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Saturday, February 20, 2010

The Cake Slice: Mississippi Mud Cake

Last week, just before I went into labor, I decided I should try to make something easy with my boys and let them have some fun in the kitchen. I've mostly been to tired to try much lately and Aidan has been asking me, so when I read through this month's Cake Slice Bakers recipe from Southern Cakes by Nancie McDermott for Mississippi Mud Cake I thought it sounded perfect.

Other than the brief stovetop step this recipe was perfect for a six year old and his two year old bossy sous chef to put together. Add to that the fact that the cake, once baked is gooey, chocolatey and covered with warm and melty marshmallows and it was about the most fun we could have possibly had.

It was actually later that day that I did go into labor, so I'm glad that the boys and I had some time together before all the craziness started. I was discharged from the hospital yesterday, and while we still aren't sure when Kayla will get to come home, we are glad that she is here and doing as well as she is. She has some difficulties, and I promise to share more on that soon, but she is in wonderful hands with our amazing nurses here at the hospital and being well cared for. I'm still staying at the hospital in a room where they let mom's stay over to be close to their baby, but I'm trying to split my time between here and home, so please bear with me as I work through our latest escapades.

Mississippi Mud Cake

Makes one 13 x 9 inch sheet cake

Mississippi Mud Cake

(Recipe from Southern Cakes by Nancie McDermott)

For the Cake

1 cup (2sticks) butter, cut into big chunks

½ cup cocoa powder

4 eggs, beaten well

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups sugar

1½ cups all purpose flour

¼ tsp salt

1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

For the Mississippi Mud Frosting

One 16 ounce box (3¼ cups) confectioners sugar

½ cup cocoa powder

½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted

½ cup milk or evaporated milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

4 cups mini marshmallows or 3 cups large marshmallows quartered

Method – Cake

Heat the oven to 350F. Grease and flour a 13x9 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, about 3 – 4 minutes. Stir in the beaten eggs, vanilla, sugar, flour, salt and pecans and beat until the batter is well combined and the flour has disappeared.

Quickly pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes until the cake springs back when touched gently in the centre and is beginning to pull away from the sides of the pan.

While the cake bakes, prepare the frosting so it is ready to pour over the hot cake.

Method – Mud Frosting

In a medium bowl combine the confectioners sugar and the cocoa powder and stir to mix well. Add the melted butter, milk and vanilla and beat everything together well. Set aside until the cake is done.

To Serve

Remove the cake from the oven, scatter the 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 dotted cake and eat straight away or allow to cool to room temperature. Cut the cake into squares and serve.


Katie said...

Congratulations on the new baby!

Your mud cake looks very gooey and delicious. Baked just in time by the sound of it

Sarah, Maison Cupcake said...

I am astounded you are still blogging at the moment! If you want to take a break and need a guest post bear me in mind! :-)

Cake looks marvellous. Like a squidgy rocky road.

Snooky doodle said...

oh my! what a nice and yummy cake. Hope your little baby comes home soon. She s so cute.

Barbara Bakes said...

This looks so rich and chocolately! Thanks for the update! I hope she's home with you very soon!

Fallon said...

That cake screams richness!! Looks delicious. I love chocolate and marshmallows.

Gourmified said...

Those really do look fantastic!!! I love your reference to C being A's Sous Chef. HILARIOUS! Congratulations, again on Kayla. Can't wait to hear more...and good luck on recovery.

symphonious sweets said...

congratulations on your new baby. I hope she comes home soon. Your cake looks yummy.

Memória said...

Wow you're still blogging after delivering a baby so soon! Congrats on the new addition. I hope she gets better very soon. I will pray for her and the rest of your family.

This mud cake looks fabulous. I also love the new layout!

Katrina said...

Those photos are what I call "cruel and unusual punishment". Looks de-lish!

Jo said...

Congratulations on being a mum again and with all this going around, you still manage to bake the mud cake. Great job and nice photos.

The Bahens said...

What a good mom to let her boys cook when she is nearly in labor! It looks like they did a fantastic job. And congratulations on Kayla; she is just gorgeous!

Caroline said...

You baked right before labor, WOW. Congrats on your new addition!

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

Wow, you baked just before going into labor! You are amazing! As is that cake! I left out the marshmallows, loved the cake :)

Leslie Limon said...

Congratulations on the new baby! I hope she gets to go home soon!

And what a great job on your cake! I can't believe you baked it just hours before having a baby! AMAZING!

Keep it cookin said...

Wow... I am impressed that you were cooking a with a week to go. I slept the entire last week of my pregnancy.
These look like heaven.

Monica H said...

Your cake looks so gooey!

Congratulations on your Valentine baby!

Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" said...

This cake looks amazing!! But Congrats on your new little sweetness! Now get out of the kitchen, rest and go snuggle her all up! =)

Sarah said...

I mad this cake right after seeing it! I'm pregnant and had been looking for something sweet. When I saw it I had to have it. And my two little ones love to help in the kitchen also. It was Awesome, the best mud cake I've ever had!!! Thanks and congrats on your new addition.

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