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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    This was probably the worst thing i have ever tasted. It was too sugary and the cake tasted horrible. AVIOD THIS RECIPE!
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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!
    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.
    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!
    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!!
    I made it, for my daughter birthday. Was too sweet, the cake was nice and moisture, but the icing was extremely sweet. No one can eat it. Sorry Paula you are great but this time was not my favorite. I keep trying.
    I made this for my mom's birthday and it was such a hit! The cake was moist and delicious, and there was plenty of icing. Next time I think I might put the icing and walnuts on top of the cake and then put on the marshmallows rather than putting them on top of marshmallows. I put the cake back in the oven (after it was turned off but still warm) to melt the marshmallows...mmm so good! I definitly recommend heating up the slices in the microwave to get all melty and delicious. Even putting the icing on top of the marshmallows, it still seeped in and went down into the cake. I will definitely make this again! I also want to try her other Mississippie Mud Cake.
    I love Paula Deen, but this is the worst Mississip mud cake I have ever made. I literally through it away and dug out one of my 30 year old cookbooks to get the recipe. I tried her version with marshmallows, but the marshmallow creme is much better. There was too much cake and not nearly enough icing. The icing was delicious, but the cake was not sweet enough. I made it for my boyfriends birthday, and I am not lying when I say I threw it away after one bite. I didn't even let him try his piece. I'm sorry for all of you that have never had Mississippi mud cake and thought this was good. I wish you could try my version, it would blow you away!
    This recipe is easy to do and has most of yoiur every day ingredients, which I love. Try this one at your next gathering and it'll be a hit!
    Hello Paula, I have had this recipe passed down from grandma and yours id very close to ours. Thank you for post this great cake. All my friends and family enjoy when I make this at holiday gatherings..
    This is the same exact recipe that my mother used 40 years ago when she made this each Sunday! Thanks Paula because I have not seen this in years and I have been looking for it since my mom passed away earlier this year. This will now be on the dessert table Christmas night!
    My oven must run hot because I cooked it for only 25 minute (most of you cooked it longer) and it came out a little on the dry side. Great flavor though, and everyone loved the melted marshmallow topping. If I made it again, I would use Barefoot Contessa's brownie recipe and use Paula's topping.
    I didnot try it yet ,but i can tell from my experence this recipe is a yummmmy......
    MMMMMMMMMmmmmmmm this cake made my tongue slap my brain and made me want more. We all love this one Miss Paula... hummmmmmmmm this is great for any occasion and anyone that don't like this one did not make it right...
    I don't understand why pauls has 2 mississippe mud cake recipes that really confussed, thanks for who ever spotted this and found the one aired with her son, can't wait to try it out, Im going to make it for a friend.
    I found the recipe I think you are looking for, it was on Paula's Best Recipes/Me and My Boy. Herre is the link

    This is not the same recipe for Mississippi Mud cake that Paula had on food network yesterday. I want that one!!! I missed a couple of ingredients - but know that it started with 2 sticks of butter and 3 cups of sugar, then 3 eggs, tsp of vanilla, 1 1/2 cup of buttermilk, and some boiling water was added to the mixture. Also, completely missed the icing. Did anyone get that one? If so please post in the review section - thanks!
    Made this cake and it was not sweet! Have to add sugar or something to increase the sweetness.
    The cake was so moist my 7year old daughter loved it..especially the marshmallow part will bake again!
    You truely have to be a chocolate lover to love this cake.
    We absolutely ate the crumbs from the bottom. Every mortsel!! I did get confused about one thing.. the recipe from the cookbook was somewhat different from that on line. The one in the book called for evaporated milk and I wasn't very fond of the evaporated milk in the icing. I love this cake and want to eat it everyday. But as my mother would say....once on the lips twice on the hips! lol Thank you so ;much for sharing this recipe my family loved it. We will be taking it to a family reunion this Saturday.
    OK, I have to say I love this cake. It was quick and easy to make. I did read all of the reviews that said it was too sweet so I put about 3/4 (maybe a little less) of the powdered sugar in the chocolate topping and added a little more of the unsweetened cocoa and just did it to taste. I didn't want it to be too sweet and it turned out perfectly. I also used half a bag of marshmallows and put them on the cake and let them bake with the cake for about 8 minutes to get them nice and poofy and a little browned. This cake was loved by everyone who tried it and it was even better the next day. SO GOOD! Thanks Paula!
    I must start off that I am not a BAKER! So therefore, when it came to making the icing I had problems. When I followed the recipe and only added 6TBS of milk the icing seemed to thick. SO I added more milk whch made the icing a little runny. My cake does not look like the beautiful picture. But at least I tried. I must see how everyone likes it though. Will post again!
    This is by far the richest chocolate cake I have every had the pleasure of tasting. Serve sparingly, you can't eat too much at a time. This cake was a hit. So gooey and yummy. VERY RICH! If you are not into sweets...don't do this one. I make this one in a half sheet cake pan, double the frosting and add toffee bits instead of nuts. Let the cake sit overnight at least. The toffee bits get all gooey and melted. It just gets better and better over time. My 7 year will not let me make anything else for her Birthday! LOVE THIS ONE. ...and it is meant to be gooey. It is a MUD cake. It is not meant to have the texture of a regular cake...If you cook it more...it just isn't the same thing! You missed the point of the whole mud aspect. CHOCOLATE LOVERS ONLY!!
    Just follow the recipe and you will not have any issues cooking this one. For those that complained about it wasn't done in the middle then learn how to cook. If a recipe gives you a timeframe please remember that the time can vary from one oven to the next. Mine was done right at 25 minutes. I also never opened the oven until right at 25 minutes and used a toothpick to verify. I eliminated the nuts this time since some of my guest are allergic. However, next time I will be adding in the nuts. Awesome!!!
    I wish I would have checked here before following her recipe according to her cookbook. The book was off on the temperature and time.

    Other than that, the cake is good.
    This cake was very yummy. I did add some baking time based on the suggestions of others and the extra 10 minutes had the cake come out perfect. However, the combination of the marshmellows and the powered sugar frosting was too sweet. I will try this again with a thin layer of marshmellow cream and maybe a different style of icing. I took it to bunco and it got mixed reviews. But it has potential and was very quick and easy to make.
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