Recipe: Haitian Mudcakes

Fast becoming the staple culinary delight in Haiti, the humble mudcake has made a resurgence in international cuisine since the heady days of African famine in the 80s. Here’s how you make one!




Take on part salt to one part maragrine and mix with 10 parts dirt and 5 parts water.

Mix by hand until you have a firm density and then craft into “cake” shape.

Place in preheated oven at 180 degrees celsius for 20 minutes until firm (but not brittle).

Serve at room temperature.


Well what can we say? The mudcake is enjoying a resurgence in popularity in Haiti as food prices soar leaving many Haitians without a way to fill their stomachs.

At only a few cents, a cake can fill your belly and make your wallet immune from the effects of soaring world food prices.

With many Haitians unable to afford basic food stuffs and the UN backed aid distribution in the country not particularly working well for many who need it, mudcakes are the only way left to stave off hunger for many.

You can read more about how to serve mudcakes at any Haitian themed dinner party here and here.


  14 comments for “Recipe: Haitian Mudcakes

  1. August 13, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    It is a shame that this can be written and be accurate.

  2. August 14, 2008 at 11:49 am

    Yep, it’s pretty depressing. It’s also pretty depressing that the only places it gets talked about is on the inner pages of a couple of international newspapers and the occasional website.

    They say the taste lingers too.

  3. August 14, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    Even cheaper if you leave out the salt and margarine.

  4. August 14, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    Rob nice to see yoiu back writing blogs again! I feel inspired already. ;-)

    Interesting and sad yet this is the first recipie I’ve seen on this.

    Also related to this is the disorder called Pica which in some ways has a relationship to this behavior it isn’t always purely motivated by hunger. I also think there’s a certain type of clay involved sometimes too.

    Anyway here’s a little bit on the disorder:


  5. August 15, 2008 at 3:54 am

    Well sure, I GUESS you could make them like that, Stiv, but who’s gonna go goving away their best recipes on the internet!? ;)

    I am not sure what is happening in Haiti would rate as Pica – I mean, the haitian bakeries are making hundreds of these things. It’s all people can afford.

  6. Jethro Mayham
    January 17, 2010 at 8:09 am

    Let’s promote Haiti mud cookie recipe because it could actually benifit the natives down there. I went to a raisin processing plant and got a commitment for suuport. They wuold supply tons of reject raisens tha tthey would normaly sell to livestock feeding plants. My problem is to figure out how to get the raisins to Haiti. I think it is best to waituntil the mess gets sorted out down there.

    Once I could several tons or reject raisens to a port, I guess I have to find a charity for shipping the stuff. Can you imagine how muchmore nutritious the mud cookies woulkdbe when there are actual embedded rasins in the mud. One each ofr the eyes and nose and five for the mouth outline. I hope it doesn’t cause fights when they each want a raisin.

    I was thinking of hiding a reject peanut or any other nut that miight be free. while eating they will ask ask each other, “Who got the nut?” And there will be laughter when the winning eater grins with the nut in his/her mouth.

    As a joke we can hide a red hot chili in one out of a hundred.

  7. February 5, 2010 at 8:13 am

    I wish more people were like Mr. George Clooney. What he has done to help the Haitian people is just amazing. So many of the Hollywood celebrities are just phonies looking for publicity. George is one of the true greats.

  8. Mulatona
    February 6, 2010 at 12:10 am

    I am shocked at the light-hearted comments about this, especially Jethro’s. As a Haitian woman, I find nothing comical about people fighting over food, raisins, etc when in fact, you will get beaten or killed for something as simple as a bowl of rice; we are just that poor down there and I have had numerous relatives assaulted, kidnapped, murdered for less. Have some sensitivity please. Think about your mother standing in line for a mud cake then someone beating her to death for it, then tell me if you still think your comment about the “sprise chili pepper” is still funny…asshole.

  9. February 6, 2010 at 3:57 am

    @Mulatona, I cannot speak for Jethro, but any humour in this article is firmly aimed at the problems of western indifference. Certainly not at the plight of the Haitian people. We write about this stuff, because nobody else does and we invoke dark humour precisely because it makes people uncomfortable and gets them thinking about the topic.

  10. Marcus
    January 31, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    But not just any old kind of dirt, right? Yellow clay from the central plateau region is the most delicious.

  11. Trice
    October 16, 2012 at 4:24 am

    I had a friend on FB who felt a sense of nostalgia over these cookies. Others not so much. I cried wishing I could do something. I grew up with many Haitians and although the phrase you laugh to keep from crying might fit the
    above blogger…..It’s still sad seemingly impossible to fix state.

  12. Cassandra
    June 3, 2015 at 5:49 am

    That’s a lie actually I’m Haitian they made it for pregnant women smh but whatever yall wants to make Haitian looks bad

  13. Ingway Bubu
    January 15, 2018 at 1:48 am

    I don’t bake. I just buy my mud cookies from the girl scouts. I get the double stuff dirt cookies. Yummy.

  14. July 11, 2019 at 10:34 am

    @Rob- sorry, but I don’t think there’s any room for humour in this discussion- especially when it’s coming from people who are much better-off than those they are writing about

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