Waldorf-Astoria Chocolate Cake

READY IN: 1hr 5mins
Recipe by Patti McD

As a child, my mother told me that this was considered to be JFK's favorite cake recipe. I know it became my choice for birthday cake every year. Today I substitute Splenda blend for the sugar and double sift the dry ingredients to make it fluffy. You cannot further reduce calories by using any of the light mayonnaises. if you do not have or like miracle whip, you can substitute regular mayonnaise with no change in quality.

Top Review by Arthur G.

About 45 or 50 years ago, the mother of a close friend asked for the recipe after enjoying dinner with her husband at the Waldorf. She was given a copy of the recipe and he got an unexpected healthy surcharge on the bill. She responded by distributing the recipe to anybody and everybody who was interested. The recipe differs from this one in its reference to mayonnaise, not specifically "Miracle Whip"; by 1 1/2 t. baking powder as well as the baking soda; 2 t. vanilla, not 1; 1 t. salt; and only 35 minutes of baking time. Experiment with these differences and make the recipe your own. :}

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. sift dry ingredients together into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add moist ingredients and mix until well blended.
  3. Pour into a well-greased loaf pan.
  4. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.
  5. if you double, bake in well-greased bundt pan for 90 minutes. Allow to cool in pan before turning out or top will separate from the cake.
  6. Dust with powdered sugar bfore serving.

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