$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  $100 Chocolate Cake Recipe.

A Brief History Of The Mayonnaise Cake given below.

$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 Recipe

  • 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.

History of the Mayonnaise Cake

The Mayonnaise Cake has been around since the depression-era of the 20's and 30's according to historians.

There was a cake by the name of just "Mayonnaise Cake", printed in the Oakland Trubune, California, March 7, 1927. That was 2 years before the depression began.

That recipe did indeed contained chocolate.

Some Historians think it was invented as a substitution of butter and milk for economical reasons.

I was born during the depression and Mama made lots cakes when I was little. I never saw her using mayonnaise when making a cake. 

I think the reason for inventing this substitution for butter and milk was more of a safety issue than economical. Most people, or the homes I visited as a child, did not have refrigeration.

Some homes had an icebox and with a huge block of ice that was delivered daily or as needed.

The freezers looked much like the box type freezers we have today, except they were made of  steel (gray colored) components. At least the ones I saw were.

My Grandmother had one.

By 1937, during the depression years, a cake bearing the same name was entered into a newspaper contest and won.

From what I can determine from research it was the same recipe developed or invented by the Hellman's Company salesman's wife.

The above Chocolate Cake Recipe will make a cake that hardly resembles those earlier cakes.

The old fashioned cake seemed like a mixture of the old Red Devils Cake and a spice cake. It contained nuts, raisins and cinnamon. 

This delicious $100 Chocolate Cake Recipe listed above, evolved abviously, like most good cakes recipes do.

I like this NEW version... still an Old Fashioned Cake Recipe from scratch, with jelly and a citrus tang.

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