Marshmallow Frosting
Yield: Makes 4 cups
  • ¼ cup pure water
  • 1 Tbsp gelatin, Great Lakes brand or Bernard Jensen brand, (both are Wholetarian approved)
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 cup white or gold Canadian honey or ½ cup honey & ½ cup maple syrup, grade B has more nutrients (see notes)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of sea salt
Optional Additional Flavors:
  • 4-6 Tbsp freeze dried raspberries, strawberries, mangoes etc, ground into a powder OR
  • 2 Tbsp (or more) fruit jam of choice
  • Drizzle melted dark chocolate over marshmallow frosting (see photos)
Instead of using vanilla flavoring you may want to use:
  • ½ tsp peppermint extract OR 1 drop of peppermint essential oil
  • ½ tsp lemon extract OR 1 drop of lemon essential oil
  • ½ tsp lime extract OR 1 drop of lime essential oil
  • ½ tsp orange extract OR 1 drop of orange essential oil
  1. In a small bowl (I use a 2 cup glass measuring cup), add the water and then 1 Tbsp of gelatin. Allow to soak while working on the next step.
  2. Separate the egg yolks from the eggs. Be careful not to get any yolk in with the egg whites or it will not work. Put the 2 egg whites in an extremely clean glass or metal bowl to insure it whips up nicely.
  3. Beat the egg whites on high with an electric mixer or beaters until they become stiff, but not so stiff that the mixture becomes dry and separates.
  4. In a small saucepan add the honey and/or maple syrup. (see notes and photos below)
  5. Heat the maple syrup & honey just to boiling and then remove from the heat.
  6. Add the now solidified gelatin mixture to the egg whites.
  7. Pour the hot syrup mixture to the fluffy egg whites and gelatin in a slow and steady stream while constantly beating.
  8. Next add 1 tsp of vanilla and a small pinch of salt and continue to beat the mixture.
  9. Keep beating until it forms peaks and resembles a thick fluffy spreadable frosting. This step takes about 10 minutes.
  10. Once its ready, you'll need to spread it on your cake within 5-10 minutes or it will stiffen up and no longer be spreadable.
  11. The frosting will taste more like marshmallows and less like honey as it completely cools. It will last a few days and be even more like a marshmallow (at least in a dry climate like Arizona).
Recipe by Wholetarian Society at