)

    and pleasure dancing branflake :)

  4. You may be gobsmacked to know that I have always made my choc cakes (although I have only ever made 2!) with mayonnaise. Even I am shocked !! But you are so right - there is no going back.

  5. This soooo good!!! Hope u are having a good wknd! xx

  6. Now this looks like the ultimate chocolate cake! Love the cherries.
    We are in our final week of Get Grillin' - Dessert is the theme and we would love if you submitted up to any 3 recipes (they don't have to be grilled) to our link up. This one would be perfect! This week we have a Rouxbe Cooking School giveaway.

  7. wow only coming across these comments now - sorry for not replying sooner!!

    @mel - yay! mayo in cake rocks

    @fashionJazz - hope you have had good weekends

    @marla - i'll be sure to go look at your website - thanks

  8. I think its the icing on this cake that caught my attention. Any chance you could share your recipe or is it on your blog somewhere? Gotta make a cake for a 1st birthday on saturday. PS: Looking through your recipes, I think that if I only cooked and baked from just your blog my hubby and friends would be delighted!

    1. Hi Taryn are you looking for the recipe for the icing?
      its just a butter icing.
      Butter, a touch of milk, icing sugar and cocoa powder! - so very YUM!!!!
      sift the dry ingredients adding sifted cocoa to taste and mixing in the butter - keep tasting, ad milk if to thick and keep adding cocoa until chocolatey enough :)

      thanks for the comment


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