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Homemade Chocolate Mayonnaise Cupcakes that are not only rich and delicious with a delectable chocolate flavor. They are also super simple to make!

Quick and Easy Homemade cupcakes made into cupcakes with chocolate frosting on a white plate

Best of all, you probably have most of these ingredients, including the secret ingredient, in your kitchen right now!

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What is the secret to super moist cupcakes?

One word: Mayonnaise! Yes you read that right, you are going to put mayo in these cupcakes.

Don’t like mayo? (gasp!) Do not worry, you can’t even taste the mayonnaise. But what you will taste is the amazing rich flavor of chocolate in a melt-in-your-mouth cupcake.

Recipe for Homemade Chocolate Mayonnaise Cupcakes

Tools You Will Need:

First, you will need: a large bowl, whisk, two cupcake pans, 24 cupcake liner papers, hand mixer or stand mixer, and a spatula.

Ingredients for Homemade Chocolate Mayonnaise Cupcakes

  • 3 cups All Purpose Flour (Note: Use a spoon to fill your measuring cup with flour. Scooping your flour right into the measuring cup will pack the flour down which will affect the texture of your cupcakes)
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 8 tablespoons Cocoa Powder
  • 1 1/4 cups Granulated Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/2 cups Mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 cups Whole Milk

Ingredients for Cupcake Frosting

  • 1 cup Softened Butter
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons Whole Milk
  • 1/4 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 4 to 5 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract

Directions for Cupcakes

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Line 2 cupcake pans with cupcake liner papers.
  • Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and sugar in a large bowl.
  • Add in mayonnaise, milk, and vanilla extract.
  • Mix until thoroughly combined, forming a batter.
  • Pour or scoop your batter directly into each cupcake liner. Fill about halfway to 3/4 full, depending on how high you want the cupcakes to be.
  • Bake for 25 – 30 minutes, or until a cake tester is clean when removed.

Directions for Frosting

  • With your hand mixer or stand mixer with whisk attachment, combine butter, vanilla, salt, and cocoa until smooth.
  • Slowly add in powdered sugar until combined fully.
  • Mix in milk in small amounts until frosting is the right texture and holds together well.
  • Allow cupcakes to cool before frosting, or the frosting will melt.

Notes

I could not imagine having any of these cupcakes left over. However if you have a small crowd and simply cannot finish them all, they freeze really well!

Place in a gallon freezer bag or a covered cake pan and freeze. The will last approximately 3 months in the freezer and still taste fresh.

I prefer to leave the ones I will freeze unfrosted and then frost them when I thaw them. Makes it a lot easier to freeze them, in my opinion.

Use a spoon to fill your measuring cup with flour. Scooping your flour right into the measuring cup will pack the flour down which will affect the texture of your cupcakes.

Pro tip: for an extra rich chocolate taste, replace 1/4 cup of milk with strong brewed coffee in your cupcake batter.

One Last Thing…

This may very well become your go to for picnics, bake sales, and even birthdays. The combination on decadent chocolate flavor in a quick and easy recipe makes this a dessert that you will keep coming back to.

Plan to make this? Let me know what you think in the comments below! Even better, post yours on Instagram and tag me at _thecultivationofcozy_

Old Fashioned Mayonnaise cake made into cupcakes with chocolate frosting on a white plate

Homemade Chocolate Mayonnaise Cupcakes

Yield: 24 cupcakes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Homemade Chocolate Mayonnaise Cupcakes that are not only rich and delicious with a delectable chocolate flavor. They are also super simple to make!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 8 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 1/4 cups Granulated Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/2 cups Whole Milk
  • 1 1/2 cups Mayonnaise

Icing

  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 4 - 6 tablespoons Whole Milk
  • 1/4 cup sifted cocoa powder
  • 4 - 5 cups Powdered Sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Line 2 cupcake pans with cupcake liner papers.
  3. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and sugar in a large bowl.
  4. Add in mayonnaise, milk, and vanilla extract.
  5. Mix until thoroughly combined, forming a batter.
  6. Pour or scoop your batter directly into each cupcake liner. Fill about halfway to 3/4 full, depending on how high you want the cupcakes to be.
  7. Bake for 25 - 30 minutes, or until a cake tester is clean when removed.
  8. For Frosting:
  9. With your hand mixer or stand mixer with whisk attachment, combine butter, vanilla, salt, and cocoa until smooth.
  10. Slowly add in powdered sugar until combined fully.
  11. Mix in milk in small amounts until frosting is the right texture and holds together well.
  12. Allow cupcakes to cool before frosting, or the frosting will melt.

Notes

Need to store the extra or make a batch ahead of time? No problem, they freeze really well!

Place in a gallon freezer bag or a covered cake pan and freeze. The will last approximately 3 months in the freezer and still taste fresh.

I prefer to leave the ones I will freeze unfrosted and then frost them when I thaw them. Makes it a lot easier to freeze them, in my opinion.

Use a spoon to fill your measuring cup with flour. Scooping your flour right into the measuring cup will pack the flour down which will affect the texture of your cupcakes.

Pro tip: for an extra rich chocolate taste, replace 1/4 cup of milk with strong brewed coffee in your cupcake batter.

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8 Comments

  1. Love this! I remember we used to make a “Mayo Chocolate Cake” way back when. I can’t wait to try. And thanks for including the icing recipe, too.

  2. These look so delicious! We have a cookout planned for this weekend – seems like the best place to try out this new recipe!

  3. First sour cream, now mayonnaise! My mind is blown. I had no idea you could use condiments like this in baking and have it turn out delicious lol But it sure looks delicious!

    1. Its amazing how creative our grandmas and great-grandmas were! Just seeing ways like this where they utilized everything. Thank you so much!

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