German Chocolate Cake Recipe

In honor of Hellmann's 100 year anniversary, I was asked to put a twist on a recipe that Mario Batali made. So since my family loves chocolate so much, I wanted to put a twist on his Chocolate Birthday Cake recipe he made with Hellmann's mayonnaise. So I decided to make a German Chocolate Cake instead! Below is the recipe I made based off of Mario's.

German Chocolate Cake

•2 cups flour
•1/2 cup cocoa
•1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
•1/4 teaspoon salt
•1 cup sugar
•3/4 cup Hellmann's mayonnaise
•1 cup water
•1 teaspoon vanilla

Icing Ingredients:

1 stick of butter
1 C. of Brown Sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla
¼ C. water
¼ tsp. of Salt
1 C. of Coconut
1 cup of finely crushed walnuts or pecans


Preparation of the first set of ingredients:
Sift together the flour, cocoa, soda and salt. Cream together the sugar, mayonnaise, water and vanilla. Add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture; stir until well blended. Pour batter into greased and floured layer cake pans (or a 9- x 13-inch pan). Bake at 350°F. for about 25 minutes.

Preparation for making the icing:
Cook on the stove; melt butter; add brown sugar and water, allow to melt and bring to soft boil; add vanilla, salt and coconut, (optional-add crushed nuts). Pierce the cake numerous times evenly spaced over the cake to allow the juices to soak through the cake. Pour the warm icing over the cake when it comes out of the oven.

Mario's original recipe was for a chocolate birthday cake and seeing the cake inspired me to make a different kind of chocolate cake that would turn out just as good! There's a contest going on right now too if you would like to put a twist on one of Mario's recipes too! Check out the contest page for all the fun! Also make sure to visit to watch Mario share his modern twist on some of Hellmann’s classic recipes and enter for a chance to win a seat at the Blue Ribbon table in NYC for Hellmann’s 100th Birthday celebration!