A vintage recipe for Mississippi Mud Cake - a brownie cake base topped with melted marshmallows and drizzled with chocolate frosting.
I've been so busy lately I've hardly had time to cook anything! Or to write anything. Or to do anything but work. Oh, but wait...I'm retired aren't I? Sure am, yet it seems I'm busier than ever these days.
Since I retired, I've been enjoying letting my creative side run rampant. I've taken some watercolor classes and spend lots of time practicing at my painting table by the window with beautiful north light. And now, I've begun making handmade books - journals, photo albums, sketchbooks. I'm enjoying the book binding just as much as painting.
The recipe I'm sharing today is an oldie. From the 70's as best I remember. Mississippi Mud Cake is basically a brownie base with melted marshmallows on top and a chocolate frosting drizzled all over the top. Oh, brother. What could be wrong with that?
How to Make Mississippi Mud Cake
Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees.
Add the sugar, butter, cocoa, eggs, vanilla, and salt to a large mixing bowl. Whisk it all together until combined. Stir in the flour and 1 1/2 cups of the toasted pecans.
Pour the batter into a greased and floured 15x10-inch pan. (Tip: for any chocolate cake, if you want to make sure the finished cake doesn't have white flour on the outside, use cocoa to dust your pan) Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove the cake from the oven and top it evenly with the marshmallows. Return to the oven and bake for 5 more minutes.
While the cake is baking, make the frosting. Easy as can be - just place all the ingredients in a medium bowl and beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until combined and smooth.
Remove the cake from the oven and drizzle chocolate frosting over the top. The marshmallows should have a very lightly toasted look. Sprinkle with the remaining toasted pecans.
It's really important to allow the cake to cool completely before cutting it. If you let it cool completely, even refrigerate it, before cutting it will look so much nicer.
More Chocolate Recipes on Never Enough Thyme:
- Chocolate Little Layer Cake
- No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake
- Chocolate Marshmallow Poke Cake
- Triple Chocolate Slow Cooker Cake
- Chocolate-Chocolate Cake
Chocolate Desserts from Other Bloggers:
- Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes from Brown-Eyed Baker
- Chocolate Covered Strawberry Brownies from Chocolate Moosey
- The Best Chocolate Sauce Recipe from David Lebovitz
- Chocolate-Frangelico Fondue from Cooking Light
- Double Chocolate Snowquakes from Country Living
- Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate with Tequila from Creative Culinary
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Mississippi Mud Cake
For the Cake:
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup butter melted
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
- 4 eggs beaten
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups chopped pecans toasted
- 10.5 oz miniature marshmallows
For the Icing:
- 1 lb powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
- 1/4 cup butter softened
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Add the sugar, butter, cocoa, eggs, vanilla, and salt to a large mixing bowl. Whisk together until well combined. Stir in the flour and chopped pecans.
- Pour the batter into a greased and floured 15x10-inch pan.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove the cake from oven and top evenly with the marshmallows. Return to the oven and bake for 5 more minutes. While the cake is baking, make the frosting.
- Place all ingredients in a medium bowl. Beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until combined and smooth.
- Remove cake from the oven and drizzle chocolate frosting over warm cake.
- Allow cake to cool completely before cutting.
Lana Stuart is the cook and occasional traveler here at Never Enough Thyme. Lana has been cooking since she was tall enough to reach the stove and started this blog in 2009 to share her delicious home cooking recipes. You'll find about 700 recipes here so there's sure to be something your family will like!
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