How can you tell if your mud cake is done baking?
Part of the hang-up could be based on which version of this cake you are making. The Mississippi Mud Cake claims a topping of marshmallows as its differentiator, while the Boston Mud cake leans toward the fudgier side of the mud cake spectrum. The fudgier version seems to require the longer cook time. Foodie Bake Like a Pro shared via YouTube that while he bakes his mud cake for two hours, it’s at a lower heat of just 300 degrees Fahrenheit. He advises that if the temperature was any higher, the mud cake would end up being rock-hard on the outside and a messy puddle in the center.
Dima Sharif wrote that one of the elements of a mud cake that makes it a mud cake is its “tight crumb,” meaning this type of cake is not supposed to leave much behind on the plate. So, how can you tell if your mud cake is done? The general consensus on Cake Central is that you need to use a wooden skewer and insert it into the center of the mud cake. If you pull out the skewer and it is clean, i.e., free of any crumbs, then your mud cake is done. However, any crumbs on the skewer, and that signals you need to let it cook a little longer, with a recommendation of using 10-minute increments. But keep an eye on your cake, because they caution that mud cake can also burn easily.