Malted Chocolate Cake with Toasted Marshmallow Filling


If you only have the chance once in your life to eat chocolate cake, let it be this Malted Dark Chocolate Cake with Toasted Marshmallow Filling.  You’ll die happy and complete, I promise.

Malted Chocolate Cake with Toasted Marshmallow Cream Filling at TidyMom

I have a confession to make………cake decorating kind of scares me.  I’m not sure why, but it does.  For years I always just made cake using a 9×13 pan, frosted the top with a knife and called it a day.

Then not long after I started blogging, I began reading blogs that inspired me to try new things. So many share the most mouth watering, hip widening confections.  Many believe cakes should be beautiful from the inside out.  They generously share HOW to make and decorate cakes on their blogs.

I made my very first layered decorated cake, learned tips to decorate a Thin Mint Cake for my mom, I felt like a star when I made a gorgeous Rose Cake for my Aunt, and started to think creatively when I decorated a cake covered in chocolate chips for a friend’s birthday .  Yep, I have baking bloggers to thank for all those amazing cakes!


Malted Chocolate Cake with Toasted Marshmallow Cream -TidyMom

The cake I made today is a chocolate lovers dream cake!  I first spotted the cake over at Brown Eyed Baker in six layers of glory!  Michelle slightly adapted the cake recipe from Rosie at Sweetapolita.

If you hang around here much, you know how much I LOVE to doctor the Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Fudge cake mix just a little.  It’s my very favorite for a rich, moist delicious chocolate cake.

I wanted to keep this cake more simple all around.  So I made it using just 2 nine-inch cake layers, with just one layer of the most amazing Toasted Marshmallow Cream Filling.   This stuff people was DREAMY!!! I’ve had marshmallow cream filling before, but toasting 16 large marshmallows to mix in with the marshmallow fluff is what puts this cream filling over the top.  I’m already dreaming up more recipes I can use it in……….so stay tuned for another appearance of that star!

If you wanted to make a 4 layer cake instead, you could easily do so with the cake mix by using 8″ cake pans and cut your layers in half.  But again…………simple was my goal here.

Since my cake was smaller, I only made half the Malted Chocolate Frosting that Rosie and Michelle made for six layers – so keep that in mind if you choose to make 4-6 layers.



Let’s get baking………..

Food Styling Challenge | Malted Chocolate Cake with Toasted Marshmallow Filling

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours

Yield: 12-14 servings

Serving Size: 1 slice

Food Styling Challenge | Malted Chocolate Cake with Toasted Marshmallow Filling

Starting with a box mix makes this rich chocolate cake with a toasted marshmallow filling and a malted chocolate frosting a fabulous recipe they will ask for again and again.



    Make the Cake
  1. Position rack in middle of the oven and heat the oven to 350°F. Butter two 9x2-inch round cake pans and line each with a parchment round. Butter the parchment, then dust pans with flour, be sure to pat out excess flour.
  2. Melt the butter in the microwave.
  3. Add cake mix, eggs and water to the butter in large mixing bowl.
  4. Mix on low for 1 min. Then mix on medium high for 1 min.
  5. Divide the batter evenly among the prepared pans.
  6. Bake for 25-29 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of each cake comes out clean. Cool on racks for 10 minutes. Invert the cakes onto the racks, remove the parchment, and cool completely.
  7. Make Toasted Marshmallow Cream
  8. Set oven to broil, and position rack in the lowest part of oven.
  9. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick spray. Place marshmallows in the center of the baking sheet and broil in oven, watch until golden brown and melty (about 2 minutes).
  10. Remove pan from oven, and carefully flip marshmallows over, and broil other side until brown (1-2 mins). Remove from oven and set aside.
  11. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the butter and sugar for one minute using the paddle attachment. Add the vanilla and beat for 3 minutes on medium high. Add the marshmallow fluff and toasted marshmallows and mix on low for 1 minute.
  12. Make the Chocolate Frosting
  13. Break up chocolate into a microwave safe bowl, and melt in microwave on high in 30 second intervals. Stir after each 30 seconds until fully melted. Set aside to cool
  14. Combine the butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the Ovaltine, vanilla and salt and mix on low 1-2 minutes, until well combine. Scrape the sides and add melted chocolate, beat for 2 minutes on medium, then slowly add whipping cream beating on medium-high for 1 minute.
  15. Assemble the Cake
  16. Put one cake layer on a flat serving platter or a cake stand lined with strips of waxed paper to keep it clean while icing. Top the layer with toasted marshmallow filling, spreading it evenly with an offset spatula to the cake's edge. Top with second cake layer.
  17. Frost top and sides of cake with Malted Chocolate frosting using an offset spatula.
  18. Remove waxed paper strips and enjoy with a glass of cold milk!


Cake is best served the same day it's made. MAKE AHEAD TIPS

You can bake, cool, wrap, and store the cake layers at room temperature for up to 1 day or freeze for up to 1 month. frosting recipes from Sweetapolita

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  1. Love it! I just wrote about how decorating cupcakes makes me overwhelming! But I tried and it wasn’t so bad. 🙂

  2. What a gorgeous cake!! I love everything about the flavors.

  3. I want a big fat piece!

  4. Yes Ma’am I just Love you!

  5. Looks amazing Cheryl!!! Want this now!! 🙂

  6. Ummmmm… cake decorating TOTALLY terrifies me. But you did a freakin’ awesome job! Looks amazing!

  7. I could eat that morning, noon & night Cheryl. You did a great job. I have been wanting to take this challenge & have been following it very closely since Amanda started it. Styling is the thing that always gets me when it comes to posting about my recipes. That is where I feel I need to work the most.

    Love what you did for this one- I’m thinking chocolate cake for breakfast-

  8. Wow… that looks so good. I think I will make for my daughters Communion coming up!

  9. Cheryl this looks so delicious! I am posting a round up of Mother’s Day dessert ideas later today and this yummi-ness just came through in my inbox. Mind if I include it?

  10. you know I’m ALL about easy {hehe} Thanks so much for challenging me Amanda and all of your cake mentoring you’ve given me!

  11. Beautiful photos to show off a pretty cake that sounds absolutely delicious! Duncan Hines is great, especially the chocolate fudge 😉

  12. I need a dessert for a meeting tomorrow night. As much as I would love to make the marshmallow filling, I am thinking that timewise, I will just make the cake in a 9×13 and also the frosting. Do you see any problems with that?

  13. Your cake looks divine! I really love your photos too – totally stunning!

  14. I think the vast majarity of cakes I’ve pinned have been from I am Baker. I’m a huge fan of hers as well. This cake looks so yummy & I’ll be pinning it as well.

    Just this morning I was thinking about how much I love baking cakes. I wonder if I could get any of my girlfirends to meet me once a month just to eat cake? My small family of three just can’t eat cake often enough to warrent me making them – I only make one or two a year for my family. We love cake but we really want to be healthy. So, when I bake, I usually give it away. Cakes are much harder to do this with unless I make small cakes – I do want to at least taste the cakes I make.

    Thanks for sharing the inspiration. :o)

  15. Loved seeing all the props you used for your cake styling – your cake looks beautiful Cheryl – I’m not a baker and I’m definitely not a cake decorator so I am inspired to see all the pretty cakes you’ve been coming up with. Great job!

  16. Gorgeous photos Cheryl! And that cake? OMG.

  17. Absolutely beautiful. Love your styled shots and the recipe looks amazing. I’ll head over to Amanda’s site now!

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  19. Looks delicious and I love how you styled the photo. Great work Cheryl!

  20. Just wondering if the Toasted Marshmallow Cream could be piped? I was thinking about making cupcakes and putting the filling in the center. I just love all the recipes and tips you have. Thanks for all you do!

  21. Great job, Cheryl! The photos are amazing! 🙂

  22. ooh this sounds so mouth is watering!

  23. First of all, this cake is gorgeous! And your photos are always so perfectly styled – love it!

  24. You and Amanda always make killer cakes. That toasted marshmallow filling sounds so good with the chocolate cake!

  25. This is an absolutely gorgeous cake, Cheryl! I always look at other people’s dessert creations with longing and wishing that I had the talent for creating beautiful cakes, pies…whatever. I just didn’t get that gene! So I really appreciate yours and Amanda’s talents in making beautiful, sweet confections. Bravo!

  26. This is the answer to my prayers! I am making this this weekend! YUMMY!

  27. This looks so good. I love how the styling turned out, and the cake. Oh that cake.

  28. Your cake looks beyond scrumptious!! I wanted to let you know that I featured it in a blog post today as one of my favorite pins of the week! 🙂 … Have a fabulous day, Cheryl! 🙂

  29. This looks absolutely amazing! You are such a talented photographer!!!

  30. The flavors going on here are over the top awesome!!

  31. Beautiful cake and beautiful styling too! The platter is gorgeous. 🙂

  32. That cake is gorgeous, Cheryl! I wish I could have just one piece with a big cold glass of milk. 🙂

  33. You’re just like my mum, Cheryl…she always just baked the cake in a 9×13 and then frosted the top. I am not much of a cake decorator, but I have discovered the joys of layer cakes. I think you did a fantastic job with this gorgeous cake!

  34. Oh, I know that cake MUST be delicious!!!

  35. Goodness, this looks absolutely sinful – I love it! I totally agree – I rarely make cakes because decorating is just like a foreign language for me. I’m gonna have to see about I Am Baker tips sometime 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing!

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  37. Good morning Cheryl! I found your post at Lil’ Luna’s link party! This is such a great recipe idea and it’s definitely a must-try! l

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  41. This cake is luscious, the photos are beautiful. Oh, and I love Malted Chocolate Cake with Toasted Marshmallow Filling. I had featured u in the post of Top 7 Sweet Cakes for Mother’s Day on AllFreshRecipes, Except ur more delish Eats!

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  43. I just made this and WOW! It’s so amazing! And I haven’t even had a piece yet! I sampled the marshmallow filling (and by sample I mean I ate a lot of it and now I feel sick) and sampled the malted chocolate frosting (again, ate a little too much of this and now I feel like I really need to eat a salad or something). I made it tonight for my son’s birthday tomorrow, so I really do hope it will still be good for tomorrow. I’m keeping it in the kitchen with the AC on over night 🙂

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  45. but this isnt a recipe!  such a pity. i was all excited,  prepacked cake mix? jar of mallow frosting?  its just a throw it together session of convenience processed rubbish.  🙁  i do wish it was a real recipe to cook from scratch, the pic looks amazing.  such a shame.  

    • you are welcome to use a chocolate cake recipe and marshmallow recipe from scratch – not everyone has the time, but would still like to make something for their families and create memories in the kitchen.

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