Mississippi Mud Cake

filed under: Chocolate Cakes on September 20, 2015

The Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache, Kahlua Whipped Cream and Oreo is the definition of indulgent baking! Welcome to a jazzed up Mississippi Mud Cake! Don’t miss my 50 Best Cake Recipes if you want lots of cake ideas!

Mississippi Mudslide Cake

Mississippi Mud Cake

My friend Jocelyn has written a lovely book called Grandbaby Cakes and this cake is one of the masterpieces in it!

Sharing it with you today is pure joy for me as I consider Jocelyn to be like a sister. She is smart, sassy, hilarious, thoughtful, kind, and talented beyond words. If I were a bettin’ gal I would put money on FAME in Jocelyn’s future… big things I know!

This amazingly creative cake is layers of decadently rich chocolate, alcohol-infused whipped cream, and the best ganache ever. I added some Oreo’s because I loved the extra texture they added to each glorious bite.

Mudslide Cake


As you can imagine, I just had to add a little twist (ha, see what I did there?) on her wonderfully classic recipe. I added this decorative rope-like design. It was inspired by Miette and her take on the beauty of Naked Cakes as well as inspired by these Elegant White Cupcakes I made last week.

Mississippi Cake

This cake was a blessing to me in more ways that one! Not only was it so good, but I was able to share this delicious cake with my mother-in-law.

My husband has been out of town for a week now (he is bow-hunting and the location they go to has no cell reception so I do not hear from him for a couple of weeks!) and our babysitter went off to college in August. On top of that, I impaled my hand and wasn’t able to use it for some time! I have been feeling overwhelmed and exhausted and stressed and did I mention overwhelmed?

Well, on Friday she called and asked if it was ok if she came over and spend the night. Um, yes, yes it would be. Not only was I able to make this glorious cake and photograph it, (without interruption of sweet little ones underfoot) but we were able to have it for dessert! It was a lovely time talking and relaxing and just enjoying each other’s company. I am so thankful for my MIL and for Jocelyn’s amazing recipe!

Mudslide Cake Recipe


Quick tips on how to build a layer cake when using Whipped Cream:

  1. Use a dowel. Or better yet, use a plastic straw. I talk about that in detail here, but basically, you just insert a straw into the cake to rest the layers on.
  2. Add a bit of meringue powder to your homemade whipped cream. This helps to create a more sturdy whipped cream.
  3. Chill between layers. Try freezing for 15 minutes before adding the next layer of cake on top. If using this method make sure you serve the cake very cold!
4.88 from 25 votes
Mississippi Mudslide Cake
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
55 mins

The Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache, Kahlua Whipped Cream and Oreo is the definition of indulgent baking! Welcome to a jazzed up Mississippi Mud Cake!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cake, mudslide cake
Servings: 12
Author: Amanda Rettke--iambaker.net
  • 2 cups (400g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup hot water
  • ½ cup (59g) unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • cups (312.5g) all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup (245g) buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Kahlua Whipped Cream
  • 2 cups (476g) heavy cream, cold
  • ½ cup (62.5g) confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Bailey Irish Cream liqueur
  • 2 tablespoons Kahlua liqueur
  • ½ teaspoon cornstarch
  • 6 ounces (¾ cup) dark chocolate chips
  • ½ cup (119g) heavy cream, room temperature
  • 1 cup chopped chocolate sandwich cookies, (Oreos)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare three 9-inch round cake pans with non-stick spray and/or parchment.
  2. In the bowl of stand mixer with whisk attachment, add the granulated sugar and eggs and beat on high for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the hot water, cocoa powder, instant coffee, and salt. With mixer on lowest setting, add to sugar mixture.
  4. With mixer still on low slowly add in flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Let mix to incorporate.
  5. Add in oil, buttermillk, and vanilla extract. Scrape down sides and bottom of bowl as needed. Do not overmix.
  6. Evenly pour batter into prepared pans and bake for 22 to 25 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick is removed clean.
  7. Let cakes cool in pans for 10 minutes, then invert onto a wire rack. Let cakes cool to room temperature or place in fridge until ready to assemble.
Kahlua Whipped Cream
  1. Place a clean stand mixer bowl with whisk attachment in the fridge for 15 minutes.
  2. Remove bowl from fridge and place on mixer. Add cream and whip on high until soft peaks form.
  3. Reduce mixer speed to low and slowly add in the confectioners' sugar, Irish Cream, Kahlua, and cornstarch.
  4. Once everything is incorporated, turn mixer back to high and whip until stiff peaks form. Transfer to fridge until ready to assemble.
  1. In a medium microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate chips and heavy cream. Microwave on high for 15 seconds at a time, whisking together with a fork after each interval. Once the chocolate has melted into a shiny, smooth sauce (about 45 seconds total) transfer to the fridge to cool for 15 minutes.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

To Assemble:

Place the cool layer of cake on serving platter. Spread the top with 1/3 of the whipped cream. (If you want to pipe out the rope pattern, place whipped cream in a large pastry bag fitted with a 2C tip. Pipe circles on that are slightly overlapping around the cake.)

Drizzle 1/3 of the cooled ganache over the whipped cream. Sprinkle 1/3 of the chopped cookies. Add next layer of cake and repeat. Store in fridge until ready to serve.

Recipe from Grandbaby Cakes shared with permission.

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  • Gloria Craven says:


  • Joshua Avalo says:

    I made this cake a few weeks ago and it turned out amazing. You have reinstated my love for chocolate cake. Can you tell me approximately how much meringue powder should be added to the whipped cream? I missed this step last time and would like to add it in this next time around.

    2. Add a bit of meringue powder to your homemade whipped cream. This helps to create a more sturdy whipped cream.

  • Wanda says:

    I made this cake yesterday as our Thanksgiving desert and it came out beautiful, just like the picture. As I read some of the reviews some of you had problems with the cake sinking…I followed the directions to the T and had no problems at all. And since I was afraid what could happen overnight, I left it in the freezer. Took it out the next day about 3 hr prior to our dinner and it was perfect. Defenetly a keeper. The only ingredient that I thought didn’t make a difference was the instant coffee. I don’t drink instant coffee so I just asked at work to anyone who drinks it and one of my coworkers provided me with the amount needed but honestly next time I won’t even bother with it.

  • Sarah says:

    Is there a substitute for the liquor? I would prefer it without.

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Sarah! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. You could use this homemade whipped cream recipe instead. Have a great day!

  • Bridget Lindiwe Maseko says:

    Yes I love chocolate thanks for charing your ricepe

  • Donna Wilson says:

    I am preparing to make this for our Christmas Eve evening brunch. I am excited to make it. I’m going to have to skip the alcohol due to the kids.. If everything goes well I will be posting a pic..Wish me luck..

  • Mindy says:

    What do you recommend substituting in the cream to make this non alcoholic?

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Mindy! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. You could use our homemade whipping cream recipe. I hope this helps, and have a great day!

  • Donna Jacobs says:

    I love your recipes..and stories..

  • Roxie Johnson says:

    Thank you for all the wonderful recipes I made alot of them especially the cake’s and they came out perfect so just keep posting and I will keep making them

  • lindy says:

    I have used this recipe lots of times and absolutely love it
    Do you have a suggestion on turning the into a vanilla cake?
    Changing out the cocoa out for extra flour would I need to adjust the amounts

  • Coco a says:

    Could you provide gram measurements?

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Coco! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. I have updated the recipe to include some grams equivalents. Have a great day!

  • Kaz says:

    What beautiful and delicious looking cakes.. I would love to make but am eating keto.. Only just learning to cook keto foods i would luv to be able to modify.. Are u able to advise

  • Judith MacGregor says:

    I’d like to know the calories in one slice please !
    Thank you 🌹

  • Janice Benjamin says:

    Can you use box cake mix. I am not good at home made.