Delicious and Decadent Cake
When I was a child, my grandmother used to make Mississippi cake for me. When I grew older she taught me how to make it so that one day I could share it with my own children, as well.
Whenever I think about this delicious cake I wish I could eat it that very moment—no matter what time of day it happens to be. It is one of my favorite cakes I've ever made, and as a pastry chef I've made a lot of cakes in my life!
This cake is something special. It breaks the routine and makes the perfect celebratory dessert.
Origins of the Mississippi Cake
It's always fun to know the history behind famous desserts...
As the name suggests, the Mississippi cake was invented in the American South, near the Mississippi River. The cake was named after this river because the color of the cake is the same as the color of the mud that is found there. This cake was first baked in 1970.
Many variations of this cake have evolved over time, but I wish to share what I believe to be the best one. I love being creative while baking, and I encourage you to be creative while baking, too. If you like, you can experiment by adding extra ingredients to the batter to customize the cake.
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For the batter:
- 40 millilitres / 1,3 ounces coffee
- 175 grams / 6,17 ounces butter
- 4 eggs
- 275 grams / 9,7 ounces sugar
- 15 grams / 0,52 ounces vanilla sugar
- 50 grams / 1,7 ounces cacao powder
- 50 grams / 1,7 ounces dark chocolate
- 250 grams / 8,81 ounces flour
- 15 grams / 0,52 ounces baking powder
- 500 millilitres / 16,9 ounces water
For the cream and chocolate frosting:
- 225 grams / 7,9 ounces dark chocolate
- 250 grams / 8,81 ounces whipped cream
Step 1: Bake the Cake
- Preheat the oven to 160°C / 320°F.
- Melt the chocolate and butter in a pan on low fire.
- Mix all of the ingredients together in a big bowl with a mixer. Once mixed you can put the batter in your baking mold and put it in the preheated oven.
- Let it bake in the oven for about 45 minutes. If a fork comes out clean, the cake is ready.
- Once the cake has cooled, you can dig in! Enjoy.
Step 2: Make the Frosting
This dark chocolate and whipped cream frosting is super easy to make!
- Melt the whipped cream and chocolate in a pan on low fire until it becomes thick. Keep stirring. Take the pan carefully off the fire and wait until it cools down.
- Once the frosting has cooled, you can spread it on the top and sides of your Mississippi cake.
"When you make a Mississippi cake for someone, you show the purest form of love."