Mayonnaise Cake and Limping Along with an Old Door

I finished all sorts of running around for errands. It feels good to check those things off my list, especially the screen door. That went to the local glass and screen shop for repair. The DIY fix of masking tape on the holes was looking a little too hillbilly for me.


Besides, my sister, after seeing us struggle to get this sliding door open and shut, suggested WD-40 on the track.


Well, I'm embarrassed to say, it worked like magic.


We've hated this door for the entire time we've lived in this house. We've had a quote for a new patio door with installation and were saving for that while living with this nightmare of a door.


With that spray of magic WD-40 on the track, we suddenly have a door that moves easily to open and close. (Hand smack to face.) I honestly can't think of why we never tried that before now.


We just yelled at the door every time we used it, somehow thinking that was the only way to operate it.


WD-40 and $25 to rescreen the screen door, and we have at least a functional door that will hold up a little longer while we take care of more urgent house projects.


 

That mayonnaise cake from the other day was fine. I've made it before and remember it being fabulous. It definitely calms the chocolate ache, but I must have done something different this time than I did last time. I still give it a thumbs up, though. And when it's topped with Texas sheet cake icing, well, yum!



Mayonnaise cake in bad lighting, smelling good

The recipe for mayonnaise cake is this:

  • Mix: 2 cups flour, 1 cup sugar, and 4 tablespoons cocoa powder.

  • Add and mix: 2 teaspoons baking soda dissolved in 1 cup water.

  • Add and mix: 1 cup mayonnaise and 1 teaspoon vanilla.

  • Pour into a greased 9"x13" pan, and bake 25-30 minutes at 350F.


Delicious icing, lumps and all, same bad lighting

For the Texas sheet cake icing:

  • Cook and stir until melted: 1/2 cup butter, 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, and 3 tablespoons milk. This step is best performed with a flat whisk. My flat whisk bit the dust, and I haven't replaced it yet, so my batch of icing was lumpy.

  • Add: 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar. Whisk until smooth, unlike my example picture.

  • Pour onto the cake, brownies, cookies, whatever you made. This is pan-licking good icing in my opinion.

 

On last thing on a rabbit trail, I will often click on some mouth-watering recipe I see linked on social media, only to be led to a food blogger that goes on and on for days about how wonderful this particular dish is, how you'll win over hearts with this dish, and then there are 50 pictures of the food from every possible angle.


I don't know about other people, but for my part, I just want the recipe, and I don't mean the step-by-step dummy version that even illustrates how to boil water. Just the ingredients and bullet points for the steps if needed. One picture does the job.


Too much floofy hoopla about it before I can even get to the recipe just makes me click off.