Mississippi Mud Cake

I have seen Mississippi Mud Pie make its rounds all over the interwebs over the last few years. I’ve seen countless variations, from triple-chocolate layer pies to pies with coffee ice cream. There definitely does not seem to be one standard recipe. Then I saw this… Mississippi Mud Cake. It defied logic that I would be as taken with it as I was. I am traditionally much more of a pie person than a cake person. I love pie crust. And whipped cream. And pie crust. Usually cake has to include an elaborate filling and sky-high frosting for me to choose it over pie. However, this Mississippi Mud Cake spoke to me in ways the Mississippi Mud Pie never did. I’ve had it in the back of my mind since I saw it, and figured a cold, rainy day in April when the weather folks were calling for 8 inches of snow would be the perfect time to whip up this cake.

Much to my dismay, we didn’t get 8 inches of snow. In fact, we didn’t even get one snowflake. Seriously, weather people?! How do you get it that wrong? I got all hyped up for a snow storm, and was severely disappointed when I could, in fact, get to the store.

Back to the cake I made on my snow rain day. I think the tide may be turning in my feelings about cake. Perhaps the key to cake harmony in my life is chocolate cake with non-traditional toppings? I couldn’t believe how much I loved my dad’s favorite birthday cake when I made it a couple of weeks ago. Like this cake, it was also chocolate, made in a 9×13-inch pan, and wasn’t topped with frosting. That cake had a cream cheese center and a sugar-walnut topping. This Mississippi Mud Cake is topped with a layer of gooey marshmallows, then a chocolate glaze, chopped pecans, and coconut. So, basically, it’s amazing.

Slowly, but surely, I’m coming around to cake. I think it’s all about being non-traditional for me. I have quite a few more unique cake recipes to try, and I think I’m going to love them. If you have any you’d like to share, feel free to include links in the comments below!

In the meantime, I think I’ll just eat my way through this pan of chocolate/marshmallow/pecan/coconut awesomeness. Here’s to botched snow days and the wonderful goodies they yield!

One year ago: Hot Cross Buns
Two years ago: Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies
Four years ago: Cheddar Corn Chowder

Mississippi Mud Cake

Yield: 12 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 to 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour


For the Cake:
1½ cups all-purpose flour
1½ cups granulated sugar
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1½ teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup whole milk
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups miniature marshmallows

For the Chocolate Glaze & Toppings:
1 cup pecan halves
½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
¼ cup light corn syrup
¼ cup heavy cream
½ cup shredded sweetened coconut


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9x13-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.

2. Make the Cake: In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, butter, eggs, and vanilla extract. Add the milk mixture to the flour mixture and use a rubber spatula to gently fold it together until just combined. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and the cake is firm to the touch.

3. Remove the cake from the oven and evenly scatter the miniature marshmallows over top. Return to the oven for 5 minutes to melt the marshmallows. They will be puffy and lightly browned.

4. Reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees F. Spread the pecans on baking sheet in a single layer and bake until fragrant, about 10 minutes. When cool enough to handle, coarsely chop the pecans.

5. Meanwhile, Make the Chocolate Glaze: In a medium saucepan, combine the chocolate chips, corn syrup, and heavy cream. Stir over medium-low heat until the chocolate is melted and the glaze is smooth. Pour the chocolate mixture over the top of the cake. If necessary, use the back of a spoon to gently spread the chocolate over the marshmallow layer so it is evenly covered. Sprinkle with the pecans, and then the coconut. Let cool completely before serving. Store leftovers tightly wrapped (or in an airtight container) at room temperature.

(Recipe adapted from Pennies on a Platter, originally from Paula Deen's Southern Cooking Bible)


35 Responses to “Mississippi Mud Cake”

  1. amanda @ fake ginger on April 24, 2012 at 12:11 am

    I’m totally with you on choosing pie over cake but I’m pretty sure I would be won over by this. YUM!


  2. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious on April 24, 2012 at 12:33 am

    I’ve never made mississippi mud cake before but the “chocolate/marshmallow/pecan/coconut awesomeness” is drawing me in!


  3. CJ at Food Stories on April 24, 2012 at 12:46 am

    Boy, it sure has been a long time since I thought about or saw a Mississippi Mud Cake. The food memories are rolling in and your version looks fantastic!


  4. Averie @ Averie Cooks on April 24, 2012 at 1:07 am

    I’m with you on cake over pie and this looks so delish! Chocolate, coconut, cream, marshmallows…oh yeah.


  5. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes on April 24, 2012 at 1:38 am

    I’m the total opposite – I prefer cake over pie! I find pie crust not sweet enough for me at times 🙂 I have quite the sweet tooth..


  6. Candy on April 24, 2012 at 3:00 am

    I have had this cake on my list of “recipes to try” for a long time, yours looks amazing with all those toppings!


  7. Mireia on April 24, 2012 at 3:15 am

    You should try mississippi mud pie, I made it using bake or break’s recipe and it was TO.DIE.FOR, this one looks really good too!!


    • Michelle on April 24th, 2012 at 10:15 am

      Hi Mireia, Thanks for the recommendation, I will definitely check out Bake or Break’s recipe for Mississippi Mud Pie!


  8. Kathryn on April 24, 2012 at 4:21 am

    I’ve not tried a mississippi mud cake before but it has a lot of my favourite things in it so I’m sold!


  9. Katrina on April 24, 2012 at 6:11 am

    This sounds like heaven! I love it!


  10. Liz @ Blog is the New Black on April 24, 2012 at 6:53 am

    Looks like the ultimate indulgence!


  11. Ellen @ The Baking Bluenoser on April 24, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Oh yummy! I’ve made mississippi mud pie before that was kind of like a chocolate pie, but never mud cake. Looks delicious!


  12. Jamie {green beans & grapefruit} on April 24, 2012 at 9:00 am

    I’m a sucker for cake (how do some people not like cake?) and this looks heavenly. Thanks for sharing!


  13. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers on April 24, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Oh man this looks amazing! I mean amazing!!!!


  14. Georgia on April 24, 2012 at 9:43 am

    From a born and raised Mississippian – we bake the cake. When it comes out of the oven, drop spoons of marshmallow cream/fluff all over the top. Since the cake is still warm, you can spread the cream/fluff all over the top like frosting. Then pour a simple chocolate glaze – no nuts or coconut – over the marshmallow cream.

    Mississippi Mud is a great cake. It’s soooo easy and great to take to any function because people love it. I think Mississippi mud all started with the cake and people have turned it into other desserts – kinda like you see 50 adaptations of s’mores now.


  15. Claire @ Live and Love to Eat on April 24, 2012 at 9:45 am

    My father actually sent an e-mail to the one local meteorologist in Pittsburgh and said they should be ashamed of themselves for being so wrong and scaring the city in to thinking Snow-mageddon was coming again.

    On a lighter note, the cake looks lovely. 🙂


    • Michelle on April 24th, 2012 at 10:17 am

      That.Is.Awesome. High-five to your dad! Haha!


  16. Kiri W. on April 24, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Mmmm, anything with coconut and chocolate I’m in for, but this looks truly heavenly. 🙂


  17. Erin @ Brownie Bites on April 24, 2012 at 11:23 am

    I love cake. All cake. Any cake. Except gross cake. This is not gross cake. Mmm..


  18. Catalina @ Cake with Love on April 24, 2012 at 11:29 am

    I have never had Mississippi Mud cake, but after seeing these photos I can’t wait to have one!!


  19. Paula on April 24, 2012 at 11:49 am

    We must have gotten your snow LOL. Wishing we had received a piece of this amazing looking cake instead!


  20. Nancy @ CouponClippingCook on April 24, 2012 at 11:53 am

    wow, this looks so delicious and moist…love the coconut with the chocolate. yum.


  21. Janet Rudolph on April 24, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    I’ve made both Mississippi Mud Pie and Mississippi Mud Cake.. this looks great, though, and I’m always eager for a new recipe..thanx


  22. Crystal @ A Lovin' Forkful on April 24, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    I think my willpower to not eat any sweets tonight may have just left the building. This cake looks incredible!


  23. Georgia on April 25, 2012 at 12:14 am

    I tried this tonight with the pecans and coconut. Really kicks it up a notch.


  24. Bloggy on April 25, 2012 at 8:00 am

    This is one of my favorite recipe. I love it. I want to make it now


  25. Tracey on April 25, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    I’m definitely a cake girl so this is right up my alley!! It looks insanely decadent, I just need an excuse to whip up such a big pan of chocolate cake and it’s happening in my kitchen 🙂


  26. Nana Clare on April 25, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    This looks amazing. BTW, I’m nominating you for a versatile blogger award. Thanks for all the great inspiration.


  27. Nikki @Pennies on a Platter on April 26, 2012 at 9:14 am

    I’m glad you loved this, too. I do want to try the pie versions out there, but there definitely is something about a chocolate cake with an ooey gooey marshmallow topping that just tugs me in! 🙂


  28. missy on April 26, 2012 at 10:05 am

    AMAZING! I saw this tweet and now I came to the site!


  29. CJ at Food Stories on April 26, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Congratulations on your foodbuzz top 9, today!


  30. Kerry on April 26, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    I recently made a Chocolate Cheesecake Cake from Recipe Girl. It was amazing and would fit into the category of non-traditional cakes you might like.


  31. Anna on April 26, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Congratulations on Top9! This cake looks irresistible! Love anything chocolate/pecans/marshmallows 🙂


  32. RisaG on May 7, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    We are not cake people but this sure looks good.


  33. Stephenie on April 28, 2013 at 4:59 am

    This is amazing but is vary hard to cut through the marshmallows. May try to cover with fluff the next time (if I can find it here in Oz).


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