Mississippi Mud Cake

My mother-in-law was a special lady. Most important to her was her love of family. She showed her love everyday in every way. She loved to cook and prepared many family dinners. She loved to read. She loved to ride horses with Grandpa.

She was an excellent home cook and every summer canned fruit and vegetables from the garden. I remember the homemade pickles. They were so good that I had to learn how to do it! For years she always prepared a special birthday meal for each family member, it was made up of their favorites, Navajo tacos, angel biscuits, chicken and dumplings and prime rib. There wasn't anything that she couldn't cook.

I tell you this because as a tribute to my mother-in-law's love of life, family and cooking I want to share some of the wonderful recipes that she shared with me.

One should always start with dessert first. Since apricots are not in season I cannot share her apricot cobbler recipe with you. Her cobbler was the absolute best! I can share, however, Mississippi Mud Cake. I had never had a dessert like this until she served it to me. Oh my goodness, love at first bite! I know a little piece should be fine but it is hard to restrain one's self when this dessert is in the house.

Mississippi Mud Cake

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

1 cup Margarine, melted
2 cup sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
2 Tbsp cocoa
1 1/2 cup chopped nuts
1 cup coconut
1 jar Marshmallow Creme

Mix margarine and sugar with mixer until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time and beat after each. Add vanilla.

Sift flour and cocoa. Add to cream mixture. Fold in nuts and coconut.

Bake in a 9 X 13 pan at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes. When out of the oven, poke holes in the top of the cake and spread the marshmallow creme over the top and then frost.


1 box powdered sugar
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup margarine, melted
1/2 cup cocoa

Sift the powdered sugar and add the other ingredients. Beat well until creamy.


It has all things caloric in it! But, it is worth every bite.


  1. I had a recipe kind of like this, but I lost it. Thank you for posting-- and it's a wonderful tribute to our loved ones, when we pass on their heirloom recipes.

  2. What a special way to honor your Mother-In-Law. I am looking forward to more of her recipes.

  3. Kate, I can't remember the last time I had Mississippi Mud Pie. Thanks for your mother-in-law's recipe. You've written a lovely tribute to a special lady.

  4. "One should always start with dessert first" is a motto I live by. Thank you, Kate, for sharing this beautiful post ... of a special woman, and the wonderful things she made that touched your hearts.


  5. I haven't seen this in years -- it is so good! Thanks for bringing back the memories!

  6. Gosh, if you only knew how much I want a slice of that right now...

  7. Food is at it's best when it reminds you of someone that you love...This mississippi mud cake looks absolutely divine!

  8. Looks fantastic! Your mother in law sounds like a wonderful woman! Looking forward to apricot season so we can see the cobbler :) The Mississippi Mud looks amazing! Lovely tribute!

  9. What a lovely post about your mother-in-law, Kate. She sounds like a very special, wonderful person. And those old recipes are the best! There's no questions that I'll like this dessert.

  10. mississippi mud cake something that I finf irrestible. My way of making it is way different from this, but something tells me that the addition of coconut and nuts should make it wayyyy better than mine!
    I am guessing it is freshly grated coconut?

    First time here on you blog....and what can I say other than it's a delicious blog!!

  11. This is a new recipe for me. Thank you!

  12. What a lovely post!
    I so enjoyed it!

  13. Oh wow, I've heard so much about mud cake before but never tried it. Looks so delicious!

  14. Oh my. That cake's a delight! How wonderful to have all these recipes from someone you love and who was such a great cook...can't wait for the apricot cobbler.

  15. What a nice post. Cooking and memories go so well together. It's wonderful to have recipes that have been passed down.

  16. I concur with Kate -- grandma's apricot cobbler was one of my favorite things ever. Mmmmmmm.

  17. Ty 4 this wonderful recipe & 4 sharing memories


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