Mississippi Mudslide Cake

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Mississippi Mudslide Cake-from the Grandbaby Cakes Cookbook, 3 layers of rich cake sandwich a Kahlua infused chocolate whipped cream, crushed cookies and chocolate ganache, this is a chocolate lovers dream cake!

Mississippi Mudslide Cake-from the Grandbaby Cakes cookbook, 3 layers of rich cake sandwich a Kahlua infused chocolate whipped cream, crushed cookies and chocolate ganache, this is a chocolate lovers dream cake!

I get so excited when one of my friends publishes a cookbook. I know these people, I know their recipes, I know they are good!

I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this cookbook from my friend Jocelyn of Grandbaby Cakes!

Grandbaby Cakes Cookbook is full of authentic stories of baking with recipes handed down from one generation to the next!

I first met Jocelyn a few years ago at Pillsbury’s Test Kitchens and then again at The Pillsbury Bake-Off (we were both there to watch, not compete.) I love this girl! She is down to earth, enjoys dessert almost as much as I do and has my same passion for chocolate! I think we might be sisters separated at birth (we won’t talk about the age difference on that one!)

Her recipes are seeped in tradition, handed down from one generation to the next.

Mississippi Mudslide Cake-from the Grandbaby Cakes cookbook, 3 layers of rich cake sandwich a Kahlua infused chocolate whipped cream, crushed cookies and chocolate ganache, this is a chocolate lovers dream cake!

As you read through her cookbook, the stories of her family, and their traditions will make you feel as if you know these bakers, are in the kitchen with them, are part of the family.

The cookbook is divided into sections-Pound Cakes, Layer Cakes, Sheet Cakes, Baby Cakes, Celebration Cake and Seasons/Holidays!

I can’t wait to make these Gooey Cake Bars next!

Original Gooey Cake Bars from the Grandbaby Cakes Cookbook

This recipe for Mississippi Mudslide Cake is inspired by Jocelyn’s Auntie Rose.

After reading about her, I’ve decided she will be my Auntie too! Anyone who believes that you should “seize moments of unadulterated bliss without a shred of guilt” belongs in my family.

Mississippi Mudslide Cake-from the Grandbaby Cakes cookbook, 3 layers of rich cake sandwich a Kahlua infused chocolate whipped cream, crushed cookies and chocolate ganache, this is a chocolate lovers dream cake!

Don’t let the long list of ingredients put you off. This cake comes together easily. It’s just cake, whipped cream, crushed cookies and chocolate drizzle.

Save a little of the drizzle to add after you’ve sliced the cake, I mean, don’t you just want to lick those drips off your screen?

Mississippi Mudslide Cake-from the Grandbaby Cakes cookbook, 3 layers of rich cake sandwich a Kahlua infused chocolate whipped cream, crushed cookies and chocolate ganache, this is a chocolate lovers dream cake!

You can order your own copy of Grandbaby Cakes: Modern Recipes, Vintage Charm, Soulful Memories here or scroll down below the recipe to enter for a chance to win a Kitchenaid mixer, an Ancestry DNA kit or one of 5 copies of Grandbaby Cakes!

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Mississippi Mudslide Cake

Mississippi Mudslide Cake


    for the cake
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee (dry)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Kahlua whipped cream
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Bailey Irish Cream liqueur
  • 2 Tablespoons Kahlua liqueur
  • 1 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • for the ganache
  • 6 ounces dark chocolate chips (3/4 cup)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • garnish
  • 1 cup chopped chocolate sandwich cookies (Oreos)


    for the cake
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine, sugar and eggs, beating on high speed for 3 minutes.
  2. Combine, hot water, cocoa powder, instant coffee and salt. Add to sugar mixture until well combined.
  3. Turn mixer down to low speed and add flour, baking soda and baking powder, mixing just until combined, making sure to scrape down sides of the bowl.
  4. Add oil, buttermilk and vanilla. Mix just until combined.
  5. Dived batter evenly between 3 greased 9 inch cake pans. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 22-25 minutes, until toothpick incerted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cakes cool for 15 minutes, then invert onto racks to cool completely.
  6. Kahlua Whipped Cream
  7. Before making whipped cream, place large mixing bowl and beaters/whisk attachment in the freezer for 10 minutes to chill.
  8. Place whipping cream in chilled bowl and beat on high speed until soft peaks begin to form.
  9. Turn mixer speed down to medium and add remaing ingredients, mixing until stiff peaks form but being careful to not over beat. Refrigerate whipped cream until time to assemble cake.
  10. for the ganache
  11. In a medium microwave safe bowl (I use a 2 cup measuring cup) place chocolate chips and cream. Heat in microwave on high for 45 seconds, until cream is hot but not boiling. If needed, heat an additional 15 seconds. Remove from microwave and let sit for 2 minutes before stirring until chocolate is completely smooth and all chocolate is melted. Let cool before using.
  12. assembly
  13. place one layer of cooled cake on cake plate. Using 1/3 of whipped cream, spread whipped cream on top of cake to within 1/2 of edge of cake (this will spread with the additional weight of the other layers.) Sprinkle whipped cream with 1/3 of chopped cookies and then drizzle with 1/3 of chocolate ganache.
  14. Repeat with next 2 layers. Refrigerate cake until ready to serve.


Bake the cake layers the day before and freeze them. When ready to assemble cake, remove from freezer 30 minutes before assembling. You can omit the Baileys and Kahlua in the whipped cream, in this case, add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract.


Mississippi Mudslide Cake-from the Grandbaby Cakes cookbook, 3 layers of rich cake sandwich a Kahlua infused chocolate whipped cream, crushed cookies and chocolate ganache, this is a chocolate lovers dream cake!

You can find Grandbaby Cake Cookbook on Amazon along with my favorite Cookbook Stand!

Be sure to check out the other incredible bloggers participating in the Cake Walk Blogger Tour and see more recipes from The Grandbaby Cakes Cookbook!

The Kittchen – Roasted Raspberry Cupcakes
Crazy For Crust – Sweet Potato Crumb Cake
Buns In My Oven – Cinnamon Roll Pound Cake
I Am Baker – Mississippi Mud cake 
Broma Bakery – German Chocolate Pound Cake
Melissa’s Southern Style Kitchen – 7-up Pound Cake 
Baking A Moment – Buttered Rum and Candied Sweet Potato Crumb Cake
Life Love and Sugar – Real deal Caramel Cake
Shugary Sweets – Cherry 7-up Pound cake
Diethood – Neopolitan Cakelettes

Mississippi Mudslide Cake-from the Grandbaby Cakes Cookbook, 3 layers of rich cake sandwich a Kahlua infused chocolate whipped cream, crushed cookies and chocolate ganache, this is a chocolate lovers dream cake!

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About Joan Hayes

Mom to 3 teens, sweets and travel are her passions. Joan really does love her chocolate. She has a secret stash she hides from the kids and she has at least one bite of something chocolatey every day. She creates easy recipes any skill level can achieve to satisfy the sweet tooth in everyone!


  1. This cake is absolutely sensational. Thank you Thank you Thank you so much my friend for being part of this!

  2. Our fav family recipe is chicken schnitzel with mashed potatoes and dill tomato peas

  3. Jocelyn and Joan! This cake is out of this world!

  4. I love her book so much!! This cake, it looks fabulous!

  5. OMG! That cake looks amazing! I am in love with this cookbook. Must make this Mississippi Mudslide Cake ASAP!

  6. My mom’s best friend’s pineapple upside-down cake is one of my favorite recipes. Am looking forward to making new favorite memories with Grandbaby cakes.

  7. This cake looks delicious!

  8. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Grandbaby cakes! Thought I need a new mixer (mine just died) 🙁 .So for now I am printing this recipe and it will be the first thing I make. I made the upside down pineapple cake which was awesome before my machine went to heaven.

  9. My favorite family recipe is my mother’s noodle kugel!

  10. this recipe looks totally decadent & I’m sure I’m right! Cannot wait to try & good luck all on the contest ~

  11. My Gram’s Coconut Crisps would have to be my favorite!

  12. My favorite family recipe is green bean casserole.

  13. This cake is on my next baking day list…my family loves my peanut butter sheet cake

  14. Valerie Klobuchar says:

    Awesome cake, awesome site!

  15. I can’t wait to make this yummy looking cake, thank you for you’re posts!!

  16. There seems to be a lot of great recipes on this site, but I think the Mississippi Mudslide Cake looks and sounds delicious! Maybe it’s because I’m from MS. Maybe it’s because I love chocolate. Maybe it’s a little of both!

  17. This is an excellent cake an I can’t wait to make it my family loves carrot cake.

  18. My grandma’s pumpkin bread… so delicious!

  19. Joan I’m in love with her new book and want to devour every recipe….you so got this recipe! I can’t wait to make this for my family. I love your photo shots too! xoxo

  20. This cake looks great and the book looks amazing too! Thanks for the giveaway!

  21. Our favorite family recipe is Salisbury steak with brown onions gravy. Tomorrow’s dinner!

  22. This cake looks amazing.

  23. alice gober says:

    Our favorite family recipe is what my sister calls Dead People Casserole. It’s so named cause every funeral we’ve ever been to has it brought to the bereaved afterwards. Noodles, cheese, ground beef, tomato soup, and mexicorn.

  24. What a gorgeous cake! Love her cookbook!

  25. Cannot wait to try this amazing recipe! As for my favorite family recipe… my father passed away several years ago – and out of everything he used to make, his authentic Irish Soda Scones remain my “taste of home” go-to recipe.

  26. Her cakes look amazing! I am famous for my Blue ribbon Carrot cake

  27. my favorite family recipe is my moms Sour Cream pies. She makes about 9-10 different pie fillings but my all time favorite is raisin. When i was in school they were a huge hit with teachers and friends.

  28. Stacey Roberson says:

    Our favorite family recipe is my husband’s dark chocolate cheesecake. So delicious!

  29. A recipe that gets passed on from one generation to another in my family is the recipe for Chocolate and Meringue Star cookies. They are absolutely gorgeous to serve at Christmas time and delicious to eat!

  30. Wow that looks incredible! I can’t wait to try out the cookbook, all the recipes I’ve seen look awesome 🙂

  31. Beautiful cake! My favorite family recipe is homemade pizza.

  32. Love this cake!!! This cookbook is amazing!

  33. OH, the cake looks so yummy! Our favorite recipe is a 2 ingredient brownie.

  34. Just added a new cookbook to my list of must haves, it looks wonderful.Great giveaway….thanks for the chance to win!!

  35. My family’s favorite recipe is my potato salad!

  36. Pauline Gudas says:

    My favorite family recipe is my meatloaf. My husband will ask for it

  37. Can’t wait to try this cake recipe! My favorite family recipe is my Grandmother’s Five Flavor Pound Cake which I have been making for years.

  38. This cake looks scrumptious! Really appreciate everything you do on your blog and all that you share with us. Probably our family favorite meal is chicken and rolled dumplings!

  39. Susan Stroda says:

    I’ve got Two family favorites. . Lemon Sugar Cookies from my Mother in law, and Turkey Tetrazzine from my Mom. Neither is Chocolate, but made frequently because of who they are from.

  40. naomi winkel says:

    My family makes homemade peanut butter fudge

  41. I have too many family favs to list, but a recent one that I made is my mom’s strawberry rhubarb cake. YUM!!! My kids liked it so much I had to keep making it until we had no more rhubarb! LOL

  42. Brandi Bryant says:

    My favorite family recipe is my Grandma’s creamy pecan pie….handwritten of course. I cherish it and I love making her recipes to honor her. Thanks so much for the giveaway.

  43. Karen Oliver says:

    This cake looks so yummy! I think I will make it for the weekend. I will just have to get this cookbook for my collection.

  44. Ezziej Bromwich says:

    I want you to know this looks delicious. I would lose all the hard work if I made it this week but just have some pounds melting away..Ummm wonder if the neighbors are trying to lose weight…lolll then I could like my fingers…
    I have saved all your recipes that you have posted over the years…
    I would post it on facebook though. By the way did I miss how to sign up for the giveaway?

    EJ Bromwich

  45. Melody Durant says:

    My mom’s official birthday cake for my 2 brothers and me – Arthur Godfrey cake, which is a Marble Chiffon – supposed to be Arthur Godfrey’s favorite cake! And it’s mine too!

  46. Carmalita Yanock says:

    I would like to see more deserts for 2 to 4 people. With just me and my husband it’s hard to eat so much and when dividing ingredients it doesn’t always come out so good. But…we are both BIG chocolate fans…..love your posts!

  47. Kim Henrichs says:

    My favorite family recipe is my mom’s buttermilk pancakes that she used to make daily for a diner we owned!

  48. Julia Swarner says:

    My favorite recipe is Mississippi Mud Cake.

  49. Our favorite recipe is a houska bread.

  50. Elaine Johnson says:

    My family loves my spaghetti pie with salad and garlic french bread. I love to bake and am looking forward to making that Mississippi Mudslide cake!

  51. I am asked to bring my lemon bars whenever I need to bring something. I cut the recipe out of a magazine probably at least 5 years before I made them. Sometime I add forest raspberries or fresh blackberries.

  52. My favorite meal would be my Grammys homemade potato dumplings with sauerkraut
    with spareribs.The recipe she passed down to me,is now my families Favorite.One thing
    I do know my husband would love me to make this for him.

  53. Our favorite family recipe is chicken paprikash .

  54. Cake looks & sounds delicious! Would LOVE the cookbook !

  55. Chicken & dumplings

  56. My Mom used to make these raisin cookies that were very cakey and delicious. They made a big batch which was good because the cookie dough was the absolute best. Not quite as sugary are chocolate chip cookies, I LOVED these growing up.

  57. If it has the word chocolate in it, what’s not to love!!! This cake looks wonderful, almost too good to eat!!

  58. Caramel apple pie.

  59. Mom’s Christmas pudding!

  60. My favorite recipe is a caramel cheesecake with chocolate and caramel drizzled on top. This cake looks fantastic!

  61. Thank you for a chance to win…I dream of owning a kitchen Aid mixer !!! cant wait to make the pumpkin cake. : )

  62. Debbie Caraballo says:

    Texas Sheet Cake, hands down! I’ve always made it in a 9×13 pan though. We like the thicker cake and frosting! Thanks, Joan!

  63. I would love to win a cookbook. It looks great.


  64. Lynnette Lamance says:

    Wow, what a cake! Should be absolutely delicious. My favorite cake that I make is pineapple cheesecake.

  65. Trisha Tillman says:

    I have made a couple of recipes that you have posted and it would be hard to pick the best, but I am looking forward to the Chocolate Pumpkin Pound Cake. It sounds perfect for Tailgating.

  66. This cake is what dreams are made of!!

  67. Yayyy I love Jocelyn and her cookbook looks so spectacular! This cake is a beautiful, indulgent example–I NEED IT!

  68. Laura Jabri says:

    Our favorite family recipe is Lasagna.

  69. Christy Spurlock says:

    My family’s favorite recipe is my chocolate pie! We are a dessert eating family!

  70. My favorite family recipe is my grandmother’s chocolate dumplings. She also made chocolate butter and chocolate gravy. I think she may have had a bit of a sweet tooth. 😉

  71. We don’t have tons of “recipes” in my family (we’re more dash of this ‘n’ that, whatever tastes right) but my mom makes a filling (like stuffing but with potatoes and not in the bird) at Thanksgiving that’s AMAZING!

  72. Oh man! This is one of my favorite cakes in the book!! I’m so glad you made them!

  73. A family recipe that I use all the time is scalloped potatoes. Everybody loves them!

  74. This cake sounds so yummy and is on my list to make soon. Love your blog and recipes! Thanks for the chance to win!

  75. Darlene Peterson says:

    Our favorite family recipe is taco salad.

  76. Favorite family recipe is Stuffed Cabbage Rolls (Galumpki)

  77. My favorite family recipe is southern style macaroni and cheese.

  78. Tara Kendrick says:

    I look forward to tring out some of the recipes from GrandbabyCakes. I just ordered the book a few days ago.

  79. Holy moly, that is a cake!! Our family favorite recipes stem from our Easter European roots, like Easter bread and pierogies.

  80. This cake is absolutely stunning! I cannot wait to try it out! Looks delicious. 😀

  81. Liz Anderson says:

    My favorite family recipe would have to be cookie salad. It’s an unspoken rule that it must be at every single family dinner.

  82. Treva Orange says:

    My mom’s meatloaf! We all love it even my son who is somewhat picky!

  83. My favorite family is my mom’s baklava that she makes every christmas!

  84. Annamarie V says:

    One of my favorite family recipes is honey cake, we make them around Christmas and they are made in loaf pans. We also make cookies with irons that may Great Grandparents brought from Belgium.

  85. Our favorite family meal is anything that brings us all together to sit down and enjoy each other!!!!

  86. Our favorite family recipe is my grandma’s tamale recipe! Thanks for the chance to enter Joan!

  87. One of our favorite family recipes is banana bread with chocolate chips.

  88. Looks Fabulous!!

  89. Janine Milner says:

    what can i substitute the alcohol with we are an alcohol free home thanks

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