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Mud cake recipe

Mud cake recipe

The classic mud cake is everything you could want from a Cake… Rich, dense, and covered in the creamiest and sweetest frosting.

It’s the perfect birthday cake for kids’ parties or celebrations.

Why You’re Going to Love This Recipe

This is my most requested cake. It is a huge hit.

What’s not love about a rich chocolate mud cake with the creamiest frosting?

You’ll love this mud cake:

Rich and moist — this chocolate cake has a good reason for being called a “mud cake” because it is so wet and dense (… (check out the pictures below to see how rich and decadent this cake is!)

Chocoholics’ dream -this delicious cake is sure to please even the most ardent chocolate lovers

Frosting worthy of drooling (I promise !)… It’s just that good. Sweet, creamy, and chocolatey.

The perfect celebration cake This is my favorite cake for birthdays and parties.

Can feed a large group. This decadent chocolate mud cake is so filling that you only need to eat a small (ish) piece. This decadent chocolate mud cake is perfect for feeding large groups of people.

Freezer-friendly – The cake can be frozen for up to three months after it is made by wrapping it in plastic wrap.


This recipe was one of Bake Play Smile’s first (around 2013) and has been most popular ever since.

This cake recipe has received five stars from my readers. Here’s what they have to say:

This cake was delicious. It was a cake I made for my Birthday. “It was light but very chocolatey and even better the second day.”

“I have used this so many times, and I’ve passed the link to many of my friends who love it too! ” – Sarah.

This is my favorite mud cake; it’s easy to make and economical. I can’t fault it. It freezes so well. “Thank you for this recipe.” – Gayle

“Omg!! “This is the best chocolate mud cake recipe I’ve ever made,”- Marie

Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe. This was my first baking, and everyone loved it at my son’s Birthday. I was even asked to share this recipe twice. The best chocolate mud cake! ” – Nicole

The Best Birthday Cake Recipe

This is the cake for you! This is a bold statement, but it’s one I can stand behind 100 %.

This is what I make for all the birthdays of my family members! This cake has been transformed into a Digger Cake for a 4th Birthday, decorated with berries to celebrate a friend’s big day, and made into a Number 3 cake.

The cake can be baked in any cake tin. You can make a letter cake, number cake or butterfly cake.

It’s easy to hold the top layer on a double-layer cake because it is dense enough. You can also make it as a one-layer cake if you prefer.

The perfect birthday cake is a super versatile and delicious cake everyone loves.

What you need

This cake can be made using pantry and refrigerator staples.

Scroll to the recipe card to see the quantities of ingredients and the method.

Plain wheat flour is also known as all-purpose flour.

Caster sugar is also known as Superfine Sugar.

Cocoa powder.

Baking soda, and bicarbonate powder

Salt- The salt balances out the sweetness and enhances the chocolate flavor.

Buttermilk is the secret to a moist, dense, and delicious chocolate mud cake! You can make buttermilk if you don’t already have it by adding one teaspoon of lemon or vinegar to regular milk.

Vegetable Oil- If you want to make a moist cake, vegetable oil will be your best friend.

Coffee*- See my notes below on how to use coffee in mud cakes and some alternatives.

How to prepare a MUD CAKE

The easiest 3-step recipe ever!


Sift all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Set aside.


Buttermilk, oil, and eggs are beaten into a large bowl.


Add the dry ingredients alternately with the coffee, and beat between additions.

Pour the mixture into the prepared tins, and bake.


The cake tastes best at room temperature. This cake can be stored at room temperature in a cool climate.

You can store your cake in the refrigerator in a warm climate. However, removing the cake from the fridge and letting it come to room temperature before serving is essential. The refrigerator tends to dry out cakes, so it is best to do it at room temperature.

You can enjoy this chocolate mud cake alone or with ice cream, custard, whipped cream, or berries.


The chocolate mud cake recipe can be kept in an airtight container for up to four days at room temperature.

It can also be kept in the refrigerator for up to 6 days.


Freezing Unfrosted Muck Cake.

This recipe can be made ahead and frozen until needed.

The unfrosted and cooled cake/s can be frozen for up to three months. Wrap the cake in foil and then plastic wrap.

Let the frozen cake defrost overnight in the refrigerator before frosting or serving.

Freezing Leftover Frosted Mud Cake

You can freeze the leftover cake in an airtight jar for up to three months.

Bring the food to room temperature before serving.

Varying the amount of frosting

This recipe will yield the right amount of frosting to ice a double-layered mud cake (made according to the recipe below).

If you bake the cake in a single layer, you will have frosting left over. This frosting can be stored in the freezer or fridge (or you can eat it right out of the bowl!).

Cooking Times

Adjust your cooking time slightly because every oven differs. When a toothpick is inserted in the middle, it should come out with a thin smear or a clean surface.

What can I do with my Thermomix to make this?

Absolutely! You can make my chocolate mud cake using a stand mixer, beaters, or a thermomix. The printable recipe card provides instructions for both methods.

Single Layer Vs. Double Layer Cake

Double-layer cakes are my favorite way to make a cake. You get an extra layer of frosting between layers, making ensuring the cake cooks evenly easier.

It may dry around the edges if you bake it as a large cake. This is because it takes longer to cook. It is still delicious as a one-layer cake, and it’s perfect if you have only one large baking pan.

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