Bonus Post: M’s Mud Cake

We traveled to Georgia this weekend (more on that soon!) to spend Easter with my parents’ dearest friends — friends whom I’ve known my entire life and are really more like family. My mom’s best friend, M,  happens to be a wonderful baker and I have fond memories of the cakes she’d make for our families to enjoy together. So, when planning this trip, I asked if she’d teach me to make her famous Mud Cake.

This morning, M pulled out the recipe card and I noticed the note “Superb!” written at the top.


And this cake is exactly that — superb. It’s moist, chocolatey, and rich. Perfect by itself or with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, M’s Mud Cake is guaranteed to become one of your family’s favorites, just as it is ours.


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  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¾ cups coffee
  • ¼ cup bourbon
  • 5 ounces unsweetened chocolate, cut into pieces
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • Preheat oven to 275. Grease a 9-inch tube pan.*
  • In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  • In the top of a double boiler set over simmering water, heat coffee and bourbon for 5 minutes. Add chocolate and butter. Heat mixture, stirring until the chocolate and butter are melted and the mixture is smooth.


  • Remove double boiler from the heat and stir in sugar. Let the mixture cool for 3 minutes and transfer it to the bowl of an electric mixer. Add the flour mixture to the chocolate mixture, ½ cup at a time, beating at medium speed for 1 minute. Add eggs and vanilla; beat until smooth.
  • Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes.


  • Let cake cool completely on a rack before removing from pan and transferring to serving plate.*Note: Tube pan must have non-detachable bottom as batter is thin.


Happy Easter!

18 responses

  1. Not only was the cake a huge treat, having all of you here was the best treat of all! I am so glad that you now know the “secret” so you can carry on the chocolate cake tradition with your good friends and family.

  2. Hands down, one of the best chocolate cake recipes and, as you described, really moist, chocolatey, and rich. The vanilla ice cream on top is a bonus. So glad you learned the “secret”. I’ve been trying to get it for years but have been unsuccessful. You must really rate! :-)

    • I’ve grown up eating this cake and never knew there was bourbon in it until I had my baking lesson with M! One of the best parts about this cake is that it isn’t overly sweet and goes perfectly with a cup of coffee. If I’m thinking of the same certain boy you are, he definitely would be all over this cake! :) xo

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