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Recipe: Chocolate Marshmallow Cake

One day during the summer holidays my son asked if we could bake a cake. I usually have a store-cupboard of ingredients to make a batch or two of basic buns or a Victoria Sponge, but the boy wanted chocolate cake. Looking into my cupboard and I had just enough cocoa powder to make a cake, but what could I fill it with? I spied a jar of marshmallow fluff, I put two and two together and made a delicious Chocolate Marshmallow Cake.

Recipe: Chocolate Marshmallow Cake

The Chocolate Marshmallow Cake is pretty much a Victoria Sponge cake with a chocolate marshmallow twist. It was everything you’d want a chocolate marshmallow cake to be – chocolately and gooey and rich and lovely. I’m now keeping a jar of marshmallow fluff in my cupboard for chocolate marshmallow cake emergencies!

Chocolate Marshmallow Cake

Ingredients:
600 g caster sugar
600 g softened butter or margarine (I use Stork)
6 eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
1.5 tbsp milk
200 g self-raising flour
7550g Dark cocoa powder
1 heaped tsp of baking powder

For the icing and filling:
1 jar of Marshmallow Fluff
100g Softened unsalted butter
100g sifted icing sugar
50g dark cocoa powder
Splash of milk
Half a pack of mini marshmallows

Method:
Heat your fan oven to 190c. Grease three 20cm sandwich tins, I also lined the bottom of each tin with a circle of baking parchment. In a large bowl, beat your butter and sugar together until fluffy (I used a hand mixer). Add the eggs, milk, cocoa powder and vanilla and combine, then add the flour and baking powder and mix together until you have a smooth batter.

Divide the mixture equally between the tins. You can weigh them to make sure they’re fairly equal if you’d like. Bake in your pre-heated oven for around 20 mins until cooked through. Remove from the tins and leave to cool on a cooling rack.

Once the cakes are cool, place the bottom layer on a serving plate and spoon about half a jar of marshmallow fluff into the middle. It should relax and even out by itself. While it’s doing this, make your chocolate frosting.

Recipe: Chocolate Marshmallow Cake

Using a hand mixer, work the butter until it is light and fluffy. Carefully add the icing sugar and cocoa powder and mix it in until the frosting is smooth. Add a splash or two of milk if you feel it needs it. It needs to be spreadable but not runny.

Take the middle layer of the cake and place it on top of the marshmallow. Put the rest of the marshmallow fluff on top and smooth it out a little with a knife. It will form a soft layer which will run down the sides of the cake, but I like the sticky, drippy effect.

Take  top layer of cake and put it on top of the marshmallow. Get your chocolate frosting and put it on the top of the cake, smooth it out with a knife. I like smooth ripples of frosting, but do what you feel best. Take a few handfuls of mini marshmallows and pile them up on the top of the cake.

Recipe: Chocolate Marshmallow Cake

You can store it in a cake tin for a few days, but the gooey marshmallow layer will likely ooze out entirely. It’s best to gobble the cake up quickly, or leave assembling it until the last moment.

It’s a great cake, it’s fun, it’s frivolous and it’s just the thing to make with a small boy who wants nothing more than a chocolatey spoon to lick and a big piece of chocolate cake for pudding.

Recipe: Chocolate Marshmallow Cake

Four fun ways with Mega Marshmallows

I love cooking and baking, but I have genuinely never laughed so much, nor had so much fun making anything as I have done today making and playing around with these Mega Marshmallows.

I was sent a couple of bags of Mega Marshmallows to try and I was dying to start experimenting with them. There’s something a bit silly and frivolous about marshmallows and you can’t help but smile when you eat them.

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I’ve spent the morning in my kitchen experimenting with these huge marshmallows. They are 5cm tall, and are 84 calories each and contain 0% fat. I made three different things with just a few ingredients, I had SO MUCH FUN and I’m certain my son would (and will) enjoy recreating these recipes with me again.

Chocolate Marshmallow Teacakes

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I love a Tunnocks Teacake and nothing on earth could ever come close to that level of chocolately perfection, but it’s still a lot of fun to try. To make six teacakes you will need…

6 chocolate digestive biscuits
3 Mega Marshmallows
1 bar of melted Chocolate

In a warm oven put your digestive biscuits on a tray, chocolate side up, watch carefully and remove once the chocolate has melted. Cut your Mega Marshmallow into two pieces and squash the cut side on top of the melted chocolate. Leave them somewhere cool to set and stick together.

Melt your chocolate and then carefully cover each marshmallow and biscuit with the chocolate, put on a rack and leave them to cool.

Chocolate Covered Marshmallows

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I found I had some melted chocolate left over from making the teacakes, so never one to waste anything I dipped some marshmallows in the chocolate and put some sprinkles on top. They’re really cute and they look great. If I had some cake pop sticks they’d make pretty pops too.

Chocolate & Marshmallow Krispie Bites

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I am not going to pretend that this is my recipe, I saw Nigella make these once and always wanted to try it. She used plain rice krispies, I used the chocolate covered ones. I think if you were keen to up your calorific intake you could add some chopped up chocolate digestive pieces too. This is a real sticky treat which was really fun to make.

Chocolate Digestive S’mores

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I’ve never had a S’more but I know people rave about them. I have an understanding of the concept so I decided to put theory into practice, but with chocolate digestive biscuits.

Take two chocolate digestive biscuits and sandwich half of a Mega Marshmallow in between them and put them into a warm oven for a few minutes. Keep an eye on them and remove them from the oven once the chocolate has melted. The marshmallow will by this point be warmed through and gooey. Eat quickly and carefully, the marshmallow oozes out unctuously from between the biscuits.

Mega Marshmallows are probably the most fun ingredient I’ve ever used in my baking and I’ve enjoyed being a bit experimental and a bit silly with them. They cost £3 for a 700g pack (I made all of these things with one bag and still had a few left over to scoff taste test).  They are currently available from Tesco, Sainsbury’s Ocado, Bargain Buys, B&M, Family Bargains, Poundworld and Farm Foods.

Go out and have some fun with them, you won’t regret it!

Four fun ways with Mega Marshmallows

Note: We were sent some Mega Marshmallows to try, all images and opinions are our own.