The Baker Upstairs: strawberry marshmallow cupcakes


strawberry marshmallow cupcakes


It's Valentine's week! I'm pretty excited about making my second grader's valentines (and valentine box) with her this week. She's decided that she wants a box that looks like our cat, Hazel, so we'll see how that turns out. :) She's very clever with paper crafting, so I'm sure it will be adorable. Anyway, these strawberry marshmallow cupcakes are pretty much just the essence of sticky, gooey, sweet, adorable Valentine's Day. I shared some of these cupcakes with a friend and she said, "It's like eating your second grade class Valentine's party." Exactly!

I started with my favorite vanilla cupcake recipe, filled them with sweet and sticky marshmallow cream, and topped them with a light and fluffy strawberry marshmallow buttercream and a cute marshmallow heart.  My kids were completely entranced by these and couldn't wait to take that first sweet bite. I think these are honestly the most adorable cupcakes I've ever made. So sweet and cute! Even though it looks like a lot of ingredients/steps, these cupcakes are really easy to make and so delicious!

Strawberry Marshmallow Cupcakes

for the cupcakes:
1 1/2 cups cake flour
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 3/4 cups sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, cold, cut into small pieces
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

for filling:
7 ounce container marshmallow cream

for frosting:
4 ounces butter, room temperature
7 ounce container marshmallow cream
3 - 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons strawberry puree (from 3-4 berries)
1 teaspoon vanilla
marshmallow hearts (I couldn't find them, so I made my own with a fondant cutter and s'mores mallows)

Preheat the oven to 350. Line two muffin tins with paper liners. In a large bowl or a the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together flours, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add the butter and mix until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the milk and vanilla in a measuring cup, and add about half of the milk mixture to the flour mixture. Beat until well blended and smooth. Add the other half of the milk mixture, and beat until smooth. Fill paper liners 2/3 full and bake 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool in the tin for a few minutes and then remove to a cooling rack to cool completely.

When the cupcakes have cooled, use a sharp knife to cut out the core of each cupcake and add a spoonful of marshmallow cream to the center. Replace the tops. To make the frosting, beat together the butter and marshmallow cream until light and fluffy. Add the powdered sugar, strawberry puree, and vanilla, and beat until light and fluffy. Add additional powdered sugar as needed to make a smooth, pipeable frosting. Frost cupcakes as desired and top with hearts. Sprinkle with powdered sugar for an extra fun touch. Enjoy!

inspired by and frosting adapted from these gorgeous cupcakes on Pizzazzerie


  1. These are so adorable and so perfect for this weekend! I love the heart shaped marshmallows! Pinning this for sure!

  2. These have to be the most adorable cupcakes I've ever seen and I bet they also taste super sweet and delicious! They would make for the perfect V-Day treat for my whole family to enjoy!

  3. Love these - they're so pretty!! Happy V-Day!!


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