Monday, August 25, 2008

Thanksgiving in Kirkwood Folk Art Print & Mayonnaise Cake Recipe

Opal,Pastor Leon's wife, spent the afternoon making a Mayonnaise Cake with peanut butter frosting for the pot luck dinner after the evening service. They've become family to their parishioners since their arrival two years ago. They feel blessed to live in a community where a helping hand is always ready.
This is an old, old recipe and if you've never heard of it before, the name will probably be a turn off. But, Opal is going to share it anyway. I have to admit that this is my families favorite cake. It is a very moist chocolate cake with delicious peanut butter frosting.

"Mayonnaise Cake"

1 Cup Mayo

1 1/2 Cup Sugar

2 Heaping Tablespoons Cocoa

1 Cup Hot Water

2 Cups Flour

2 Teaspoons Baking Soda

2 Teaspoons Vanilla

Sift dry ingredients together. Mix mayo, hot water and vanilla. Add to dry ingredients and beat by hand. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Allow cake to cool before frosting.

"Peanut Butter Frosting"

3/4 Box Powdered Sugar

1 Stick Butter

1/2 Cup Peanut Butter (I use about 2/3 Cup)

Add a little milk until desired consistency.


  1. Hi Cath-
    I've had this cake before and you're right, it is moist and delicious but the name makes you think, "yuck!"
    Looks like it might be an early fall here in Western Pa. and your autumn paintings take me back to those bright blue October days of my childhood growing up on the farm! I love those autumn paintings!

  2. Melissa, When I serve it, I don't usually tell people the name of it. They don't realize it just moistens the cake.

  3. Catherine - I think I'll use your idea - not tell them the name - but make it and have them take a bite first. can't wait to try it!
    (Went looking at your Etsy selection - thinking about getting the marshmallow roasting print - love it!)

  4. What a interesting cake. My hubby would love the peanut butter frosting, he is a peanut butter nut. ha ha sorry for the pun. Have a great week.


  5. Dear Catherine,

    I just found your blog via Pat at Back Porch Musings.

    I adore your blog and artwork.

    Now, i'm thinking that I must buy an assortment of your prints for my hallway walls.

    They are just lovely.

    Sunbonnet Cottage

  6. Cathie,

    It probably says on the site, and I have just missed it, but what size are your prints?

    And, thank you so much for stopping by Sunbonnet Cottage. I will be a regular to your blog. It's truly wonderful.



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