Go Dairy Free viewer, Leslie W., has a son with a severe milk allergy. She shared this dairy-free chocolate mayo cake recipe with us, and said, “This is our favorite cake recipe and it is so easy to make.”
Dairy-Free Chocolate Mayo Cake with Just 8 Ingredients
Mayo cake is a “Depression era” cake made with simple pantry ingredients. It uses mayonnaise, instead of eggs, oil, and butter. Most brands of regular mayonnaise are dairy-free – they’re an emulsion of eggs and oil. If you confuse eggs with dairy, you’re not alone. See this post: Are Eggs Dairy? If you need egg-free, substitute your favorite vegan mayonnaise. It will produce a slightly different result, but should work.
Some versions of this classic recipe are a little lackluster, but Leslie’s dairy-free chocolate mayo cake is sweet and chocolaty. We originally shared her recipe way back in 2008, but have given the post an update. Her son is probably all grown up now, and baking this cake for himself!
Special Diet Notes: Chocolate Mayo Cake
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, optionally egg-free, optionally nut-free, peanut-free, optionally soy-free, plant-based, optionally vegan, and vegetarian.
- 2 cups flour
- 1½ cups sugar
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- 1½ teaspoons baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¾ cup mayonnaise (regular or vegan)
- Preheat your oven to 350ºF and grease two 9-inch round cake pans or a 9x13-inch baking dish.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the water and vanilla and mix until combined. Stir in the mayonnaise.
- Once that is all mixed together stir in the mayo.
- Pour the batter into your prepared pans or baking dish.
- Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted int the center of the cake comes out clean.
- Let the cake cool completely before frosting.