Chocolate Mayonnaise cake with Flour frosting

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Serves: 10-12
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2 c all purpose flour
1 c sugar
3-4 Tbsp baking cocoa
2 tsp baking soda
1 c water
1 c mayonnaise, not salad dressing
1 tsp vanilla
5 Tbsp flour
1 c milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 c butter or 1/2 c. butter 1/2 c. shortning
1 c granulated sugar

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Marcia Lesman Recipe
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Kalamazoo, MI (pop. 74,262)
Member Since May 2012
Marcia's notes for this recipe:
I got this recipe from my mother in law, It has since been our families favorite cake. I have to make it for every birthday party and Pot luck that we go to. It is very moist and soooooo good.
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Dump first 7 ingredients into large bowl, beat on high for 3 minutes or until well blended, do not omit mayonnaise and do not substitute salad dressing Pour into greased and floured 9x12 cake pan and bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool
While cake is baking , mix the 5 tbs. flour and milk into a pan and stir constantly on med, high until mixture thickens almost into a ball. Take off stove put into large bowl and cover and refrigerate until cold
After cake and flour mixture are cool, mix the butter, and or shortning and sugar and vanilla into misture and beat on high with mixture until frosting doesn't taste grainy from sugar. You can also add a little cocoa if you would like chocolate, We like it without and it tastes almost like whipped cream , spread onto cake Hope you enjoy., It is not a real sweet frosting. I usually make a double batch of frosting because my kids like it that way.

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user Stephanie Dodd skeen - May 15, 2012
I love this frosting and used to put it on red velvet cakes! Great cake recipe too; thanks for posting!
user Marcia Lesman marcialesman - May 15, 2012
yw, I know its been around a long time, but there are a lot of ppl who have never tried it. I hope they do
user Joysan Tucker Jennnay - Jun 24, 2012
Delicious Mayo cake! I used to use this frosting on all my cakes (when the boys were wee ones) I liked that it wasn't sickly sweet. Who knew flour thickened milk could make such a dreamy frosting!

Don't hesitate to try this one!
user JoEllen Fortenberry Ford JoEllen1946 - Jun 25, 2012
Marcia, my Grandma Amanda Jane Pevetoe, b. 1894, made this cake! I have never tried it, only ate it! I can't wait. She and my mother also made frosting with flour, as sugar was too precious in Arkansas! Thanks, I will let you know. I remember they only used Best Foods or Hellman's.
user Jan Kinney Wolfie - Aug 7, 2012
OMG I am sooo excited... Thank you for posting this recipe! My mother made this sooooo many years ago and I could never find it. The frosting is the BEST!

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