Chocolate Marshmallow Cake Recipe from MADE

Chocolate Marshmallow Cake from Dana of MADE

Looking back, it would seem that I simply loved this cake because there were mounds marshmallows on top. Every kid likes a mallow, right? But now as an adult I realize, that’s exactly why I love it. Life really is that simple. Chocolate, marshmallows, cake. YUM. The cake itself is moist, uber chocolatey. and delicious. Then pair that with slightly melted marshmallows? Down right dreamy.

One of my mom’s tried and true recipes, I make this cake for any family celebration. It never disappoints. Just looking at it is delicious. In fact, my blog MADE is a site for sewing and crafts but I once posted a picture of my daughter’s birthday and readers started to ask, “What is that cake?”

Well, I’m happy you asked. Here’s the recipe! Guarantee… You’ll be making this Chocolate Marshmallow Cake for years to come!

1 cup boiling water
2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cups flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk (or use 1 cup milk mixed with 1 tablespoon vinegar)
1/2 cup oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
Chocolate Satin Frosting (see recipe below)

  1. Heat the oven to 350ºF and grease a 13×9 inch pan.
  2. Bring some water to boil and keep it simmering while you make the batter.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add the eggs, buttermilk, oil and vanilla and beat with an electric mixer for 30 seconds.
  4. Add the 1 cup boiling water and carefully stir until the water is mixed in; beat for 1 1/2 minutes.
  5. Pour the batter into the 13×9 inch pan (batter will be thin).
  6. Bake at 350ºF for 35-38 minutes or just until the top springs back when lightly touched.
  7. Make the frosting while the cake is baking. When the cake is done, pour the warm frosting over the hot cake.

Chocolate Satin Frosting:
1/2 cup butter
6 tablespoon buttermilk (or use 6 Tbl milk mixed with 1 tsp vinegar)
4 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 (16 ounce) box powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups marshmallows (optional)

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the butter, buttermilk and cocoa. Cook, stirring constantly, just until it comes to a boil; remove the pan from the heat.
  2. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla, and beat with a wooden spoon or electric mixer until the frosting is nearly smooth (stir every few minutes while the cake finished baking).
  3. Add the marshmallows, then pour the warm frosting over the hot cake, gently spreading until it covers the cake evenly. Cool to room temperature before serving.

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15 Responses to “Chocolate Marshmallow Cake Recipe from MADE”

  • Damaris

    This looks delish I’ll have to try it.

    ps. Your sewing blog is also delicious. total eye candy. I so need to learn how to sew.

  • Robin

    The photo looked so good, I had to make this cake. It is wonderful and super chocolatey! Thanks so much for an awesome recipe!! :0)

  • Melinda

    Amazing! Super rich, but very yummy and easy to make. Made it for the first time today since we were having company, and got rave reviews. Now this will be tempting me from atop the counter for the next few days! Yikes!

  • Amanda

    What is the texture and weight of this cake? I’m wondering if I could utilize this recipe in a tiered cake, cementing the layers together with chocolate ganache. Looks delicious!

  • Trisha

    This cake was superrrrrr moist and yummmyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i made it on tuesday when my friend came over and IT WAS A BLAST! it was perfectttt!!!! except i decreased the sugar level to 1 1/3 cup instead of 2(: and i melted more chocolate for the sauce as the sauce i made was kinda littlee!!!! and the saue was sweet so the combination with the not-so-sweet cake really matched and EVERYONE LOVED IT!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCHH 😀

  • Angela

    I have been looking for a recipe like this…my dad waxes poetic about his mother making a cake like this one. His job as a kid was to cut large marshmallows in half and arrange them on the top of the cake while my grandma made the frosting to pour over it all. I can’t wait to try it out for him 🙂

  • Diane

    Oh my this is sooooo sickly sweet., the cake is good but the topping needs playing with to avoid huge dental bills. I would not make it again without a big adaption.

  • Graham

    A search for “marshmallow cake” threw an image of your creation up however on baking it overflowed like a volcano. Still to cut and taste though. Can’t wait 🙂

  • Gerard from VIC

    This will be 3rd birthday cake make. Great recipe the tastiest cake ever with cut up snakes or raspberries in marshmallow topping. Thank you from a dad cook! Your recipe rules!


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