Orange Marshmallow Cake

Orange Marshmallow Cake

Serves 8

There was a time at uni when I was so poor, I ate rice and peas for a whole term. My mum was living in St Lucia at the time and it was only when I went to visit her that I realised “real” rice and peas bore no resemblance to the boiled rice and frozen peas I had been eating. Ho hum!

I still remember those days when my budget only stretched to carbs and carbs and to this day, I can not resist a bargain… Or a freebie. So when my friend Pippa phoned to say she was clearing out her pantry and she had a load of stuff that her friend Anisha had given her when she cleaned out her pantry and did I want it, of course, I could not say no. In my defence, the goods included all my favourites like beans, chickpeas and other pulses that appealed to my inner vegetarian, not to mention my inner survivalist. The only edible anomaly were the bag of marshmallows which were begging to be upcycled into something delicious.

The baking planets aligned when my neighbour gave me a bag of oranges and I acquired this bag of marshmallows at the same time and that’s how this cake came to be. It’s inspired by Mary Berry’s cake of the same name, but I increased the ingredients, converted the recipe to the Thermomix and added more orange because orange is awesome. Naturally.

I love the way the marshmallows sink into the warm cake and morph in to something squidgily delicious. I also love the way the icing runs into all the nooks and crannies in between the marshmallows and how fun it is to cut yourself a slice with the most marshmallows possible. Because marshmallows matter.

In fact, when I was at boarding school andI was known as Mandy (don’t ask, it’s complicateed,) everyone called me Mandy Marshmarlow because my last name was Marlow. If only I had known this recipe then, my friends would have eaten their words, and of course, this cake. It would totally have been my signature bake.

So tell me, did you have a nickname at school? Have you ever eaten rice and peas? Are you a pantry hoarder too?

Orange Marshmallow Cake

Ingredients

150g butter, softened

150g caster sugar

150g self raising flour

1 1/2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda

3 eggs

grated rind of 1 large orange

2 tablespoons orange juice

FOR THE TOPPING

100g marshmallows

175g icing sugar, sifted

3 tablespoons warm orange juice

Orange Marshmallow Cake

How to

  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C fan-forced. Grease and line the base of  a 7 inch springform tin with  baking paper.
  2. Place all the cake ingredients in a bowl and mix for about 2-3 minutes until thoroughly combined.
  3. Pour the mixture into the tin and smooth the top.
  4. Bake for about 30-35 minutes.If the cake is browning too quickly, cover with some foil. The cake is ready when it is well risen and golden brown and a cake tester comes out clean.
  5. While the cake is cooking, cut the marshmallows in half horizontally with a pair of sharp kitchen scissors. As soon as the cake is cooked, take it out of the oven and place the marshmallows over the top, cut side down, covering as much of the cake as possible. Leave the cake in the tin to cool.
  6. When the cake has cooled completely, blend the icing sugar and the warm orange juice together. Gently remove the cake from the tin, place on a serving plate and pour the icing over the top.

Orange Marshmallow Cake

How to – Thermomix

  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C fan-forced. Grease and line the base of  a 7 inch springform tin with  baking paper.
  2. Add the butter to TM bowl and chop for 5 seconds  on speed 7. Scrape down base and sides of bowl.
  3. Add the rest of the cake ingredients and mix for 15 seconds  on speed 4. Scrape down base and sides of bowl and repeat,  mixing for another 15 seconds  on speed 4.
  4. Pour the mixture into the tin and smooth the top.
  5. Bake for about 30-35 minutes.If the cake is browning too quickly, cover with some foil. The cake is ready when it is well risen and golden brown and a cake tester comes out clean.
  6. While the cake is cooking, cut the marshmallows in half horizontally with a pair of sharp kitchen scissors. As soon as the cake is cooked, take it out of the oven and place the marshmallows over the top, cut side down, covering as much of the cake as possible. Leave the cake in the tin to cool.
  7. When the cake has cooled completely, blend the icing sugar and the warm orange juice together. Gently remove the cake from the tin, place on a serving plate and pour the icing over the top.
Other info

Prep and  Cooking time: 35-40 minutes

Orange Marshmallow Cake

  • Oh this looks crazy decadent! I think I would need more than one slice of this beauty. Thanks for the recipe Mandy xx

    • Mandy, indeed! The best bit is when you get Mandy people and Sam people in the same room and they just don’t know what to call me. When I sign cards with Mandy, David says that he should change his name to Kevin or something, because he wants two names too!

  • This looks so delicious! I love marshmallows and cake so putting them together must be AWESOME 🙂

  • Just when you thought orange cake couldn’t get any better. We were watching an old season of Great British Bake-off the other day and one of the contestants used marshmallow to make fondant icing.

    • No way! I will have to google the marshmallow fondant thing. I love the GBBO but gee it gives me chronic cake cravings!

      • I know, I had to stop watching it after dinner because it’s ridiculously hunger-inducing.

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    What a great idea. I had a friend who was saving up for a trip so every day at work she’d order rice and add soy sauce to it. She did save enough for her trip!

  • I am recently marshmallow obsessed so I NEED to try this, haha!

  • Marshmallows are life and this looks AMAAAAAAZING

    • Oh and yes,I have been on the bones of my arse in terms of food, survived a week on a loaf of bread and a carton of milk in my dole days!