Chocolate Cake with Marshmallow Frosting

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Birthdays are a big deal in my house. From the special breakfast made for the birthday girl or boy to the birthday cake, it’s a day of celebration. I know a lot of parents that don’t do huge birthday parties for their kids, but for me? The bigger the better. I like the planning, the decorating, the cooking and baking. I start thinking about them months ahead of time. My husbands’ 50th birthday is in 11 days and I started planning it shortly after my daughters’ birthday in February.

You might say I’m obsessed. And you’re not wrong.

Towards the end of the school year, there were lots of birthdays happening in my daughters’ Kindergarten class. It seems like every day they celebrated someone’s birthday. “Cupcakes” became part of the school day. A lot of the kids in her class have summer birthdays, so May was the “Un-Birthday” month.  All the celebrations got me to thinking. Everyone in her class had a special day to be sung too and have a treat in their honor. Everyone, that is, except her teacher. It turns out Mrs. D’s birthday is also in summer so no one knew to celebrate it.

That just didn’t seem fair to me. I mean, all year long Mrs. D cranked out birthday crowns with glitter and sparkles and led the kids in “Happy Birthday cha-cha-chocolate.” I doubt that “birthday crown maker” is really part of her job description. She deserved a birthday too. So, we decided to surprise her. I made a cake and another mom collected money for a pedicure gift certificate. Jordan made her a crown. Someone brought a balloon. And we sang to her. And she was surprised and she loved it. She works so hard; she deserved a little pampering. I was happy to help give it to her.

I added chocolate chips in between the layers.

I decided to make this cake because I’ve never made one with coffee in it (and almost every chocolate cake recipe you come across has some coffee in the recipe). You can’t taste the coffee; it just gives the cake a richer taste. This cake is very moist and delicious and comes from one of my favorite cake cookbooks.  The frosting is made with marshmallow creme. The minute I saw the recipe on Baked Bree I knew I had to try it. It’s sweet and delicious and a nice change from regular buttercream.

I piped the words using melted pink candy melts (Wilton).

A few notes about the recipe:
*I made one 6″x3″ round cake and about 8 cupcakes. The recipe is written to make one 9″ cake.
*The frosting I made covered the (split in half) 6″ round cake but there was not enough frosting left for all of the cupcakes. (Well, at least the way I frost!) If you are making a 9″ cake and leaving it one layer you should have enough, but if you are cutting it in half to make a layer cake you may need a double batch of frosting.

I hope you enjoy! I didn’t get any inside shots of the cake because it was a gift. But I tasted the cupcakes – delicious!


Chocolate Cake
From The Cake Book
Keywords: chocolate cake
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup natural (unsweetened) cocoa powder (not Dutch-processed)
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs (at room temperature)
  • 1/3 cup whole milk (at room temperature)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips, for garnish
  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Grease and flour the bottom of two 6×3” pans or one 9×3” pan (a springform pan works also but be sure to wrap the bottom with foil to prevent leakage).
  2. Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into the bowl of an electric mixer. Add the sugar and, using the paddle attachment, mix at low speed until blended. Add the vegetable oil and mix a few seconds, until the dry ingredients are crumbly.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs and until blended. Whisk in the milk and vanilla extract until blended. With the mixer at low speed, add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and mix until blended, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Gradually add the boiling water and mix just until blended and smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  4. Bake the cake for 45-55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Invert the cake onto the wire rack or cutting board and cool completely.
  5. Frost the cake with Marhsmallow Frosting, recipe below.  Frost the bottom layer of the cake and top with ½ cup of mini chocolate chips. Add the top layer and finish frosting the cake. Add the remaining ½ cup of mini chocolate chips as decoration on top or on the sides.
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Marshmallow Frosting
Keywords: marshmallow frosting
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 (7-ounce) jar marshmallow crème
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Cream the butter until it is light and fluffy. Add the marshmallow crème and beat for about two minutes. Slowly add the powdered sugar and beat for an additional two minutes. Add the vanilla extract and mix until combined.
  2. Note: This makes enough to frost a 6″ layer cake. Double the recipe if you are doing a 9″ cake or more than a dozen cupcakes.
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  1. I have got to learn to decorate cakes as prettily as you do. This looks fantastic.

  2. This sounds incredible! I’m going to have to bookmark it and try. Love the un-birthday!

  3. @Renee
    Thanks Renee! I hope you like it. 🙂 Thanks for reading!

  4. I’m having a recipe only link party “Cast Party Wednesday” This recipe would be a perfect addition. I would love it if you came by and shared some of your recipes with us.
    I hope to see you there!

  5. What an incredible looking cake! I’m visiting from Lark’s site 🙂

  6. This cake is like the worst tease right now. It is that time of month and I am camping while craving chocolate cake….so cruel,lol

    Hope you can come by and this recipe at Foodie Wednesday

  7. This looks soooo good. I would love it if you stopped by tomorrow for “Turning the Table Thursday” to share some of your recipes with us. (link opens at midnight EST on Weds)

    I hope to see you there!

    Around My Family Table

  8. @Wendy
    Thanks for reading! I will check out “Turning the Table Thursday”!

  9. This looks amazing! You did a lovely job! Visiting from

  10. This looks so good Dorothy! Thanks for linking up 🙂

  11. Sounds so good! I am so happy you shared this with us all on Made it on Monday!

  12. @Alyssa
    Thank you! And thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  13. That cake is so beautiful! That was so sweet of you to make it!

  14. Gorgeous cake! Did you use a specific decorating tip for the top? I’d love to be able to recreate that.

  15. looks like the perfect cake!

  16. This looks so yummy!! I love that you thought to surprise the teacher-so awesome:)

  17. @Holly
    Thanks Holly! I think surprise was the only way to go – she probably wouldn’t have let us do it if not! Thanks for reading! 🙂

  18. The cake looks terrific and I love that you did something so sweet for the teacher! You’re right, they are too often forgotten. What a good mamma!

  19. Looks delish. We’d love you to share your recipe with us at
    Simply Delish.

  20. Wow! Your cake looks beautiful and delicious! I like how you decorated the top and you piped your words so perfectly…i still need to work on my writing…hehe.

  21. @Cakewhiz
    Thank you! Maybe I should have included photos of the 15 other sets of words that really were horrible. LOL! Thanks for reading! 🙂

  22. What a beautiful gesture and beautiful cake! I am sooooo going to try that icing. Sounds delish and a nice change. Bet Mrs. D will remember it forever.

  23. Wow! You did such a cool job with the frosting. I’ve never seen this frosting recipe before but I will definitely try it. It looks and sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing on A Well-Seasoned Life’s Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

  24. Yummy! I am your newest follower! I LOVE your blog! Yumminess everywhere! I would love it if you would stop byt my blog and follow back!
    -Kirsten 😉

  25. Thanks for sharing with
    Simply Delish.
    Hope to see you again next weekend.

  26. Hi, I just wanted to thank you for visiting Cast Party Wednesday and I hope you join me again tomorrow and share more of your great recipes! Also, your recipe was one of the top 3 most viewed. Visit tomorrow to see if you are in the #1 spot and if I made your recipe!
    I hope to see you tomorrow!

  27. OH man….I seriously need this in my life right now! Marshmallow frosting…hello? Delicious! 😀

    It is unbelievably good. I can’t believe I’ve gone my whole life without it. 😉
    Thanks for reading!

  29. That was such a good idea and so nice of you. Well done.

  30. Please, please add an email subscription option. I found you through This Chick Cooks.

    Thanks, and great combination! My Mom will love it!!!


  31. @Meesh1957
    Thank you for reading! I will try to figure out how to do an email subscription option. I’ve been thinking about it for awhile, so now I have incentive! 🙂

  32. Beautiful cake! Makes me want to bake. To bad it to so hot today, maybe tomarrow! Thanks!

  33. @Heather
    Thanks for reading! Unfortunately, the heat never deters my oven. I just crank up the A/C and hope my husband won’t question the bill. 😉

  34. You had me at marshmallow! These look so amazing! I’d love for you to share these at my Cake, Cupcake & Icing linky!

  35. Pure yumminess!

  36. This looks delicious! I am visiting from the Something Swanky Blog hop! I am already a lovely follower of your blog! I would love for you to come check out my blog and follow me too if you are not already! Thanks!

  37. Love your blog, I’m your newest follower! Visiting from Something Swanky, hope you’ll stop by my blog at and hopefully become a follower 🙂


  38. Baking this cake for Mrs. D was so sweet! If I ever have kids when I grow up, I’ll remember to do this for their teachers.

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  40. I used some leftover frosting to make graham cracker “sandwiches”. I kept them in the frig so the frosting would stay firm. There were no complaints when they were found and devoured!

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