Mud Cake is a dense, moist, almost fudgy cake that seems to be a concentration of chocolate. It is a cake that is somewhat between the Brownie and the Fudge and believed to be a descendant of both. Also believed to have originated in the USA and moved from there. It is therefore a relatively new addition to the global repertoire of the pastry section of cuisine.
Technically speaking, making a mud cake always follow the muffin method. It involves separately mixing dry and wet ingredients, the wet being heated and thoroughly melted and combined before being added to the mixed dry ingredients, after which all is gently mixed together… (read the full article on this link for more information on “Understanding The Mud Cake”)
Mud Cake is also a good base for cake decoration as it is one of the easiest and most reliable cakes for carving. It is also firm enough to hold its shape, therefore, easier to manage especially if you are a beginner in decorations. Most my trainees find it easier to layer, level and fill the almost crumbless mud cakes in comparison to the crumbly and more easily squashed sponges. Both, however, are good bases.
Since this is a seductive velvety rich chocolate concentrated cake, I thought I will post it here for you to try yourself 🙂 If you are more into the flavours than the look and do not wish to decorate with flavour altering material such as sugar paste | Fondant or Marzipan then below is a Ganache recipe for you that will help you achieve the shiny finish like the look in the main picture. You can use Ganache as a filling too. In the filling you can also add chopped fresh fruits for extra tang and a gorgeous layer of contrast in between the cake layers.
As I would always tell you: these are the basics, and there is no limit to what you can do from here…
I have included for you a video of a tutorial on how to stack a tall mud cake. Thought you would like it since you will be baking anyway, why not serve a tall cake!