Mississippi Mud Cupcakes

Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas

Here's a cupcake version of the classic Southern chocolate sheetcake that's filled with marshmallows and chopped pecans and topped with a rich chocolate frosting.

Yield: Makes 15 servings
Recipe from Southern Living

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup butter
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (10.5-oz.) bag miniature marshmallows
  • Chocolate Frosting

Preparation

  1. 1. Place pecans in a single layer on a baking sheet.
  2. 2. Bake at 350° for 8 to 10 minutes or until toasted.
  3. 3. Microwave 1 cup butter and semisweet chocolate in a large microwave-safe glass bowl at HIGH 1 minute or until melted and smooth, stirring every 30 seconds.
  4. 4. Whisk sugar and next 5 ingredients into chocolate mixture. Spoon batter evenly into 24 paper-lined muffin cups.
  5. 5. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until puffed. Sprinkle evenly with 2 cups miniature marshmallows, and bake 5 more minutes or until golden. Remove from oven, and cool cupcakes in muffin pans 5 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pans, and place on wire rack. Drizzle warm cakes evenly with 1 1/4 cups Chocolate Frosting, and sprinkle with toasted pecans. Reserve remaining 3/4 cup frosting for another use.
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To serve remaining Chocolate Frosting over pound cake or ice cream, microwave reserved 3/4 cup Chocolate Frosting in a medium-size microwave-safe glass bowl at HIGH 15 seconds or until warm.

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