Marshmallow Frosting Recipe

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Marshmallow Frosting Recipe

There is something incredible about marshmallows, don’t you think so? Their fluffy, cloud-like texture, delightful sweetness, and the ability to evoke happiness from those who like marshmallows. But what if we told you could take this to the next level?
Yes, you read it right!

A frosting made with marshmallow fluff that can take your cakes, cupcakes, or any dessert to the next level with its pillowy, cloud-like texture. It is sweet, creamy, and delicious at any time of the year.

This marshmallow frosting recipe needs only a few ingredients: marshmallow fluff, butter, icing sugar, vanilla essence, and simple steps.

And before you start the recipe, a gentle reminder is that it is not made with melting real marshmallows but rather with marshmallow cream or fluff. So, do not just start making it with melting real marshmallows.

This frosting is creamy and spreadable, so you can frost chocolate cake, cupcakes, or any flavor you choose. Make this frosting in less than 10 minutes, and elevate the taste of any of your desserts.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe? 

  • Flavor: With its distinct and unique flavor, Marshmallow frosting sets itself apart from the rest. It is not overly sweet, and the subtle taste of marshmallows perfectly complements many desserts, from classic vanilla to decadent chocolate. 
  • Texture: The main reason to love this recipe is the fluffy texture of this frosting. It has a light, airy, and creamy texture that melts in your mouth, giving you a delightful full experience with each bite.
  • Easy: Making marshmallow frosting is relatively easy and simple. With just a few ingredients, a stand mixer, or a hand beater, you can whip this frosting up quickly. 
  • Stable and pipeable: This marshmallow frosting recipe is stable and holds its shape well, making it an amazing choice for piping decorative swirls and designs on your cakes and cupcakes. The stability of the frosting makes sure that it tastes as good as it looks.
  • Not overly sweet: Unlike some of the frosting, this recipe is not very sweet and has a perfect balance of sweetness that complements your dessert without making it overly sweet for your taste buds.
  • Versatile: This frosting pairs well with a wide range of desserts. Whether you are frosting a cupcake, layering a cake, topping a brownie, or using it as a filling for the brownie, this marshmallow frosting will add a luscious touch to your desserts.

Important Ingredients Used in the Recipe

  • Marshmallow cream or fluff: The most important ingredient in making this frosting is marshmallow frosting or fluff. This sweet and fluffy ingredient is the foundation of this recipe, giving the frosting its unique flavor, fluffy texture, and sweetness. 
  •  Unsalted butter: Unsalted butter serves as the base for this recipe, adding richness and creaminess to the frosting. Ensure the butter is at room temperature before starting the recipe, as it will help in easy incorporation. 
  •  Icing sugar: It acts as a sweetener along with marshmallow frosting. It helps create a smooth, silky, and creamy frosting texture. Make sure that you sift the icing sugar to prevent lump formation.
  •  Vanilla essence: Vanilla essence enhances the flavor of the frosting, giving it a warm and flowery aroma. 
  •  Salt: Adding salt balances out the sweetness of the frosting. It prevents the frosting from becoming bland and too sweet. 
  •  Milk: Mixing milk and icing sugar helps in getting the creamy consistency of the frosting.

How to Make Marshmallow Frosting

Preparation: Gather all the ingredients accurately for the recipe. Use a kitchen weighing scale to measure the quantities.

Beating butter: In a bowl, beat room temperature unsalted butter and marshmallow fluff together until it turns into a fluffy texture. Use an electric hand beater or a stand mixer. Ensure you have both ingredients at room temperature for better results.

Adding icing sugar: Mix milk and icing sugar together and add it to the beaten butter, along with vanilla essence and salt. Don’t skip adding salt, or it will taste super sweet and bland.

Chef’s Tips For The Recipe

Tip for The Best Marshmallow Frosting

Use high-quality marshmallow cream or fluff for the recipe, as this frosting is heavily dependent on marshmallow fluff.
Do not over-mix, or the frosting will be runny or have a grainy texture. Stop mixing as soon as all the ingredients are fully incorporated.

Tips for Smooth & Lump-free Frosting

Use room-temperature butter. Ensure the butter is soft before beating it in a stand mixer or using an electric hand beater.
Sift icing sugar before adding to the frosting, or it may create lumps.

How to Store Marshmallow Frosting

Marshmallow frosting can be stored in the fridge for 1 – 2 weeks. To use it, let it come to room temperature and beat it again with an electric hand beater to get a creamy texture.

It can be stored in an air-tight container in the freezer for 1 – 2 months. Thaw it in the refrigerator overnight and beat again to use it on your desserts.

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Cookie Frosting Recipe

German Chocolate Cake Frosting

Caramel Frosting Recipe

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use marshmallow frosting for piping and decorating?

Yes, you can use marshmallow frosting for piping decorative designs on your cakes, cupcakes, or any desserts. But keep in mind that it might not hold the shape as well as another stiff frosting due to its lighter and fluffier texture.

How do I prevent marshmallow frosting from being too runny?

To prevent the frosting from becoming runny, make sure that you do not add too much milk and follow the quantity given in the recipe.

Can I use marshmallow frosting as a filling for cakes?

Yes, this frosting can be used as a filling for layered cakes. However, keep in mind that as it’s too light and fluffy, so it might compress under the pressure of the upper layer.

Can I use homemade marshmallow fluff for making marshmallow frosting?

Yes, you can use homemade marshmallow frosting to make the frosting. For the recipe, you can check out our marshmallow swirl brownie (link), where we have given the recipe for homemade marshmallows.

Why does my marshmallow frosting have a grainy texture?

Grainy texture can be the result of overbeating or icing sugar not incorporated properly. Make sure not to overbeat the frosting and mix milk in the icing sugar. 

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Marshmallow Frosting

This frosting is creamy and spreadable, so you can frost chocolate cake, chocolate cupcakes, or any flavor of your choice. Make this frosting less than 10 minutes, so make this frosting and elevate the taste of any of your desserts.

  • Total Time: 20 to 25 minutes


  • 200 g Unsalted butter
  • 100 g Marshmallow fluff
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Vanilla essence
  • 60 g Milk
  • 100 g Icing sugar


  1. In a bowl, add room-temperature unsalted butter and marshmallow fluff.
  2. Mix with an electric hand beater until they are thoroughly incorporated, and the texture is light and fluffy.
  3. In a different smaller bowl, mix icing sugar and milk together.
  4. Add milk and icing sugar mixture to the beaten butter, along with vanilla essence and salt.
  5. Beat all of it together until fully incorporated and has a soft peak.
  • Author: Chef Aruna
  • Prep Time: 5 to 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 to 15 minutes

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