Last Updated on February 14, 2023
Today, we’re going to be taking a look at mayonnaise in cake mix. It may sound like a strange combination and when I heard it for the first time, I was honestly baffled. But it tastes a lot more delicious in cake mix than you might think! In fact, I would say that mayonnaise is a key ingredient to incredibly moist, flavorful cake. But how much do you use? What is the function of mayonnaise in cake mix? Let’s take a closer look.
What is Mayonnaise?
You’ll likely already be familiar with mayonnaise. But if not, it’s a popular condiment that is enjoyed around the world. You may know it better simply as “mayo”. It’s a thick creamy dressing, or sauce that is used on an array of foods. The foods it’s most commonly used on are French fries, salads, sandwiches and burgers. Not only that, but it’s also the foundation for other sauces, such as tartar sauce. However, it can also be a key ingredient when it comes to baking too!
The color varies from off-white, to a very light yellow. And while mayo is usually thick, it can come in other textures too.
Ingredients in Mayonnaise
You may be curious as to the ingredients when it comes to mayonnaise. The truth is, ingredients will vary depending on which mayonnaise you’re buying, and whether you’re making your own. Typically, mayonnaise is an emulsion that’s made using the following ingredients:
- egg yolk
- vinegar/lemon juice (acid)
Can You Add Mayonnaise in Cake Mix?
While it does seem like an odd ingredient choice, you absolutely can add mayonnaise to boxed cake mix. In fact, it’s very common to swap out ingredients like eggs for mayonnaise, and swap out water for milk. These swaps can really elevate a boxed cake to the next level and make it seem as though it’s made from scratch. It’s important to use a mayonnaise that’s as natural as possible, for the best results.
What Does Adding Mayo to Cake Mix Do?
Adding mayonnaise to a boxed cake mix can take your cake to the next level. It will not only add moistness to the cake, but also richness and texture too. Mayonnaise makes a boxed cake tastes homemade and some bakers call it their key ingredient. As well as mayonnaise, ingredients such as sour cream and yoghurt have the same effect.
Can I Use Mayo Instead of Eggs in Cake Mix?
Yes. Typically, when you take something away from a cake mix, you need to replace it with something. When it comes to eggs, you can absolutely replace them with mayonnaise. The ratio of eggs to mayonnaise is one egg: two/three tablespoons of mayo.
Can I Use Mayo Instead of Oil in Cake Mix?
Yes. Much like eggs and mayonnaise, oil can be directly swapped too. In fact, oil is even easier to swap out for mayo. The ratio for oil to mayo is 1:1. For example, if you need one cup of oil in your recipe, you’d need one cup of mayo.
How Much Mayonnaise in Cake Mix?
The amount of mayonnaise in your cake mix all depends on what you’re using it for, and which ingredient it’s been switched out for. Mayonnaise is great at adding texture and moisture to your cake, but you need to know the measurements for any switches you may make. Let’s take a closer look:
- Switching Eggs for Mayo. The ratio is 1 egg: 2-3 tablespoons of mayo. For example, if the recipe calls for 3 eggs, you can switch to 6-9 tablespoons of mayo.
- Switching Oil for Mayo. The ratio is 1:1 when it comes to mayonnaise and oil. For example, if the recipe calls for one cup of oil, you can switch out directly to one cup of mayo.
Can You Bake Mayonnaise?
Absolutely. It may not sound appealing, but you can add mayonnaise to your cake batter and place it straight in the oven to bake. In fact, many bakers say that mayonnaise is the key ingredient when it comes to richness and moisture.
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Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake Recipe
If you’re looking for a cake recipe that uses mayonnaise as one of the key ingredients, then look no further. Let’s take a closer look.
The ingredients you’ll need for this recipe are:
- 2 cups of flour
- 1 cup of granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons of baking soda
- 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup of cocoa powder, unsweetened
- 1 cup of mayonnaise of your choice
- 1 cup of lukewarm water
Recipe – Mayonnaise In Cake Mix
Now all you need to do is:
Step 1: Prepare
Gather all of the ingredients you need and preheat your oven to 350F. You’ll also need to grease and lightly flour the cake pan of your choice.
Step 2: Make the Batter – Mayonnaise In Cake Mix
Add the flour, sugar, baking soda, vanilla extract, cocoa powder, and mayonnaise to a bowl. Mix well until the batter is smooth and the ingredients are well combined.
Step 3: Bake the Cake
Pour the batter into your prepared pan. Now place the pan into the center of your preheated oven for around 25-30 minutes. You can test whether your cake is baked by placing a toothpick into the center. If it comes out clean, your cake is ready. Remove from oven and leave to cool completely. Once cool, you can frost (if wanted) and slice, serve and enjoy!
Mayonnaise In Cake Mix: Secret Ingredient
- Prepare – Gather all of the ingredients you need and preheat your oven to 350F. You’ll also need to grease and lightly flour the cake pan of your choice.
- Make the Batter – Add the flour, sugar, baking soda, vanilla extract, cocoa powder, and mayonnaise to a bowl. Mix well until the batter is smooth and the ingredients are well combined.
- Bake the Cake – Pour the batter into your prepared pan. Now place the pan into the center of your preheated oven for around 25-30 minutes. You can test whether your cake is baked by placing a toothpick into the center. If it comes out clean, your cake is ready. Remove from oven and leave to cool completely. Once cool, you can frost (if wanted) and slice, serve and enjoy!
Conclusion – Mayonnaise In Cake Mix
I hope this post has helped you to become more familiar with the best-kept secret ingredient in baking – mayonnaise in cake mix. If you’re looking for a quick way to add moisture and richness to your cake, or you’re simply out of eggs and oil, but have mayonnaise available in the pantry – then this is the recipe for you!
Do you have any tips or tricks when it comes to adding mayonnaise to cake mix? If so, please feel free to let me know in the comments below. Sharing is caring!