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Mississippi Mud Cake Recipe

Updated on April 12, 2017

A Delicious Death By Chocolate Experience

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?

Nah! I can't really tell the difference.

Nah! I can't really tell the difference.

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    • Rick 2 years ago

      That's an ingunioes way of thinking about it.

    • CCGAL 5 years ago

      I think it depends a lot on what you are used to or grew up with. Mass produced dessert mixes are engineered to appeal to the broadest possible taste, so if you are used to mixes, then home made or chef made might not taste as good to you because it's unfamiliar.

    • casquid 5 years ago

      To be fair, I have had exquisite desserts that cannot be equaled at home. So my vote is No. Mom, that doesn't include you,OK! We're still good.

    Absolutely! I can taste the difference right away!

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      • anonymous 3 years ago

        Yes. Difference in taste and moisture. Plus you can get variety that you cannot get from 'not from scratch'. and creativity RULES!!!

      • Shamim Rajabali 4 years ago from Texas

        Yes. Made from scratch recipes have their own taste.

      • lesliesinclair 4 years ago

        Oh yes, they are tastier when homemade, if you use the called-for ingredients

      • Fox Music 4 years ago

        Fresher the Better - plus that little added touch !!

      • Susan spencer 4 years ago from Texas

        Desserts made from scratch are the best!

      • miaponzo 4 years ago

        Oh! Absolutely .. it makes all the difference in the world!!!

      • anonymous 4 years ago


      • RoadMonkey 4 years ago


      • JakeAnderson 4 years ago

        Yes definitely

      • Spiderlily321 4 years ago

        yes definitely

      • Beverly Rodriguez 4 years ago from Albany New York

        For this type of cake, I would say yes, scratch would be better!

      • DebMartin 4 years ago

        Yes, indeed! Anticipation for what's in the oven is part of the flavor for sure!

      • srsddn lm 4 years ago

        It always makes a difference.

      • Monica Ranstrom 4 years ago

        Home made is always best!

      • jballs6 4 years ago

        Yes I do! I always make all my desserts and cakes from scratch even as a child when I baked cakes with my mum we never used packet mixes. It just doesn't have that proper home made taste

      • TamarWrites 5 years ago

        Absolutley scratch is better than store bought! The love is a secret ingredient!

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Well, of course!

      • miha188 5 years ago

        Yes, defenetly

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      • AxeeTech 5 years ago

        love it

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      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!

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      Have I Enticed You To Try This Mississippi Mud Cake Recipe?

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          Peggy Hazelwood 5 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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          Renaissance Woman 5 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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          PaigSr 5 years ago from State of Confussion

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

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          Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

          This really looks yummy.

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          gatornic15 5 years ago

          This looks sooo good! Blessed

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          WriterDave 5 years ago

          This looks delicious!

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          IMKZRNU2 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

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

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          JimNimmo 5 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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          casquid 5 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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          dessertlover 5 years ago

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

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          anonymous 5 years ago

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

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          MamaRuth 5 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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          KandDMarketing 5 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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          stacy mcdaniel 5 years ago

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

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          HtCares 5 years ago

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

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          Caromite 5 years ago

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

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          Country Sunshine 5 years ago from Texas

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

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          peggygallyot 5 years ago

          I copied the recipe already. Thank you

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          Rudy145 LM 5 years ago

          This looks so good, this desert is a keeper!

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          67Shelbygal 5 years ago

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

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          AngelaKane 5 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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          Nancy Johnson 5 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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          Terrie_Schultz 5 years ago

          Gotta try this, it looks amazing!

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          pheonix76 5 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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          Kae Yo 5 years ago

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

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          That looks delicious. I have to try it :)

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          Jen 5 years ago from California

          Oh my! This looks so tasty!

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          CCGAL 5 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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          Keith Winter 5 years ago from Spain

          Looks delicious. I going to try it.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          fantastic looking recipe!

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          KimGiancaterino 5 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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          Rosaquid 5 years ago

          I just might!

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          Gayle Dowell 5 years ago from Kansas

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

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          JoshK47 5 years ago

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

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          anonymous 5 years ago

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

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          jaredsgirl 5 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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          QuiltFinger 5 years ago from Tennessee

          OMG! This sounds so good!

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          Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

          @anonymous: Thank you Tipi! :)

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          Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

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

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          Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

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

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          WriterJanis2 5 years ago

          Please! Send me some now!

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          sagebrushmama 5 years ago

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

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          CristianStan 5 years ago

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

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          TamarWrites 5 years ago

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

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          Escapes2 5 years ago

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

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          jballs6 4 years ago

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

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          srsddn lm 4 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.

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          DebMartin 4 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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          Beverly Rodriguez 4 years ago from Albany New York

          I want to eat Mississippi Mud Cake!

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          marsha32 4 years ago

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

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          PaulWinter 4 years ago

          I want to try it.

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          Spiderlily321 4 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 4 years ago

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

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          SailingPassion LM 4 years ago

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

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          clerk1993 4 years ago

          umm.. yum..

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          DesignSpace 4 years ago

          Definitely, looks delicious!

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          poutine 4 years ago

          Just gained 2 pounds from looking at the pictures.

          Would try it at least once.

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          Chazz 4 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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          Kristen 4 years ago from Wisconsin

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

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          RoadMonkey 4 years ago

          Yes, might try that.

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          MintySea 4 years ago

          that looks so yummy

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          miaponzo 4 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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          Fox Music 4 years ago

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

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          Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 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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          jacobwaugh 4 years ago

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

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          TheRopesToKnow2 3 years ago

          Yes!! Looks and sounds awesome!!

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