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Best Cake Recipes: Chocolate Cake with Marshmallow Filling

Best Cake Recipes: Chocolate Marshmallow Cake
Best Cake Recipes: Chocolate Marshmallow Cake

What do you do when you want something that looks great but isn’t the typical cake recipe? For something a little different from the norm, and for one of the best chocolate cake recipes, you can definitely rely on this monster of a show-stopper. It’s a wonderful cake to serve to a small group.

I have already shared a fantastic one layer cake with you. Do you remember it? It was a one layer chocolate and marshmallow cake recipe. I called them cake bars. They looked great with only one layer of that contrasting light and dark deliciousness. This recipe kicks things up a notch. Now, instead of one layer of soft chocolate cake, you get two! Not only that, but these are filled with a sweet and creamy marshmallow filling that has to be sampled to be believed. It is fluffy and simple to make. As if that weren’t enough, it is topped with a chocolate glaze that quickly dries to a gorgeous sheen. It’s a particularly eye-catching cake. If you have a bake sale booth or a pitch-in dinner coming up, you won’t go home with any leftovers, if you bake this fabulous double layer cake. On second thought, maybe that isn’t such a good thing! I’m kidding, of course. It is, however the kind of cake people will want the recipe for. Do them one better. Save the recipe now on Pinterest and you will never lose it. That’s what I do with all of my favorites.

Is there a birthday on the way? It is a particularly a great birthday cake choice, too. In fact, it is what I made for my husband, Jeremy’s, birthday. He loves chocolate every bit as much as I do. He appreciated the mix of flavors withthis cake. Kids love it, too. Everyone love sit even more when it is served  with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream. Mmm! A happy birthday indeed.

To make it look especially pretty, be sure to line wax paper around the base of the layer cake on the decorative cake pan before you get to work slicing, spreading on marshmallow fluff, topping it with the second layer, and pouring on the glaze. When you make a mess, as I obviously did, you can easily slip out these small bits of wax paper, revealing the clean plate underneath. Presentation is so important.  I would recommend serving this with vanilla or chocolate chip ice cream. It isn’t necessary but I do love cake and ice cream. Cake, marshmallow, and ice cream? Why, that sounds even more amazing, don’t you think?

I made this King Arthur Flour recipe from the (affiliate links) The King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion: The All-Purpose Baking Cookbook. If you enjoy cookbooks like I enjoy cookbooks, I can’t recommend it enough.

Chocolate Cake with Marshmallow Filling Recipe

Best Cake Recipes: Chocolate Cake with Marshmallow Filling

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 16 Servings

Serving Size: 1 Slice


16 g

Best Cake Recipes: Chocolate Cake with Marshmallow Filling

Another winner from the King Arthur Flour Baker's Companion Cookbook. I know a couple of small town bookstores where you can get it!

The Chocolate Glaze recipe is not from KAF.


  • 1 3/4 Cups Sugar
  • 2 1/4 Cups Flour
  • 2 Tablespoons Cornstarch
  • 3/4 Cup Dutch-Process Cocoa
  • 1/4 Cup Buttermilk Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3/4 Cup Water
  • 1/2 Cup Veggie Oil
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup Hot Water
  • Marshmallow Filling
  • 1/4 Cup Vegetable Shortening
  • 1/4 Cup Butter
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Corn Syrup
  • 3/4 Cup Marshmallow Creme (Optional)
  • Chocolate Glaze
  • 3/4 Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Light Corn Syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon Vanilla Extract


  1. 350* oven.
  2. Grease and Flour two 9" round cake pans. Set aside.
  3. Blend Sugar, Flour, Cornstarch, Cocoa, Buttermilk Powder, Baking Powder, Baking Soda, and Salt.
  4. Beat in Eggs, 3/4 Cup Water, Oil, and Vanilla Extract for two minutes.
  5. Stir in Hot Water.
  6. Pour batter into pans (it will be go from thick to thin after the Hot Water addition).
  7. Bake 30-35 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean.
  8. Cool 10 minutes in pan and then invert onto wire rack to cool completely.
  9. Assemble the Cake
  10. Grab one layer and put if rounded (top side) down onto a serving platter.
  11. Spread with filling. Top with remaining cake layer, also positioning top side down.
  12. Pour glaze slowly over the top.
  13. Marshmallow Filling!
  14. Beat together Shortening, Butter, Salt, Vanilla Extract, and Powdered Sugar until fluffy. Beat in Corn Syrup a bit at a time until blended. Beat in Marshmallow Creme just until blended.
  15. Chocolate Glaze!
  16. Combine Chocolate Chips, Butter, and Corn Syrup in top of double boiler. Melt and add in Vanilla.
  17. Cool so it thickens a bit but still pours.


Substitute Buttermilk Powder with 1/4 cup Buttermilk (or soured milk) thereby reducing Water amount from 3/4 cup to 1/4 cup.

Suggested garnish included crushed candy canes or mint chocolate cookies. I used crushed chocolate wafer cookies.

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Jessica Nunemaker is the Owner of Little More than a website, Little Indiana is a PBS segment on the state-wide program "The Weekly Special," a bi-weekly column in a local newspaper, and a book. Look for "Little Indiana: Small Town Destinations" published by Indiana University Press in April 2016--just in time for Indiana's BIG 200th Birthday Celebration.

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