Best Mudcake Recipe For An American Beginner?

Baking By Rosegin Updated 28 Apr 2014 , 9:51pm by MBalaska

Rosegin Posted 14 Apr 2014 , 5:42pm
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I just bought a kitchen scale so now I can make all manner of recipes that use weight instead of volume.  Yay!  I'd really love to tackle a mudcake, because I've never had one and hadn't even heard of them until I joined Cake Central.


Does anyone have a fool-proof recipe that's appropriate for a newbie?  Please?  :)

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MBalaska Posted 14 Apr 2014 , 7:27pm
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All of my recipes have been converted to weight, it's a million times more accurate and consistent.


As an American I tried Applegumpams dark chocolate mud cake.  Followed her directions and voila.....a beautiful cake resulted.   It's no wonder she's successful.  There's lots of threads on mud cake.

MBalaska Posted 14 Apr 2014 , 7:35pm
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Rosegin this is the first time I'd put a parchment collar on a cake.  I take photos of the steps in trying out new recipes and keep them in my notebooks.  For a cake that was in the oven for an hour and a half I thought for sure it would burn like the devil !!  But it didn't.  It was tender, and creamy, and divinely chocolaty.   Good Luck.

MBalaska Posted 16 Apr 2014 , 6:35pm
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Picked up a "Southern" cake baking magazine this week. Really interesting cake recipes.  It was surprising to see that the milk chocolate bundt cake recipe is pretty close to the milk chocolate mud cake that the Australians had.   So the 'mud' cake may not really be such a mysterious recipe as some people in the US think.  Hope you give it a go and enjoy it.

MBalaska Posted 25 Apr 2014 , 12:21am
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arggggghhhhh......I'm an idiot American  learning that more is not ALWAYS better.


no surprise there, huh?


Made a second dark chocolate mud cake with ApplegumPams recipe here on CC.  But added 50g sugar, for our taste preference.  The cake came out pretty much the same in texture with just a slightly sweeter taste.  It took about 10 minutes longer to cook.   I can live with that.  experimental success.


Then I went a little nuts  :? still  thinking that 'more is better'.

For the dark chocolate ganache I made it 3 to 1 choc to cream and torted the cake.    That ganache was so full of dark chocolate that it turned into a firm fudge!


So I now have a mudcake incased in fudge.        Not that it's a BAD thing, but I'll stick to the 2 parts choc to 1 part cream........ more is not always better. 

kellyk1234 Posted 25 Apr 2014 , 7:46pm
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I made this "american mudcake" version a few weeks ago for a big party (for the first time, probably wasn't a good idea, but I trusted the reviews) and everyone loved it! This was my first time making mudcake. I think it MAY be my favorite type of cake now! I'd still like to compare BlueHue and Applegumpams mudcake with this recipe though.

MBalaska Posted 25 Apr 2014 , 8:00pm
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your recipe appears to have one extra egg and an extra cup of sugar.  Probably more to the American taste.

But boy oh boy is that a great looking page full of mud cakes.  WOW.  worth just looking at!!!!!


{ps: hope Pam doesn't mind me sharing the link to her page - her recipe is superb and her website is really fun.  She's one of the really great decorators.}

kellyk1234 Posted 25 Apr 2014 , 8:50pm
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AI know looking at the website again makes me want to make another one just for myself! :)

I'll definitely have to make Pams recipe soon, I've read all good things about it.

Krypto Posted 28 Apr 2014 , 2:55pm
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AAs an American I tried [B]Applegumpams[/B] dark chocolate mud cake.  Followed her directions and voila.....a beautiful cake resulted.   It's no wonder she's successful.  There's lots of threads on mud cake. [/quote]


Did you double the recipe when you made your cake? What size pan did you use? I would like to make two 8 inch rounds, 2 inches high. Thanks!

MBalaska Posted 28 Apr 2014 , 8:55pm
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Krypto, I made the recipe as it is, put it in one 8" pan with a 3" tall parchment paper collar.   You'll need two recipes to make two 2" tall cakes.


The cake actually cake out (counting the dome) about 2 1/2 inches. I torted the last one and put ganache inside as the filling.  Seriously it was enough cake for 10 - 12 as it's so rich.


The people who received these two mud cakes that I made were taking pieces to their friends and neighbors and sharing it, they were so amazed at 'Mud Cake'!

MBalaska Posted 28 Apr 2014 , 9:22pm
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(The paper collar got pushed up when the batter rose)

Krypto Posted 28 Apr 2014 , 9:32pm
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AThank you so much for your reply! Did you find the cake improved with age?

MBalaska Posted 28 Apr 2014 , 9:51pm
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Who Knows. The cakes were eaten by lots of people really quickly!!  They didn't get a chance to 'age'

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