Chocolate mayonnaise cake

(Makes 1 cake)

500 ml Snowflake cake flour (280 g)
125 ml cocoa powder
15 ml baking powder
5 ml bicarbonate of soda
3 extra large eggs
375 ml sugar (300 g)
5 ml vanilla essence
250 ml mayonnaise
250 ml water
125 g butter or margarine
80 ml cocoa powder
375 ml icing sugar (200 g)
5 ml vanilla essence
15 ml milk, optional

Sift the dry ingredients together and leave aside. Beat eggs, sugar and essence together until light and creamy. Add mayonnaise and water gradually, alternatively with dry ingredients. Mix well and spoon into two greased 20 cm cake tins. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 °C for about 35 minutes. Leave to cool in pans before turning out onto cooling racks.

Cream the butter. Sift cocoa and icing sugar and add to butter, beating well. Add essence and milk and mix well.

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