Marshmallow Cupcakes + Marshmallow Frosting

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Marshmallow Cupcakes + Marshmallow Frosting #recipe from @katrinaskitchen

Peeps. You love them or you hate them. There seems to be no middle ground with these little guys. I confess that I’m not a fan. My family however thinks that Easter won’t come if the sugar-dusted bunnies and chicks don’t start making an appearance in our home each spring. They are cute I admit. So this year I made them into sugar cookies and placed them atop marshmallow-filled cupcakes. I get the cuteness factor without the yuck factor – double win!

Marshmallow Cupcakes + Marshmallow Frosting #recipe from @katrinaskitchen

First you want to make some cupcakes. I had leftover batter from a small marble cake I made. Then I used an apple corer to make holes in the cupcakes. You could also just use a paring knife.

Marshmallow Cupcakes + Marshmallow Frosting #recipe from @katrinaskitchen

Next came a little glaze with some French Vanilla syrup. If you don’t have this you could use a simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water) or just skip this step altogether. Drop in a marshmallow-the stores are packed with pastel bunny shaped ones right now. Then pile on some MARSHMALLOW FROSTING and a cookie.

Marshmallow Cupcakes + Marshmallow Frosting #recipe from @katrinaskitchen

I must admit that these are the only 4 cupcakes that got a fancy peep cookie – the rest got topped with another pastel bunny marshmallow and sent along to work with my husband. If you were to make the mini peeps just use your favorite (or store-bought) sugar cookie recipe, cover in frosting and pile on pink or yellow sugar sprinkles.

Marshmallow Cupcakes + Marshmallow Frosting #recipe from @katrinaskitchen

Marshmallow Cupcakes + Marshmallow Frosting

Cupcakes stuffed with marshmallows and frosted with marshmallow fluff frosting


  • For the Cupcakes:
  • 24 prepared cupcakes
  • 1 bag of marshmallows
  • 2-3 tablespoons French Vanilla Torani syrup
  • For the Frosting:
  • ¼ cup butter or margarine softened
  • 1 7oz jar of marshmallow cream
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 16oz package of powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons heavy cream or milk


  • For the Cupcakes:
  • Prepare cupcakes and let cool completely. Using an apple corer or small paring knife cut a hole into each cupcake being careful not to cut through to the bottom.
  • Using a pastry brush spread syrup over cupcakes and place a marshmallow inside the hollowed out hole.
  • For the Frosting:
  • Combine butter, marshmallow cream, and vanilla in mixer and beat on medium speed until combined.
  • Slowly add powdered sugar. Use heavy cream (or milk) as needed to thin the icing to the consistency that you prefer.
- Katrina

53 Responses to “Marshmallow Cupcakes + Marshmallow Frosting”

  1. #
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — April 19, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    These cupcakes are adorable!

  2. #
    Tiffany — April 19, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Oh my! Just perfect for Easter!

  3. #
    lauren — April 19, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Holy yum!!!!! These are too cute! I love the little cookie addition.

  4. #
    Culinarication — April 19, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    very cute idea! I’ve never seen marshmallow filled cupcakes.

  5. #
    Fresh and Foodie — April 19, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Adorbs! I love how you totally jazzed up the store bought cupcakes and made them something super special. Love the idea of the simple syrup, too. Cute!

  6. #
    Charlene — April 19, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    That is so clever!

  7. #
    Franklin from Dine Delish — April 19, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    The kids must love these! Looks so good too.

  8. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — April 19, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Oh my goodness, so cute! I love the sugar cookies – I really thought they were Peeps before I read!

  9. #
    Carolyn — April 19, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Peeps are a very American thing, I’d never seen them until I moved here. I detest them, but am getting such a kick out of what everyone is doing with them on the food blogs. YOur cupcakes look great.

  10. #
    Pegasuslegend — April 19, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    how adorable are these love them~ I love marshmallow anything~ but these are just darling~

  11. #
    Kenni — April 19, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    These sound yummy! I love the idea of that marshmallow frosting with a chocolate cupcake.

  12. #
    wendyweekendgourmet — April 19, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    These are adorable, Katrina! Almost too cute to eat…almost being the operative word ;)!

  13. #
    SuzyEats — April 19, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    what a great idea Katrina!!

  14. #
    spcookiequeen — April 19, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    They sure are cute. I must confess to being a peep disliker. I haven’t had one since I was little, but I’m pretty sure they still taste the same. I bet the kids would love these.

  15. #
    briarrose — April 19, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Adorable. I’m not a fan of peeps either so I love this substitution. 🙂

  16. #
    Lindselicious — April 19, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    So cute! I love how you made them into a cookie and then a cupcake topper. Your family is so lucky!

  17. #
    Cassie @ Bake Your Day — April 19, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    I am not a fan of peeps but these are so darn cute that I might make them anyway!

  18. #
    Sandra — April 19, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    Honestly I just wish that I have the energy and creativity like you do! I love this presentation creative!!!
    Have a wonderful evening!!!

  19. #
    Emily @ Life On Food — April 19, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    I am with you. I am not a big fan of peeps. They were my grandmothers favorite treat and always included them in our baskets.

  20. #
    Joy — April 20, 2011 at 1:01 am

    Those are adorable!

  21. #
    Holly — April 20, 2011 at 1:07 am

    Soooo cute! You are amazing!!

  22. #
    Parsley Sage — April 20, 2011 at 1:27 am

    Marshmallow on marshmallow = awesome. I typically ‘bleh’ peeps too but I often get sucked in by their high cute factor. Nice deflection!

  23. #
    Happy When Not Hungry — April 20, 2011 at 1:34 am

    These are so cute! What a creative idea for Easter!

  24. #
    The Harried Cook — April 20, 2011 at 3:21 am

    You are so creative! They are absolutely adorable cupcakes! Perfect for the season 🙂

  25. #
    Sue — April 20, 2011 at 4:00 am

    Your mini peeps cookies are SO CUTE!

  26. #
    kita — April 20, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    How cute – but Im with you peeps are ew!!

  27. #
    Katrina (Betty Ray) — April 20, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Peep cakes! I love this idea. Adorable.

  28. #
    Brandie — April 20, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Marshmallow ANYTHING is always a hit at our house!! Such a fantastic recipe 🙂

  29. #
    Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking — April 20, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    These are so cute, creative and perfect for Easter! Great job, Katrina. Thanks for sharing and happy (early) Easter to you!

  30. #
    Megan — April 20, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    These are insanely CUTE! What a perfect kid-pleaser. How creative…love the idea!!

  31. #
    paddle attachment — April 20, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Cute! I love the surprise marshmallow in the middle and the coffee syrup tip.

  32. # — April 20, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Oh my, these are adorable! I love your creativity, Katrina!

  33. #
    Erin — April 20, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    These are adorable!

  34. #
    Kimberly — April 20, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    How cute are those?!? I really love this recipe!

  35. #
    Julie higgins — April 21, 2011 at 12:22 am

    Super cute! Peeps don’t do it for me either! And I agree…either you love em or hate em! Did you make those adorable peep cookies or did you buy them? My kids would LOVE these…

  36. #
    Susi's Kochen und Backen — April 21, 2011 at 1:26 am

    Very creative and darling looking cupcakes. Definitely perfect for Easter :o)

  37. #
    Maris (In Good Taste) — April 21, 2011 at 8:56 am

    How sweet are these! Very cute!!!!

  38. #
    A SPICY PERSPECTIVE — April 21, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    This is such a fun idea. We are totally making these this weekend!

  39. #
    Patty — April 21, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    How fun and delicious! Thanks for sharing! Happy Easter 🙂

  40. #
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — April 22, 2011 at 1:47 am

    I’m not a fan of peeps either, my old roommate when I was in school loved them and I never understood why. I’d much rather eat a peep shaped cookie! Lovely as always Katrina.

  41. #
    Alexis @ There She Goes — April 22, 2011 at 11:46 am

    I don’t know what to say these are SO CUTE

  42. #
    Allison Hillberry — April 22, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    These are oh so cute! thanks for sharing this 🙂

  43. #
    Butrcreamblondi — April 22, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    So cute Katrina!!!

  44. #
    Allison @ Alli 'n Son — April 22, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    What a great idea! I especially love the marshmallow frosting.

    I’d love to have you share your recipe on Sweet Tooth Friday. I hope to see you there!

  45. #
    Nicole Feliciano — April 22, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    so amazing. what an easter treat. hope you can share you recipe on our Momtrends linky here:

  46. #
    Parsley Sage — April 23, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    By the way, I’ve given you an award today over at Deep Dish 🙂

  47. #
    [email protected] — April 23, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    I’m back to look at these beauties once again… I love ’em!! 🙂

  48. #
    Chris's Gourmet Fashion — April 23, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Hi Katrina, Just stopped by to wish you and your family a very Happy Easter! Your sugar peeps do look so cute.

  49. #
    Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets — April 25, 2011 at 4:31 am

    So adorable! Happy belated Easter!

  50. #
    Nami @ Just One Cookbook — April 25, 2011 at 7:16 am

    Hi Katrina! Happy belated Easter! Thank you for your comment on my Chicken Adobo post. I can’t believe I didn’t know about your website till now and I’m glad to find you! You have such a cute website design and all the sweets look so good! I am looking forward to your new post already.

  51. #
    Cooking Gallery — April 25, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Love the happy look and feel of your blog :). And what a wonderful idea, filling the cupcakes with marshmallow…!!

  52. #
    Gourmantine — April 25, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    These cupcakes look adorable, I’m sure I’d be very popular with my little nephew if I made them. Your recipes are so fun and creative, I’m drooling over the cereal eggs and peanut butter dessert shooters! 🙂

  53. #
    [email protected] — April 29, 2011 at 5:20 am

    I always love your cookies and sweets, so yummy and cute 🙂 this one is adorable!!!

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