Tuesday, March 20, 2012

almost Oma's marshmallow cake

Friends, with Spring's arrival and all the ensuing spring cleaning and garden preparations, you are going to need sustenance for the long days ahead. And so, you really must have some...

Chocolate. Marshmallow. Cake.

Need I say more?

Almost Oma's Marshmallow Cake
note: If anyone in your household needs, say, some incentive for helping you with the cleaning and weeding, I've found this cake works remarkably well as a bribe for hard labor.

1 1/2 Cups all-purpose flour, organic unbleached
1/3 Cup cocoa powder 
1/3 teaspoon salt
2 Cups sugar
1 Cup vegetable shortening (alternatively, lard or butter)
4 eggs
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
8 ounces (or 1 small bag) mini marshmallows

For the frosting:
1 Cup butter, at room temperature
1/2 Cup cocoa powder
2 Cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 Cup evaporated milk


1. Combine the flour, cocoa powder, and salt together.

2. In a separate bowl, cream the sugar and shortening. Add the eggs and vanilla extract, and beat together until well-combined.

3. Mix the wet and dry ingredients together.

4. Spread the mixture onto a greased 9"x13" pan.

5. Bake at 300 degrees F for 35 minutes.

6. Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes, then sprinkle the marshmallows evenly over the top.

7. Return cake to the oven and cook for 5 more minutes. Meanwhile, mix all the frosting ingredients together.  

8. Remove cake and let cool for at least 5 minutes before applying the frosting.         

9. Chill the completed cake in a cool room or the refrigerator for a couple hours before enjoying. I cut ours into squares, and keep them in the refrigerator. If they last that long, they're even better the next day, thoroughly chilled!

Happy Spring! 


  1. It sure looks like you would have a few more helpers volunteering after making this yummy cake. :)

  2. Oh my goodness that looks so very tempting! I remember my nana and mum used to make a marshmallow slice when I was a child..I wonder if mum still has the recipe?

  3. Oh they remind me of Nanimo bars, although from the ingredient list, they aren't. They look delicious!

  4. Hi Jamie...what a wonderful recipe to share with us. I love the word "Oma". In my mother's family they were more formal, and we called her "Grossmutter". I will definitely add this recipe to my collection, with your name on it.
    And, just for the record, I always try to bride help with free lunch. Maybe, I should try your cake instead!

  5. Thank you for the recipe, Jaime! My mother loves that chocolate and marshmallow combination. I think I'll bake up a batch and send to some to her.

  6. You are right...no words needed here - I can almost taste it right now!

  7. Ha. I like a little chocolate after a day spent outside, too. The physical labor justifies the calories. Looks amazing.

  8. And if one does all the work oneself? Then one gets to eat the whole cake, yes?

    1. Oh, yes! Have you read the children's book "The Little Red Hen"? It's just like that ;)

  9. hi jamie,
    mmmh that looks so good!!!
    thanks for sharing the recipe.....i will it try!!!
    have a nice spring day,
    love regina

  10. Oh my! What a yummy looking recipe and your photographs are outstanding! :)

  11. Oh, I love anything with marshmallows! I can't wait to try these on my next "cheat" day!. Thank you!

  12. Yum is all I can say- I do try to avoid the old sugar though! Jx

  13. Oops, I've just spent a couple of hours devouring your blog. Thanks, I've had a lovely time and will be back. But better get a few jobs done now...

    1. Oh my, thank you Alison. Wishing you a productive day ;)

  14. Wow! I can't wait to try these! With spring upon us, I'll be needing some help in the garden ;-)

  15. Heavens, Jaime, that looks magnificently delicious! I might have to make it on Sunday...dessert day during lent.

    I hop around blogs, and when I visit you, I think to myself that you have all the inspiration I need right here. Just beautiful sharing...

    1. Jeannine, that is just such a lovely thing to say! Thank you for your encouragement. It's funny, as I was writing this post, I was thinking to myself that this is not a very Lenten recipe, as it's quite indulgent. Good thing for mini-Easter Sundays ;)

  16. yum! Looks like I'll be stopping by the store today to pick up some ingredients. :)


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