Sunday, July 1, 2012
Baked Sunday Mornings: Mississippi Mud Pie (B)
As I have mentioned, I am the official office cake baker. Whenever someone has a birthday, I find out what they want and I make the best version I can find. I also make cakes when people leave and for other office occasions. In the past couple of weeks we have had 1 graduation, 1 birthday, 2 people leaving and 1 person converting to Judaism. That's a lot of cake. I had said I was on cake maternity leave until after baby #2 arrives in a few weeks, but it seems I just can't help myself.
There is a woman who has been helping out in our office who converted to Judaism this week. She said she likes things that are cake and chocolate and when I saw this coming up for Baked Sunday Mornings, I figured she would really enjoy this cake.
This is a serious cake -- oreo crust, flourless chocolate cake, chocolate pudding and whipped cream. You have to really like chocolate. Despite all those layers, this cake is lighter than I thought it would be. The whipped cream is totally necessary to lighten things up and neither the cake layer nor the pudding layer are too sweet.
I did learn something very important with this cake. Most of the time, especially when I make things with a graham cracker crust, I just crush the cookies in a bag with a rolling pin instead of getting the food processor dirty. I did that with this cake, but it did not work well. The crust was too chunky and hard to cut and it took up too much room in the pan, so there was not room for all the pudding. Next time, the food processor is coming out. It was still delicious though. Don't be scared of all the steps -- you can actually do a lot of them at once. While the crust is cooling, make the cake. While the cake is baking, make the pudding. Then put the cake and the pudding in the fridge to cool and all you have to do the next morning is assembly. I highly recommend this cake for other chocoholics in your life. Check out the Baked Sunday Mornings website for the recipe and to see what other bakers did.