Celebrate National Chocolate Cake Day! January 27 2017

February is a month full of celebrations at my house. We begin with my husband's birthday next week. That is followed by both of our mother's birthdays then my son's first birthday. Not to mention Valentine's Day is in there too!  

You cannot have a birthday without a cake. As you know, I am always looking for new ways to use the products from the marketplace. I also love to bake, so am planning to get creative with the birthday cakes I'll be making.  Here is a recipe for a Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake.  I've substituted Rococo Chocolates Drinking Chocolate for traditional cocoa powder.  If you are feeling really adventurous, use Empire Mayonnaise Co. Rosemary Mayonnaise

Follow us on instagram @juliesbeet for images of all of the cakes I'll be making and eating this month!

Happy Friday,


Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

Makes a double layer 9-inch cake


2 cups All Purpose Flour

2/3 cup Rococo Chocolates Drinking Chocolate

1 ¼ teaspoon Baking soda

¼ teaspoon Baking Powder

3 Eggs

1 2/3 cups sugar

1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

1 cup Mayonnaise

1 1/3 cups Water


-Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and lightly flour 2 9-inch cake pans or line cupcake pan with wrappers.

-In a medium bowl combine flour, Rococo Chocolates Drinking Chocolate, baking soda and baking powder. Set aside.

-In a large bowl, with an electric mixer on high speed, beat eggs, sugar and vanilla for three minutes or until light and fluffy.  Add mayonnaise at a low speed until blended.  Alternately add flour mixture and water, starting and finishing with the flour mixture.  Pour into prepared pans.

-Bake 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the centers comes out clean.  Cool on wire rack for ten minutes before removing from the pan and cooling completely.

-Once cool dust with confectioners sugar or frost as desired.


Welcome Empire Mayonnaise Co. August 19 2016

I am very excited to tell you about a new addition to our marketplace, mayo! This isn’t just any mayonnaise, it is home-style mayo made by Empire Mayonnaise Co. in Brooklyn, New York. 

Empire Mayonnaise Co. was founded in 2011 by chef Sam Mason and designer Elizabeth Valleau. They set out to create home-style mayonnaise in exotic flavors using non-GMO Oils, cage-free & pasture-raised eggs along with local or seasonal flavors.  Almost five years later, they are doing just that.  The mayonnaise has the fresh taste of something you’d expect to come from a home kitchen.  I love the way these little jars of mayonnaise transform whatever I am making into something really delicious. Think super fresh and tasty potato salad or the best devilled eggs you’ve ever made. 

The company started off with a retail shop and wholesale division9unfortunately there isn't a retail store anymore).  They became well-known when Saturday Night Live used their shop for a sketch.  You can watch the video here

While we don’t carry Truffle Garlic Mayo, we do have their Rosemary Mayonnaise and Roasted Garlic Mayonnaise. Both of these flavors are down-right amazing. I hope you’ll try both!

I first tasted Empire Mayonnaise at an event for The Doe Fund, a non-profit organization that provides paid transitional work, housing and educational opportunities, along with counseling and career training to individuals with histories of homelessness, incarceration or substance abuse.  I always say, I never know where I’ll find the next hidden gem for our marketplace.  That night was more about socializing and eating but we didn’t forget about the mayonnaise when I got home.  I hope you’ll enjoy the many, many uses of this fantastic product.

Happy Friday,