Ooey, Gooey, Fudgy Mississippi Mud Cake
CHOCOLATE! It’s a weakness for so many of us and it seems like we can never get enough! And nothing beats a delicious chocolate cake to satisfy your cravings for a chocolate fix. This Mississippi Mud Cake is decadent, super rich, and over-the-top! I guarantee you that this ooey, gooey, fudgy treat will please your sweet tooth.
Trust me, you’ll flip over this amazing, decadent, and tempting cake!
Mississippi Mud Cake is a chocolate lover’s dream that never disappoints! It starts with a fudgy, brownie-like cake layer that has a soft, tender crumb. On top of that is yet another layer of melted marshamallows. And are you ready for the last layer? An amazing hot chocolate frosting is poured on top of the cake that trickles down into the marshmallow and cake layers. That’s what makes this cake so incredibly moist and bursting with double chocolate flavor!
What thrills me the most about this cake is the amount of frosting! I always go for corner pieces of cake so that I can enjoy more frosting (do you do that too?). This cake has an equal part of frosting to the cake itself. Bliss!!
Are you drooling yet?
Make sure that you have lost of cold milk or ice water to drink with this super sweet, super rich cake! Even a nice hot cup of java would go well with this tempting cake! Serving it with ice cream is also fabulous!
What is a Mississippi Mud Cake?
Mississippi Mud Cake is a super easy to make, chocolate and marshamallow cake that resembles rich, thick brownies. This rich choclate cake was named “Mississippi mud Cake” because it looks like the muddy banks of the Mississippi River.
Mississippi Mud Cake has always been a Southern favorite treat to take to potlucks, any get-together, or a backyard BBQ cookout!
This perennial favorite Southern cake and has been around a long time since World War II. Yet the origin of this old classic recipe has been debated as to whether it came from the state of Mississippi or elsewhere.
Wherever it came from, there’s no arguing that Mississippi Mud Cake is irresistable! You may even find yourself eating it straight out of the pan while the frosting is still warm! Get a lot of napkins!
Serve Warm or Cold !
We always serve this warm straight out of the oven when the cake and marshmallows are still warm and oozing, similar to a lava cake! The photo below perfectly shows how the ‘slices’ come out looking like there is actual mud topping the cake.
Just a note: If you wait to eat this cake, the frosting ‘gels’ a bit. If that happens, just pop it back in the oven to melt things down a bit more. But it really is better right out of the oven!
This cake is chocolate paradise! After just one piece of this cake, it’s TRULY back to my diet for me after indulging in this cake!
Does Mississippi Mud Cake Need To Be Refrigerated ?
No, it doesn’t need to be kept in the fridge; it keeps at room temperature just as any other cake would.
Pour the hot frosting on to melt into the cake!
Photo above shot on my old point-and-shoot camera in 2010Print
Ooey, Gooey Mississippi Mud Cake
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Additional Time: 0 hours
- Cook Time: 25 minutes
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: 12 servings 1x
This Mississippi Mud Cake is a chocolate lovers dream! A delicious chocolate cake with a layer of fudgy brownies, melted marshmallows, and warm chocolate frosting. This cake is irresistible and your family and guests will beg for seconds! Have ice cold milk and/or water for your guests to drink because this is super sweet. Steaming hot cups of java would also go well with this decadent cake!
For The Cake
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 4 eggs, beaten well
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
For The Frosting
- One 16-ounce box (3 1/4 cups) powdered sugar (I’d cut this in half to decrease the sweetness)
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
- 1/2 cup milk (add more if it is too thick to ‘pour’ over the cake) **
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 cups mini marshmallows
To make the cake
- Heat the oven to 350F. Grease and flour a 13×9 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.
- Stir in the beaten eggs, vanilla, sugar, flour, and salt and beat until the batter is well combined and the flour has disappeared.
- Quickly pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 25 minutes.
- While the cake bakes, prepare the frosting so it is ready to pour over the hot cake.
For the frosting
- In a medium bowl combine the powdered sugar and cocoa powder; mix well.
- Add the melted butter, milk and vanilla; beat everything together well.
- Set aside until cake is done.
- Remove cake from the oven, scatter 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 covered cake.
- Cut the cake into squares and serve.
- ** You may also substitute buttermilk for a richer, tangier chocolate frosting. It goes well with the super sweetness of the frosting and the super sweetness of the marshmallows.
- Serve with glasses of cold milk, ice water or steaming cups of coffee due to the level of sweetness of this delicious cake.
- The frosting is warm and gooey upon the first pour and is magnificent to eat at that point, however:
- The frosting becomes more ‘jelled’, but not hard as it cools. If you want it more gooey and fluid, just put the cake in the oven again at 350 degrees for about 5 – 10 minutes (keeping a good eye on it) to soften the frosting and to re-warm it. YUM!!!!
Keywords: chocolate cake, Mississippi Mud Cake, chocolate dessert, Mississippi Mue Pie
Recipe first posted 2010, updated February, 2020
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I hope that you this SWEET, GOOEY, FUDGY and SINFULLY RICH treat of a cake!
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More Delicious Chocolate Dessert Recipes That You May Enjoy!
Chocolate Trifles with Raspberries and Chocolate Ganache
Espresso and Chocolate Tres Leches Cake
Chocolate and Nutella Mini Cheesecake Bites
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My kids don’t know the wonder that is Mississippi Mud Cake. It may be time to introduce them.
Oh my gosh Roz so much wonderful CHOCOLATE all in one cake!!! Need a piece right now pleeeaase!
OMG! I haven’t had tie to make cakes for this wonderful group, but I so wanted to make this one. You are right– ooey and gooey, which is my very favorite. Brava!
PS: I made my very first Italian pasta, and loved it!
Beautiful job on your cake! And the rest of your recipes look wonderful. I will be checking them out and making a few! 😀
Oh yummy! It really does look ooey, gooey and delicious. Looks like it is worth the calories:D
Love your photos of oozy topping spilling off!
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Your cake looks so wonderfully gooey! I’m sure your co-workers will love it. I agree it was sweet but oh so indulgant.
Chocolate Paradise indeed!
It’s mouth watering !!! I’m crazy for chocolate !!! I would like to be a little ant right now and get into your kitchen 🙂
What a wonderful way to start the week !
this is the perfect dessert!
I love Mississippi mud cake and have never made my own. Looks incredible!
Holy moley! That is rich and creamy and ooey gooey! Looks delicious. Perfect for a birthday celebration.
I turned out beautifully! I didn’t try mine warm, but maybe I’ll have to next time. It sounds divind!
Yum! You know this Mississippi gal loves this one.
Ohh that looks so good.
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Wow, this is so-o-o rich! Looks great.
Such a yummy cake. You have great will power to only eat one piece.
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It looks wonderful but I won’t be making it. Trying to lose the 3 lbs. I have gained in the last month. It has to be all the cold snowy weather:(
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Oh my goodness, my sweet-tooth just went crazy looking at that delicious cake! Wow!!!
That looks very moist, very much like the name which this cake often does not. Great job!
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Wow! I’ve never had Mississippi mud cake, but it looks like something I should try ASAP! Thanks for visiting my blog earlier today, I will definitely start stopping by yours regularly, my Italian friend!
what a wonderfully delish looking cake! with all those ingredients, you can’t go wrong.
So happy to hear that you’ve lost 18 pounds! That is remarkable. I’m trying to lose some weight too, but the scale hasn’t budged yet. Keep up the good work:D
Popped in from Reeni’s to say hi! This looks amazing!!
Oh this just looks divine! Your blog is beautiful by the way!!
That looks so amazingly wonderful. I want to try this NOW!
You were reading my mind this week – I’m so craving this! Stopped in to say Hello – happy Friday Follow!
shut. up. that looks SO good. thinking about making it for lunch – or instead of lunch! 🙂
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Now THAT looks like a real dessert treat!
Oh my, my, my!
What a delightful tempting treat!
Your cake looks so ooey and gooey! I should have had a piece right oout of the oven. With a scoop of ice cream- mmmm!
I have to be honest, I opened up your blog and I had no idea what that first picture was before I read the title but my first instinct was that I wanted to put my face in it. That can’t be normal right? Right?
I am from Tennessee and we make this cake all the time! This is one of those that I learned to make as a teen ager because boys just love it! Anytime you have a bunch of men/boys at a gathering make this and you will be the belle of the ball!~
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YUM! I’m a huge sucker for indulgent chocolaty desserts! This looks fab. Love your blog! you have a new follower!
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Roz, Thanks for stopping by. I am glad to have found your blog too. Look forward to visiting often. This cake looks way too good! Are you in North or South Carolina?
Thats a pretty decadent cake!
It looks decadent and who doesn’t love chocolate!!?? I surely want ONE now :-))
Oh My Goodness . . . that looks amazing!! That would cure any chocolate craving for sure! When warm and gooey, it looks like s’mores dip, all you need is a graham cracker.
This is absolutely sinful and I love it. Delicious for sure!
I remember these from when I was a kid in Louisiana. So rich but oh so good!!!!!! I can only dream that I had the body that could handle eating one of these again. 🙂