Chocolate Mayonnaise Cupcakes

Years ago, my Grandma put together a recipe book of all her favorite family recipes. She made a copy for each of the women in the family, so we could all make the favorites ourselves. I remember receiving my copy and flipping through each page excitingly. There were recipes for desserts, dinners, appetizers, drinks, and more. The best part of all…..most of the recipes I had had in my childhood and loved!!

Fast forward to last month when my hubby had his birthday. He is a HUGE fan of chocolate cupcakes with white frosting. Me, I am a chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting. You can never have too much chocolate, right?? Well, each year, I make him a batch of his favorite cupcakes and then have him take them into work with him because white frosting and I don’t click, haha! This year, I decided to open up the recipe book I got from my Grandma and make her chocolate mayonnaise cake, only in cupcake form.

Not only were the cupcakes moist and flavorful, but I had them ready for the oven in no time. I was able to make about 18 cupcakes with one batch! Once cooled, I topped them with some white frosting and he was in cupcake Heaven! Even his coworkers enjoyed them the next day!


Chocolate Mayonnaise Cupcakes

*This recipe can also be made into cake form using a 9 x 13!!



  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract



  1. Combine the mayonnaise, sugar, and hot water in a small bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, sift together the salt, cocoa powder, flour, and baking soda.
  3. Add the mayonnaise mixture to the dry mixture and stir until combined.
  4. Add in vanilla.
  5. Pour batter into greased muffin cups, or a greased cake pan depending on if you are making cupcakes or a cake.
  6. Bake in a preheated oven, 350, for about 35-40 minutes if baking cake, or 20-25 minutes if baking cupcakes.
  7. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before frosting! Enjoy!

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cupcakes

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