Pipe Dream #171: To Create-A-Date – Pastel Cake with Toasted Marshmallow Filling

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This cake is mostly about the art factor. And the marshmallow factor. The cake is one you’ve seen before. I doubled-timed you with the Eggnog Cake & Pecan Butter Rum Sauce, and made this teeny layer cake on the side. Not on the same day, mind. Freezing cakes is a great party trick. Point of the story, ignore the cake if you like, but don’t ignore the toasted marshmallow filling and the potential that this cake has to be a hit on your next perfect Valentine’s Day. (Heh. Let me explain.)

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But first, let me make a cake………….Done.

Then, powdered sugar and butter are combined (standard). But then. Marshmallow creme and toasted marshmallows are added to make the most lovely frosting. A bit texture-ful, but that is why I used it for filling.

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I don’t know when it was that I figured out I could use the stove to toast marshmallows. It was in college sometime, and it was revolutionary in my life.

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Once filled, I frosted the cake with a standard shortening frosting. I have seen this tinting technique all over the place, and I wanted to try it for myself, so I didn’t go crazy trying some newfangled Italian mess frosting.

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To create the layered effect, I split the buttercream into three different bowls and tinted each a little darker than the last. I worked from the top down, but I don’t know if that is the best way to do it. You could try bottoms-up, if you like.

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The sprinks were a gift from my sess. Isn’t she thoughtful? They are so cool. Gunmetal gray. Like my nail polish this week. It saved this cake from being too pink and girly.

Ok, now. Ladies, perfect V day cake? Get a layer cake with a little pink on it, but tempered with BA sprinkles. I just found out that the new Die Hard movie is coming out on the 14th. It is such a perfect marketing angle:

“Hey girl, you pick a restaurant, and I’ll choose the movie.” So it’s a win-win, both parties making a compromise, and thus: perfect date created. At least, that is what I think they must be thinking. Die Hard is not the most romantic flick on the earth.

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You can have this one for free,


Pastel Cake with Toasted Marshmallow Filling

Cake recipe is here.
Outer frosting recipe is here.
Toasted Marshmallow Filling
Adapted from Sweetapolita
9 large white marshmallows
1/2 cup icing sugar, sifted
1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
7 ounces marshmallow creme

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (you can do this after you take the cakes out of the oven). Place marshmallows on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake marshmallows until puffed and golden, about five minutes. Check them every minute or so, though; we wouldn’t want burnt mallows.
In an electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment, combine butter and icing sugar on low until blended, about 1 minute. Add vanilla and mix on med-high for about 3 minutes.
Add marshmallow cream and toasted marshmallows, and mix on lowest setting for about 1 minute.

To assemble the cake. Split two 6 inch layer cakes in half, making four layers. Fill each layer with 1/3 of the marshmallow frosting, pressing gently. Crumb coat the cake with bakery buttercream, then refrigerate for 30 minutes. Tint the rest of the frosting as desired, then give the frosting a final coat.


3 Responses to “Pipe Dream #171: To Create-A-Date – Pastel Cake with Toasted Marshmallow Filling”

  1. 1 gemsfoodgems February 11, 2013 at 8:35 am

    It looks absolutely beautiful… almost too good to eat! (Though I am sure I would be able to eat it!!) x

  2. 3 bakearama February 12, 2013 at 5:53 am

    I love love LOVE the icing – it is so beautiful!

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