Cake Slice Bakers- Mississippi Mud Cake

Here we are in February and it is time for the monthly reveal of another Cake Slice Bakers challenge. This month the bakers top pick was a Mississippi mud Cake. I was really excited to try this cake since it is not something I would ever choose on my own. The cake is basically a brownie bottom covered in marshmallows and a fudge frosting.

I halved the recipe and I'm glad I did because this recipe is cloyingly sweet. A few bites and I felt ill. The flavor is lacking in both the brownie and frosting, barely a hint of chocolate and no depth of flavor.

So I tweaked the recipe to give it a 2010 flavor profile. 

 I  used the brownie recipe from Baked and left out the nuts,  roasted the marshmallows until golden, then drizzled a semi-sweet chocolate ganache over the top. 
The result? See for your self!


 Best of luck to the rest of you can't wait to see how every one else liked this recipe.
In defense of Southern Cakes I would like to add that I have baked some really good cakes from it. The Pear cake is awesome, the oatmeal cake is like eating a spicy sweet bowl of your favorite oatmeal  in cake form, the pound cakes are impressive. Even our first pick as a group - the pecan coffee cake was decent. I think there are other great recipes waiting to be discovered if they could win the monthly vote. There is a whole chapter on coconut cakes so one of them must be good!
See you all next month for another cake from The Cake Slice Bakers.

Makes one 13 x 9 inch sheet cake

February’s Cake: Mississippi Mud Cake
(Recipe from Southern Cakes by Nancie McDermott)
For the Cake
1 cup (2sticks) butter, cut into big chunks
½ cup cocoa powder
4 eggs, beaten well
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups sugar
1½ cups all purpose flour
¼ tsp salt
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

For the Mississippi Mud Frosting
One 16 ounce box (3¼ cups) confectioners sugar
½ cup cocoa powder
½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted
½ cup milk or evaporated milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 cups mini marshmallows or 3 cups large marshmallows quartered 

Method – Cake
Heat the oven to 350F. Grease and flour a 13x9 inch pan. In a medium saucepan combine the butter and cocoa powder and cook over medium heat, stirring now and then, until the butter is melted and the mixture is well blended, about 3 – 4 minutes. Stir in the beaten eggs, vanilla, sugar, flour, salt and pecans and beat until the batter is well combined and the flour has disappeared.

Quickly pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes until the cake springs back when touched gently in the center and is beginning to pull away from the sides of the pan.

While the cake bakes, prepare the frosting so it is ready to pour over the hot cake.

Method – Mud Frosting
In a medium bowl combine the confectioners sugar and the cocoa powder and stir to mix well. Add the melted butter, milk and vanilla and beat everything together well. Set aside until the cake is done.

To Serve
Remove the cake from the oven, scatter the marshmallows over the top and then return the cake to the hot oven for about 3 minutes to soften the marshmallows.
Place the cake, still in the pan, on a wire rack. Pour the frosting all over the marshmallow dotted cake and eat straight away or allow to cool to room temperature. Cut the cake into squares and serve.


Leslie Harris (de Limon) said...

OMG is right! That looks sinfully delicious! :D

Anonymous said...

Hmmmm yours looks amazing - much better than the original recipe!

Katie said...

I love the look of your tweaked version. I agree that its a shame we haven't yet baked some of the recipes, but hopefully they will come round again soon.

Rachel said...

love the version you tried.

Jo said...

Great job on your challenge and love the pictures totally.

Sandi Oh said...

WOW. I thought I had the ultimate PMS bars...I think yours look and sound absolutely fantastic. Looking forward to next month.

ARUNA said...

Mud cake everywhere today, its sinfully delicious!

Sook said...

I am drooling.... Wow that looks so good!

Allison said...

Um, you photos make me want to go have another slice!

Unknown said...

Great choice with the Baked brownie! Looks delicious!

symphonious sweets said...

Thank you for all your sweet comments!

Caroline said...

Yowza, slide some over to me! I agree this cake lacks a certain sophistication but my kids sure did love it. Now I'm curious to try the oatmeal cake (I love oatmeal).

Monica H said...

I agree that hte chocolate flavor was lacking in this. I added cinnamon to the frosting which we really liked but I didn't like the cake part. A "real" brownie would be excellent in this.

Your 2010 version looks awesome!