Marshmallow cupcakes.

I made these marshmallow cupcakes from The Hummingbird Bakery cookbook this weekend. They are lovely, especially the dollop of marshmallow in the middle. Quite sticky, and time consuming but worth it! You'll get a pure sugar rush from these.

Also I don't know what I am doing wrong but I doubled this recipe so that it would make 24, used standard sized cases and it still only made 12 when I'd doubled it. Any hints on this one readers? This always happens to me!


  • 120g plain flour
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 45g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 120ml whole milk
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 12 medium pink marshmallows
  • 200g mini marshmallows (I used medium marshmallow cut up and rolled in icing sugar to stop them sticking together).

For the frosting:

  • 1 quantity vanilla frosting
  • Edible glitter, to decorate
  • A 12-hole cupcake tray, lined with paper cases
  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C (325°F) Gas 3.
  2. Put the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and butter in a freestanding electric mixer with a paddle attachment (or use a handheld electric whisk) and beat on slow speed until you get a sandy consistency and everything is combined. Gradually pour in half the milk and beat until the milk is just incorporated.
  3. Whisk the egg, vanilla extract and remaining milk together in a separate bowl for a few seconds, then pour into the flour mixture and continue beating until just incorporated (scrape any unmixed ingredients from the side of the bowl with a rubber spatula). Continue mixing for a couple more minutes until the mixture is smooth. Do not overmix.
  4. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until two-thirds full and bake in the preheated oven for 20–25 minutes, or until light golden and the sponge bounces back when touched. A skewer inserted in the centre should come out clean.
  5. Leave the cupcakes to cool slightly in the tray before turning out onto a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
  6. Put the medium marshmallows in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Leave until melted and smooth.
  7. When the cupcakes are cold, hollow out a small section in the centre of each one and fill with a dollop of melted marshmallow. Leave to cool.
  8. Stir the mini marshmallows into the vanilla frosting by hand until evenly dispersed.
  9. Spoon the frosting on top of the cupcakes and decorate with edible glitter.
Makes 12 (says the recipe, I doubled this to get 12).

Settle an argument, do pink marshmallows taste different to white marshmallows? I say yes but my sister disagrees! Well, they both taste great either way.


  1. The pink ones definitely taste better than the white ones :)

  2. The melted marshmallow in this recipes resulted in a LOT of frustration for me, but man are they tasty.

    And yes, pink are nicer.

  3. I agree, I could NOT handle the melted marshmallows at all when I made these, they were a bit of a disaster. Plus I'm not that fussed on marshmallows anyway...

    Are you using muffin cases? I know the hummingbird bakery recommends lakeland's muffin cases but I always find they are way too big and only make about 9 out of a standard 12 cupcake mixture. I like squires kitchen cupcake cases, they are the perfect size for the recipes I think. I usually just put about 1-2 tablespoons of mixture in - it doesn't even seem like half full but the mixture always rises really well.

  4. These look amazing, I love the sparkles! I actually got that book for christmas - must try these!

  5. These look sooo tasty!
    You've made me want to bake hehe :)
    I really like your blog xx

  6. ooooh these sounds delish!
    Would love to have this recipe on my cupcake forum!

    I have opened a cupcake forum, and it's so quiet, i need lovely people like you to help me liven it up a bit?

    Would love to see you there and chatting


  7. Pink marshmallows are definitely nicer! These look amazing...I'm not sure mine would turn out quite as pretty, ha!

    I've featured you as one of my Sunshine Blog Award winners on my blog!

    Sarah x

  8. Your cases look a little bigger than regular cupcake ones? Although it might just be the angle of the camera :)
    White marshmallows are a million times nicer than pink ones!

  9. These look SO delicious!!

  10. They look so yummy!

    p.s. I love that cake stand :D I saw it in Paperchase yesterday and it took soo much not to buy it

  11. Ack, the marshmallow is a nightmare to get into the cavity isn't it?! But I agree, well worth the effort!

    Katie xox

  12. These look amazing! Thank you so much for sharing, been looking for this recipe for ages! And yes Pink ones are raspberry aren't they? They taste way better anyway :)


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