Grannie Annie Recipes


Two chocolate cakes with different ingredients


I made this cake hundreds of times when my kids were growing up in Colorado

and in Alaska when I did not have enough eggs for a cake, I just add 1 tablespoon

of Mayonnaise for one egg.

I do this all the time now to cake mixes to make them moist and taste better.

This cake does not take eggs, however it does take cake flour.

Set the oven at 350%

In one cup of boiling water stir in 1 teaspoon of baking soda.

Stir in one cup or raisins, dates or chopped prunes. Chopped prunes add a richness.

With mixer on low beat together:

1 cup of sugar

1 cup good mayonnaise – original recipe said Hellmann’s.

Beat until well blended.


6 tblsp grated unsweetened chocolate.

1 teas vanilla

Add the raisins or other fruit in the soda mixture.

Add 1 cup chopped walnuts

Beat until blended


2 cups of cake flour and beat until smooth

Pour into a 9 x 9 cake pan that has been oiled.

Bake 45 to 50 minutes.

Cool on rack and dust with powdered sugar and serve with a big dollop of whipped cream

Or frost with the following:

1/2 cup Hershey’s chocolate syrup

1/2 cup Hershey’s cocoa

1/4 cup of melted butter

1/2 tsp vanilla

Stir in to 2 cups of powdered sugar and beat until smooth.

Frost cooled cake.


In a small sauce pan, melt:

1/2 cup butter

3 (1 oz) squares unsweetened chocolate-grate it will melt faster

Stir until smooth and remove from heat.

Pour into large mixer bowl along with

1 1/4 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla

3 eggs

Beat well:

Combine the following dry ingredients

1 cup flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

Stir until batter is well blended

Add this secret ingredient:

2/3 cups rinsed, drained and squeezed dry,

finely chopped sauerkraut. Do this before you start the recipe.

1/2 cup chopped walnuts.

Stir to blend.

Spread in a 9 X 9 oiled pan and bake at 350% for 30 minutes.

Test to see if middle is done. Cool and frost with:


1/4 cup butter

3 tblsp milk

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 square of chocolate – chop for quicker melting

Boil for 3 minutes without stirring, remove from heat.


1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1/2 teas vanilla

Stir quickly and pour over center of cooled cake and spread to edges.

Cool completely before cutting.

Great the second day if you have any left.

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