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One Bowl Chocolate Mocha Cake

by on July 30, 2010 · 18 comments

Thanks for sharing your favorite types of coffee on the Starbucks Giveaway Post! I’ve been reading them for the past day and thinking how interesting it is that everyone has a very particular coffee favorite and that those favorites run the gamut from Café Verona to H.E.B. grocery store’s house brand. It’s good to see so many coffee aficionados around here which makes me even more excited about doing this Starbucks giveaway. You still have a chance to win, just click here, go to the comment section and tell me what your favorite coffee is for a chance to win a set of three bags of Starbucks new Natural Fusions.

With all this talk about flavored coffee, I thought it might be a good time to introduce you to this cake. This is a recipe I created years ago for a cooking contest and it just so happened to win $10,000. I made dozens of variations on it, but this is the version that won because it tastes good and was a pretty good use for the sponsor product – reduced fat mayonnaise. I used to make it with Hellman’s “Just 2 Good” mayonnaise, but I am not sure Hellman’s makes that type anymore and Cooking Light now calls for “reduced fat mayonnaise”. In this case, I wouldn’t try it with regular mayonnaise because it would be too greasy. It’s plenty moist with the reduced fat.

Mocha Cake

I’m going to link you to the One Bowl Chocolate Mocha Cake recipe so you can read other reviews, but here’s my tip. Chill the syrup before drizzling so that it won’t go everywhere.

Also, this one is served straight out of the pan so it’s good for pot-lucks. You do have to keep it refrigerated up until serving time, though.

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Published on July 30, 2010

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Shannon July 30, 2010 at 2:16 pm

A must try for me sure. I love coffee and chocolate anything! I also love the slice that’s out of it, because that is the slice I would take for myself- never from a corner- I always serve myself a middle or side piece!

Sue July 30, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Wow! 48 reviews and 5 stars!! That’s impressive! The cake looks good, but that topping looks especially good!! No wonder you won!!

Louise July 30, 2010 at 4:07 pm

I read all the great reviews averaging 5 stars and, of course, had to read the very few that gave one star. It makes me wonder what they did wrong and if all their ingredients came from the dollar store.

Anna July 30, 2010 at 6:43 pm

Yeah, there’s always someone who messes up the recipe then gives it one star.

Carol Herman July 30, 2010 at 6:46 pm

Can you use yogurt (or Greek style yogurt) for the reduced mayo? (I don’t buy reduced products.)

Anna July 30, 2010 at 8:14 pm

Carol, I am sorry to say yogurt won’t give you the same good results.

Mo@MommyRD July 30, 2010 at 10:06 pm

I can vouch for this magnificent recipe!! I’ve been making this recipe (without any substitutions) since the day you first you first showed it to me, and it’s still in our top 3 favorite desserts in our house. SOOOO good!! In fact I better not let Scott see this post or he will beg me to make it tomorrow. :-)

Amanda August 1, 2010 at 9:29 am

Wow $10K, that rocks! You the woman!

MJ August 1, 2010 at 11:02 am

What a coincidence – the day you posted this I pulled up the recipe to make it for my co-workers. I first had it at a Cooking Light dinner party and thought it was delicious.

Tara August 1, 2010 at 7:37 pm

I’d love to hear the story behind how you came up with this cake! Sure looks worth 10 grand! YUM!

Jodie August 1, 2010 at 8:37 pm

I cannot believe I am just now finding your blog, but i am sure glad I did. I love this recipe. i will be sorting through and trying some. YUMMY YUM YUM!!!!

Terri A. August 2, 2010 at 9:39 am

I make this cake all the time to rave reviews. I have one friend who asks me to make it for her for every occasion. She sent me a video one time of when she asked her kids if they wanted a piece of Terri’s cake and you should have seen the reaction! Jumping up and down, shouting “I want cake!” So good and so easy!

Avril August 2, 2010 at 1:18 pm

Anna – I’ve been reading your blog for several months now. Thanks for the constant cookie inspiration! My boys’ lunchboxes thank you. And now I can also thank you for the mocha cake recipe – it has been in my baking binder for years. It is one of my oldest son’s favorites.

Olga August 5, 2010 at 4:19 pm

I first saw this recipe, read about the mayonnaise and decided i didn´t feel like making it.. but i find myself coming back and comming back.. it looks so Yummmy.

I´m a bit afraid to ask…Can you tell there is mayonnaise in the cake even if it is just a hint?

I feel like trying this recipe, only im a bit reluctant about the mayonnaise. I don´t mind eating it in the cake as long as it doesn´t taste like it?..I had a carrot cake once tasting so much like mayonnaise, and i dont even want to remember.
I know it is your winner recipe Anna i hope i dont hurt your feelings.. :p..

Have a great day..:)

Anna August 5, 2010 at 4:42 pm

I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to know people are out there making this cake and marking it as a favorite :). Thanks!!!

Olga, no worries! In my opinion, I don’t find the mayonnaise detectable. I can’t promise you *you* won’t taste it, but nobody has ever tried this cake and said to me they detected mayonnaise. Lots of chocolate cakes are made with mayonnaise. I hope you try it. If you end up not liking it, I’m sure you’ll find plenty of people to help you eat it. Also, if you want to try mayonnaise in a different cake, the guys from Baked have a new(ish) chocolate mayonnaise cake over on Epicurious.

Lala July 11, 2011 at 12:01 am

Hi Anna, I love chocolate, do you think I can add more chocolate chips on this recipe, if so, how much? Thanks.

Lala July 11, 2011 at 12:02 am

I forgot to ask, can this be baked on 2 round pans and what size? Thanks!

Anna July 11, 2011 at 6:16 am

Lala, I recommend sticking with a rectangular pan due to the consistency of the icing/topping. And yes, you can definitely add more chips! You can use as many extra chips as you want, but since you asked how many I’ll say 1/2 cup extra ;).

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