Wednesday, 7 March 2012

FOOD: Mayo Chocolate Cupcakes

I was doing one of them random searches for cupcake recipes for my next attempt at baking when I stumbled across this recipe for chocolate cupcakes, featuring mayonnaise. I was intrigued - instead of using any source of butter or eggs - you just use one huge heap of mayo. But what would using mayo add to a cupcake? It baffled me enough to want to bake to just to see the outcome. I won't rewrite out the recipe because it's clearly on the website but I'll share with you my experiences!

Ingredient wise it requires the every day items we all should have in our baking store cupboards. In addition you need one cup of cold water.
All you need - one huge helping of mayo. Yes, really.
The mixture before whacking it into the oven. As you can see it makes enough to make 12 cupcakes and it's lovely and moist.

AND IT TASTES LIKE?
While its nice and moist they are cupcakes without much flavour. Although the recipe is really straight forward and you don't even need to use a mixture, while your mixing the ingredients all you can smell is the mayo, which is possibly over powering the cocoa powder. That lovely chocolate flavour is missing which is a shame. It also doesn't produce that soft light texture you often find in cupcakes, instead its a little claggy and thick. This isn't to say it's not edible and its well worth baking it to try it out but I figure the amounts of mayo to cocoa butter could do with being adjusted. I'll be sticking with more traditional cupcake recipes in the future.


Have you ever tried any wild variations on traditional recipes?

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  1. Soo strange isn't it. Haven't heard of using mayo in cakes before xx

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    1. I know, I don't even know where the idea for them using mayo came from. There was a lot of comments on the recipe website about how they'd made this recipe as a cake at school so I guess it's a popular recipe somewhere?!

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  2. The idea of putting mayo in cupcakes makes me gag slightly - you're a lot braver than I am for making them and eating them! Haha. Also quite glad to know that I'm not missing something completely amazing, so I can carry on making my normal cupcakes :P

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    1. Yeah I thought it would be worth a go and i'm still eating my way through them! But yeah, back to be normal cupcakes for next time!

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  3. I'm not sure I could cope with the smell of mayo while baking these! xx

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    1. It was slightly overpowering but i'm glad you can't smell it while eating it!

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  4. I'm a bit weird but I'm not into cupcakes or anything sweet but the thought of using mayonnaise actually makes them appeal more. x

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    1. I knew they would appeal to some people!

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  5. I was all for making these until I saw what they tasted like. What a bummer! If I'm going to eat a cupcake, it's going to be because it's deliciously sweet.


    ashley / afterninetofive.net

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    1. At first I was thinking I hadn't cooked them for long enough although the toothpick came out clean and reading what other people have said about these cupcakes it's just how they are.

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  6. I'd never think to use mayo as an ingredient for cupcakes! It's always fun to try new recipes though xxx

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    1. Yeah it was well worth a try, it's half the fun of baking!

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  7. gosh that sounds so strange! always worth trying new things out though

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  8. Intriguing! I guess if you need cupcakes pronto and this is all you have to work with they would do just fine. However, I don't really like mayo. How strange, haha. You are brave.

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    1. Yeah I mean you can substitute ingredients a lot in the kitchen when your baking, this must just be one of the odd ones!

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  9. I need to bake some cupcakes. Yours are adorable.

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  10. I guess if you really think about it, mayonnaise is just eggs and oil, so in theory, it would work, right? still, it's quite off-putting to be honest!

    ♥ laura
    the blog of worldly delights

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    1. Yeah that dawned on me too when baking it, but it's not quiet the same as normal eggs and butter!

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  11. It sounds so odd, but i spose' trying new things can always leave you with the best results!

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    1. I know, I thought it was worth a go, could of ended up with something amazing!

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  12. Wht a wacky ingredient for something sweet! I like that you gave it a go, bummer they didn't taste as great. You could of started a baking with mayo trend ha ha. xx

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  13. I've never heard of adding mayo, but these look delicious!

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    1. If only they tasted just as delicious as they look, sadly lacking.

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  14. Hellmans Mayo always has recipes on the back like this but I'm always a bit too weirded out to try them. I guess it makes sense because of what mayo is made from, but the idea of it just seems weird. I might try it in the future. I think my current jar has a recipe for mayo brownies on it, maybe I will be brave!


    Charlotte

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    1. Oh really? Maybe there's some hidden craze about mayo that no one talks about because it's so odd! Haha. Not sure on the mayo brownies though?!

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  15. I saw a recipe for Mayo brownies the other day and was curious, I might be tempted to try it!

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    1. Let us know what it's like if you do!

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  16. I'v never heard about mayo in cakes! Curious to try and make them just to see

    http://lucyywrites01.blogspot.com
    Lucy
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  17. I just can't imagine mayo in cupcakes :/
    I would like to try it but think i may be a little too fussy !

    www.launainponderland.blogspot.com

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  18. Hmm this sounds so strange, I'm almost tempted to try it (but probably won't as I suspect I won't be that keen!)

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    1. Yeah your wise sticking to norm cupcakes.

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