The Opinionated Foodie: The Love (or Not) of Food and Everything That Goes with It


When Paula Fails, Stick With the Original: Mississippi Mud Cake

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Mississippi mud cake is an old favorite.  Long before The Food Network and popular cookbooks written by celebrity chefs, my momma used to make Mississippi mud a lot.

For Christmas this year in my search for soul food desserts, I made one too.  I used Paula Deen’s recipe.

It was fine, but my cake was very, very dry.  Mud cake should be very, very moist.  I followed her recipe to the T, but something did not go right.   We did like the addition of pecans, though.

Next time, I will stick with Momma’s recipe written here in her words:

2 cups sugar  mixed with 2 cups of self-rising flour.  Set aside.

Take 1 cup water, 1/4 cup of oil, 1 stick of oleo, and 3 tablespoons of cocoa  mix and boil together.

Pour the mixtures together.

Beat in  two eggs and add 1/2 cup buttermilk mixed with 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and 1 tablespoon of vanilla.

Bake 30 minutes at 350 in a large flat pan.

For the icing-1 stick of oleo, 6 tablespoons of milk, 3 tablespoons of cocoa, 1 tablespoon of vanilla-boil all together and add 1 box of sifted powdered sugar.

Put miniature marshmallows or marshmallow creme on the hot cake and pour the icing over the whole thing.

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5 Comments so far
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Sounds and looks delicious and decadent. One question? What is oleo?

Comment by mrszeg

Oleo is basically another word for butter, margarine, or shortening. In old recipes, oleo meant shortening like Crisco and maybe even lard. Oleo was a brand name for many years, but I don’t think it is easy to find now. I would use butter in this recipe.

Comment by The Opinionated Foodie

Thanks!

Comment by mrszeg

THAT LOOKS SO GOOD!!

Comment by nymuse88

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