Happy Birthday, My Vermont Kitchen!

March 7, 2011. We did a lot of shoveling that day!

It’s been one year to the day that I started this little journey into cyberspace. While I wrote another cooking blog a few years back, this one has continued on. It began with a favorite soup, springtime Matzo Ball Soup and a snowstorm. Almost 75 recipes later (!), I am pleased to continue bringing you a weekly recipe every Wednesday morning!

At year-end, WordPress sent me a year in review of my blog. Just some stats, since I thought they were so interesting:

• My blog was viewed by 3,000 people in 2011
• Some of the countries where readers live include the UK, Switzerland, Ukraine, Brazil, Australia, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Australia, India, and Japan.

I feel so cosmopolitan!

So in honor of this auspicious occasion, I thought I would bring to you my family’s go-to birthday cake recipe, Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake. Every year when I was young, without even blinking, I’d request my birthday menu to be fried chicken and chocolate mayonnaise cake with butter cream frosting, two things I still love. Although, when I told everyone we were having chocolate mayonnaise cake, it was received by “ewww” out of the mouths of my schoolmates. They were grossed out by the idea of mayonnaise in cake, which I could never understand, since you don’t taste it. Kids can be so mean, but that just meant more cake for the rest of us; they didn’t know what they were missing!

This cake is super easy, it can be made as a layer cake or a sheet cake, and surprisingly enough, freezes really well! When thawed it is moist and still delicious!

This recipe originated with my grandmother, who passed it on to my mom, who passed it on to me. I have my grandmother’s recipe box and the recipe originally called for Miracle Whip. Interestingly enough, Miracle Whip was introduced at the 1933 World’s Fair as a less expensive alternative to mayonnaise. My theory has always been this cake was created around World War II when oil and butter were rationed. Using Miracle Whip, or mayonnaise, was an easier fat to obtain. And it won $100 in a contest!

Sorry, this is a terrible photo, but a sheet cake is a sheet cake! There's not much to detail!

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake
Makes one 9 x 13 sheet cake or three round cake pans for a layer cake.

1 ½ cup sugar
3 round Tablespoon dried cocoa
¾ teaspoon salt
1 ½ cup mayonnaise (or Miracle Whip)
3 teaspoons baking soda
1 ½ cup warm water
3 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups cake flour (I always use all purpose and that’s fine)

1. Sift the dry ingredients together.

2. Dissolve the baking soda in the warm water. Add to the dry ingredients. Add mayonnaise, vanilla, and flour and mix until combined.

3. Pour into a prepared cake pan(s) and cook at 350 for 45 minutes or until done.

Butter Cream Frosting
1 stick salted butter
1 box confectioner’s sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Milk

Melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the sugar and stir. Add enough milk to thin the frosting. Continue stirring until frosting is thinned and ready. Frost the cake when it is completely cooled.

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10 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, My Vermont Kitchen!

  1. You should bring in some for Taylor’s b-day. Hint, hint….. Otherwise I will be one of those mean school kids who think mayonnaise in a cake is gross!

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