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Chocolate Snacking Cake

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Tossing a little mayo in a decadent chocolate dessert is not a new concept. But guess what? It never fails. Im using some deliciously twangy Dukes Mayo for this ultra decadent and easy chocolate snacking cake recipe. The mayo offers maximum moistness. That signature Dukes twang compliments the chocolate perfectly. A hint of espresso powder really punches up the chocolate notes. 

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This recipe is super kid-friendly, so if you have any little ones, let them help you out! Dukes Mayo isnt just for potato salad or delicious BLTs. You can toss a little of it in your baked goods to boost moisture levels and give you an amazing mouth-feel. If you want these to be a little fudgy, throw in some raw chocolate pieces and under-bake by just a couple minutes. 

Try adding a little Dukes Mayo to your brownie mix, or chocolate cake mix. You wont regret it! Serve alone or with ice cream to take this over the top. 

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Chocolate Snacking Cake

  • Author: Chef Resha
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: up to 16 small squares


Super easy, kid-friendly snacking cake made ultra rich with Duke’s mayo! Yes, mayo. Trust me. I haven’t steered you wrong yet. Adapted from The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs.


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup water
  • 2/3 cup Dukes Mayonnaise
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Confectionerssugar for dusting


  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray inside bottom and sides of 8-inch square metal baking pan or 10-inch cast iron skillet with vegetable oil spray. Line bottom of baking pan or skillet with parchment paper. In medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. In large bowl, combine cocoa and chocolate chips.
  2. Heat water in liquid measuring cup in microwave until hot and steaming, 1 to 2 minutes. Carefully pour water over chocolate mixture and whisk until smooth. Let mixture cool for 10 minutes.
  3. Add mayonnaise, egg, and vanilla to cooled chocolate mixture and whisk until combined. Add flour mixture and use rubber spatula to stir until just combined and no dry flour remains. Use rubber spatula to scrape batter into parchment-lined baking pan and smooth top (make sure to spread batter into corners to create even layer).
  4. Place baking pan in oven. Bake until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, 34 to 38 minutes. Place baking pan on cooling rack and let cake cool completely in pan, about 2 hours.
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: snacking cake, chocolate snacking cake, chocolate cake, kid-friendly desserts

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  1. Long says:

    This sounds like a recipe I want to try. Thanks so much!

  2. Amber says:

    Growing up, my grandfather always made a chocolate mayonnaise cake that his mother had made. It defines chocolate cake for me. I’m excited to try your version, which almost seems like that cake and brownies had a baby. I am so in for that!