Cushy Homemade Marshmallows

Cushy Homemade Marshmallows

Homemade marshmallows are so much better than the commercial kind! This recipe is super easy and quick to make – no baking required! The marshmallows are pillowy and soft, perfect as a treat for afternoon tea đŸ™‚

Start by soaking the gelatine in cold water. Add the boiling water and stir until dissolved. Add the sugar, egg whites and cream of tartar and start beating the mixture in an electric mixer or with a handheld one.

Beat the marshmallow mixture for about 20 minutes until it becomes opaque, voluminous and fluffy. Add the vanilla essence or whichever you’d like (I’ve tried peppermint and rose water before, both delicious!).

Work quickly to pour the marshmallow mixture into your baking tray / dish – it sets quickly! Leave the marshmallows to set completely.

Cut the marshmallows into squares with a sharp knife dipped into boiling water. The mixture is sticky so the boiling water helps the knife slide through easily.

Now for the fun part! Roll the marshmallow squares in your choice of topping. I used toasted coconut, cocoa powder and regular powdered sugar.

Here is the end result, enjoy!

Cushy Marshmallows



80 ml Gelatine

125 ml Cold water

375 ml Boiling water

800 g Castor Sugar

3 Egg whites

2 ml Cream of tartar

5 ml vanilla essence or essence of choice

Food colouring (optional)

Toppings (Optional)

Cocoa Powder

Powdered / Icing Sugar

Shredded coconut (toasted)


  1. Soak the gelatine in the cold water. Add the boiling water and stir until dissolved.
  2. Add the castor sugar, egg whites and cream of tartar to the gelatine mixture.
  3. Beat the marshmallow mixture with an electric mixer until it starts to thicken – about 20 minutes.
  4. Add the vanilla essence (or essence of your choice) and food colouring (if you are using any).
  5. Pour the mixture into 2 x greased baking trays to set.
  6. Cut into blocks when set and roll in your choice of topping. Makes about 60 squares.


I used 3 different toppings. The toppings are optional but I like it as the marshmallow is quite sticky.

  1. Plain – powdered sugar: Roll the squares in some powdered sugar
  2.  Toasted Coconut: Toast some shredded coconut under the grill in your oven – make sure you keep an eye on it as it can burn easily. The smell is amazing!
  3. Cocoa Powder: I mix some powdered sugar with cocoa powder as the cocoa by itself is quite bitter. If you like the bitter taste, just omit the powdered sugar and roll the squares directly into the cocoa.

Tip: Keep the marshmallows in an air tight container as moisture can make them a bit slimy.

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