Marshmallow in the middle chocolate cupcakes {a semi-recipe}

Why have a regular old chocolate cupcake, when you can have a scrumptious, marshmallow in the middle chocolate cupcake? Let’s face it – if you’re going to have to work off all those calories by Just Dancing for an hour, you should totally make sure that it was worth every single morsel – and these suckers are worth it! Rich, chocolatey cupcake goodness, filled with a creamy marshmallow center – y’all! I know, I know, you’re probably going to say “but they’d be better if you make them from scratch.” It’s all good – I’m cool with a cake mix. They’re quick, easy, and since I’m not the world’s best baker, it’s pretty much the only way that I’m actually going to bake a cake. Just sayin’. Want to know my secret to getting the marshmallow in the middle? Well, let’s get to it….
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First, you start with a regular chocolate or devil’s food cake mix. Any brand will do. You’re going to mix it according to the directions (but I always add a TBS of vanilla to the mix because I swear it tastes better that way.) You’ll also need some regular size marshmallows and some chocolate frosting. Again, from scratch is fine, but I’m lazy and stuff.

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After you mix the cake batter, fill cupcake liners 1/2 way with batter. Push a whole marshmallow into the center, then bake according to the directions.

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When they are done, you’ll have a crater in the middle. It looks gross right now, but it’s worth it. Pinky promise! As soon as they come out, push a fresh marshmallow into the center, then pop them back into the oven for about 2 minutes. You want them to get all melted and fill in the hole.
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When the come out, just know ahead of time that the marshmallow will fall a bit. You’re going to have a small dip in the top. It’s all good – don’t stress out 🙂

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Use a spoon to help coax the cupcakes out of the pan – gently – and put them on a cooling rack to cool.

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Then, frost your cupcake as normal. It’s going to cover up all the ugly, but also add another level of yum.

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They’re like covert cupcakes – they look totally normal on the outside, and then BAM! the inside takes you by surprise (unless you know it’s in there!)

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Don’t hold it against me if you have to have an all day dance fest to work off all the calories…. the marshmallow in the middle chocolate cupcakes can be kind of addictive. You’ve been warned!

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About Gina Luker

Gina Luker is a writer, photographer and lover of all things quirky. She's usually found with a drill in one hand and a cocktail in the other while blogging along the way. She's addicted to coffee, polka dots, rock stars, Instagram, and everything aqua.


  1. These look incredible!!


  2. O my word! These look soooooo good!

  3. This looks like one I will try!

  4. They look delicious!

  5. YUM!

  6. Oh- I could probably eat a whole pan of those by myself- if I would let me! Fun recipe- xo Diana

  7. do you think it will taste the same if I just use the marshmallow cream or I just load in marshmallow after baking?

  8. They look amazing! Thank you for sharing, I will make them for the kids (that’s always what I say when I want something)! Pinned!

  9. Mama Perq says:

    Upon making these delicious looking cupcakes I found that it is very hard to get them off the pan with out them falling apart within the cupcake holder. I followed the directions twice and both times the same thing. Although delicious looking I believe I will try adding the marshmellow after for the third batch. Thanks for the recipe!

  10. Kristine says:

    Awesome and easy recipe.. I followed the directions except I used a half of a marshmallow before baking and I didn’t have the spill over so the cupcakes just popped out of the pan. It didn’t make as large as a hole but I was still able to push a whole marshmallow in after baking. I also added crumbled graham crackers after frosting and a toasted marshmallow to the top(placed marshmallow on a cookie sheet under the boiler until toasted and than placed on top of cupcake)…..BIG hit with the teens. Thanks shabby creek cottage for an great and simple recipe 🙂

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  12. yum! Do you think this can be done with marshmallow cream? We don’t eat products with gelatin.

  13. Love these cupcakes. I get requested often to make them. Easy to make and so good!!

  14. This is the recipe I was looking for! I’m lazy, too. THANK YOU!!!

  15. What a great twist on an old favorite. Thank you so much for sharing this!

  16. My family will love these especially my son


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