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Portillos Chocolate Cake Recipe (Copycat)

Portillos Chocolate Cake Recipe (Copycat)

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Portillo’s restaurant, located in Chicago, is famous for its Chicago-style food with an unmatched flavor, like Hot Dogs, Sandwiches, Maxwell Street Polish, and Italian Beef, but what most people don’t know about his restaurant is that they also serve a very soft, moist, mouthwatering chocolate flavored cake.

People from far-off places visit his restaurant to taste this soft, spongy chocolate cake.

Good News! You can make this amazing cake in your kitchen without visiting Portillo’s restaurant. I got this fantastic recipe recently and was so surprised when I tried it at home. Honestly, it surpassed my expectations. It tastes exactly like the original Portillo’s cake. And the good thing is its simple recipe has only a few simple ingredients.

I am so excited to share today’s easiest and simplest recipe for this fantastic cake. This Portillos Chocolate Cake Recipe is a perfect copycat of the original. You’ll love this cake recipe if you are a cake and dessert fan. Your kids are definitely going to love it.

Portillo’s Chocolate Cake

It is one of the softest, moistest, lightest, and sweetest cakes you can ever make. Its delicious chocolate taste is unmatchable. This cake is so finger-licking good. You are going to enjoy each and every bite of this cake.

I’m sharing this copycat recipe with you so that you can make this wonderful cake on your own and enjoy the delicious, rich, chocolaty flavor without going to a restaurant.

This is the simplest and the quickest recipe, and even newbies can make a wonderful cake out of it easily. This cake is so simple yet so delicious. It is appropriate for many occasions and celebrations.

You can also try it anytime, without any special occasion, just to enjoy its great flavor. So, make it for your loved ones and get ready to hear the words of appreciation.

This copycat recipe is the best of all the recipes out there, and your cake will definitely taste like the real thing. To your surprise! This cake recipe includes mayonnaise. This is the basic ingredient that makes this cake so moist and soft. Adding mayonnaise to the cake recipe may sound weird, but trust me!

Mayonnaise is nothing more than a mixture of oil and egg yolks. That’s exactly what you add to a cake recipe. Right? So don’t hesitate and try out this recipe without a doubt.

Portillos Chocolate Cake Recipe Copycat


  • 1 box Betty Crocker Cake Mix
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 cup ice-cold water
  • 1 cup Mayonnaise
  • 2 cans of Betty Crocker’s chocolate frosting.



  1. Gather Your Ingredients:
    • Cake mix
    • Water
    • Eggs
    • Mayonnaise
    • Betty Crocker’s chocolate Frosting
  2. Prepare Your Baking Equipment:
    • Preheat your oven to 350°F.
    • Get two 9-inch round baking pans.
    • Generously grease both pans with either oil or butter to prevent sticking.

Mixing the Batter: 3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the following:

  • Cake mix
  • Water
  • Eggs
  • Mayonnaise
  1. Start mixing the ingredients on a slow speed for about 30 seconds to ensure they’re well combined.
  2. After that, increase your mixer’s speed to high and continue mixing for 4 minutes until the batter is smooth.

Baking the Cake: 6. Evenly distribute the cake batter between the two greased pans.

  1. Place the pans in your preheated oven.
  2. Bake for 30-32 minutes. To check for doneness, insert a toothpick into the center of the cake around the 32-minute mark. If it comes out clean, your cakes are perfectly baked.

Cooling and Frosting: 9. Once baked, remove the cakes from the oven and let them rest for 5 minutes.

  1. Carefully remove the cakes from the pans and transfer them to cooling racks. Allow them to cool completely for about an hour.
  2. Take one cake and place it on a serving plate. Spread about 3/4 of your frosting evenly over the top.
  3. Place the second cake on top of the frosted one.
  4. Use the remaining 1/4 of the frosting to cover the top of the second cake.

Final Touches: 14. Now, it’s time to get creative! Decorate the cake as you wish.

  1. Once decorated, your delicious Portillo’s Chocolate Cake is ready to be served. Enjoy!

Craving more sweet moments? 🍰 If this Portillo’s chocolate cake tickled your taste buds, pin the pic below to your Pinterest board. Let’s spread the cake, love, one pin at a time!

Portillos Chocolate Cake Copycat Recipe

Tips to Bake the Best Portillos Chocolate Cake Recipe

  • Use the eggs at room temperature.
  • Remember not to overmix the cake batter. Overmixing the batter makes the cake dry and hard. Mix the batter until all the ingredients are mixed well.
  • You can also add a bit of coffee to enhance the cake’s rich chocolaty flavor and make it even more delicious. Don’t worry; your cake won’t get the taste of the coffee. Just 1 tsp of the espresso powder is enough to do the magic.
  • Don’t open the cake during baking. Doing so alters the temperature inside the oven, and your cake may not be baked well.

Portillo’s Chocolate Cake Shake

You can also easily make the most amazing shake literary by blending this Portillos Chocolate cake. Just blend the cake until it’s smooth, and you’re done. I’ve noticed that many folks like Portillos Chocolate shake more than the cake. 🙂

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