Sunday, February 21, 2010

Mississippi Mud Cake

I have to apologize to my other fellow Cake Slice Bakers for posting this challenge a day late. I had been thorough caught up with the recent Chinese New Year holidays and only managed to bake this cake last night.

Having read what had been posted in the Cake Slice Bakers forum, this cake would be extremely, extremely sweet if the original recipe was followed true and true. So having been forewarned, I went about reducing the recipe in half to a loaf size cake. In addition I also reduced the frosting and made only 1/3 of the recipe below. It was more than sufficient to frost the entire cake. In fact I wouldn't even call this a cake. To most of us who had baked it, the texture resembled more of a chocolate brownie - to be more precise a rocky road brownie. Even with the reduction of sugar which I had adapted I found this cake to be a tadd too sweet for my liking. Heh, I'm not a "sweet" girl, so you have to forgive me if I am to say that this is one recipe that I'm not bookmarking for future! One thing though, it was really, really easy to put together and I was done with this month's challenge in no time at all.

Mississippi Mud Cake
Recipe from Southern Cakes by Nancie McDermott
Makes one 13 x 9 inch sheet cake

For the Cake:

226g unsalted butter, cut into biug chunks
½ cup cocoa powder
4 eggs, beaten well
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups sugar (I reduced the sugar to 1 1/3 cups)
1½ cups all purpose flour
¼ tsp salt
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (I used roasted almonds instead)

For the Mississippi Mud Frosting:
(Suggest you reduce this by 1/3 as there is more than sufficient frosting to frosting this cake)

3¼ cups confectioners sugar (I reduced the sugar to 2 2/3 cups)
½ cup cocoa powder
113g unsalted butter, melted
½ cup milk or evaporated milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 cups mini marshmallows or 3 cups large marshmallows quartered

Method for the Cake:

1) 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.

2) 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 centre and is beginning to pull away from the sides of the pan.

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

Method for the Mud Frosting:

1) 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:

1) 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.

2) 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.


Rachel said...

That looks very pretty! I posted mine today too!

Ju (The Little Teochew) said...

Utterly rich and moist! It already *looks* sweet. LOL. I'd probably reduce it to just 1 cup if I try making this. ;)

pigpigscorner said...

wow this looks super chocolatey and rich!

Vanillastrawberryspringfields said...

oH lOVELY here thru Monica's fantastic blog who also baked this elicious cake....and yeah she links back to ur wonderful blog......

symphonious sweets said...

This cake was super easy to put together but, I thought the original was too sweet as well. Love your photos!

Anonymous said...

Yours looks super moist! Yum!

Leslie Limon said...

Your cake came out really nice. It looks so rich and dense. Great job! :D

noobcook said...

love the marshmallow toppings which makes this cake extra pretty. I don't mind a sweet treat like this once in a while :)

Katie said...

Looks very gooey! I agree its more brownie than cake

Allison said...

Yours looks particularly gooey! And looks as sweet as it tasted.

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

Oh! Now there's some great photography! Great job :)

How did you get the glaze so thin and perect. Mine looked pretty ugly!

edith said...

Jo, this looks delish.

Gong Hei Fai Choi.

mycookinghut said...

wow.. looks tempting!!!

bake in paris said...

Mud frosting looks very tempting.... Very nice pictures, Jo!

Well, chinese new year is still not over until its 15th day.. so literally we are still celebrating :-)

Sawadee from bangkok,

Anonymous said...

Pure decadence! I love this cake!

Caroline said...

Happy New Year, Jo! Your cake looks great & I agree its so easy to prepare. Hey, you have Sherry Yard book, me too! What have you baked from the book?

Monica H said...

It is pretty! I like tht you reduced the recipe and baked it into a loaf pan for a taller cake.

Sophie said...

Oooh waw,Jo!!

This Missisipi mud cake looks fabulous!! Rich, apart & so tasty!!


Anonymous said...

thanks for the recipe

viagra online said...

I love cakes, so I learned how to cook all types of cakes since I was very young. I remember my mom used to prepare delicious Mud Cake!

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