Mississippi Mud Cake

There is nothing like a sweet chocolatey Mississippi mud cake. From the fudgy chocolate cake to the sweet marshmallow layer and chocolate frosting, you can’t go wrong!

overhead view of Mississippi mud cake in a baking pan.

The Best Mississippi Mud Cake Recipe With Marshmallow Creme

This truly is the best Mississippi mud cake you’ve ever had. Since it is made from scratch (no box mix), the recipe is meant to be a deliciously fudgy cake.

I have also paired it with the best chocolate icing to add to the sweet and fantastic mess of the ever-popular Mississippi mud cake. So make sure you don’t skip that part – it’s essential!

What Is Mississippi Mud Cake and how did it get its name?

Mud cake is denser and richer than your average chocolate cake. It isn’t a crumbly cake. It’s like a hybrid of a cake and a brownie, so you really get the best of both worlds!

Mississippi mud cake got its name from mud along the banks of the Mississippi River mud, and the name has stuck ever since.

How is Mississippi Mud Cake different from Mississippi Mud Pie?

The basics for the mud cake are pretty much the same as for the mud pie. The big difference is the shape of the desert.

While this Mississippi mud cake is made in a 9×13-inch pan, Mississippi mud pie is made in a pie pan.

Mississippi Mud Cake Ingredients

Take a look at the list of ingredients to make this perfectly messy Mississippi mud cake recipe.

  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • All-purpose flour
  • Cocoa powder
  • Vanilla extract
  • Sweetened coconut flakes
  • Chopped walnuts
  • Marshmallow creme
  • Milk
  • Powdered sugar
Mississippi mud cake ingredients.
Cake Ingredients
Mississippi mud cake icing ingredients
Icing Ingredients

Need to Substitute?

Instead of using all-purpose flour, you can use any one-for-one flour substitute like almond, coconut, or King Arthur’s Gluten-Free Measure for Measure Flour. Just note that it might change the taste and potentially the texture.

You can use marshmallow fluff instead of creme since they are basically the same thing. The only difference between them is how they are whipped.

If you don’t have marshmallow creme at home you can use Sally’s Baking Addiction’s homemade marshmallow creme recipe in its place.

If you don’t have any walnuts you can use pecans.

Is it better to use marshmallows or marshmallow creme or both?

This recipe calls for marshmallow creme, but if you don’t have any and don’t feel like running to the store or making your own, you can replace it with marshmallows.

Whole marshmallows do change the texture of the topping slightly, but it will still taste delicious. Or you can get super fancy and use whole marshmallows AND marshmallow creme.

Either way, it is going to end up tasting amazing!

How to Make Mississippi Mud Cake

  1. Mix together all cake ingredients together in a large bowl.
Mississippi mud cake ingredients in a mixing bowl.
Mississippi mud cake batter in a mixing bowl.
  1. Pour the batter into a greased and floured 9 X 13-inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes.
Mississippi mud cake batter in a baking pan.
Mississippi mud cake layer in a baking pan.
  1. Remove the cake from the oven, and immediately spread 7 ounces of marshmallow creame over the top of the cake while it’s still warm.
blob of marshmallow creme on top of Mississippi mud chocolate cake.
Mississippi mud cake marshmallow creme layer.

Make the icing immediately after spreading the marshmallow cream over the cake. You want to spread the icing over the cake while it’s still warm.

  1. Combine cocoa, butter, and milk in a saucepan and bring it to a boil, stirring constantly.
butter, cocoa, and milk in a pan.
melted butter, cocoa, and milk combined in a pan.
  1. Remove the saucepan from the heat and add vanilla and powdered sugar. Stir until smooth and beat with an electric mixer.
powdered sugar and chocolate mixture in a pan.
chocolate icing in a pan.
  1. Spread the icing over the cake while it’s warm. Sprinkle chopped nuts, coconut, and chocolate chips on top.
chocolate icing poured on Mississippi mud cake marshmallow creme layer.
Mississippi mud cake topped with chocolate chips, nuts, and coconut.
  1. Let the cake cool completely before serving.
two slices of Mississippi mud cake.

Can mud cake be made in advance?

You can make up Mississippi mud cake ahead of time, especially if you need it for an event. Just make it up a day or two in advance, and store it in the fridge until you need it.

How to Store Mississippi Mud Cake

Once you’ve topped the cake with marshmallow creme and icing and it has completely cooled, you can either let the cake sit at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 5 days, or you can cover it and keep it in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Does Mississippi Mud Cake freeze well?

This is a great cake to freeze and can be frozen for up to 2 months. Just make sure then you wrap the cake well and store it in a freezer-safe container to avoid any crystallization or freezer burn.

slice of Mississippi mud cake with a fork in it.

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overhead view of Mississippi mud cake in a baking pan.

Mississippi Mud Cake

Love chocolate? You are going to love this Mississippi Mud Cake!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cakes, Chocolate, Mississippi Mud Cake
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 764kcal

Ingredients

Mississippi Mud Cake Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups sweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts

Marshmallow Layer

  • 7 ounces marshmallow creme

Mississippi Mud Cake Icing

  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 16 ounces powdered sugar sifted

Instructions

Cake Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease and flour a 9 X 13-inch baking pan.
  • Mix together all cake ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes.
  • Remove the cake from the oven and leave it in the pan.

Marshmallow Layer

  • Immediately after removing the cake from the oven and while the cake is hot, spread 7 ounces of marshmallow creme over the top of the cake.

Icing Directions

  • Make the icing immediately after spreading the marshmallow creme over the cake. You want to spread the icing over the cake while it is still warm.
  • Combine 3 tablespoons cocoa, 1 stick butter and 1/3 cup milk in a saucepan and bring it to a boil, stirring constantly.
  • Remove the chocolate mixture from the heat and add 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 box of powdered sugar. Stir or mix until smooth.
  • Beat well and spread the frosting over the cake while warm.
  • Let the cake cool completely before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 764kcal | Carbohydrates: 107g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 116mg | Sodium: 259mg | Potassium: 196mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 85g | Vitamin A: 802IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 2mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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