Don’t confuse this Mississippi Mud Cake with Mississippi Mud Pie. The pie has layers of milky pudding and the cake is much more dense and rich. Both have a similar story. When the Mississippi River floods and water from all of the tributaries come pouring in, the river gushes and looks like this cake.
This cake is a family recipe that is incredibly rich and makes a very generous cake. You can make it in one large Mary Berry Traybake Cake Tin (34.5cm x 24 cm / 12in x 9in). I usually make 2 ramekins (one for me and one for hubby) and then two 9×9 or 8×8 cakes for a bake sale, school fetes, fundraisers or potlucks. You can also turn this into cupcakes – it will make about 18 regular cupcakes and about 36 fairy cakes.
You can have a whole Mississippi American Adventure! Try Blackened Salmon as a UK equivalent of cajun catfish. Add some Spicy Corn and Roast Baby Potatoes and serve this Mississippi Mud Cake for dessert.
I’d also recommend using a Kitchenaid Artisan Mixer for the cake and a hand mixer for the frosting. The two beaters always saved an argument between me and my sister on who got to lick the spoon after the cake was frosted. Why don’t they ever show that bit on Great British Bake Off?