$100 Chocolate Cake Recipe

Chocolate Cake Recipe is a mayonnaise cake that is the original $100.00 cake that won me a Blue Ribbons (1st place winner) at the Guilford County Fair in North Carolina in the 1970s.

The story behind this cake: It seems a lady was dinning in a famous hotel when she ate this dessert, the most delicious cake she had ever eaten. She asked the chef for the recipe and he obliged, saying he mail it to her.

She received the recipe in the mail with a $100.00 invoice attached. Now, I don't know if this story is true, but this is a unique, delicious dessert!

I paid a quarter for the recipe that was advertised in a magazine in the 1970s.  I searched cookbooks and the internet for years without finding this recipe.

$100.00 Chocolate Cake

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups sifted cake flour
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons grape jelly
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Sift together sugar, flour, cocoa, and baking soda. Mix together water, grape jelly, mayonnaise and vanilla.

Add dry ingredients to mixture and mix on medium speed for about 1 minute until all is blended.

Pour into two greased and floured 8 inch layer cake pans and bake in a preheated 350 F. oven for about 30 minutes. Cool thoroughly and frost with chocolate frosting, below.

Chocolate Frosting

  • 1 lb. powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 2 oz. melted chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • juice of 1 large orange
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Cream butter and half of sugar. Add melted chocolate and lemon juice. Beat until smooth. Add rest of sugar and vanilla. Add enough orange juice to make right consistency to spread on cake.

Fold in nuts. Spread frosting between layers, on sides and on top.


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