Did You Know You Can Easily Make Frosting By Using Marshmallows?

IMAGE Patrick Martires

If you've ever eaten or seen a classic Devil's Food cake, you'll notice that the cake is covered in a snowy white, fluffy frosting. It's quite unlike any other buttercream icing you've ever encountered before, but that's because it's not a buttercream frosting at all.



The beautifully-white and sticky frosting on this classic cake is a marshmallow frosting. It's made from heated egg whites and sugar, whisked while hot until the mixture cools, transforming the glop into a thick, glossy, fluffy, and gooey mixture. This is the beginning of homemade marshmallows, but not taking it any further than that. 

You may also know this gooey and easy-to-make frosting by another name: the 7-minute frosting. But we know an even easier way to make this frosting: melt marshmallows. 


Since the mixture is basically marshmallows except a more gooey version, it makes sense that if you melt marshmallows, you get the same mixture. 

If you're excited to try to make this frosting, you'll be even more excited to learn it's actually easy to do. Here's what to do: Place 4 cups marshmallows into a large pot. Place over low heat and using a silicone spatula or heat-resistant kitchen utensil, stir until the mixture begins to melt. Keep stirring until all the marshmallows have melted. If desired, stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1 tablespoon all-purpose cream to loosen the mixture into a smoother mixture.

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Then use immediately to frost that decadent chocolate cake that you've just made for dessert.    


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