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Kahlua Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Kahlua Cake | | Layered chocolate cake spiked with a healthy dose of coffee liqeuer and frosted with a Chocolate and Kahlua whipped cream | #recipe #chocolatecake #hellmann's

You know what I want to be when I grow up? 100-years old. Yep. That’s my life long plan.

Wish me luck!

Do you know who is celebrating 100-years at this very moment? Hellmann’s. Yes, that’s the one – the mayonnaise brand. One-Hundred Years. That’s amazing! For 100 years, Hellmann’s has brought together the best ingredients to help bring out the best meals to our tables.

Hellmann's 100 years

As part of the brand’s 100th birthday celebration, Hellmann’s is helping provide one million meals* to Feeding America to help the fight against hunger nationwide.

Also, to celebrate its 100th Birthday, Hellmann’s has asked me to put my own twist on a classic Hellmann’s recipe that was recreated by the one and only, Chef Mario Batali. In keeping with its tradition and a century of quality meals, Hellmann’s has teamed up with Chef Batali to recreate some of its most delicious recipes. I thought, well, if he can do it then so can I! Bring it on! 😉

There were six recipes to choose from; Chicken Wings, Chicken Pasta Salad, Salsa Burger, just to name a few, but I had to go with the Hellmann’s Chocolate Birthday Cake. I have heard so many great things about mayo-cakes, especially this particular cake, thus I finally had to give it a try.

Well, it’s true what they say. This chocolate cake is so good and so moist that it doesn’t even need to be frosted with anything. Although, the frosting does add that much more flavor to the cake.  Aaaand cake without frosting? Um, no thanks.

As I was working on preparing this Chocolate Kahlua Cake, I just had to reach for a bit of alcohol. I mean, what’s a birthday without a shot of booze? And, what does chocolate best pair up with? Coffee liqeuer, of course!

To top it off, I also decided to ice this cake with a delicious Chocolate and Kahlua Whipped Cream. And a sprinkle of sprinkles! Can’t have a birthday without sprinkles. And booze.

Chocolate Kahlua Cake | | Layered chocolate cake spiked with a healthy dose of coffee liqeuer and frosted with a Chocolate and Kahlua whipped cream | #recipe #chocolatecake #hellmann's

Now it’s your turn to make your own version of this cake, or any of the other recipes that you will find on Hellmann’s Facebook Page. That is, you can co-create a recipe with Mario Batali and enter for a chance to win a seat at the World’s Longest Picnic Table for Hellmann’s 100th birthday celebration in September. Hop over and enter! GOOD LUCK!

Happy Birthday, Hellmann’s!!!

Disclaimer: Thanks to Hellmann’s for sponsoring this post. All opinions expressed are my own.

Chocolate Kahlua Cake | | Layered chocolate cake spiked with a healthy dose of coffee liqeuer and frosted with a Chocolate and Kahlua whipped cream | #recipe #chocolatecake #hellmann's

Kahlua Chocolate Cake

Katerina | Diethood
Layered chocolate cake spiked with a healthy dose of coffee liqeuer and frosted with a Chocolate and Kahlua whipped cream.
Servings : 12
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


For the Cake
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup good quality cocoa powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups Hellmann's Real Mayonnaise
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Kahlua
  • 1 cup water
For the Frosting
  • 1 cup heavy cream , cold
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons Kahlua


  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Butter and flour two 8-inch cake pans or springform pans; set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl sift together flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa.
  • Stir in sugar; set aside.
  • In a separate bowl whisk together mayonnaise, eggs, vanilla, kahlua, and water.
  • Pour mayonnaise mixture into flour mixture and stir together until just combined.
  • Divide batter evenly into prepared cake pans.
  • Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the center of the cakes comes out clean.
  • Cool completely.
  • In the meantime, prepare frosting.
  • In your mixer's bowl combine chilled heavy cream, sugar, cocoa, and kahlua.
  • Beat mixture until stiff peaks form.
Assemble Cake
  • If your cake layers have a dome, you can slice the domed section off using a serrated knife.
  • Spoon a tablespoon of frosting in the center of your cake platter to act as glue and place one cake layer on top.
  • Spoon some of the frosting onto the center of the first layer and spread around.
  • Set the top layer over and spread more frosting over the top and around the sides.
  • Serve.


Inspired by Mario Batali's Hellmann's Chocolate Birthday Cake


Calories: 723 kcal | Carbohydrates: 82 g | Protein: 7 g | Fat: 37 g | Saturated Fat: 9 g | Cholesterol: 83 mg | Sodium: 824 mg | Potassium: 197 mg | Fiber: 3 g | Sugar: 46 g | Vitamin A: 375 IU | Vitamin C: 0.1 mg | Calcium: 37 mg | Iron: 3.3 mg | Net Carbs: 79 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

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19 comments on “Kahlua Chocolate Cake”

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    Heather @ Sugar Dish Me

    I’ve seen several other bloggers participate in this challenge, but this is BY FAR the most gorgeous!! I haven’t made a mayo cake in a long while– time to catch up. Love this!!

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    Ashley - Baker by Nature

    This cake… omg!!! Normally I HATE mayo, but I’ll take it in chocolate cake form any day!!!

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    Kim - Liv Life

    I saw this cake float across my facebook newsfeed and I’ve been thinking about it ever since!! Funny, we don’t have Hellman’s here in California, here it is Best Foods. But it’s the brand I use, and this looks to be a cake I need to make!!

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    Jean (Lemons & Anchovies)

    In other words, you took an already great recipe and made it even better! That cake is gorgeous!!

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    Helene D'souza

    wow I don’t think I have ever seen a mayo cake! In fact I had never thought of such a possibility but after seeing yours I feel like running into the kitchen and make my own. =)
    By the way Coffee liqeuer is ingenious Kate!

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    Averie @Averie Cooks

    It was my bday yesterday and what I would have given to have a cake like this. Stunning! And booze IN the cake, even better.


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    Nami | Just One Cookbook

    What a perfect chocolate cake with the delicious frosting! Yeah, Kahlua makes the frosting extra special!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    Oh man – amazing! Can you please pass me a slice?

    No wait, can you just pass the entire cake? THANKS! 🙂

  9. I’m dying! This cake is drop-dead gorgeous (and I’m definitely on team mayo!).

    Beautiful photos, Kate! Love the avant-garde candle! 😀

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