Mocha-Bourbon Mud Cake

"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!"
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Ready In:
1hr 30mins




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

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  1. 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.
  2. John W Wenzelburger
    Did not have a strong coffee or Bourbon taste but good anyway. Almost forgot to put the chocolate in, I thought it looked kind of light, oops.



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