How to make a two-ingredient cheat's cake using mayonnaise

We already know you’ve read the headline and clicked into this article fuelled by disgust and curiosity. But hear us out.

At the start of lockdown everyone got baking fever, nourishing their sourdoughs like newborns and creating Bake Off-worthy treats to eat on Zoom calls.

However, we’re more than seven months into the ‘new normal’, and for some, that fervent interest may have waned.

So, if you have a lockdown birthday coming up, or simply want to create an extremely simple cake that looks impressive but takes almost no effort, this hack is for you.

This hack involves mayonnaise, but you don’t have to be a fan of the white stuff to enjoy the moist cakes that are made with it.

And when we say low effort, we really mean it. All you need is a box of cake mix and a jar of mayo.

Normally, store-bought cake mixtures require adding oil, water, and eggs (depending on the brand). Mayonnaise is literally oil and eggs, which takes away even having to use precious store cupboard staples that might get better use in other dishes.

The vinegar or lemon juice in the mayo (again, depending on the brand) should add an extra splash of acidity to the cake, which can intensify flavours like chocolate perfectly.

Simply look at the back of the box of cake mix, and instead of adding the required amount of oil and eggs, substitute the same amount of mayonnaise as the oil measurement.

So, if it says to add 150ml of oil, switch this out for 150g mayonnaise (mayo typically comes in grams).

If you want to go wild, you can still add in eggs, as this will go even further to make your cake rich and gooey. Add water if your box mix asks for it.

It may sound crazy, but if the mixture looks like it would otherwise you’re on to a winner – and you’ll be surprised at how delicious and not-mayonnaise-y it tastes.

You can decorate however you want. Just make sure you leave the cake to cool fully before you do so, as it will be quite soft when it first comes out of the oven.

Those online who’ve tried the method extol its virtues, with one person on a baking forum saying ‘it makes the moistest cakes ever’ and another saying ‘It is the best tasting and moistest chocolate cake I have ever eaten.’

You might not want to tell any recipients of these cakes how you made them – but let them judge for themselves when they taste.

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