Homemade marshmallows and a Butter Baked Goods cookbook giveaway

Homemade marshmallows on eatlivetravelwrite.comI’m a sucker for a pretty baking cookbook and one that helps me finally master marshmallows? I’m sold!  I was pretty excited to receive the Butter Baked Goods cookbook just in time for the holiday baking season.  Featuring over 100 recipes for classic baked goods – childhood favorites that you will want to make over and over again—including the recipe for Butter’s Famous Marshmallows – the item that really put the bakery on the map and which now exists in 18 different flavours!

Homemade marshmallows from Butter Baked Goods cookbook on eatlivetravelwrite.comButter Baked Goods began its life as a tiny bakery, opened in 2007 by Rosie Daykin in Vancouver.  Soon after opening, word got out about the bakery’s marshmallows and Butter Baked Goods marshmallows can now be found in over 300 stores (and counting) across Canada, the U.S. and Japan. The recipe for Rosie’s feted marshmallows is just one of the reasons to buy this beautiful book.

Homemade mint marshmallows on eatlivetravelwrite.comI loved that the recipes in Butter Baked Goods are easy-to-follow – making the gorgeous treats so accessible for all levels of bakers (even the marshmallows).  With recipes for homemade treats to celebrate all of life’s milestones – birthdays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, baby showers, bridal showers; or a gloomy, rainy afternoon when you need a little pick-me-up –  Butter Baked Goods is home baking at its very best.

Homemade marshmallow on eatlivetravelwrite.comI’ve bookmarked a fair number of recipes in the book but I was immediately drawn to the marshmallows (especially after tasting them at the Butter Baked Goods launch in the Toronto offices of Random House Canada a few weeks ago). In fact, I have made marshmallows before but wasn’t convinced that they were easy enough to make again. Rosie promised me that I would change my mind about making marshmallows at home once I had made her recipe.

Guess what? She was right. I made these one evening – they literally took under 30 minutes to whip up – and left them on the counter top overnight to set. The next morning, it was a breeze (albeit a messy one, caked in icing sugar!) to cut them and I was thrilled to taste them – the texture was perfect (not too gelatin-y and melt-in-your mouth soft!) and I had flavoured them with mint extract ever so slightly for something a little different. This made a LOT of marshmallows (I cut them smaller than the prescribed 1×1 inch size) so, as with most baking projects, they ended up in my staff room. People were impressed by how “real” they tasted and looked 🙂  I’ll be making these again for holiday treats. Homemade versions of people’s favourite recipes? They are the best!

I’m so excited to be able to share the recipe with you today.

Excerpted from Butter Baked Goods by Rosie Daykin Copyright 2013 Appetite by Random House. Published with permission, originally shared on The Cake Blog.

Butter's Famous Marshmallows

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hrs 20 mins

Easy homemade marshmallows from the Butter Baked Goods cookbook. Excerpted from Butter Baked Goods by Rosie Daykin Copyright 2013 Appetite by Random House. Published with permission.

Yields 64 1x1-inch marshmallows


  • 1 cup water
  • 3 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1⁄2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons pure vanilla
  • Generous amount of icing sugar to coat the marshmallows, about 2 cups


  1. You will need: 1 (9- × 9-inch) baking pan, buttered
  2. In a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, pour in 1⁄2 cup of the water and sprinkle with the gelatin.  Set aside to allow the gelatin to soak in.
  3. In a medium saucepan over high heat, add the sugar, corn syrup, salt and remaining 1⁄2 cup of water.  Bring to a rolling boil and continue to boil for 1 minute. Remove from the heat.
  4. Turn the mixer to low and mix the gelatin once or twice to combine it with the water.  Slowly add the hot sugar mixture, pouring it gently down the side of the bowl, and continue to mix on low.
  5. Be really careful at this point because the sugar mixture is smoking hot!  It’s not a job for little ones.
  6. Turn the mixer to high and continue to whip for 10 to 12 minutes until the marshmallow batter almost triples in size and becomes very thick. Scrape down the sides of the bowl frequently to avoid the batter overflowing as it grows. Stop the mixer, add the vanilla, and then whip briefly to combine.
  7. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking pan and use a spatula or bench scraper to spread it evenly in the pan. Work quickly, as the marshmallow becomes more difficult to manipulate as it sets.
  8. Grease a sheet of plastic wrap with butter and lay it across the top of the marshmallow. Press down firmly on the plastic wrap, to seal it smoothly and tightly against the mixture.
  9. Leave the marshmallow to set at room temperature for at least 3 hours or, even better, overnight. The marshmallow will be too sticky and soft to cut if you try too soon.
  10. Sprinkle a work surface or cutting board with the icing sugar. Run a knife along the top edge of the pan to loosen the marsh­mallow slab. Invert the pan and flip the marshmallow out onto the counter or board. Scoop up handfuls of the icing sugar and rub all over the marshmallow slab.
  11. Use a large knife to cut the slab into 1- × 1-inch squares. Roll each of the freshly cut marshmallow squares in the remaining icing sugar to coat them completely.
  12. If you—and most of your kitchen—are speckled with marshmallow by the time you finish this recipe, fear not! It’s mostly sugar, so a little hot water and elbow grease will have things as good as new in no time.



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Butter Baked Goods the CookbookWin a copy of Butter Baked Goods (Canada)!

That’s right – thanks to the kind folks at Random House Canada I have a signed copy of Butter Baked Goods up for grabs for readers in Canada!

To enter:
1. Leave a comment below telling me why you’d like to win the Butter Baked Goods Cookbook.
2. For a bonus entry, tweet the following message:
Enter win @ButterBakedCafe Cookbook  from @eatlivtravwrite + @RandomHouseCA http://bit.ly/18fKoxl

Then come back to leave me a comment telling me you did.

Contest closes on Wednesday, December 11th at 6pm EST. Winner will be chosen by random.org and will be notified by email on December 12th 2013.

*** Canadian and American readers – Isabelle over at Crumb Blog is giving away a copy of Butter Baked Goods too 🙂 Enter here.


Disclosure: Random House Canada provided me with a review copy of Butter Baked Goods. I was not required to post about this, nor am I being compensated for doing so. All opinions are my own.


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44 Responses to Homemade marshmallows and a Butter Baked Goods cookbook giveaway

  1. margarita December 4, 2013 at 07:44 #

    the book looks amazing and definitive I like marshmallows. thanks

  2. Carmen December 4, 2013 at 07:52 #

    Would love to win the butter bakery cookbook! Yet anther book I’ve been eyeing. The photos inside are so adorable and you can tell they make great stuff. And I regret not checking then it when I was in van this summer! 🙁

  3. Cindy December 4, 2013 at 07:53 #

    I need some new baking recipes. Maybe this book will inspire me to try some new ones!

  4. Vanessa December 4, 2013 at 08:57 #

    I loooovee pretty cookbooks! And baking’s definitely an area I’d like to work on. This book looks like the perfect addition to my collection!

  5. jan December 4, 2013 at 09:38 #

    The cover of the book looks amazing… would LOVE to try their recipes!

  6. Kathryn December 4, 2013 at 10:17 #

    If the marshmallow recipe and the goregeous photos of your marshmallows are any indication of the quality and ease of the recipes, it would be a delight to work through this book. Thanks!

  7. Tiff December 4, 2013 at 10:35 #

    Dying to try those marshmallows, and I’ve heard great things about her cupcakes, too!

  8. Tiff December 4, 2013 at 10:36 #

    I tweeted as well!


  9. Kathleen December 4, 2013 at 10:39 #

    Such a beautiful book, looking forward to trying the marshmallows and some of her other treats!

  10. Coco in the Kitchen December 4, 2013 at 11:39 #

    Homemade marshmallows can be messy, but so worth the effort!
    I love Rosie’s book – going to get a copy.
    Thanks for supporting us pinkies, Mardi!

  11. Maureen December 4, 2013 at 12:36 #

    I have this book on my wish list. I love to make goodies that have the sweet taste of butter and goodies that I know others will appreciate. This book looks like it incorporates that in the recipes,

  12. Kathryn December 4, 2013 at 13:43 #

    and tweeted @kathyrun

  13. CL December 4, 2013 at 15:01 #

    i live for pastries and desserts, this is a must have for my bookshelf!

  14. CL December 4, 2013 at 15:01 #

    i tweeted – @citygal28

  15. Paula December 4, 2013 at 18:27 #

    Your marshmallows look beautiful! I love that you did them in pink…perfect match for a cup of hot cocoa.

  16. Leanne Parker December 4, 2013 at 18:33 #

    I have been coveting this cookbook for weeks! The cover is so beautiful and makes you want to bake (and eat) everything on it. I would love to win the cookbook so I can try to make those delicious looking marshmallows!!

  17. Carmen C December 4, 2013 at 18:57 #

    I would love to try my hand at those beautiful marshmallows.

  18. Meghan A December 4, 2013 at 21:41 #

    I want that book! If the other recipes are as good as those marshmallows look, I’m afraid for my waist line 😉

  19. Shelby December 5, 2013 at 10:16 #

    Oh, my! Decisions, decisions. All of the treats look delicious. Where to start? The pink cake with khaki trim (?) is delightful. And oh, to have the recipe!! Thanks for the opportunity to win this lovely book.

  20. Ann Mah December 5, 2013 at 15:32 #

    Gorgeous confectionary, Mardi — they looks like sunset clouds! I’m not eligible for the giveaway, which means I’ll have to buy this book at my local indie. Thanks for the introduction!

  21. Teresa December 6, 2013 at 19:11 #

    Thanks for sharing that recipe – marshmallows are something I’ve always wanted to try. I’ve been eying this cookbook for a while, too.

  22. @LaCuisineHelene December 6, 2013 at 22:05 #

    Wow your marshmallows turned out beautiful. Yum! I would love to win this cookbook.

  23. @LaCuisineHelene December 6, 2013 at 22:06 #

    I just tweeted about the give way. Thanks!

  24. Carmen December 7, 2013 at 20:57 #

    Also tweeted! https://twitter.com/carmenhungry/status/408217328346996736

  25. Jenny December 8, 2013 at 09:06 #

    Gorgeous marshmallows, Mardi! I want/need/love this cookbook. I’ve heard so many amazing things about it. Thanks for the opportunity! Xo PS – Tweeted about the giveaway as well.

  26. Stephalump December 8, 2013 at 10:32 #

    My roommateand I moved to Vancouver last September and stumbled upon Butter Baked goods in Whole Foods and then the bakery itself. They are really really delicious – we seek them out! However, we are both nearing the end of our Master’s programs and will be headed to different sides of the continent. I would love to win this book and share it with her as a way to stay in touch, with delicious treats and skype dates. ^-^

  27. Stephalump December 8, 2013 at 10:33 #

    Tweeted from @thebookwars! <3

  28. Bonnie December 8, 2013 at 11:06 #

    I would like to in this cookbook because the baked goods look so tasty and it would be fun to make them at home. I tweeted (@greenurlifenow)

  29. Sarah December 8, 2013 at 12:23 #

    I always thought marshmallows would be hard to make but these look pretty easy.

  30. Cherree Toth December 8, 2013 at 14:26 #

    With three kids I am always looking for delicious cook friendly recipes tgat I can get the kids interested in helping me with. This book looks like a sure hit.

  31. gema December 8, 2013 at 14:45 #

    I love the cover of this cookbook – looks so pretty! – that’s one reason I would like to win and also, I would like to attempt the marshmallows – they look scrumptious!! Also, I tweeted.


  32. Cathy C December 8, 2013 at 15:18 #

    I would like to win so I can give it to my friend and suggest she make all the recipes and I will be the taste tester for her! That is what friends are for!

  33. Cathy C December 8, 2013 at 15:19 #


  34. Colleen December 9, 2013 at 09:44 #

    Oh, I’d love to win this cookbook… I love classic recipes – you can’t beat them when it comes to baking! It would be so nice to have these recipes at my fingertips when it’s time for a sweet treat.

  35. Tanya December 9, 2013 at 10:20 #

    I absolutely LOVE baking and think this book would be great to add to my collection! It looks like it would be a lot of fun! I am definitely going to try that marshmallow recipe!

    BTW- I tweeted also 🙂

  36. Carol M December 9, 2013 at 17:28 #

    Well, you had me at butter and this looks like a delightful book!

  37. Carol M December 10, 2013 at 22:04 #

    I tweeted https://twitter.com/carollushka/status/410605924684791808

  38. Janice (@KtchnHealsSoul) December 11, 2013 at 00:03 #

    I’ve only ever tried to make marshmallows with egg whites, but I would definitely like to try this eggless version from the book. You are right though, it is quite messy the next morning trying to cut them. I think I tried scissors when I made marshmallows last time. I’m not sure if that was better or worse, lol!

  39. Marla December 11, 2013 at 17:17 #

    I would love this to make more yummy goodies to share with my family and friends

  40. Kathryn December 17, 2013 at 11:22 #

    I am the lucky winner. 🙂 Thanks to Mardi, to RandomHouse Canada, and to Rosie Daykin (for the book and the autograph)! This is the most beautiful of recipe books. A delight to touch. The photographs and the small details, like the old-fashioned wallpaper in the inside cover pages, show a loving hand. Not only are the recipes accessible and not-at-all daunting, there are helpful instructions (for example, using piping bags) to help build confidence (much needed in my case). A fabulous book. Thanks again!

  41. Elizabeth Gorchynski November 13, 2018 at 15:01 #

    I love cookbooks! This one looks amazing.


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