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Mississippi Mud Cake Recipe

Updated on August 23, 2017

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Although I haven't made one in years, I came across my hand written recipe for Mississippi Mud Pie Cake and just had to share it with everyone before the writing fades and I can no longer read it.

I remember our Mom making this when we were young and she told us it was called Mississippi Mud Pie. We looked at it and thought 'Huh'?? But it's a cake! She smiled and told us that it was called a Mississippi Mud Pie but it is actually a cake.

Maybe she was pulling our leg or maybe she called it that because of how rich it is or because it looks kind of like something we would whip up when making mud pies in the dirt. Regardless, the name stuck. We didn't care what it was called as long as we got to eat it!

When I was growing up, we made pretty much every dessert from scratch. That's just the way it was done. If you go searching for a recipe these days, more than likely you will use a box of premade ingredients.

This Mississippi Mud Cake recipe is fairly easy and I think in the end you will agree it is definitely one you will be making again and again.

**Image and another Mississippi Mud Cake Recipe courtesy of Hostess With The Mostess**


Since I was raised in the NE corner of Mississippi, I suppose I thought it only fitting to carry around with me my tattered copy of Mississippi Mud Cake recipe all these years.

I vaguely remember sitting down and painstakingly writing the recipe down as Mom shared it with me. It is amazing how many recipes she still carries around in her head.

Although this recipe calls for pecans, I think that walnuts would taste just as good as a substitute.

We had a pecan orchard on our property and we spent the days of autumn walking around and gathering up bags of pecans for Dad to sit in the evenings and shell. Mom would then either use them right away or bag them up and put them in the freezer to be used before the winter was over.

How I miss that pecan orchard now when I see the price of pecans per pound!

**Image and another Mississippi Mud Cake Recipe courtesy of My Recipes**

Cook Time

Prep Time: 15 to 20 minutes

Total Time: About 1 hour

Serves: 12 - 15


  • 1 cup of Butter
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 2 cups of white Sugar
  • 4 Eggs slightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups of self rising Flour
  • A Pinch of Salt (about 1/8 teaspoon)
  • 1 1/2 cups Pecans (or nuts of your choice) chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of Vanilla flavoring
  • 1 10.5 ounce Bag of Miniature Marshmallows
  • 1 Pound Box of Confectioners Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 cup of Whole Milk
  • 1/3 cup of Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1/4 cup Butter softened


  1. **Before You Get Started**
  2. -Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. -Using shortening, grease and flour a 13 in. x 9 in. x 2 in. pan or casserole dish.
  4. -Measure out your dry ingredients.
  5. -Chop the nuts.
  6. **Making The Cake**
  7. -In a Medium sauce pan melt the butter and cocoa together on low heat.
  8. -When melted, remove from heat and pour/scrape into a large mixing bowl.
  9. -Stir in sugar and beaten eggs.
  10. -Mix well.
  11. -Add flour, salt, nuts and vanilla.
  12. -Mix well.
  13. -Pour into prepared cake pan.
  14. -Bake for 35 - 45 minutes at 350 degrees.
  15. -When cake tests as done in the middle, sprinkle marshmallows on top of the hot cake.
  16. -Cover with Chocolate Frosting.
  17. **Directions for Chocolate Frosting**
  18. -In a mixing bowl, combine sugar, milk, cocoa powder, and softened butter.
  19. -Mix until smooth.
  20. -Spread on hot cake.
  21. -Allow frosting and cake to cool several hours before cutting!
  22. Enjoy!
  23. **Heating times will vary depending on your stove and altitude. I would check at 30 minutes to see if done and then bake longer if needed the first time you make.**
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Making A Mississippi Mud Cake - Watching How To Make It

Many of us do better if we can watch someone else do it first. I found several how-to videos (which surprised me!) of other folks making their recipes of Mississippi Mud Cake AND Mississippi Mud Cupcakes.

Click on any video to watch!

Mississippi Mudcake

Mississippi Mud Cake

How to make Mud Cake

Mississippi Mudcake

Mississippi Mud Cupcakes

Betty's Mississippi Mudcake

Recipe and how-to video for making a Mississippi Mud Cake.

Decadent Mississippi Mud Pie Recipe - not a cake but still looks too delicious not to include!

Southern Chocolaty Goodness! - Another Mississippi Mud Cake Recipe

Southern Mississippi Mud Cake Recipe
Southern Mississippi Mud Cake Recipe

This yummy Mississippi Mud Cake Recipe (photo above) sounds very similar to the one I grew up with AND there is a Cupcake version as well! **Check out the recipe at My Recipes**.

What's Your Opinion?

Do you think Dessert Recipes like this one taste better when made from scratch?

More Mississippi Mud Cake Recipe Goodness! - A Mud Cake Recipe With Coconut

Mississippi Mud Cake With Coconut
Mississippi Mud Cake With Coconut

This recipe has a few different ingredients that makes it sound very tempting to me.

I love coconut and putting it in with all the other decadent ingredients just sounds divine to me!

Check out this Mississippi Mud Cake Recipe from when you are in the mood to branch out and experiment a little.

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Are you Drooling Yet?? I would love to hear what you think about this recipe and if you think you will make it one day. :)

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    • TheRopesToKnow2 profile image


      7 years ago

      Yes!! Looks and sounds awesome!!

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      7 years ago

      Delicious Lens "Spicy Rotel Cheese Dip Recipe"! Thanks for sharing it.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      8 years ago from United States

      It has been a long time since I have eaten Mississippi Mud cake and yes, I am drooling! Believe I shall just use your recipe instead of searching for mine now :)

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      Fox Music 

      8 years ago

      Thank you for this Delicious Lens "Spicy Rotel Cheese Dip Recipe"

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      8 years ago

      I think I am going to faint.. not only do I love homemade better than anything else.. this recipe looks divine!!!

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      8 years ago

      that looks so yummy

    • RoadMonkey profile image


      8 years ago

      Yes, might try that.

    • kristalulabelle profile image


      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      YUM! This looks spectacular! So glad you shared the recipe before it was lost!

    • chezchazz profile image


      8 years ago from New York

      I'm drooling over this one - Have got to find a gluten-free version asap or I may go out of my mind...

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      8 years ago

      Just gained 2 pounds from looking at the pictures.

      Would try it at least once.

    • DesignSpace profile image


      8 years ago

      Definitely, looks delicious!

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      8 years ago

      umm.. yum..

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      SailingPassion LM 

      8 years ago

      Yes I think I will e trying this one - not sure I have a recipe for this in my UK cookbooks

    • Spiderlily321 profile image


      8 years ago

      I am totally drooling. I want some of these right now! Lol. My fiance's mom makes some very similar ones every year and they are so good. Thanks for sharing this great lens

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      SailingPassion LM 

      8 years ago

      Yes I think I will e trying this one - not sure I have a recipe for this in my UK cookbooks

    • PaulWinter profile image


      8 years ago

      I want to try it.

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      8 years ago

      My blind ex brother-in-law made an awesome Mississippi Mudcake for the holidays. I miss it!

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      Beverly Rodriguez 

      8 years ago from Albany New York

      I want to eat Mississippi Mud Cake!

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      8 years ago

      I've eaten Mississippi Mud Cake only once and wanted the recipe then. Now I've got it. Thanks! d

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      srsddn lm 

      8 years ago

      I wish I had known about it. I would have tried during my last visit to Mississippi many years back. I found food in plenty and also more than usual obesity there.

    • jballs6 profile image


      8 years ago

      This looks like pure heaven! I will be making this in the very near future!

    • Escapes2 profile image


      8 years ago

      Yes! I will be trying this Mississippi Mud Cake Recipe recipe and I can't wait!

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      8 years ago

      Yes! I bake with my kids all the time and we love to try new things.

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      8 years ago

      My family used to make Mississippi Mud cake, but this looks like a definite improvement in the recipe. Thanks for the lens!

    • sagebrushmama profile image


      8 years ago

      Yum...gotta try this! Thanks for visiting and blessing my summer squash lens!

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      8 years ago

      Please! Send me some now!

    • QuiltFinger profile image


      8 years ago from Tennessee

      OMG! This sounds so good!

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      Itaya Lightbourne 

      8 years ago from Topeka, KS

      @gatornic15: Thank you so much for the blessings! :)

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      Itaya Lightbourne 

      8 years ago from Topeka, KS

      @JoshK47: Thank you for the blessings Josh! :)

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      Itaya Lightbourne 

      8 years ago from Topeka, KS

      @anonymous: Thank you Tipi! :)

    • jaredsgirl profile image


      8 years ago

      Wow! This looks soooo good. I'm definitely going to try it! I'm such a dessert freak :) Thank you!

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      8 years ago

      Mmmmm......and may I repeat that....Mmmmmm! What a perfect use of polka dots!

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      8 years ago

      Ooo... this sounds quite delicious! Thanks for sharing - blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      Gayle Dowell 

      8 years ago from Kansas

      Anything chocolate has to be good. This is on my "to try" list.

    • Rosaquid profile image


      8 years ago

      I just might!

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      8 years ago

      Looks yummy ... maybe we will splurge when my husband makes his weight goal. Still a few pounds to go.

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      8 years ago

      fantastic looking recipe!

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      Keith Winter 

      8 years ago from Spain

      Looks delicious. I going to try it.

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      8 years ago

      I will be trying this recipe this winter, as soon as it's cool enough to bake in the RV. I've pinned it to my recipes to try board on Pinterest to make sure I can find it when I need it!

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      8 years ago from California

      Oh my! This looks so tasty!

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      8 years ago


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      8 years ago

      That looks delicious. I have to try it :)

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      Kae Yo 

      8 years ago

      That looks very delicious! Congratulations on making the front page!

    • pheonix76 profile image


      8 years ago from WNY

      I think there's only one word for this cake: DELICIOUS. I would love to try this recipe sometime! Thanks for sharing. :)

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      8 years ago

      I try this look good.

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      8 years ago

      Gotta try this, it looks amazing!

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      Nancy Johnson 

      8 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      I have a recipe very similar to this that I was given by a neighbor when we lived in N. Carolina in the early, early 80's. I think I will have to make this again real soon. It IS delicious.

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      8 years ago

      I love to make desserts from scrap and this one sounds very good. I have never made or had a Mississippi mud pie cake before. I am going to save this hub and make this as soon as I can.

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      8 years ago

      Never had Mississippi Mud Pie before. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Will definitely try it.

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      Rudy145 LM 

      8 years ago

      This looks so good, this desert is a keeper!

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      8 years ago

      I copied the recipe already. Thank you

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      Country Sunshine 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Sounds yummy! I'll definitely have to try this one!

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      8 years ago

      Mjam, the cake looks really tasty! I will give it a try :)

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      8 years ago

      Yes, I'll give it a try. It looks yummy. Thanks for sharing your treasured recipe!

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      stacy mcdaniel 

      8 years ago

      Yum! This sounds really good. I'll have to give it a try:-)

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      8 years ago

      Mmmmm .... This one always has been a favorite, though now I need to try it with your recipe! I think there are about as many different recipes for this as there are for beer ... ;)

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      8 years ago

      I love Mississippi Mud Cake and actually make it every so often. (I'm a Mississippi girl but my version of this recipe came from my late Tennessee mother-in-law.) It's a family favorite, but I will definitely try your recipe; (they are similar, but mine uses oil not butter).

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      8 years ago

      Sounds really great and looks even better :) We don't use pecans in Europe although I've tried them raw and liked them but as you say I think walnuts will do just fine. Will try this recipe these days, thanks for the idea.

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      8 years ago

      Any recipe that has a "Death by Chocolate" statement, is worth trying to me!!! :D

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      8 years ago

      Wonderful lens here! Your recipe and photos look so delicious! Thanks for sharing with a fellow dessert lover :)

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      8 years ago

      It made my mouth water, and my grandchildren will enjoy tasting this recipe, done right. So, yes I see it in my future.

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      8 years ago

      I loooove Mud cake and the best I ever ate was in the States. I will get my better half to knock one of these creat delicacies up tomorrow..Lol...

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      8 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      This sounds like something I will make...thanks for sharing it!

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      8 years ago

      This looks delicious!

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      8 years ago

      This looks sooo good! Blessed

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      Mary Norton 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This really looks yummy.

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      8 years ago from State of Confusion

      Why is it that I find these great sites when I am hungry or just after I finished eating.

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      Renaissance Woman 

      8 years ago from Colorado

      I would love to try your Mississippi Mud Cake recipe. Since my sister lives in Mississippi, I wonder if she has her own special approach to this dessert. I'll have to share this with her and see if she also has a custom recipe. Thanks!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      8 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I might make this when it's cooler and I don't mind turning on the oven. Sounds delicious!


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