Mocha-Bourbon Mud Cake

READY IN: 1hr 30mins
Recipe by Leslie in Texas

The name "mud cake" refers here to the slightly cracked top of this light-textured, chocolaty dessert. Originally from a local paper's food section on chocolate desserts. Definitely yummy, despite the name!

Top Review by Meryl

This cake had a great texture and rose beautifully, but it didn't have enough of a chocolate taste for me, and unlike the previous reviewer, I thought it had too much of a bourbon taste. Perhaps a strong bourbon taste is typical for mud cakes, if so, then mud cakes are just not for me. However, I may play around with this basic recipe to come up with a cake with a stronger chocolate taste, and less of a liquor taste. Thanks for the recipe.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Butter and flour a 10-inch springform pan or Bundt pan.
  3. Melt chocolate in top pan of double boiler over gently simmering water or in a microwave; set aside.
  4. In a small cup, dissolve espresso powder in 1/4 cup boiling water.
  5. In a medium size bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt.
  6. In a large bowl, beat sugar and butter with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes.
  7. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition; beat in vanilla.
  8. On low speed, beat in 1/3 of flour mixture.
  9. Beat in espresso, then beat in bourbon.
  10. Add melted chocolate to mixture and blend well.
  11. Beat in 1/2 of remaining flour mixture with 1 cup water, then beat in the rest of the flour mixture.
  12. Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth top.
  13. Bake 55 to 60 minutes, until top is slightly puffed and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  14. Let cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
  15. To serve, run a sharp knife around the side of the springform pan.
  16. Remove side of pan and transfer cake to a serving platter.
  17. Cake will keep, covered at room temperature, for several days.
  18. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar, cut into slices, and serve with whipped cream.

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