A year ago on April 19th I lost a very special friend, Debra, to cancer. There was a celebration of life for family and friends followed by a luncheon. I made the chocolate mayonnaise sheet cake she loved and decorated it with the monkeys I had bought to use on her birthday cake. She loved all animals but monkeys were a favorite of hers and always made her smile. Whenever I saw cute monkey memes I would share them with her and I once gifted her a hideous pink sock monkey that I made. She adored it. My first and last attempt at sock monkeys. Debbie had the gift of gab. She loved to come down and sit and visit and have a cup of tea or a cup of coffee with a little rum chata in it. And she had a sweet tooth. She loved chocolate. So if there was a cake or cookies or brownies she was a happy girl. And if there were no baked goods, there was always a dish full of chocolate candy and that’s where she’d head. I’ll always think of her when I make this cake.
1 1/2 cups hot, strong coffee
1 cup cocoa
3 cups AP flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 cup mayonnaise
2 tsp vanilla
Preheat your oven to 350.
Whisk together the hot coffee and cocoa and let stand for 20 minutes.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, soda, baking powder and salt.
In a large bowl combine the sugar and eggs. Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Beat in the mayonnaise and vanilla.
Alternate flour mixture and coffee/cocoa mixture beating after each addition and beginning and ending with flour.
Pour the batter into a lightly greased and floured sheet pan. Bake for 22-25 minutes. Allow the cake to cool completely before icing.
To make this cake easier to serve to a crowd I cut the cake, used cupcake lines to separate individual pieces, and then iced each piece. I made a peanut butter icing but you can use any flavor icing you like.
This post is for you my beautiful friend. I miss talking to you and enjoying a cup of coffee or tea with you at my kitchen island. I hope there is a lot of chocolate in heaven. And monkeys. A lot of monkeys.