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Marshmallow frosting is the crowning touch for any cupcake or layer cake. Billowy and light, marshmallow frosting is always a favorite. 

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There’s a funny thing about my sister and me. Well, most likely just one of many! We’ve always loved to share desserts – especially cake – when we eat at restaurants. I would always eat the majority of the cake and she would eat the frosting. It was the perfect situation for both of us since we each got what each of us considered to be the “best part” of dessert.

Now that we’ve gotten just a little bit older (ha!), we still gravitate toward that childhood routine when we go out to eat and share a piece of cake – me first digging my fork into bottom of the slice of the cake while her fork goes toward the top. Maybe that’s the secret as to why we’ve always gotten along so well!

But, my ability to share desserts ends when it comes to homemade confections – especially if it is something I love as much as I do this cloudlike Marshmallow frosting! As much as I love my sister, I’m not up for sharing this deliciousness!

It is absolute perfection on top of my favorite chocolate cake, my white cake and even my yellow cake. I love to add a sprinkle of coconut flakes on top of cupcakes, like in the picture, for showers and other special treats, too. It is also fun to use a kitchen torch to lightly toast the edges of the frosting for gorgeous treat!

Here’s the recipe for my Marshmallow Frosting. I think you’ll declare it a “no share” zone, too!

4.86 from 7 votes

Marshmallow Frosting Recipe

Dessert 20 mins

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Author Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
Marshmallow Frosting is the crowning touch for any cupcake or layer cake. Billowy and light, marshmallow frosting is always a favorite.


  • 8 egg whites room temperature
  • 2 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • Pour about ½ cup of water into a medium-sized saucepan and bring to a simmer.
  • Add egg whites, sugar, cream of tartar, and salt to the bowl of an electric mixer. Whisk with hand-held whisk until the ingredients begin to become foamy.
  • Place the bowl over the saucepan of simmering water and continue to whisk until the sugar is completely dissolved, about 5 minutes.
  • Remove the bowl from the saucepan and transfer to a stand mixer with the whisk attachment attached. Turn mixer to medium setting and whip for about 1 minute. Increase the speed to high and whip until stiff peaks are formed, about 5-7 minutes. Reduce speed and incorporate vanilla.

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    1. Sarah, this frosting is the one used on many coconut cakes. It is a very “light weight” frosting and really sticky. It just doesn’t have the consistency for holding up very well to food coloring or decorating.

    1. 5 stars
      Thats what we called it too and it is out of this world. I could sit with a spoon and eat the whole bowl ful hahahahaha

  1. My parents make one very similar to this only they boil pure make syrup to the ‘hair’ point and beat into the egg whites. No sugar (because of the syrup). Maple Syrup Frosting is all they ever called it. Perfect on white cake when the sap is running heavy in the countryside of NNY. Yum.

    1. What’s the hair point? I am cane sugar intolerant, and can’t use normal sugar as a result. Maple’s my biggest baking staple.

  2. 4 stars
    I tried this recipe because I was Making a mocha cake with my grandma and we needed a frosting and she made a marshmallow one a while ago so I tried this one and it is amazing and my new go-to frosting. It’s such an easy frosting and so delicious. I LOVE IT!!
    (it is just like merengue)

  3. I was looking for a 7 min frosting recipe and will try yours. I do add marshmallows at the end, only difference. I use this for chocolate angel food cake. Perfect frosting!

    1. You don’t add marshmallows, Jaklin. Just follow the recipe. The frosting tastes like marshmallows.

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