Chocolate Buttermilk Bundt Cake ~ The Easiest Recipe Ever!

Chocolate Buttermilk Bundt Cake ~ The Easiest Recipe Ever!

This Buttermilk Chocolate Bundt Cake is BIG on flavour and short on prep time. The recipe makes a large Bundt cake big enough to feed a crowd!Chocolate Buttermilk Bundt Cake

This Cake.

Chocolate Cake like you’ve never had before.

side view of buttermilk chocolate bundt cake with chocolate frosting dripping on the sides

BIG Chocolate Flavor.  This Chocolate Buttermilk

Bundt Cake is so moist it melts in your mouth.

An easy recipe that bakes up with a delicious crumb, as they say on the Great British Baking Show!

mixing bowl, spatula, mix master in my tiny RV kitchen

I just love potlucks.  They’re such a wonderful way to get folks together to celebrate an occasion, or just because.  AND I’ve found that it’s a great way to find new recipes from those amazing cooks and bakers out there!

My neighbour Sue brought this amazing Chocolate Buttermilk Bundt Cake to the Canada Day Potluck at the trailer park this past July 1st.

And it was a show stopper!  Just look at that Chocolate Glaze.  You can Pin It right now to save for later!

mixing the cake batter

I love to whip up a cake from scratch.  Everything goes into one bowl and gets whipped up in no time at all.

For this Chocolate Buttermilk Bundt Cake recipe, the addition of a cup of hot water along with the cup of buttermilk and a cup of oil, makes for a very moist batter.

And that of course contributes to one very yummy cake!

buttermilk chocolate cake batter in bundt pan ready for the oven

You can make this in a 13 X 9 pan, or use a Bundt (10″ X 4″) pan.  Sue made hers in a 13 X 9, so I thought I would try the Bundt.  

I always think Bundt Cakes are so pretty, don’t you?  After all, you want to make a cake that not only tastes great, but looks great too!  CHECK THIS OUT! Or better yet, Pin It to Your Board for later!

freshly baked buttermilk chocolate bundt cake without frosting

Make sure you line whatever pan you use and grease it really well (butter or shortening and I usually use aluminum foil to line the pan).

Once the cake is baked and cools, Invert the pan on a platter or plate so that you can peel away the foil and then set it right side up.

buttermilk chocolate bundt cake with frosting

I made this cake on the weekend, and invited some neighbours over for dessert and coffee.  Everyone really liked the Bundt pan version and gave it a thumbs up!  Especially my hubby Mark!

You can Pin It by clicking this link!

Here’s the recipe and don’t forget to save it to your favorite Pinterest Boards! 

5 from 4 votes
This Chocolate Buttermilk Bundt Cake is BIG on flavour and short on prep time. The one bowl scratch cake recipe makes a large Bundt cake big enough to feed a crowd!
Chocolate Buttermilk Bundt Cake
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
55 mins
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins
 
A rich and delicious Buttermilk Chocolate Bundt Cake with a thick Chocolate Frosting, mixes up in one bowl, and looks beautiful when baked in a Bundt Pan. So easy, yet so very good, this cake has BIG Chocolate flavor.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: North American
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 368 kcal
Author: Judy Kahansky
Ingredients
Cake
  • 3 cups white flour
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sour milk
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
Frosting
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 tbsp cocoa
  • 4 tsp corn starch
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp butter
Instructions
Cake
  1. Preheat Oven to 350F

  2. First in a large bowl, mix all of the ingredients in order.

  3. Blend until the batter is smooth.
  4. Next, pour into a greased bundt pan

  5. Bake 40 to 50 minutes at 350F
  6. Remove from oven and let cool.
Frosting
  1. In a medium saucepan, mix first four ingredients and cook over medium heat until thickened
  2. Next, stir in the vanilla and butter

  3. Beat until creamy and then pour over the cooled cake

  4. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Buttermilk Bundt Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 368 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 30mg 10%
Sodium 121mg 5%
Potassium 152mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 78g 26%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 51g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 1.7%
Calcium 3.9%
Iron 13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Related:  Chocolate Mayan Bundt Cake – chocolate cake with a touch of heat! or Old Fashioned Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake!  All one bowl scratch cakes – so delicious and easy to make.

 

This Buttermilk Chocolate Bundt Cake is BIG on flavour and short on prep time. The recipe makes a large Bundt cake big enough to feed a crowd!

Old Fashioned Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake Recipe | Grandma’s Best!

Old Fashioned Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake Recipe | Grandma’s Best!

 Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake Recipe?

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This post may contain affiliate links.  What does that mean*?

Why would I put mayonnaise in a cake?  Yup, you heard right.  When you think about it, it all makes sense, since mayonnaise is full of eggs and oil right?

And I was so surprised when many of you said that this Old Fashioned Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake Recipe reminded you of the cakes from your childhood!  That your Mom and Grandma used to bake them for you.  This recipe really struck an emotional chord with so many and that makes any baker happy!

This luscious and deliciously moist Old Fashioned Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake Recipe is Grandma approved. A One Bowl Scratch Cake, it's so easy to make and the taste is out of this world!

I just love it when you share your experiences.  We have a great group of folks over at Easy as Pie Recipes & More.  Come on over and join us!

Why do I call this awesome recipe old fashioned?  Well…..

This luscious and deliciously moist old fashioned Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake Recipe comes from my Grandma’s old recipe ledger.

My grandparents lived on a farm and lived through the Great Depression.  So I’m sure you understand that they would use us everything they could, since you didn’t know when you be able to get that something again.

Things like envelopes became note paper, and at some point, my Grandma must have come across an old financial ledger that wasn’t being used.  So what did she do?  Yes, you’re right.  That’s when she started to write down her famous recipes.

This luscious and deliciously moist Old Fashioned Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake Recipe is Grandma approved. A One Bowl Scratch Cake, it's so easy to make and the taste is out of this world!

I’m so grateful that I have it to this day, and you will see some other recipes of Grandma’s on the blog.

I’m starting to work my way through them, so stay tuned! Her Chocolate Fudge Cake is amazing!  And be sure to check out our Orange Cranberry Bundt Cake Recipe!

So making this cake was certainly a labor of love!

It’s so easy and the taste is out of this world!  In my research for this post I also found similar  mayonnaise cake recipes like Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake at Southern LivingTaste of Home and Hellman’s.

There are also recipes for a Southern Mayonnaise Cake, and folks have also created a Chocolate Mayonnaise Sheet Cake.  

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Grandma was an amazing cook, raised on a farm, and had to provide hot and hearty meals to the farm hands every day for their noon dinner.

I can only imagine what time she had to get up to make the meal, since we’re talking early 1900’s and no modern day appliances to ease the work!  Well fast forward to today and her recipes still live on.

Here are the ingredients you will need for your Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake Recipe:

How Do I Make A Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake?

Directions –  Preheat oven to 350F
1. Mix the mayonnaise, sugar and vanilla together in a large bowl and set aside.
2. Sift the flour, cocoa and baking soda together.
3. Add the flour mixture alternatively to the mayonnaise mixture, and add the cold water
4. Pour batter into a 9 X 9 greased and floured baking pan.
5. Bake at 350F for 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick in the center comes out clean.
6. Cool completely and frost with a Dark Chocolate Buttercream Frosting.

And serve with a big scoop of French Vanilla Ice Cream!

This luscious and deliciously moist Old Fashioned Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake Recipe is Grandma approved. A One Bowl Scratch Cake, it's so easy to make and the taste is out of this world!

Please take a minute and watch the Old Fashioned Mayonnaise Cake Recipe video.  You will see that with a few easy steps, you can create this awesome cake.  It will feed 9 hungry people with a generous slice or 12 smaller slices.

Here is the video to follow for step by step instructions.


In the comments below one of my readers turned my chocolate mayonnaise cake recipe completely gluten free and vegan! 

She used gluten free flour and Hellman’s Vegan Mayonnaise.

How’s that for being creative!

This Old Fashioned Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake batter mixes up very quickly and the ingredients are right in your pantry.  I think everyone has a jar of mayonnaise on hand.

I just love using a bundt pan for cake recipes, but this time I decided to use a 9X9 square pan and I’m glad I did!  The cake rises beautifully, and because you grease and flour the pan, it will drop out quite nicely on an inverted cake plate.


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The dark chocolate buttercream completes this rich and decadent cake.  You can see my buttercream recipe right here.   I think any Mom or Grandma would be happy to receive such a delightful sweet treat anytime!

 

 

5 from 4 votes
This luscious and deliciously moist Old Fashioned Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake Recipe is Grandma approved. A One Bowl Scratch Cake, it's so easy to make and the taste is out of this world!
Old Fashioned Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake Recipe
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
 

This luscious and deliciously moist Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake Recipe comes from my Grandma's old recipe ledger. It's so easy and the taste is out of this world!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: North American
Servings: 9 servings
Calories: 363 kcal
Author: Judy Kahansky
Ingredients
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup water cold
Instructions
  1. Mix the mayonnaise, sugar and vanilla together in a large mixing bowl and set aside.
  2. Sift the flour, cocoa and baking soda together.
  3. Add the flour mixture alternatively to the mayonnaise mixture, and add the cold water
  4. Pour batter into a 9 X 9 greased and floured baking pan.
  5. Bake at 350F for 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Icing:
  7. Ice with a Dark Chocolate Buttercream and serve with a big scoop of French Vanilla Ice Cream!
Nutrition Facts
Old Fashioned Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 363 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 440mg 18%
Potassium 71mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 45g 15%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 22g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 0.3%
Calcium 0.9%
Iron 9.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This luscious and deliciously moist Old Fashioned Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake is Grandma approved. It's so easy and the taste is out of this world! #chocolate #chocolatecake #mayonnaisecake

 

Related: Chocolate Fudge Cake | A Quick and Easy Recipe and Oh So Decadent!

Chocolate Fudge Cake | Oh So Decadent!

Chocolate Fudge Cake | Oh So Decadent!

Chocolate Fudge Cake is the stuff that dreams are made of!

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Quick and Easy this Decadent Chocolate Fudge Cake is a crowd pleaser.

But before we get to the details and the recipe,   I have a confession to make.  Yup and it’s a big one.

You all know how much I love pie right?  A homemade pie is #1 on my dessert list.  Well, gulp, there are actually two #1’s on my dessert list.  The second #1 favorite dessert for me is…..wait for it….Chocolate Cake.  There I said it.  I’m sorry.

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Not just any ole chocolate cake, mind you.  It has to be Chocolate Fudge Cake.

A moist and creamy trifecta of sugar and chocolate and more chocolate.

My husband Mark loves chocolate fudge cake so much he won’t wait for me to bake it!  So there is often a store-bought chocolate cake on the kitchen counter.  But not for long, of course.

A big slice of chocolate fudge cake and big ole glass of milk to wash it down.  My idea of snack!  Or maybe whip up this little chocolate number to take to the next potluck you’ve been invited to.  Or someone’s birthday at work?  Surprise them with this amazing cake.

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This awesome chocolate fudge cake recipe is adapted from Neilson Cocoa Recipes and it’s been around for awhile.  Another little treasure I found in my Grandma’s recipe files. She would clip recipes from newspapers and magazines and put them in her recipe book.

Years ago, brands like Neilson, would create mini recipe books, and include them inside their product or on the backs of labels.

There are some great chocolate cake recipes out there.  My faves are at Recipe Tin Eats and Rock Recipes.  Both are really great recipe sites!

 I’ve included a recipe for Chocolate Butter Cream Frosting – coz you can’t have a decadent Chocolate Fudge Cake without amazing frosting – am I right?

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Chocolate Fudge Cake | A Quick and Easy Recipe and Oh So Decadent!
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
55 mins
Total Time
1 hr 20 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Author: Judy
Ingredients
Cake
  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp shortening softened
  • 2/3 cup of water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Chocolate Butter Cream Frosting
  • 1/3 cup of softened butter
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 cups confectioner's icing sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp. hot water
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven 350F/180C
  2. Grease a 9" square cake pan and line the bottom with parchment paper
  3. Measure flour, cocoa, salt, baking soda, and sugar into a sifter
  4. Put shortening into a large mixing bowl and stir
  5. Sift the flour mixture into the shortening
  6. Add water and mix until dry ingredients are dampened
  7. Then beat 2 minutes at medium speed using an electric mixer
  8. Add eggs and vanilla and beat 1 minute longer
  9. Pour batter into pan
  10. Bake for 40 - 45 minutes or until your toothpick comes out clean
  11. Let cool, then invert on cake plate
  12. Once cooled and crumbs are brushed off, frost with your favorite butter cream frosting
  13. Enjoy!
Chocolate Butter Cream Frosting
  1. Cream butter
  2. Sift cocoa and icing sugar together onto waxed paper
  3. Add one quarter of cocoa mixture to the butter and blend well.
  4. Beat in egg and vanilla
  5. Add remaining cocoa mixture and beat until smooth
  6. Blend in hot water at the end
  7. Makes 1 2/3 cups, enough to cover the top and sides of our Chocolate Fudge Cake!

 

 

Related:  Chocolate Mayan Bundt Cake and Old Fashioned Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake.

Chocolate Mayan Bundt Cake with Kahlua!

Chocolate Mayan Bundt Cake with Kahlua!

Chocolate Mayan Bundt Cake:

Some of the best recipes are the ones that you happen upon by accident or are shared by friends.

When someone tells you all about a great dessert, pie or cake they have just made, and you can see the excitement and pride of that accomplishment.

I always ask if they will share the recipe with me, because you know the best part?

There is no need to improve upon their success!

Chocolate Mayan Bundt Cake is an easy to make dessert, richly full of flavor, smoky chocolate goodness and a teeny bit of spice. DELICIOUS!

I ran into a friend from work in the local grocery store, when we were buying our lunch and when we started asking what I was creating for the blog this week, I asked about his baking adventures.

Ben was happy to share he had just made a Chocolate Mayan Bundt Cake and that the secret ingredient was cayenne pepper!  Whoaa!!

Chocolate Mayan Bundt Cake is an easy to make dessert, richly full of flavor, smoky chocolate goodness and a teeny bit of spice. DELICIOUS!

 

The recipe in this post is adapted from the one published at dairygoodness.ca.  Since I’ve been in a Mayan State of Mind having just finished baking a Kahlua Pumpkin Pie (no kidding!)

Related:  Old Fashioned Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake, Buttermilk Chocolate Bundt Cake, Decadent Chocolate Fudge Cake

I substituted Kahlua in place of vanilla for both the cake and the glaze.

I think it gives the whole Chocolate Mayan Bundt Cake some extra Jazzzz……

Chocolate Mayan Bundt Cake is an easy to make dessert, richly full of flavor, smoky chocolate goodness and a teeny bit of spice. DELICIOUS!

 

Now the cake may be exotic, the process is not, and this entire dessert comes together in about 20 minutes and you only use one bowl.  While the cake is baking, you can mix up the glaze in a saucepan.  Pour it into your nifty bundt cake pan , and Presto! One deeelicious chocolate cake.


Chocolate Mayan Bundt Cake is an easy to make dessert, richly full of flavor, smoky chocolate goodness and a teeny bit of spice. DELICIOUS!

 

Baking Tips
For a higher cake, try using a smaller or different shaped Bundt pan and adjust baking time accordingly.

For a celebration cake, after you’ve iced the cake, top with chocolate curls.

If you feel like a traditional chocolate cake, simply eliminate the spices.

Chocolate Mayan Bundt Cake
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
 
Chocolate Mayan Bundt Cake is an easy to make dessert, richly full of flavor, smoky chocolate goodness and a teeny bit of spice. DELICIOUS!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: North American
Servings: 10
Calories: 417 kcal
Ingredients
Cake:
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 425 mL
  • 2 cups granulated sugar 500 mL
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 175 mL, sifted
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder 7 mL
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda 7 mL
  • 1 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon 6 mL
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg 2 mL
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper 1 mL
  • 1/4 tsp salt 1 mL
  • 1 cup Milk 250 mL
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter 125 mL, melted and cooled
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla 10 mL
Glaze:
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 60 mL , sifted
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar 45 mL
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch 15 mL
  • 1/2 cup Milk 125 mL
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup 60 mL
  • 1 tsp vanilla 5 mL
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Cake: Butter a 10-cup (2.5 L) Bundt pan.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cayenne and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together milk, butter, eggs and vanilla.
  4. Pour the milk mixture over the dry ingredients, whisking until smooth (the batter is liquidy).
  5. Scrape into prepared pan. Bake for 35 to 40 min or until a cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean. Let cool in pan on rack for 20 min. Invert cake onto a rack set over a baking sheet to cool completely.
  6. Glaze: Whisk together cocoa powder, sugar and cornstarch in a small saucepan. Whisk in milk and corn syrup. Whisking continuously, bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook, whisking occasionally, for 30 sec until thickened. Whisk in vanilla.
  7. Pour over top of cake, letting excess drip down sides. Let cool.
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Mayan Bundt Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 417 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 60mg 20%
Sodium 285mg 12%
Potassium 290mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 75g 25%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 52g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 8.2%
Calcium 10%
Iron 13.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.