Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Mississippi Mud Cake

My friend Gunny, is looking for a recipe for Mississippi Mud Cake. Gunny, I found this for you and hope this is close to what you remember from your Gulf Coast days!

Mississippi Mud Cake - Courtesy of Emeril Lagasse

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 pound unsalted butter (2 sticks)
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 cup water
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
8 ounces mini marshmallows

For the frosting:
1/4 pound unsalted butter (1 stick)
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 (16 ounce) box confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch salt
3/4 cup chopped nuts, such as pecans or walnuts, lightly toasted

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and lightly grease a 9 by 13-inch cake pan.

Sift the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt into a medium mixing bowl.

Place the butter in a small saucepan and, when melted, add the cocoa and water and bring to a boil. Add the boiling cocoa mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Add the buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla and stir until smooth. Pour into prepared baking dish and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Transfer to a wire cooling rack and sprinkle the marshmallows evenly over the hot cake.

Place the butter in a medium saucepan and, when melted, add the cocoa powder and buttermilk and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and add the confectioners' sugar, vanilla, and salt and stir until very smooth. Pour the hot icing over the marshmallows on the hot cake and sprinkle with the nuts. Let cool to lukewarm before serving. Cake is best served warm or at room temperature.

Mmmmmmmmmm, this sounds really good, I think I'm gonna give this one a try for Memorial Day OR maybe take it my brother's house if he ever invites me over for his best in the whole wide world BBQ ribs!


gunnypink said...

Katherine, this definitely looks like a mouth full...
I think I will have to try this recipe and see what happens.
Thank you for searching through and finding the recipe.

Katherine Aucoin said...

Gunny - you're welcome.

gunnypink said...

Cooked me up a mess a this Mud, today, and the best way I can describe it is, to go back to the words of the ole Cajun himself:

"I guarantold you it gonna be gooooooooooood!"

OK, I substituted macadamia nuts, but still, it some gooooood stuff!

Thanks to you and Emeril.

Now, if I only had someone around to share it with.

mcpotapusn said...

Thank you, Katherine for the really nice notes.

Have missed you that past number of days, glad you are back.