I must confess that I was a bit worried about how this recipe for chocolate mayonnaise cake would turn out, but the results are a moist and deliciously rich cake.


For the cake

285g  self raising flour

225g caster sugar

1½  teaspoon baking powder

200g full-fat  mayonnaise

8 tablespoons cocoa powder

8.floz boiling water

1tsp orange flower water




  1. Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, orange flower water & mayonnaise until well combined.
  2. Dissolve the cocoa in the boiling water & stir into the mixture along with until completely incorporated and well blended.
  3. Place the mixture into a 7 inch greased & lined cake tin. I find a loose bottomed cake tin best for this recipe.
  4. Bake at gas mark 4/ 180C/ 350F for 40 minutes.
  5. It is essential to cool the baked cake in the tin before removing
  1. Enjoy and debate whether to tell anyone that the cake contains mayonnaise!