12 x 12 Chocolate Challenge … Epic Failure

10 May

Shock. Anger. Sadness. Disgust. More anger. And then wrath.

This is what happened. These were the six-stages of my recovery when I ate a piece of chocolate cake that contained mayonnaise. I mean I was repulsed beyond belief and my stomach was pretty upset with me. It was so horrible that Sal de Uvas made a cameo that evening.

This happened a couple of years ago and I never forgot it. In fact neither did my awesome blogging buddies as it’s become one of my most popular posts: Sal de Uvas Saved Me From This Chocolate Cake.

Yes. After this experience I vowed to never commit such a crime against the awesomeness of chocolate.

I hadn’t heard of such of thing and tried to put it out of my mind, but this week the memories, the grossness of it all came rushing back as the recipe of the 12 x 12 Chocolate Challenge called for a cup of mayonnaise.

Never to be used with chocolate cake.

Never to be used with chocolate cake.


This was not gonna happened.

It just wasn’t.

I don’t know who edits these lists or how they sort through hundreds of recipes and decide this is it. These are the 12 most amazing chocolate cakes and they will change your life.

I don’t know.

But let me tell you … anything containing a cup of mayonnaise should not be on anyone’s “Best” list. I mean after that whole Beet Bundt Cake experiment I knew, I knew. This recipe was not gonna happen. Just on principle alone, I wasn’t gonna do that to chocolate or the awesome Chocolatiers who create this amazing thing out of cacao beans.

So I boycotted this week’s challenge on account of foul play.


Yeah … maybe on sandwiches for some people, but definitely not in cakes.

So I looked for another recipe and realized that the 12 x 12 didn’t have a cheese cake.  I found one courtesy of  Just Laine. And I don’t know whether I was thrown off by the chocolate mayonnaise cake boycott, or I was exhausted from this week’s life schedule and from perusing all those recipes and measurements. But for some reason I put only two packages of cream cheese instead of three.

I can’t explain it. I mean two and three don’t really look alike at all. And I didn’t realize anything was missing when I did the taste test with the spatulas. But as I was logging off the internet … I saw it.

3 pkg. (8 oz. each) Regular Cream Cheese, softened.

Not two!

Epic fail.

In addition to this debacle I have to wait anywhere from four to twenty-hours of refrigeration before I can dig in. I’ve never made a cheesecake before, had no idea that after baking in the oven you would have to let it hang out in the refrigerator at least four hours if not the whole night.

Fail. Epic fail.

I didn’t even get to taste it today.

But I’m sure that even without that extra pack of cream cheese we’ll be fine. Not change-your-life awesome-cake time. But maybe I’ll have some cream cheese frosting/whipped cream on top of my piece … you know … in order to make up for my mental lapse there.

I’ll keep you posted.






7 Responses to “12 x 12 Chocolate Challenge … Epic Failure”

  1. Mabel Kwong May 10, 2014 at 6:51 AM #

    Mayonnaise in cake. This is the first time I’ve ever heard of such a thing. Trying to imagine how chocolate and mayonnaise taste like…I don’t really want to know. Don’t be discouraged. At least you got something out of the oven. I don’t even know how to stir cake batter properly 😀

    • The Guat May 10, 2014 at 3:27 PM #

      Yeah I had never heard of it, ever! But when I went to that party a couple of years ago and discovered that chocolate catastrophe … dude it was totally sad. Gross. And sad. But at least I got the chocolate cheesecake done finished up at 1 a.m. and finally got a chance to taste it today after lunch. Dude. Nice. Nice recovery on my part 🙂 I’m so glad I found that recipe 🙂

  2. Andrea Kelly May 10, 2014 at 12:26 PM #

    Ew! Just the idea of mayonnaise and chocolate…EW! Makes my stomach turn thinking about it.

    But your cheesecake – even with it’s missing package of cream cheese – sounds delicious! My favorite dessert!

    • The Guat May 10, 2014 at 3:25 PM #

      Duuuuuuuuuuuuuude. It was super gross. My stomach was very hostile. So I had to boycott this week. Had to, but on a positive note the Chocolate Cheesecake turned out pretty amazing. 🙂

      • Andrea Kelly May 10, 2014 at 3:37 PM #

        Of course it did! Chocolate. And Cheesecake! There is literally no going wrong!

  3. lameadventures May 11, 2014 at 9:20 PM #

    Chocolate and mayonnaise? Who thinks up such a repulsive combination, Guat? The thought alone is almost enough to make me physically ill. Before I became lactose intolerant, I had chocolate cheesecake. I recall that it was quite tasty. Maybe making it with two bricks of cheese instead of three can be considered the less artery clogging version.

    • The Guat May 28, 2014 at 10:01 AM #

      Dude this combination totally grossed me out. Like I was about to write a letter to the creator of this recipe and sass them. It’s like a crime dude. But I’m glad I bounced with that chocolate cheesecake it was awesome … that less artery clogging version turned out to be great. I’m probably gonna make it again 🙂

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