Mississippi Mud Cake

Total Time:
1 hr
30 min
30 min

12 to 16 servings

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 bag miniature marshmallows
  • Icing:
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 1 (1-pound) box confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 13 by 9-inch baking pan.

Combine the sugar, salt, and flour in a large mixing bowl. Bring the butter, oil, cocoa, and 1/4 cup water to a boil in a saucepan. Add to the flour mixture.

Beat together the eggs, baking soda, buttermilk, and vanilla. Add to the chocolate mixture, mix well, and pour into the prepared pan. Bake for 25 minutes.

While the cake is baking, make the icing by melting the butter in the cocoa and milk over low heat. Bring the mixture to a boil, then remove from the heat. Stir in the confectioners' sugar. Slowly mix in the nuts and the vanilla. Take the cake from the oven, and when it cools a bit cover it with miniature marshmallows. Pour the warm icing over the cake and the marshmallows. Cool the cake before serving.

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The problem is that this recipe is for Texas sheet cake and the baking time is for the 10x15 pan - just bake this one for 45-55 minutes - use a toothpick to check. In some recipes the icing calls for buttermilk rather than milk - item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was probably the worst thing i have ever tasted. It was too sugary and the cake tasted horrible. AVIOD THIS RECIPE! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was wonderful! I put it back in the warm oven to melt the marshmallows a little and frosted it the next day. The cake was moist, but not soggy. We loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Tried this one out with the kids last night. Turned out perfect! We held off making the icing until the cake was out of the oven. We're glad we did because I think if it had a chance to set up at all, we would have not been to pour it over every marshmallow. item not reviewed by moderator and published
my kids and i LOVE this cake! however the frosting amount is WAAAAAYYY too much. i half the recipe for the frosting AND marshmallows and it's amazing. even when i did make the frosting recipe as written i found i couldn't bring myself to put that much on the cake, it simply overpowers it. do yourself a favor save some ingredients and half the frosting, you'll thank me later after devouring this cake. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I do like this recipe. My advice for those who did not like the sweetness and had issues with a soggy cake is to substitute the cake with a dark chocolate brownie. Use marshmallow fluff and pecans and melt semi-sweet chips on top in a warm oven to finish it off. This reduces the sweetness and the "cake" layer will not get soggy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
For those who say this is not a Mississippi Mud Cake like they grew up with, you are right. HOWEVER, on the show Paula said this was a Texas Sheet Cake with the marshmallows added in likea Mud Cake. In my opinion, the best chocolate cake ever made is a Texas Sheet cake. You can not beat this recipe. Try following the directions exactly, i.e. don't try to boil cocoa powder without any liquids added to it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was just awful, I think bringing the cocoa in a saucepan to boil was where it went wrong because the cake and icing just tasted burnt and I knew when I was making this it wasn't right but followed the recipe. I didn't overcook it because it was still a little gooey in the middle. I like Paula Dean recipes, but this was bad. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was good, I loved the cake the best! But it was extremely sweet, which my husband loves. Next time I'll make it a dark chocolate frosting with less sugar. But I will definately make this cake again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love, Love, Love this cake! My kids ask for it for their birthdays and my niece just called me today and asked if I would make it for her birthday party this weekend! So yummy and so easy to make!! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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