Mississippi Mud Cake or Pie

  • Serves: Makes one 9 x 13-inch pan
  • Baking Temp (degrees F): 350
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This rich, dense chocolate cake, also often called a pie, is adapted from "New Southern Cooking" by Nathalie Dupree, an award-winning author of eleven cookbooks about the American South. Ms. Dupree says that the cake's top should be cracked and dry-looking like Mississippi mud in the hot dry summer, from which it gets its name. It is covered with a buttery cocoa and pecan icing to really take it over the top. Similar recipes, like the Muddy Fudge Pie, were likely named after this classic dessert. 
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