Fluffy Marshmallow Frosting

This easy-to-make Fluffy Marshmallow Frosting is spreadable, pipe-able and all around glossy and gorgeous!

Make sure to try my Party Frosting too! That one is made with store-bought marshmallow cream!

The FLUFFIEST Marshmallow Frosting

Fluffy Marshmallow Frosting Is Sweet, Light, and GORGEOUS!

I love frosting so much and since I’ve got the basics here on my site for you (Perfect Buttercream and Creamy Chocolate Frosting). We now get to move on to the FUN STUFF!!

This marshmallow frosting is fluffy, creamy, glossy, sweet but not too sweet, spreadable, pipe-able and an ALL AROUND WINNER.

What Actually IS Marshmallow Frosting?

This is the frosting for those of you who (gasp) aren’t into buttercream. It’s such a beautiful frosting and it’s easy to make. It also happens to be much lower in fat and calories than buttercream, if you’re worried about that kind of thing.

It starts with an egg white base. You heat the egg whites so there is no danger of salmonella. You whip them up with granulated sugar, cream of tartar (to stabilize the egg whites), a pinch of salt, and a little vanilla extract.

You whip it for 7-9 minutes, so a stand mixer works best, but you can absolutely do it with a hand mixer… but you want the peaks to be stiff and glossy.

The only down-side to this frosting is it doesn’t really keep for very long. I always recommend serving the same day. BUT if you have to store it, airtight in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours max.

It pipes like a DREAM…

And it toasts up so pretty using a kitchen torch.

You can absolutely spread this on a cake, but it isn’t great for FILLING a cake, because it is so soft in texture. It’s best for covering cakes, and piping onto cupcakes.

Dreamy, isn’t it?

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Fluffy Marshmallow Frosting

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield Yield: covers one 8 or 9 inch cake OR pipes onto 12 cupcakes 1x
  • Category Category: Dessert
  • Method Method: Bowl
  • Cuisine Cuisine: American

Description:

This easy-to-make Fluffy Marshmallow Frosting is spreadable, pipe-able and all around glossy and gorgeous!


Ingredients:

  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 cu granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Add the egg whites, granulated sugar, cream of tarter, and salt to a heat-safe bowl of an stand mixer. Set the bowl over a saucepan filled with a few inches of simmering water.
  2. If you aren’t using a stand mixer, use any large heat-safe bowl, with high sides for mixing.
  3. Heat the mixture, whisking constantly until the egg whites are warm to the touch and sugar has dissolved, about 3 – 4 minutes.
  4. Remove the bowl from the heat and transfer to your stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Mix on high speed, until stiff, glossy peaks form, about 7-9 minutes. Add the vanilla during the last 10 seconds of mixing.
  5. Spread or pipe onto cake immediately.

Notes:

Best if used immediately.

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Marji
June 24, 2020 4:43 am

Hi! Is it ok to use icing sugar?

Cate G
June 15, 2020 6:23 pm

Does it taste like marshmallows?

Rekha
June 15, 2020 10:36 am

Hi how stable is this frosting on a cake and will it keep its shape once piped

Sara
June 8, 2020 9:16 pm

First time making a marshmallow frosting and it came out great! Consistency was perfect. Frosted chocolate cake and refrigerated it until we ate it in the evening.

Cinthia
May 29, 2020 3:03 pm

Ive tried making this twice and somehow my batter won’t thicken and stiff up :/ any suggestions?

Amy
May 28, 2020 12:06 am

Do you think I could use meringue powder instead of the egg whites? How would you recommend making that swap?

Lia
May 24, 2020 11:16 pm

Will adding less sugar (half as much) prevent the whites from getting thick and forming any peaks at all?

Robi Hill
April 18, 2020 7:20 am

Hi, can this be used to mix in a cookie mixture and baked

Shari
March 13, 2020 9:34 am

Can u use a hand held mixer with regular beaters?

nina
March 7, 2020 8:53 pm

wow!! i made something on the lines of a smore cake and this made it so amazing!!! i definitely recommend this! absolutely delicious!

Mary
January 10, 2020 11:46 pm

Hi Shelley! Recently I tried making marshmallows at home twice. Lately I have been wanting to make Chocolate Marshmallow Teacakes. Where I reside, marshmallow fluff isn’t available. I was planning to make homemade fluff , when I came across recipes like “Double Boiler Marshmallow frosting”, ‘Marshmallow Maringue frosting”. I’m confused. Is there any difference between fluff and frosting? Can they be used interchangeably? Can I use the frosting to fill teacakes?

Leijah
December 12, 2019 11:44 am

Hi!

I’m trying this recipe this weekend and am super excited to try it out! However, I’m making them as a Christmas present for some coworkers. I was going to make the cupcakes and frost them on Saturday, then give them to my coworkers on Monday. I also bought a torch specifically for this!

Would this frosting be able to hold up without weeping over the weekend in the fridge? Or should I wait until the day of to frost them?

Taylor Widener
October 20, 2019 6:51 pm

Followed recipe exactly, turned out perfect! I have extra, how should I store this?

Missy
September 16, 2019 9:04 pm

Can you dip it in ganache ?

Sabrina
August 20, 2019 6:50 pm

Could you also add actual marshmallows to the mixture??

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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