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Gluten Free Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

  • Author: Elaine VanVleck
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 3 - 9 inch cakes 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This easy gluten free chocolate mayonnaise cake is my take on a classic 1950s southern recipe. The old fashioned homemade chocolate cake is moist and perfect for dessert. I added chocolate buttercream frosting for the filling and icing.



1 1/2 cups Coffee, strongly brewed
1 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
3 cups Gluten Free Flour
2 tsp. Baking Powder
1 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp. Xanthan Gum
1 tsp. Sea Salt
2 cups Granulated Sugar
4 large Eggs
1 cup Mayonnaise
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract

1 1/4 cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
2 Tbsp. Honey
3 Tbsp. Heavy Cream
1 cup Unsalted Butter, softened
1/2 tsp. Sea Salt
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
4 cups Powdered Sugar


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease three 9-inch round cake pans with butter or coconut oil. Set aside.

In the bowl of your stand mixer add the sugar and eggs. Beat until light and fluffy, 3-4 minutes. Add the eggs, mayonnaise and vanilla. Beat until blended.

Add the coffee and cocoa powder to the egg mixture. Beat until incorporated.

In a medium bowl whisk together the gluten free flour, baking powder, baking soda, xanthan gum and sea salt.

Blend the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until you get a smooth cake batter, 2-3 minutes.

Pour the cake batter evenly into each cake pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes. The cakes should spring back when lightly touched and be coming away from the edges of the pans.

Let the cakes stand in the pans for 10 minutes and then place them on a cooling rack to cool completely before frosting. I like to make the cakes the day before so they have plenty of time to cool.

For the frosting put the chocolate chips, honey and heavy cream into a microwave safe bowl. Microwave in 30 second increments stirring in between until the chocolate chips are melted.

In the bowl of your stand mixer beat the unsalted butter, sea salt, vanilla and 2 cups of powdered sugar until smooth. Add the chocolate mixture and blend until incorporated. Add 2 cups of powdered sugar and blend until the frosting is smooth and fluffy.


This recipe could be dairy free if you use a different frosting.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Cake
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Gluten Free

Keywords: gluten free, cake, chocolate, chocolate cake, dessert, birthday, southern, vintage, old fashioned, homemade, easy, moist