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Snowy White Frosting and Easy Mayonnaise Chocolate Cake Recipe

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Easy mayonnaise chocolate cake with snowy white frosting

Easy mayonnaise chocolate cake with snowy white frosting

Snowy Mayonnaise Chocolate Cake

I have made this mayonnaise chocolate cake for many years, from the time my kids were little. The cake is moist and delicious, and you cannot taste the mayo in it. My whole family loves it, and my husband said it's his favorite.

Snowy White Frosting

This frosting is like seven-minute frosting, but it's much easier to make. With seven-minute frosting, you use a double broiler and hand mixer. Mine would never turn out right; it wasn't fun to do it over the stove, the mixer would get hot, and it called for corn syrup. With my recipe, on the other hand, once you put the sugar, water, and vinegar in the saucepan, you don't have to touch it until it hits the right temperature, then remove it from the stove.


  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the egg whites and cream of tartar. Beat until stiff. Leave in mixer bowl.
  2. In a saucepan, add sugar, water, and vinegar. Stir. Turn on the heat and leave it alone except to add a candy thermometer if you use one. Cook until the thermometer hits 230-235 (or, if you do not have a thermometer, until it spins a thread).
  3. Pour hot mixture slowly over egg whites in the mixing bowl. Beat until stiff peaks form. Spread on cooled cake.

Frosting Tips

  • Quantity: This recipe makes a good amount of frosting. You can add a thick layer to the cake, or there is enough for two cakes. (I used all of the frosting on one cake. When my husband came in the door, he said I had frosting all over my face. Well, there was just no one in here to lick the beaters, so I had to.)
  • No need to cool: You don't have to worry about cooling the frosting; it will cool as you beat it and put it right on the cooled cake.
  • Do not use: Do not use low-fat or olive oil mayonnaise. You can add whatever you want to the top of the cake.
  • Topping: On the pictured piece of cake, I added chopped Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark. Anything looks good on it. It is so good.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

20 min

35 min

55 min

One 9x13" cake or layer cake

Recipe card for mayonnaise cake

Recipe card for mayonnaise cake


Another easy frosting for cupcakes or cake is this simple egg white frosting or meringue.


  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar


  1. Separate your eggs, and make sure there is no yolk in your egg whites. I do this by doing one egg at a time and adding them to the mixer as each egg white is yolk free. If yolk gets in your egg whites, do not use it. If the whites have yolk in them, they may not foam.
  2. Place egg whites in the mixer, add cream of tarter right away, and beat on high.
  3. Beat until foamy lower your beating to slow and add sugar; beat on high until peaks form.

Now you're ready to frost your cakes.

How to Store Cake

Place the frosted cake into a covered container. Keep in a draft-free location. Pop the lid a little, about one inch, to allow a slight amount of fresh airflow. Large drafts will ruin the frosting. This frosting is better if you eat it within 24 hours.

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