Sunday, February 21, 2010

CSB: Mississippi Mud Cake

Piece of cake

Wow, it seems I've been neglecting this blog! Sorry, you could blame it on the drama that comes from my still teenage heart! I've been baking consistently, just never finding time to write a post about it. Yes, I'm lazy :P

Anyway, I made this cake as a part of the Cake Slice Bakers. Even though Mississippi Mud Cake brings back a lot of memories, of stories and books I used to read [and ofcourse, the big learning to spell Mississippi every child must go through], I had never really eaten this cake, so I was apprehensive. The book we are baking from, though pretty good, gave 2 duds for the previous months. I was waiting to hear reviews before making this one. And ofcourse, the reviews were super positive. I loved the cake :) And the best part is, it's essentially a one-bowl recipe!

There were a few people that said it was too sweet, so I changed it up a little bit. I'm listing my modifications below as well. The cake was very much like a cakey brownie, and with the reduced sweetness, went perfectly with the rich glaze. I omitted marshmallows simply because I was out of them, I can only imagine what adding their gooey sweetness would do to this cake :) Or maybe, I might just go and bake up another one!

Batter licking - Mississippi Mud Pie

Mississippi Mud Cake
Adapted from Southern Cakes: Sweet and Irresistible Recipes for Everyday Celebrations
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For the Cake

2 sticks [1 cup/225 g] butter
1/2 cup [45 g] cocoa powder
4 eggs, beaten well
1 tsp vanilla extract - I used half a vanilla bean
2 cup [480 g] sugar - I reduced to 1 1/2 cup or 360 g
1 1/2 cup [180 g] all purpose flour - Reduced to 1 1/4 cup or 150 g
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts - I omitted, but you should add them!

For the Mississippi Mud Frosting

3 1/4 cup [450 g] confectioners sugar - I only used 2 1/2 cups or 340 g
1/2 cup [45 g] cocoa powder
1 stick [1/2 cup, 110 g] butter, melted
1/2 cup milk or evaporated milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 cups mini marshmallows or 3 cups large marshmallows quartered

Mississippi Mud Cake

Instructions -

For the cake -
  1. Preheat oven to 350F [180 C]. Grease and line a 13x9 inch pan. I halved the recipe and used a 8x6 pan.
  2. In a medium saucepan combine the butter and cocoa powder and vanilla bean, if using, and cook over medium heat, stirring occassionally, until the butter is melted and the mixture is well blended, about 3 – 4 minutes.
  3. Stir in the beaten eggs, vanilla essence, sugar, flour, salt and pecans and beat until the batter is well combined and the flour has disappeared.
  4. Pour into prepared pan, and bake for 20-25 minutes [I took 25] until the cake is springy to the touch, and a skewer inserted comes out clean.

    For the frosting -
    1. While the cake is baking, combine the confectioners sugar and the cocoa powder and stir to mix well.
    2. Add the melted butter and vanilla, stir to combine. Now add the milk, as required to achieve desired consistency. Do this, don't be like me and add it all in one go :P
     To assemble -
    1. Once the cake is baked, place marshmallows over the top and return to the hot oven for about 3 minutes so the marshmallows can get gooey and delicious.
    2. Pour the frosting over the cake. Cut and serve :)

    Glaze for Mississippi Mud Cake


      1. Wow....looks irresistible....moist, chocolatey and delicious!

      2. oh my god..the cake looks awesome..moist and nice to have some..yum yum (Hey it rhymes ;))

      3. simply delicious :) i prefer it without marshmallows

      4. Great job on your challenge and the cake looks awfully chocolatey and gooey!

      5. Looks super good Avni..the cake with the glazing on top seems like too-hard-to-resist treat:)

      6. I agree it was more brownie than cake but very delicious. I left off the marshmallows too.

      7. Southern desserts tend to be way too sweet for me in general! This one looks super chocolate-y...I love cakes that are somewhat browniesque in texture!

      8. OHH I love the changes you made. My cake did not absorb the frosting but I like the sound of that!

      9. Yowza! That looks seriously rich and decadent. Yum!

      10. MaryMoh - It was! :-)

        Deepa - Lol you little poet! Thanks :D

        Natalie - Me too! Marshmallows would make this too sweet for my taste!

        Jo - Thank you!

        Divya - I know! It sent my diet out for a toss!

        Katie - Yup, I'm happy we had a success this time around!

        Erika - Baking through this book, I have realised it's too sweet for my tastes too!

        Symphonious Sweets - I know! It was totally surprising, but made the cake gooey and even better!

        Simran - Thank you :D

        Pamela - Hehe it was!

        Aruna - Thanks!

      11. YUM. I love Mississippi Mud Cake--the more chocolate, the better! Glad this one wasn't a dud, and you should for sure try it with the marshmallows next time.

      12. Came here via Rajika's blog.

        OH MY GOD. My mouth is watering right now!!!!!!
        Also your hazelnut cake looks too yummy!

        I am SO noting the recipe down. :D
        Lovely lovely blog!

      13. Love that drippy frosting- yum! Your cake looks so tall and fluffy, I'm a little jealous. Yes, you must try it again with marshmallows!

      14. Rachel - Haha that doesn't sound appetising!!

        Liz - I will. I want to tase a TRUE mississippi mud cake!

        Miss M - Welcome! Thank you so much! Do let me know if you make this!

        Monica- It wasn't fluffy at all, it was super dense!!

        Yasmeen - Thank you <3

      15. Oh I am so happy I saw this! Long story short, I do a friendly baking competition with 10 friends and this month's theme is Oscar movies and I got The Blind Side. So I wanted to make a Mississippi Mud Cake since he went to Ole Miss - I'm glad you posted this!

      16. Love that last photo. Glad to hear this last cake worked out for you.

      17. Teanna - So did you make it?

        Ingrid - Thanks. I was glad too! I'd been getting a little angsty!


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