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Mississippi Mud Cake


3 hours
Skill Level
1 cake

This Southern-inspired treat is a chocolate lover's dream. Whether you call it mud pie or mud cake, this traditional Mississippi recipe is chocolatey, nutty and topped with a delicious buttercream frosting that no one will debate.

Ingredients & Directions

Prep Time
25 minutes
Bake Time
20 minutes
Cool Time
2 hours


  • 1 cup
    pecans chopped
  • 6 cups
    miniature marshmallows (10-1/2-oz. pkg.)
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup
    butter or margarine (1 stick) , softened
  • 1/3 cup
    HERSHEY'S Cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp
    baking powder
  • pinch
  • 3
  • 3/4 cup
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup
add a garnish Add a Garnish

Make our One-Bowl Buttercream Frosting to complete this recipe as shown in the image.


Equipment Needed 
Oven Oven
Baking Pan 13x9x2-Inch Baking Pan
Mixing Bowl Mixing Bowl
Bowl Bowl
Mixer Mixer
Measuring Cups Measuring Cups
Rubber Scraper Rubber Scraper
Wire Rack Wire Rack

Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 13x9x2-inch baking pan.


Beat butter, sugar and vanilla in large bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir together flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; blend into butter mixture. Stir in pecans. Spoon batter into prepared pan.


Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until top springs back when touched lightly in center. Meanwhile, prepare frosting. Remove cake from oven; immediately place marshmallows over top. Return cake to oven 2 to 3 minutes or until marshmallows are soft. Gently spread marshmallows over cake; immediately spread frosting over marshmallow layer. Cool thoroughly before cutting cake into squares.

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