Portillo's Chocolate Cake

"Careful... this one causes cravings! This cake recipe is super light, moist, and not too sweet. It is a perfect base to dump the best frosting, fudge, or chocolate all over it. It makes great cupcakes too! The recipe was labeled as a copycat for Portillo's (this ones all over the net so I can't credit anyone). Whether it is a good copy I'm not sure... but it makes a darn good cake."
photo by Marie Nixon photo by Marie Nixon
photo by Marie Nixon
Ready In:
1 cake


  • 1 betty crocker super moist chocolate butter recipe cake mix (gotta be butter recipe)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup Hellmann's mayonnaise (not light)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Grease 2 round cake pans (or your choice of pan; cupcakes works great too).
  • Beat all ingredients for 4 minutes (makes it fluffy).
  • Pour into prepared pans.
  • Follow baking instruction on box for your choice of pan, elevation, etc.
  • Use toothpick to check for doneness.

Questions & Replies

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  1. djcwall
    Recipe for chocolate frosting
  2. Richard O.
    What kind of frosting? Also, what is the lemon cake recipe?
  3. Richard O.
    What frosting do you use on Portello's chocolate cake?


  1. ablalock08
    Luuluu is correct the cake mix is Betty Crocker. Seems like yesterday when I was making this cake at the restaurant. This cake is SUPER DELICIOUS....The lemon cake is also divine!
  2. Luuluu
    A not from someone who knows - Portillos's actually uses Betty Crocker Devil's Food Cake mix (yes, super moist). The photo doesn't bear any passing resemblance to a Portillo's Chocolate cake...but I'm sure it's good nonetheless...
  3. Marie Nixon
    There are so many excellent chocolate cake recipes on Recipezaar and this recipe should rate up there with the best. The cake turned out so soft and tender and completely delicious. I used a Duncan Hines chocolate butter fudge recipe mix. This is my first attempt at a mayonnaise cake. I froze most of the cake to keep myself from over eating now and so that I'll have a treat in the future.
  4. suganthi_ac
    I just tried this over the weekend and it came out so delicious, moist and fluffy. It was so easy to make as well, the only variation is I used Best Foods mayo. I made chocolate ganache filling to go with it and it was perfect! Thanks for the recipe :).
  5. misscain
    I did the lemon version and really liked it. For me it made the cake more dense than a standard cake mix does.



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