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Mississippi Mud Cake

This ooey-gooey Mississippi Mud Cake is a rich chocolate cake coated with a sugar glaze icing and mini marshmallows. Perfect for picnics and potlucks! 

three slices of mississippi mud cake stacked on top of each other

Hi.  My name is Emily, and I am a procrastinator.

I prefer to say that I “work best under pressure”.  That was my MO in school; regularly completing projects at 10pm the night before they were due.  Right now, for example, I should be packing for the BlogHer Food Conference tomorrow.  I have my outfits picked out at least (you know, about 18 outfits for 3 days… that sounds like enough, right? Right??)… but the suitcase is still in the garage.  

My business cards are still sitting in the box they arrived in.  I have no idea where my camera charger is.  My iPad is at 11% and I am not even sure there’s a pen to be found in this house. 

slice of chocolate mud cake

But who wants to pack?  I’d much rather stay here and talk chocolate. Specifically, ooey-gooey-marshmallowey rich chocolate Mississippi Mud Cake goodness.

Let’s just take that all in, shall we? Mini marshmallows coated in a rich brown sugar glaze covering a sweet brownie-like piece of chocolate cake.

I don’t make this chocolate mud cake often because it’s just that rich.  In fact, my husband and I were joking that I only made this cake now because it just so happened Isabella had a dentist appointment the next day.  (Just for the record — no cavities ha-ha).

So be forewarned, the Mississippi mud cake contains 2 cups of sugar alone, but it’s the glaze that gets ya.  The icing is poured over the cake while still hot, and it crystallizes as it cools.  I like to think of that as the magic of this cake.

stack of two chocolate mud cake slices

What’s in Mississippi Mud Cake? 

To make this chocolate mud cake recipe, you’ll need the following: 

  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • All-purpose flour
  • Granulated sugar
  • Salt
  • Vanilla extract
  • Light brown sugar
  • Milk
  • Mini marshmallows 
three slices of mississippi mud cake stacked on each other

How to Make Mississippi Mud Cake

  1. Stir together the cocoa and melted butter.
  2. Add in the remaining ingredients and stir to combine. 
  3. Turn the batter into a greased 9×13-inch baking dish. 
  4. Bake at 350ºF for 30 minutes. 
  5. While the cake bakes, make the cocoa icing. 
  6. Once the cake is out of the oven, sprinkle evenly with mini marshmallows. 
  7. Immediately pour the icing on top of the marshmallows. 
  8. Let cool before cutting. 
two slices of mississippi mud cake stacked on each other

How to Store Mississippi Mud Cake

This chocolate mud cake should be stored, loosely covered, at room temperature. It will last a few days on your counter, but keep in mind that the marshmallows will become slightly stale over time. 

forkful of mississippi mud cake

Tips for Making Mississippi Mud Cake

Be sure to use unsweetened cocoa powder in both the cake and the icing. Trust me, this chocolate mud cake is sweet enough as is, you don’t need any more sugar in it! 

Let the melted butter cool slightly before mixing the eggs into the cake batter. You don’t want to accidentally scramble the eggs! 

If you can’t get your hands on mini marshmallows, I bet you could chop up regular sized marshmallows and use those instead. It’d create more work for you, but you’ve got to have the marshmallows on top! 

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Mississippi Mud Cake

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 691kcal
Author: Emily Grace



  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1 cup butter melted
  • 4 eggs beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  • 16 oz light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup milk scalded
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 pkg mini marshmallows



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13 pan with butter. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the cocoa and melted butter. Add the eggs, flour, sugar, salt, and vanilla. Beat well and pour into prepared pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes.


  • Beat the brown sugar and butter. Add the cocoa and mix well. Stir in the scalded milk and vanilla until smooth. Pour the marshmallows over the cake while still hot and then immediately pour the frosting over the marshmallows. Let cool before cutting.


Calories: 691kcal | Carbohydrates: 103g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 139mg | Sodium: 317mg | Potassium: 235mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 84g | Vitamin A: 965IU | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 2.5mg
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Recipe Rating

Vicki Braden

Saturday 29th of April 2017

I am baking this for our 5th Sunday dinner at church tomorrow. I wanted to make something different than what I normally do. This recipe won my interest. I will let you know what my fellow church goes say about it. Thank you.


Friday 15th of August 2014

I can not help but to comment on one of my irritants......why leave a comment if you haven't tried it? So many people come to the recipes to find a delicious new idea to bake, cook, slave over and it would be awesome to know what others think. Don't get me wrong, it takes a lot of work to blog (pics, lighting, backdrop design, the actual baking or making) I want to read and see actual comments of what it tastes like....So many "THE BEST" out there and really thats not true at all. So I want to say this...............I really made this cake and it was delicious, moist, sweet, yummy, a make again cake for sure....:).......So if you like chocolate you have to make this cake....thanks for allowing me to vent.....just saying...........j

Emily Bruno

Sunday 17th of August 2014

So glad you liked it, Janna!


Friday 16th of May 2014

This cake looks ooey gooey chocolate delicious.. I am making this tomorrow! Also, I am the same as you. I wait until the last minute because I think I work so much better under pressure.


Friday 16th of May 2014

My opinion is that everyone should talk about chocolate. All the time! Yum. Thank you for linking!


Tuesday 13th of May 2014

This looks delicious! I would love for you share it on my Tasty Tuesday recipe link up here! Everything gets pinned and I would love to have you!

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