$100 Cake – Chocolate Mayonnaise Bundt Cake

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A rich, chocolaty, moist, easy-to-make, one bowl chocolate cake made with mayonnaise instead of butter and eggs. This chocolate mayonnaise cake made in a bundt pan is an old fashioned treat that you’ll want to make often. 

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My grandma was a sweet, quiet lady, who loved to collect recipes. She passed away decades ago, but we still have her recipe collection, and tucked in with her other favorite saved recipes was a recipe for a $100 cake.

The history of the $100 cake is similar to the Niemann Marcus cookie recipe. Someone was charged an exorbitant amount of money for a recipe from a restaurant, and so they shared it with everyone.

$100 Cake – Chocolate Mayonnaise Bundt Cake from Barbara Bakes

After looking at the ingredients though, I believe it’s more commonly known as a Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake, or a depression era cake. When butter and eggs were scarce you could substitute mayonnaise, which is made from eggs, oil, and a little vinegar, and still bake a rich, delicious cake for a special celebration.

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I love the ease of making this recipe. You don’t need a mixer. Just mix your dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl, and make a well in the center. Then all you need to do is add your liquid ingredients and mix until the batter is well blended.

Since I bake a lot of bundt cakes, I decided to buy a fun, new swirly Heritage Bundt Pan. The bundt pan only holds 10 cups of batter, so this cake was perfect since the recipe originally made an 8-inch round cake.

$100 Cake – Chocolate Mayonnaise Bundt Cake on a white cake stand

I decided to top the cake simply with some Smucker’s Salted Caramel and some chopped toasted pecans. The cake is so rich, moist and delicious that it doesn’t really need any topping at all.

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Yield: 12 servings

$100 Cake – Chocolate Mayonnaise Bundt Cake

Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 2 cups sifted cake flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients, add mayonnaise, cold water and vanilla. Mix until well blended.
  3. Pour into greased and floured 10 cup Bundt pan (I used baking spray with flour.) Bake for 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

More cake recipes you might like:

Baking Tips for Layer Cakes, Barbara Bakes
Triple Layer Chocolate Cake, Barbara Bakes
Black Forest Cheesecake Cake, Barbara Bakes
Chocolate Peanut Butter Bundt Cake, Love From The Oven
Chocolate Turtle Bundt Cake, Melissa’s Southern Style Kitchen

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originally published September 12, 2017 — last updated November 7, 2018
Categories: Cakes